It's spring and the little robins in my backyard are hatching out of their sky-blue eggs. We find little pieces of shell on the lawn. Talk about natures' porcelain.
Three of my sister-in-laws are also about to hatch some babies!
We are eagerly awaiting the arrivals of one girl, a one boy and a surprise in June. My boys are finally going to have some cousins on their father's side and Baby Mateo, now a chubby-cheeked and smiling 10 lb bundle, is going to have some competition for the cuteness factor.
The girls are all due the same week in June-you'd almost think they got together and planned it eight months ago! (Hmmm, there was that family wedding back in late September...)
Anyway! Babies on the way means back-to-back baby showers and I managed to set aside the mountains of laundry for a while and put together two cakes for the events.
The first was a Lemon Mascarpone Layer Cake (boy) for a mama who loves lemon. I sketched the little umbrella lady by hand and then cut her out of marzipan. She is hand painted using food coloring and totally edible. The cake is a basic white cake and layered with lemon curd and a fantastic lemon mascarpone frosting. (See the bottom of the post for the recipe for the frosting)
I wanted poke-a-dots on the cake and as time was an issue (nothing like a crying baby to hasten one along!) I just used candies called Rockets and pressed them into the frosting. Since they are all pastel colors, they worked quite well for a baby cake.
For the second cake, unfortunately I was even more pressed for time; however, I put my Rockets to good use again. My MIL made a white cake and I decorated it with Strawberry Buttercream ( that's right, this one is the girl) and another pregnant lady out of rolled marzipan.
I have to credit the talented Melody of My Sweet and Saucy for the stencil template of the pregnant lady silhouette. To get the template for yourself or see her totally amazing baby shower cake, check out this post. This is the girl who should be doing your cakes, ladies, not me!
No recipe for this one...my strawberry buttercream separated ever-so-slightly (darn Martha!) so I wasn't to happy with it. It was all smooth and sexy until I added the pureed jam...
However, here is a recipe you must try out soon. Don't wait for an event like a new baby--this lemon mascarpone frosting would make a killer icing for cupcakes for any sort of occasion.
Lemon Mascarpone Frosting
2 cups chilled heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup sugar
24 oz mascarpone cheese
1 1/2 cups lemon curd
Beat whipping cream and sugar in a large bowl until peaks form.
Add mascarpone to lemon curd in a medium bowl; whisk until blended.
Fold whipped cream into lemon-mascarpone mixture and gently mix until combined.
Covers and fills a 9 inch layer cake.
P.S. OK, since this post is all about babies...
...here's Mateo at 2 months old. I'm hoping he will be less picky than his brother and hopefully a foodie since his shirt says "I'd rather be eating foie gras at Toque!." One can always hope.
P.S.2 On another personal note...Laura, you are far away and the third sister-in-law about to give birth. I love you and miss you and would give anything to make your baby shower cake...xxoo.