Last weekend I threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law Tanya who is due to have her baby in about a month. I was so excited to throw her shower because I love her to bits! Also, she has been my lifesaver on many occasion so it made me very happy to return a tiny bit of the favour(s). I asked all of the invitees to bring an appetizer or dessert to share but I wanted to make some things too (of course). The shower was onesie themed and the main activity was making iron-ons for plain white onesies with fabric and steam & seam. The colors were aqua, white and brown. So, with that in mind I made a onesie cake. I made a carrot cake and baked it in a 9×13 pan. My dear hubby and his steady hands then cut out a onesie shape and cut the cake in half. I used cream cheese icing for the filling, crumb coat and all-over icing. Then I covered and decorated it with fondant.
I got the inspiration for the cake here. Mine is certainly not as pretty as that one that they made but considering this is my first official fondant cake (aside from the practice one I did at my class) I think it turned out ok.
I also made some chocolate cupcakes with chocolate cream cheese icing (apparently I was all about cream cheese that day) and added fondant/gumpaste onesies on top. In retrospect I would make them solely from gumpaste in the future as they weren’t quite stiff enough.
You’ll notice the aqua gingham cupcake liners look brown & aqua at the bottom…that was just a happy coincidence from the chocolate cake showing through. You’ll notice the tiny bits of white at the top which is how I bought them.
We didn’t have any shower games so there were no prizes to be won. But I wanted people to go home with something so sent everyone home with a onesie shaped cookie and (let’s face it) a cheesy message.
It was so much fun to plan this shower and at the risk of sounding like a masochist I want to plan another party! I am thinking about a Christmas party but I would have to get the hubby on board. Also, MANY thanks to the wonderful Michelle who ALWAYS helps me out with my party projects and puts up with all my crazy ideas. Also, it helps that she is a graphic designer/web designer! :)
Now, on to the recipes for all of these projects.
The carrot cake and cream cheese icing are family recipes. This carrot cake is a family favorite and always a hit whenever I make it.
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup oil (I use applesauce)–this is actually a very moist cake so you could reduce this if you want
2 cups sugar
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup raisins (optional– but I always add them. So good!)
Mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, set aside.
Mix the oil, sugar and eggs
Once mixed add the dry ingredients
Fold in the carrots and raisins
Bake at 325 for 30 – 45 mins (it may take a bit longer depending on your oven)
Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 block of cream cheese
2 cups icing sugar
pinch of salt
1 – 1.5 tsp milk (optional, but I like to add it to make it a little smoother and easier to spread)