I was told the theme was "rustic country" and I felt the cup fit that really well.
The other baby shower was jungle themed. We sent pictures back and forth and finally decided to use this one as a pattern:
This sure is a cute cake, but as I said, no fondant.
This was a new trick for me, I don't often have cakes that have multi colored backgrounds. I left the background a little rougher than I normally would because I knew there would be foliage to help cover, plus it's the jungle!
Outlining the giraffe.
Working the monkey, they sure look funny without eyes :)
I just had to throw a vine in to see how it would look with the leaves.
And I allowed the monkey to have a banana, because I'm nice like that.
A baby elephant joins the party.
And foliage finished!
I made sure to have a picture of the cake without writing so people can see it and imagine their own message in the blank space.
Also, it was an amazing change when I added those darker green leaves, the cake looks so much better for them! The original designer knew what she was doing for sure, and I appreciate being able to learn from her. Every time I would catch a glimpse of this cake out of the corner of my eye I would squeal a little because it turned out so well!
And all done! The blue is Wilton Sparkle Gel I had leftover from being used in a pond on a construction themed cake. The only thing I dislike about the gel is that it doesn't harden, which makes putting plastic wrap over the cake nearly impossible. Fortunately I have a cake container that I bought from the grocery store that this was able to fit in, which protects the cake from dust.
The most amazing thing about this cake is that it is a white cake, and I don't like the taste of white cake (I'm a chocoholic) but this one was delicious! I used Duncan Hines cake mixes, and had farm fresh eggs on hand so I used them, and I think the eggs made the difference. And my friend told me the girls at the shower couldn't believe she didn't pick the cake up at a bakery! Their so kind. I'm glad they enjoyed it as much as I did!
So, in case you're wondering, I used 2 Duncan Hines White cake mixes, made two batches of frosting, used at least 8 different tips, and this took ~5 hours to decorate. This is a single layer cake, and serves 15-20 people. I have decided I need to re-evaluate how much I charge, as I definitely didn't take into account the time consuming nature of having 8 different colors (the pink roses were made at the same time) and getting them all mixed together added an hour to what I forecasted. I learn something new every time I make a cake!
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