The internet is amazing. Only through the internet can you wind up making a cake for the sister of one of your friends from kindergarten. That’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago–an old friend contacted me through Facebook about making a baby shower cake for her sister. Hi Rachel! Hi Kate!
The theme for the shower was books and the baby in Kate’s belly is named Alice, so it was clear from the beginning we needed a stack of books. With one of those books being Alice In Wonderland, of course.
This was my first time making a book cake, and I’d do a few things differently next time. I’d allow more time for each book to rest before stacking. That fondant REALLY needs to set up before you stack. Also–tylose is your friend in this endeavor if you’re making homemade marshmallow fondant. (Which of course you ARE, right? Right.)
The best part of making this cake? Drawing/painting on the fondant. I am seriously in love with this technique and really need to find more excuses to use it. Would you like to see Alice and the Cheshire Cat a bit closer? Let’s go.
Alice’s nose got a little … ahem … large for my liking, but unfortunately there’s no erasing on fondant. Once it’s there, it’s there. Especially when we’re talking about black.
Rachel did an AMAZING job with the decorations and games for Kate’s shower. (These sisters always do. Woodland Party. You Are My Sunshine Party. Little Man Baby Shower. They really need to be in the party planning business.) You can hop over to Kate’s blog to check out all the cuteness celebrating Baby Alice. The bookplates! The Alphabet book! I’m so glad I got to be a small part of this celebration. Like I’ve said before, I really, REALLY love what I do. Some day I’ll stop saying that all the time. (Probably not.)
Now who needs a painted cake?