This Baby Shower Block Cake started with about three yellow cake rounds, one yellow 8"x13", and one devil's food 8"x13". This was for a friend of mine, her son's name is Layne so I spelled his name in the blocks.
I made a batch of Italian buttercream with less butter than it should have, so I just used it as the icing and the filling because it tasted amazing. The blocks were made from two yellow cake rounds, cut into five squares. Each had four layers resembling Petit Fours.
I covered them in fondant, and then cut fondant strips in contrasting colors to make the borders around the edges. I then used cookie cutters for the letters and glued them on with water.
The duck was originally made from cake but he burst open so I made him from rice crispy treats covered in fondant. His beak and eyes are fondant. The mushroom guy is rice crispy treats also; I had attempted to make a rattle and failed so it became his green head. There is a pacifier in the back behind the blocks made from fondant that is hard to see, along with suckers behind the duck made from fondant.
I used the two 8"x13" cakes as the base; I sat them side by side and rolled blue fondant over the top. I cut out all different colors of fondant in circles and put them all around the cake. The border is rolled up fondant balls glued to the cake with water. I could have done way better on this cake, but I had to do it in one day after I got home from school.
This Blocks Baby Shower Cake was for my sister-in-law's baby shower. The theme was baby blocks. I wanted to incorporate the blocks as well as make it personal. The letters on the blocks are my nephew's initials and the objects on the blocks are both typical items you might find on baby blocks with a few meaningful symbols for my brother and his wife.
I used small cookie cutters which worked very well. I chose to create red converse shoes instead of baby booties because that style of shoe fit their personalities better. The cake was 1 box lemon cake mix, separated into four layers with lemon curd as the filling. The lemon curd was purchased. I then covered it in homemade buttercream and purchased white fondant.
The blocks and shoes were box chocolate cake mix covered in buttercream and purchased colored fondant. Other embellishments on the cake were made from colored decorator icing. It is very helpful to freeze cakes before decorating as they are less crumbly and easier to cut and shape.
This was my first experience with fondant and I covered my mistakes and creases with the square cutouts that fortunately added to the block theme, I just dabbed water on the pieces and they stuck beautifully. The fondant kept the cake moist and became easier to use with practice. I used Wilton brand fondant. I bought white and colored packages. I found the buttercream recipe on the Wilton website.