A Baseball Baby Shower Cake

Over the weekend we threw a baby shower for a friend. Her husband played collage baseball and we thought that would be the perfect theme for a their little boy’s baby shower.

The cake was a lot of fun. It was a fondant cake which I was a little nervous about because I haven’t done many but I think it turned out pretty well. Im learning more every day and my next fondant cake (which happens to be this weekend) I already know some things I will be doing differently.

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The shower was beautiful. Everyone did a great job and all of the food was delicious!

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I wanted the cake board to be like grass and bottom tier to be striped like a baseball uniform, I made the top to an awesome baseball mitt and ball!

I started making the baseball mitt and glove a couple days before the shower. Me and the kids made some yummy rice crispy treats and while I carved the mitt out of a big ball of crisps with an exacto blade,  the kids enjoyed some treats for themselves.

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This isn’t the best picture but this is what the mitt looked like after I covered the rice crispy glove in modeling chocolate.

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My daughter enjoyed playing with her own little ball of modeling chocolate. Probably the best tasting play-dough you can find! She played for a while and then ate it! 😉 Its so much fun watching my little girl, I can tell she watches me and tries to do what I do.

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After she got board of playing and I stopped sharing my chocolate with her, she decided to colore next to me on the table while I worked. Every couple minutes she asked me “what you doing mom” and “what that mom.” I would tell her and she would answer with a big “OOOOhhhhhh!”

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My son played in the high chair. I would like to always post cute, happy pictures of my kids. Make it look like doing cakes with kids is all fun but I have to be honest. It is a lot of fun but it can go from AWESOME to not so awesome in a matter of seconds. Its keeps things interesting. Its hard work!

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When the kids get board watching me they play a little, or maybe I should say a LOT! This is what my house looks like on a daily basis. This can happen in a matter of minutes.

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While the kids destroyed the house I finished the glove. I put all the details on the mitt and ball with modeling chocolate and painted a little coco powder on to make it look a little aged. I LOVE how it turned out. I totally forgot how much I love working with modeling chocolate. It is so much easier than fondant. I put the My friends name as the logo on the glove too.

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mit3The next day While I made the swiss meringue buttercream and ganache while my little boy played with a spatula and some yogurt. 🙂 I got to say this is the best toy in the world. Whenever I pull out my cake stuff the kids LOVE it!

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Again while I was in the kitchen my daughter and her friend got into a little mischief.  My life is never boring! I love these kids.

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I decided to ganache my cake instead of using SMB. I have read many places that is is better under fondant and after trying for myself I agree. White chocolate ganache is just 3 parts melted chocolate to 1 part cream. Once cooled it is the consistancy of thick peanut butter. Perfect for frosting with. It was actually really nice to work with and I will use it again! This is the cake covered in ganache before fondant! I love how stable it was and easy to cover. I also liked that I could ganache it the day before I planned on decorating. Any time I can spread out the work is Awesome.

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To cover the bottom tier I used Jessica’s transfer method and really liked how it worked. She is AMAZING and her cakes are spectacular! The wax paper transfer method makes putting stripes on a cake so much easier! Next time I hope to make them cleaner stripes. I hand cut all of them and it was hard to get them straight and clean. 😉 Next time i will use my pasta machine. I used a half modeling chocolate half fondant mixture for the details on the cake.

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18In the end we enjoyed some yummy french vanilla cake with vanilla swiss meringue buttercream frosted in white chocolate ganache. The middle red tier was chocolate with Vanilla SMB. Yum. I had a lot of fun, and can’t wait for the cake this weekend.

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