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10.23.2008

The Cake Diva Strikes Again...A Baby Shower Cake


I have been at my company for almost a decade. And lets just say its been an education. You know there are always go to people you can count on to help you get what you need.When an opportunity comes around just to say thanks,I seize it. Angela is that person. I remember first really noticing her when she came to my Mothers funeral. I was new and didn't really know a lot of people at work well, but I remember that. She has helped me so much with IT issues,and order processing to meet event deadlines, etc., I am immensely grateful. So when it was announced that we would be giving her a surprise shower on her last day before maternity leave, I volunteered to do the cake at my expense. The cake took about 3 days in construction. The first day making the marzipan baby, bears and moon.
The second day making the cake layers , cooling, freezing, and wrapping, and the 3rd day,assembling the tiers, making both royal icings and crumb icings, rolling and coloring fondant, cutouts, making more figures, and any other last minute touches.



Not to mention making cookies for the favor bags. I have really come to love Dorie Greenspans Perfect Party Cake recipe which I used as a base.The filling was strawberry, and the icicng was Wilton recipe, as didnt want to risk real buttercream, and regfrigerate a fondant covered cake( moisiture build up). I really hope she likes it. Just a small way to say thank you.

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47 comments:

Proud Italian Cook said...

Courtney, I'm blown away!! What a beautiful cake, I love all the marzipan, you're like a little sculpter!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Amazing! That cake looks fantastic! You're an artist!

Cheers,

Rosa

Audax Artifex said...

What a great effort it so professional and shows the love you have for your friend.

TeachGirl said...

Such a beautiful cake, I love the little sheep! What a lovely thing to do, I'm sure she'll appreciate it.

Nina Timm said...

Holy smokes, I did not know you can do this!!!! Why are you in IT if you can bake like this????

Dagmar - A Cat in the Kitchen said...

WOW! It's gorgeous!!! I love the moon with the baby and the cute sheep!

What a great effort you made for your friend with both a beautiful cake and favor bags!

linda said...

Lucky Angela (and baby)! Wow, such a beautiful cake and it only took you 3 days! Would have taken we at least a week with all that decoration. Great job!

Núria said...

She will not only like it... she will LOOOOOOVVVVEEEE it!!! What a gorgeous cake and what a great friend you are :D

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

stunning! You are crazy talented.

I think Angela will love this cake.

kittie said...

That is such a gorgeous cake! You friend will be blown away :)

joanne at frutto della passione said...

I know she will love it, for two reasons, first it really is quite stunning, second it was made with the hands and came from the heart, how could she not love it? Wonderfully done C, truly.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Wow, Courtney!!! This is totally amazing. I think it's my favorite cake of yours, ever.

I just love everything about it.

Every. single. thing.

I'll bet Angela was over the moon.

Sophie said...

Wow! You did a beautiful job on this cake :). I love the puffy clouds!

maybelle's mom said...

This cake is stunning. What a kind gift.

Mary said...

I think it looks terrific! As soon as I saw it I thought, oh what a great baby shower cake!

Deborah said...

I'm so impressed! Making fondant covered cakes is one of the things on my "to learn" list!!

Rosie said...

WOW oh WOW Coco this cake is amazing!! What a wonderful gift.

Rosie x

Ilva said...

I just chime in with a WOW too! I'm really impressed!

Megan said...

If this is a little thank you, I would love to see your big thank you. It's stunning. I'll bet she was just thrilled. Great job!!!

Hendersonville Epicurean said...

BEAUTIFUL CAKE COCO!! Do you travel with your cake gear??

Emiline said...

You are TOOOO sweet! That cake rocks!

I would start crying if you gave that to me. It looks amazing.

Nikki said...

I'm with emiline. i just started crying just now and it's not my cake. lol. i thought this was about a cake you'd seen and purchased or something....you made this? omg. if you don't make a video...i swear...

and your co-worker is a wonderful woman, too. she deserved this fine handiwork of yours. my, that cake is beautiful. i'm proud of you!

Ivy said...

Courtney, I am blown away. Never knew this secret side of you. Girl, you are so talented!!

marye said...

awesome job! you are brilliant.

Thank You Notes Girl said...

I am a total stranger that just stumbled onto your blog, and I just HAD to leave a comment. That cake is gorgeous. Amazing! A very wonderful thank you to a person who really helped during a difficult time.

Jeanne said...

Oh Courtney, yo are truly a woman of many wonderful talents!! She is one very lucky lady to be your friend and to be receiving this cake made with so much love and care. I *adore* that fluffy blue figure :)

giz said...

How nice of you to acknowledge someone who was kind to you. The cake - oh my - that cake and I can so see why it took three days. I'm sure you did it all in your spare time, right?? :)

Bellini Valli said...

I can understand why Dorie's party cake would be a "go to" recipe..it was so good. Your cake is over the top with those cute little bears. I'm sure she appreciated your thoughtfulness:D

white on rice couple said...

I keep staring at these marvelous pictures, wondering what talented genius created it! You!!!
Wow, I am totally in awe of your talents!

Heather said...

That cake totally makes me wanna get knocked up.

I love when the captch is a word. This time, it's "drifties." That's like the feeling I get when I look at your bebbeh cake.

peter said...

Mine is "feldined" which could mean a bunch of different things, probably having to do with cat food.

I'm speechless at that cake. It's inconceivable to me how you made it.

kellypea said...

I am completely impressed. What a lot of work! It's a beautiful cake and the choice of the DG party cake sounds perfect. I'm still too chicken to pull off something like this...

Peter M said...

I bow to this talent.I'd expect to see such a cake on TV or on a show...and I know you, met you? Would you make a B-King cake for me? lol

Cakespy said...

This cake is an absolute stunner!! And sparkly to boot...it's won me over!

Helene said...

I would have loved to have someone make such a beautiful cake like this one when I had my kids. This is so cute!

Dee said...

Courtney the cake is unbelievably gorgeous! The detailing is perfect, and I'm sure she won't just like it :)

I have to make a wedding cake in a few months, and I'm a little terrified. Did you have to use dowels and cake boards to stack yours? And would you mind sharing the Wilton icing recipe? I'll understand if you can't but I had to ask.

Have a good week you delicious diva you!

The Caked Crusader said...

Wow - your decorating skills are amazing! The cake looks like something you'd see in a book. Clever, clever you!

We Are Never Full said...

you really are amazing! i couldn't even come close to even making a shape on the top!

Darius T. Williams said...

WOW - check you out! This looks really good...seriously.

I didn't know you had this in your - what other great talents are you over there hiding!

Blog Princess G said...

This is so beautiful!! Well done... it's rare I find that someone is a great cook *and* a great baker, not to mention cake decorator...

chou said...

Coco! Gorgeous! I love the moon. What a great gift. I hope the shower was a blast, and even more, that you had fun making the cake. Because to my eyes, it looks all fun.

~~louise~~ said...

Fantabulous!

bren@flanboyanteats said...

Courtney! I love this cake. It's so darn pretty. And I congratulate you for being at ur job for 10 yrs. I can't even imagine!!

Y said...

Gorgeous cake! I love that sleepy moon!

Gabi said...

Courtney- you are the divine diva- and a good friend as well! Your cake is dreamy- what a nice gift to share your gifts!
xo

awoz said...

Your caùke is gorgeous!!!! Beautifull:)

littlelisa said...

Wow, how beautiful! Your cake looks amazing.