Bridal Shower Cake

Bridal Shower Cake

My cousin's bridal shower was this past weekend and I was asked to make the shower cake. Yikes, no pressure! I wanted it to be perfect and beautiful. I decided to make a chocolate cake with a raspberry jam filling because it is my cousin's favourite. For the decoration I used a combination of buttercream icing and fondant.

The cake took me 3 hours to make and decorate and it was gone in 10 minutes. :) I think it turned out pretty good.

Chocolate Cake
Adapted from www.wilton.com

I doubled this basic recipe to make two cakes and filled the middle with 1 1/2 cups of raspberry jam.

Makes: One 13 x 9 inch cake.

Ingredients:
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch pan.

2. Melt chocolate chips and butter together in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until chocolate is completely melted.

3. Pour into mixer bowl. Add sugar; beat until well blended.

4. Beat in eggs, one at time. Add vanilla.

5. Stir in 1/2 cup flour, baking soda and salt; mix well.

6. Add remaining flour and milk; mix until smooth. Pour into prepared pan.

7. Bake 40-45 minutes or until cake tests done. Place pan on cooling rack to cool completely before decorating.

Buttercream Icing
Adapted from www.wilton.com

Again, I doubled this recipe to get enough icing to cover and decorate the cake. One batch was a medium consistency and other was a thin consistency.

Makes: 3 cups

Ingredients:
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioner's sugar sifted
2 tablespoons water

Directions:(Medium Consistency)

1. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer.

2. Add vanilla.

3. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well on medium speed.

4. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.

5. When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry.

6. Add water and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

7. Keep bowl covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

8. For best results, keep icing bowl in refrigerator when not in use.

For thin (spreading) consistency icing, add an additional 2 tablespoons of water to the icing.

15 comments:

Hyperion said...

That basket weave look is incredible. I can't believe how intricate it is. This would be my first choice for cake eating.

So, what do the "G" and "C" stand for? My guess: Gargamel and Chet Morton.

Mochachocolata Rita said...

loving the colors...and when will i be able to make such a cake....wow!

Passionate About Baking said...

That's one stunning piece of art...I love it! Wonder if I will ever get that far with such precision & beauty? Your choice of colors too are very pleasing...BEEYOOOOTIFUL!!

noble pig said...

Holy cow that looks professional! I love the lattice on the sides and the colors!

Just beautiful overall, WOW!

Adam said...

Wow, you're quite the cake decorator. I like all of the colors you used, and it looks really professional.

Don't you love it when a cake takes hours to make and it's devoured in 10 minutes? Hey at least it's a good sign...

mesa para 4 said...

You´re a great cousin that´s for shore...beautiful beautiful cake, love it...
Abra├žo e boa sorte para a prima...

Dee said...

See this is what I was afraid of. My girlfriend is getting married in January and I'm meant to be baking her cake. Not that I offered, I'm not that crazy.

Now it turns out that she's having the wedding of the year, and I'm in big trouble if wedding cakes are supposed to look like that beauty you just turned out.

Turned out more than pretty good, btw :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

OMG, that cake looks fantastic! What a great job!

Cheers,

Rosa

Deborah said...

Beautiful! Do you want to come and do my baby shower cake? :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

That is a labor of love, sweetie. It looks gorgeous and delicious!

Lo said...

Wow. Impressive.
I'm sure those cake-slamming fiends appreciated every delicious moment of that lovely cake! :) It looks delish.

nicisme said...

I would say it turned out absolutely beautifully! It would take me days to decorate and then it would look like a pig's ear.
Well done Dragon!

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Wow, looks like you responded pretty well to the pressure--that cake looks so professionally done! That sounds and looks amazing!

Dragon said...

Hype: Pretty close.

Rita: Thank you.

Passionate: Thanks. I love the colours too.

Noble: The sides took the most time. :)

Adam: It is a good sign. :)

Mesa: Obrigada!

Dee: Just remember to keep it simple and I'm sure it will be beautiful. Good luck!

Rosa: Thanks!

Deborah: I love doing baby show cakes. I think they are more fun.

Patricia: Thanks, darling!

Lo: Well, I know that my cousin appreciated it. :)

Nicisme: Hey, if I can do it, anyone can.

Mike: Thanks!

Kevin said...

Great looking cake!!

 
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