Hi Everyone. Since my last post, I’ve been really busy with creating and sharing new desserts. If I don’t get a chance to blog about all of them, here’s a couple treats I made over the last month: Lavender cupcakes with lavender cream cheese frosting and a four-layer chocolate and strawberry cake with chocolate mousse & strawberry filling–both desserts were Divalicious!
My latest project was a labor of love (they all are); speaking of labor let’s talk about Baby Cakes before Jacob is born–he’s due any day now….
There are few things more precious in life than new born babies, they’re so cuddly and cute when they first arrive, that’s why I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to participate in a baby shower for one of my girlfriends. In March and knowing her favorite flavor, I asked her if she minded if I make cupcakes for the shower because I found a fantastic over-the-top idea, a “new born baby” topper for a cake or cupcakes. Because I specialize in Personal-sized, Personalized desserts and treats, I just knew making miniature “new born babies” as cupcake toppers was a perfect project for me. She agreed and that was the beginning of “Baby Cakes.” By the way, she also told me she needed 25 cupcakes for the shower…
I knew making the Red Velvet cupcakes was going to be a breeze because I’d made the recipe so many times it’s burned into my memory forever; but the “new born baby” topper was another story and left me wondering, “What had I gotten myself into?” Needless to say, I started out really motivated and enthusiastic as I began gathering the tools and ingredients, but then I began to procrastinate. In fact, I made a number of other personal-sized personalized desserts, including Petit Fours. A concern that came to mind was “what if the ‘new born baby’ topper doesn’t work out, then what?” Rather than continue to worry about the outcome, I decided to jump in with both feet and get the project started…Wow what an outcome!
From start to finish, the babies took nearly a week to make. And, when the first baby was born I was thrilled and relieved because I could see everything was going to turn out just right, then my enthusiasm & motivation returned. The “new born babies” are all made of gumpaste (a white sugar dough) that was mixed with gel food color in order to create the skin color. The babies were cast from a mold that required trimming and polishing upon their release. Petal dust was used for shading to bring the babies to life. The hair was painted on with gel food color. Jacob’s colors are green, so the diapers that were made separately from the mold were colored green in his honor. I, with the help of my number #1 fan, made a total of 28 babies. We were so pleased with the finished product.
Just like real babies no baby was perfect, but for that reason they were all perfect and precious– they were Divalicious. The Baby Cakes were a huge success at the baby shower, they inspired awe in adults as well as the children who attended. Although the babies are totally edible, I must say I was shocked to see someone take a big bite out of one (I called her a cannibal). Sugar has a long shelf-life if stored properly, so those who chose to save the babies, including the mom-to-be, will have a memento that will last a lifetime, or at least until Jacob goes to college…
Update: Before I got a chance to publish this post (I started writing it a couple of days ago and had to stop to make a cake–Grazie E) Jacob was born. He’s beautiful weighing in at 7.10 pounds and 20.5 inches long. Congrats to his loving parents and entire family and friends.
Until next time,
Be Sweet and Divalicious!
The Desserts Diva