I don't know if I'm out of practice or getting old or just slowing down, but when I made this Under the Sea Baby Shower Cake over the weekend... along with three other big orders, all of the work nearly did me in!
The crazy started on Thursday when I started baking for all of the orders. I'd slept late and when I finally got into the kitchen and got started, it was a full 12 hours later before I was finished. In addition to baking all of the cakes and cupcakes (15 layers of cake, around 100 cupcakes), I also rolled around 3 dozen cake pop balls and got those in the frig for chilling.
It was a long, long day and when I climbed into bed that night, my feet and back were killing me. Then I woke up on Friday morning and had to repeat - except Friday was filled with cake decorating instead of cake baking.
I started by finishing up 5 dozen cupcakes for a bridal shower. Then I did a "You Are My Sunshine" cake and smash cake. Then I did a cake, smash cake, two kinds of cake pops, cupcakes and petit fours for "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" party (click for pics!). All of the bits and pieces took all day.
I delivered the last of those around 6pm, came back home, sat down for a couple of hours to eat (yeah - hadn't done that all day) and rest a bit (it was nice to get circulation back in my feet 😉 ), then got back up and started on this Under the Sea Baby Shower Cake.
Wanna guess when I finished?
It was almost 3am. And even then, I wasn't 100% finished. I had to get up Saturday morning, add the topper, set up my photo area, take pics and box it up.
To say I was exhausted would be an understatement. I left home shortly after finishing to go run an errand for church and when I got home, I crashed.
At that point on Saturday afternoon, I hadn't sat in my living room since Wednesday. But I didn't want to sit at that point. My feet were achy and almost numb from swelling. My back was killing me. And we won't even talk about how much my hands ached and throbbed. I needed to sleep with my ice pack mittens to help with the pain.
I actually crawled into bed and slept about 4 hours in the middle of the afternoon on Saturday. Then Sunday after church... I repeated that same long afternoon nap.
It's Monday night now and I still don't feel truly "caught up" on sleep (is that even a thing?).
But all that aside, I wanted to share this cake with you. And I hope to share details of the other cakes very soon.
Under the Sea Baby Shower Cake
So, here's what you might want to know:
- The cake was 5", 7" and 9" round tiers baked in my favorite Magic Line pans.
- It was vanilla bean cake, filleed and frosted with vanilla buttercream. For vanilla bean cake, I use this white almond sour cream recipe, skip the almond extract and add about 2 teaspoons of this vanilla bean paste. So, so delicious and beautiful.
- It was covered and decorated with homemade marshmallow fondant.
- I used white sugar pearls for most of the bubbles.
- I used this pearl bead mold for the top tier and this pearl mold for the other one.
- Here are the other molds I used for the shells, more shells, seahorses, starfish, and mermaids.
- The gold was Imperial Gold Luster dust mixed with lemon extract and painted/brushed on.
- I used gold glitter paper and turquoise ribbon to cover the board - tutorial here. I used the same gold glitter paper for the "E" on top.
Did I miss anything? Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment!