Baby Bump Cake
by Melanie Everson
(St. John's, Canada)
This baby bump cake is very easy and looks beautiful. The only thing is, some people say its weird to cut and eat it. Here are the pans that I used:
A glass Pyrex bowl (Wilton ball pan can be used as well)
2 smaller stainless steel bowls for boobs
You'll also need buttercream for dirty icing and fondant. I use my own marshmallow fondant. It tastes a lot better than the store bought stuff. You'll need to have 2 cake mixes or you can make your own from scratch. You won't need the full two mixes so you can use the remaining batter for cupcakes and give yourself a little treat for making such a cute cake.
Bake the cakes in the bowls, make sure you grease and flour them well beforehand. When the cakes have baked and cooled, arrange your cakes on a cake board to resemble a belly and two boobs. You can trim the boobs to fit better if they are too big. I usually torte the larger cake (belly) and fill with buttercream. Then dirty ice the boobs and belly.
Next, roll out fondant and place over the cake. Smooth out the fondant with your hands. Do not use the Wilton fondant smoother, because the cakes are round, it doesn't work well, your hands will work much better. Once you have covered the baby bump cake, make sure you leave some fondant at the bottom to make it look like a flowing dress. You can then decorate the belly any way you want.
I've done ones with polka dots or flowers. This one is done with a lovely bow. To make the bow, use a gum paste, fondant mix and form the loops. The loops will need time to dry and harden or they will not keep their shape well.
After the loops have dried a little, you can assemble the bow and ribbons. Stuff paper towel into the loops so they hold their shape until completely dried. I also used little fondant balls to look like little buttons.