Yellow Baby Shower Cake & How to Make Fondant Buttons

We did a baby shower at our church this week. It wasn’t a traditional baby shower because the mother-to-be wasn’t even there. In fact, she didn’t even know she was having a baby shower. The shower was for an amazing woman who is a missionary in Africa. Her and her husband are serving God’s people through there talents in medicine and teaching. They are pregnant with their 6th child. Another friend of mine is headed over to visit her later this month, and she planned a baby shower so that we could provide some of the needs for this new baby, including a pack-n-play that has a mosquito net attached. We all recorded video messages and wrote notes. This cake was made for the shower. 
The first step was to bake the cake. We made my white velvet cake. You can read the comment section to find out that is becoming a quick favorite for many. My friend texted me the other day and said, “I just made your white velvet cake today. I don’t even like cake, but I could have eaten the whole thing.” It’s good. I’m telling you. I also think you might enjoy my Cake Making 101 post, which has a lot of baking tips. We also made my favorite buttercream recipe
Next, I covered the bottom tier in yellow fondant. Please see Cake Making 201 for directions on how to cover a cake in fondant. I found the baby buggy cookie cutter at Michael’s in a baby set that also included a teddy bear, rocking horse and and onesie. I also love this roller because it is small (9″) and great for fondant details. It also has two different rubber attachments that you put on the end to help you roll out the fondant evenly (1/8″ or 1/16″ width). I like Duff fondant, which I always buy with my 40-50% off coupon at Michael’s or Joanne’s. You can also find it on Amazon.
The next step was to work on the top tier. I hope you saw my tutorial on how to quilt a cake. The other element here was making the buttons. Kenzie and I made all of these fondant buttons by hand. 
It’s hard to find small cookie cutters. Need little circles? No problem! Use your decorating tips. We used the smaller side of the big round decorating tip to make the buttons. Roll out your fondant to about 1/8″. Cut out your buttons.
I used a dowel to press down the middle of our circles slightly. 
Kenzie was able to help take the small end of a #1 decorating tip to poke two holes in the middle section of the buttons. Once the buttons are made, add these details to the cake with  just a dab of water. 

When I have left over batter I do one of two things: 1) I make another cake to freeze for later. 2) I make mini cupcakes to also have available at the party. Sometimes people just want one little bite of dessert. This provides that option for guests. I also had made too many baby buggies, so I used the extra ones to decorate my platter. 

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  1. Kristen says

    Hi there, I love your cake, that your daughter helps you, & that you were having a surprise shower for a missionary in Africa! How special! I’m curious – do you buy Duff’s yellow or just buy the white & color it yourself? I am looking for a nice bright yellow & wondered if Duff’s is bright – your cake’s color is perfect! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi! Thanks so much for your compliments. I’m trying to remember if I used Duff for this particular cake. I can’t say for sure, but I can say that in general I use his colored fondant when I need bold colors. It really makes it perfect and easy. There have been times where I have white on hand and just color it, which is why I can’t say for sure about this cake. I’m pretty sure you would be satisfied with the results of Duff, and it tends to show up the same exact color as it is on the package. I hope it turns out. Let me know.


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