I made this Quilted Pearl Baby Shower Cake for a friend's baby shower that had a more grown up theme. I baked a 12 inch square cake and once cooled, covered the cake in buttercream icing. I used rolled white fondant and covered the entire cake.
I bought a Wilton fondant tool and used a ruler to make the quilted stitches. I purchased the edible candy pearls and using a very small dab of buttercream icing, I placed a pearl at each stitch crossing. A couple weeks prior to making this cake, I melted down the Wilton candy melts and used the coloring gels to make hot pink candy, green candy and black candy.
I also used the molding candy recipe on Wilton.com and after the candy set over night, I sculpted the booties. The hardest part was trying to get them to look identical. I had to redo them a few times. I then rolled out the black candy and used different size flower cookie cutters and cut out the flowers. I gently turned up the petals and placed the flowers on a cookie sheet. After the flowers were finished, I did the same process with the green candy except I used different size leaf cutters.
I placed the booties, flowers and leaves in the fridge and left them there until I put them on the cake. I used buttercream icing to place the flowers and leaves on the cake. Before putting the flowers in the fridge, I went ahead and placed the stems in them. The stems also helped the flowers to stay in place on the cake.
I made this Baby Shower Quilt cake for a friend's niece's baby shower. We chose plates and decorations with the BABY block image on them. The border of the plates looked like a quilt, so that was my theme for the cake.
I baked 2 half-sheet cakes, one chocolate and one white. I used canned cream cheese icing for the filling because it's so simple. I made my own icing for the rest of the cake. I needed a lot of different tips and colors, so it was a little bit of a process to use five colors. Thank goodness for couplers. They make life so much easier.
I did a pattern transfer for the BABY. That means I traced the letters and squares from the plate onto a piece of waxed paper. Then, I traced over the design with something called "piping gel" onto the waxed paper. Then, I flipped the waxed paper over so the gel was touching the cake. I gently pressed down over all of the gel to transfer the gel from the waxed paper onto the cake. Then, I could trace over it again with the desired colors of icing. It's the greatest technique, you just have to make sure you trace it the right way to avoid transferring it backwards.
I divided the outside border into squares. Then, I just made up quilt squares using different colors and tips and designs. Later, I traced over the lines with piped white icing.
For the bottom border, I used leftover colored icing in a 1M tip to make the shell border. I used a different color for each side of the cake.