Monday, January 31, 2011

Clothes-Line Themed Baby Shower

This baby shower cake was made for a clothes-line themed shower. Both tiers were vanilla with vanilla bean Swiss meringue buttercream.

The buttons were made out of fondant :)

The clothes were made out of fondant cutouts too.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Who doesn't love Sesame Street?

OK! Sooooo Sesame Street celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2010! Who doesn't loooove Sesame Street? It's hard to believe that they've been around for the past 40 years! I enjoyed watching cookie monster, big bird, elmo and the gang as a kid and from time to time, I still take a peak if I see it on TV while channel surfing.....and.....I can still sing their theme song in my head :) We're all kids at heart.  

This cake was made for a cookie monster themed baby shower. It was a personalized replica of a similar cake that the celebrant liked. The flavor was a Nigerian fruit cake filled with vanilla buttercream and iced with white chocolate ganache. This is a recipe I got from an aunt whose cakes I've loved for years!

Nigerian fruit cake is similar to American fruit cake and is very popular in Nigerian weddings. I've noticed, however, that it does not have as many dried fruits as the American fruit cake does. This of course is up to the individual.

Like the American fruit cake, this fruit cake can be made days, sometimes weeks, in advance. One of the reasons this cake is made in advance (and I think this is one of the things that sets this cake apart) is that this cake is repeatedly 'fed' and 'nourished', over time, with brandy (yes, alcohol). This gives the cake a subtle, rich, brandy flavor plus it also allows the cake to be stored for ages and ages. It also gives the cake a moist texture and allows time for the flavors to sort of 'mix' and 'settle' and taste even better!

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