Sometimes I overestimate my abilities. Making a cake? No problem. Making frosting? No problem. Making a two-layer 18″x12″ sheet cake and decorating it properly for a baby shower? Perhaps a little more tricky than I thought.
But you know me and my love of challenges. So, after six hours on Friday night, here is the finished cake!
This post will come in two parts. Today I’ll share a bit about the baking process and tomorrow we’ll delve into some of the essential tools, tips and tricks in making and decorating one big sheet cake.
Let’s start with the recipe first. I challenge any of you to find a more tasty marble cake recipe than the one provided by Southern Living. I made a test cake early last week to make sure the recipe would be good and it was super delicious. I knew it would make the perfect shower cake, so I went with it.
I mixed up the batter for each layer separately and increased the recipe by one half (so, if it called for 1 cup of sugar, I used 1.5 cups…does that make sense?). So it was 1.5 of the recipe for each layer.
The fun part of a marble cake is adding the chocolate dollops and then marbleizing the vanilla and chocolate…
The result was two thick layers separated by mocha buttercream frosting…yum!
For the outer frosting, I whipped up some vanilla buttercream. Normally I would use all butter, but since I knew this frosting needed to have a bit of staying power, I did use part vegetable shortening. I made four batches of this frosting in order to do the whole cake and decorative finishes!
(can you tell I was losing light? This picture was taken at about 11 p.m.!)
I’ll share more about the decorating tomorrow, but let’s focus a little bit on that “clothesline” of baby socks…
This was an easy way to decorate since I was afraid to take on too much with the frosting (writing the words was hard enough, trust me!). To form the clothesline I used two wooden dowels from the craft section connected by yarn, a few infant socks and some safety pins. Voila, baby clothesline! (And the green frosting is supposed to be grass, in case you can’t tell.)
Everyone raved about the flavor of the cake, which I credit solely to the recipe by Southern Living. It was impossibly easy to make, so I recommend it to everyone!
Have you ever tried making a large sheet cake? Do you have any fun examples of baby shower cakes? Be sure to come back tomorrow to learn more about the tools and techniques I used for assembling the cake and decorating it!
Also, If you are planning or attending a baby shower, ask to see if anyone is bringing a diaper cake. It should be one of the first questions that gets asked but it makes for a fun gift!