Friday, May 27, 2011

It's raining something alright

Tomorrow is the big day.

Me and my dumbest idea of the year in my infinite wisdom am hosting a baby shower.  

Yep, you heard me.  Saturday for three hours my  house is going to be estrogen central.  I shudder to think.

But that's not all.  I am also catering it, decorating for it (can you say 50 helium filled balloons ranging in all colors girly) and baking the cake.  For those of you who don't know me all that well.  I like to try new things when there is a lot riding on it.  Why?  I think it has something to do with neurons in my brain not firing correctly.

The first time we fried a turkey for Thanksgiving, we had a house full of people.  Fifteen to be exact.  Now if you have never fried a turkey, I should tell you many things can go awry.  And for us they did.  But in the end, even though we had to cut some of the drumstick off because they were not all the way submerged in oil (what? the turkey was too big for the fryer, I told you we were feeding a lot of people) no one died of food poisoning and the experience was so positive we have never had our Thanksgiving turkeys cooked any other way since.

So in true Krazy Kelly (no that is not going to be my call sign @muftopmommy or @linda_grimes, but nice try) fashion I decided to make the shower cake myself.  Now you know these things are supposed to be works of art right?  I mean, its not like I can just bake up an instant box sheet cake and pass that off as a work of art.  So I have been researching.  I have worked diligently to find the right cake or in this case, cakes to make and am pretty sure I am ready.

I am making a kickin baby cake that is supposed to look something like this. I am just hoping it turns out.  And wanting to be completely honest, I picked this cake based solely on the fact that it looked easy enough for me to make.  I know.  I did say EASY.

Now for those of you who are not in the know, the base layer on that is fondant and the footprints, which by the way, are just too cute , are made of something called color fill.  While I had heard of fondant, you can't go to a wedding these days without seeing it on the cake, I had never heard of the other.  After trying to figure out a way to do it, and failing, I have decided to frost the cake with regular frosting and make the footprints in fondant and set them on top of the cake as a decoration.  

I made the fondant last night and to be honest it turned out to be pretty easy.  I found a recipe that used marshmallows, crisco and about thirty pounds of powdered sugar.  Yeah, this is a walking heart attack alright.  The best part was playing with it when it was done.  I am so looking forward to cutting the feet out.  

So today I am only working half a day because I need the next twenty-four hours to get ready.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, or maybe just your toes.  Kay, thanks.


Patty Blount said...

Color Fill is NOT easy, Kelly. Think you made the right choice to stick with the fondant. Roll it out like pie crust and with a pizza wheel, trace around a pattern of the footprint. I use a rolling pin to lift the rolled fondant onto the iced cake. For the toes, you could use place them with a spoon, I think.

The recipe you mentioned, Crisco, powdered sugar, etc. - sounds like classic recipe. I have a lot of recipes but I like Wilton's Buttercream recipe the best.

Good luck! I'm sure it'll be great.

Candyland said...

Ooohhh baby shower. And cake. I'll need to hire you in a couple months :)

Karla Nellenbach said...

I've never made the color fill. If I've ever needed it, I've ordered from my local Chef's warehouse. But, the fondant is fun and easy, so that was a good decision on your part. Good luck with the shower :)