Sunday, April 7, 2013

Elephant Baby Shower Cake

Well, I think it's been about 3 weeks since I last wrote on here and all I've come up with to show you is another cake :) It's not that Joe and I haven't been doing other things, in fact it's quite the opposite. We've been busy around the house and we've also been out of town the last two weekends. I hope you all had a great Easter last weekend and got to spend some time with your family and friends. Joe and I spent Easter in Ohio with my family and it was great to see all of my grandparents as well as Mom, Dad, Grace, Mary and Michael. Needless to say, it was a full house :) We were only missing Sara and Andy. It was a bit of a whirlwind trip there and back, but we had a great time seeing everyone! On our drive back home to Kansas City we stopped in St. Louis to have Easter dinner with Joe's family. Then we headed back to St. Louis this Saturday to celebrate with Joe's family again with a baby shower for Joe's sister, Abby! Joe and I are SO excited for Abby and her husband, Albert, and we can't wait to meet our future niece or nephew this June!

We were supposed to drive to St. Louis on Friday night like we usually do but I was making a cake for the baby shower and there was no way I was finishing the cake on Thursday. After 5 or so more hours of working on it Friday night, we were ready to go first thing Saturday morning. The cake made the trip just fine and I got it set up without any issues. That's always the most stressful part for me and it worked out just fine this time. Since Abby and Albert aren't finding out ahead of time if they're having a little boy or girl, the baby shower was all decked out in blue and pink. The elephants on the cake come from the theme Abby picked for the baby's nursery. Joe's Mom, grandma, sister and aunt did a great job with all the food and decorations for the shower. Everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time!  Here are a few more pics of the cake. The top layer is homemade funfetti cake with vanilla bean buttercream, the middle is chocolate cake with chocolate, oreo buttercream filling and chocolate ganache crumb coat, and the bottom layer is lemon cake with lemon curd filling and vanilla bean buttercream. The white covering on the cakes is marshmallow fondant and the pink and blue parts are modeling chocolate.

The scalloped part on the top was not supposed to be all uneven like that. We'll just say it's "rustic"... or something. 

I used the wax paper transfer method again for the elephants and chevron stripes. 

Joe's sister, Maria, made those cute little elephants out of baby blankets! So cute!!!

As I said earlier, we really have been busy the last few weeks, but I feel like I don't have a lot to show for it! Once I paint the window trim in the dining room, I'll have some pictures to show you of that. I think we're FINALLY done with the snow and our flowers are starting to pop up. As usual we have more house projects that I'm hoping to share with y'all, but they seem to take longer than I'd like. We've got a couple more weekends out of town coming up, and the 1/2 marathon in two weeks (yikes!) so I'm not sure how many blog posts I'll be able to turn out, but we'll see. What have you all been up to? I wish I could keep up with you all better and I'd love to hear what you guys have going on!

I hope you all are having a great spring and either looking forward to a relaxing summer or maybe relaxing before a crazy busy summer. Have a good night!


  1. Lisa, That cake is fantastic! Love the elephants with the chevron pattern below. Very cute!

    1. Thanks, Heather! It was fun to make.

  2. Beautimous as usual. Maybe once I get done with all this wedding jive I can work on my fondant skills.

  3. Really loved this idea of elephant baby shower cake. My sister is organizing an engagement party for her brother in law at one of the divine DC wedding venues next month. Hope she finalizes good one to impresses everyone.