How to make an easy baby shower cake

Today I’m going to show you how to make this gorgeous little baby shower cake

I started by making the baby topper and ducks about a week in advance, so that closer to the baby shower all I had to worry about was covering the cake and organising the cupcakes.

I started by mixing my fondant so that I had some flesh and blue coloured fondant along with my white. I also added some tylo powder to the fondant so that upon drying, the model would harden.

I grabbed a circle cutter and also a cake board the same size as my cake – this helps to make sure your baby topper is to scale and wont look awkward once it’s put on the cake (ie, too large or too small).

I highly recommend buying a set of circle cutters… these are one of the first things I tend to use with all my cake decorating/baking and I just purchased a cheap set off ebay, and then ordered a 4 piece set of tiny circles from the UK.

Start by rolling out the blue fondant, cutting a circle and then placing it on top of your cake board with some baking paper underneath. This will form the ‘bath’ for your baby topper.

Roll out an egg shape of flesh coloured fondant and attach to your blue bath using a small amount of water.

Using a skewer/toothpick/modelling tool, make a small hole for the belly button.

Make a hole in the top of the body with a skewer/piece of dry spaghetti, and then chop the end off the skewer so that it will be smaller than the baby once the head has been attached.

Roll out an oval shaped piece of flesh fondant for the head. Make sure you measure it up against your baby’s body to ensure the scale is accurate.

I cannot reiterate enough how important this step is – I have wasted so much time making heads that ended up being too large for the body, so learn from my mistakes 🙂

Attach a small ball of flesh fondant to the centre of the head and make indents for the eyes.

Using a small circle cutter, indent the smiling mouth

(apologies for the blurry photo)

Indent either side of the mouth to give the baby a more comical expression

Roll two balls of flesh fondant for the ears.

Using a ball tool, indent each ear and attach to the baby’s head.

(in hindsight… these ears may be slightly too large for this baby’s head!)

Brush a small amount of water on the baby’s body and attach the head to the skewer.

Roll out two balls of flesh fondant for the arms and then roll into a sausage shape, with a bend for the elbow.

Make indents on one end of the arm for the fingers, and also make a bend for the wrists.

Flatten the top of the arm and attach to the body using some water. Don’t worry too much how the arms look (mine look ridiculous in this photo!!) as you can keep remoulding the arms and you can also cover up parts of the arms you dislike using the bubbles and other decorations at the end.

I’ve also stuck my fondant duck into the bath so that I could glue the hands in place.

To make the bubbles, roll out the white fondant into balls of different sizes. I used some florist wire which I rolled around a modelling tool like a spring, before cutting to size and attaching a white ball to the end.

Leave all the bubbles that have been attached to a spring aside. These will be stuck into the actual cake once it has been iced and the topper is in place.

Place all your bubbles over the baby – being sure to cover up any blemishes! (I decided at this point that the arms looked a little ridiculous and that I’d cover these later using the bubbles attached to the springs.)

See how you don’t really notice how bad the arms look because of all the spring bubbles?? 🙂

The cake was very simply covered using white fondant, and even then I didn’t do the most perfect job because I knew most of the top of the cake would be covered with the topper.

I rolled up balls of yellow and blue to cover the seam of the cake and attached my second fondant duck to the side (to cover up a small tear in the fondant 🙂 )

I decided in the end to make a name plaque for the mother-to-be, simply by layering two rectangles of blue and yellow, printing her name using my letterpress and adding some bubbles to the side.


And that is it!!

Other decorating ideas would be to make stripes on the cake, or to maybe decorate it with small polka dots in yellow and blue.

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8 Responses to How to make an easy baby shower cake

  1. Sheridan August 27, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    Oh my gosh!! I can’t believe how you have all of a sudden become Martha Stewart of the cake world! I am so impressed x

  2. Shona August 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    Excellent tutorial bronnie! You are so talented.

  3. adrianne December 6, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    what a find for me to find your site, love the tutorials they ate so clear and precise. Thanks for the privilige to learn from you.

    • BronnieBakes Admin December 6, 2012 at 11:07 am #

      Welcome Arianne 🙂

      Thankyou so much for your lovely comment – I really appreciate it!

      xx

  4. Milene May 29, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Love it,….very cute!

    • BronnieBakes Admin May 29, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      Thankyou!

  5. Fiona March 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm #

    Hi bronnie
    I love your site! And I have now found a pashion for cake decorating. I was going to create a simular baby to this for a baby shower and wonder why you use fondant instead of gum paste? Google tells me gum paste is usually used for cake toppers and flowers etc.

    • BronnieBakes Admin March 12, 2014 at 9:49 am #

      Hi Fiona

      Yes – you are right! gumpaste or sugarpaste is what is used for any modelling. I, however use fondant mixed with a hardening agent to turn it into gum/sugarpaste instead of having to buy two different items. It works better for me as I buy my fondant in bulk and can just turn small bits into gumpaste when I need it. Hope that helps!!
      x

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