Adorable Baby Shower Happy Cloud Cake

I made this ADORABLE baby shower cake for a lovely lady who is undoubtedly going to have one of the cutest kids ever!

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I used a cool recipe for the icing that I’ve not used before… it’s called cloud icing, so I found that fitting.
Ingredients

1 3/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup water
4 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

In a saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Boil for 3-4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 242 degrees F (firm-ball stage). Meanwhile, beat egg whites and cream of tartar in a mixing bowl until foamy. Slowly pour in hot sugar mixture; continue to beat on high for 7 minutes or until stiff peaks form. Add vanilla. Continue beating until frosting reaches desired consistency, about 2 minutes.

I added an extra tsp of vanilla just to give it a little more body. It turned out great! Yum!

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Manly Cakes

Decorative cakes, by nature, normal aren’t so… eh… manly. I suppose you could say. Most decorative cakes boast swirls and flowers and shimmery things. Most are whimsical and cute. So when it comes time to make a cake for a guy, I always try to keep it as masculine as possible. I hold back the need to embellish things and frill things up.

The last three cakes I’ve done have been for guys. Two of them were delightfully nerd-themed.
A girl I met at Jess’s wedding contacted me about making a cake!

Nintendo! Who doesn’t get all nostalgic over that. I remember when I was a kid, my brother and I used to fiiiiight over some Nintendo. He probably has the scars to prove it. One day, during a particularly bad outburst, my brother and I were reduced to swapping punches over a game of Mario. (You know the ORIGINAL Mario…) anyway, my dad calmly walks into the room, yanks the cords out of the Nintendo, opened the living room window, tossed the console outside and left the room.
We were in shock. And quite devastated. I remember we had to duct tape it together to make it work. We couldn’t live without it though!
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I can only hope this cake brought David equally thrilling childhood memories! Hahaha.

The next cake was for another guy who still enjoys childhood things such as Transformers! My friend Samantha sent me a message on Facebook asking me to make this for her boyfriend.
This Decepticon cake was made of fondant and the logo was cut from layered white and purple fondant for a more 3D look.
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My camera wasn’t picking up the true colors of the cake for some reason, but the photo below shows it!

I was asked to make the cake “decepticon purple” lol
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I hear it was totally loved!

The next cake, I’m sort of cheating by posting. I normally don’t post cakes until I’ve given them to the person who is having me make them, but I’m cheating, because I already sent her this photo. :)
My friend Nickie, who is totally awesome, had me make this for her boyfriend’s birthday!
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I’ve never made a gum paste model before. So this was different for me! It was a challenge and lots of fun. I looked online for ideas and saw lots of airplane cakes. But most of the planes that were MADE of cake were weird and squatty looking. Jet planes are sleek and slim and there’s not much “meat” on them. So I didn’t want to make the plane out of cake. I decided to do a gum paste model rather than blow out the proportions of the cake. I was very pleased with the result!

So, the next time you’re in need of a “dude cake,” remember, there’s more to cake than flowers and frills! Even sweet confections can be manly!

*Edit*Silly me! I see that I already posted this transformer cake!! But guess what, it fits the post! So it stays! lol**

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