Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Birdie Baby Shower Cake Squares

Last week, a girlfriend asked if I could make a cake for a baby shower she was throwing.  I suggested that she go with cake squares instead of just a cake -- maybe that's a southern thing, they seem to be something new to alot of my friends.  It's pretty much just a pre-cut sheet cake.  It's really nice at a shower because no one gets stuck cutting slices of cake for everyone.

My friend sent me the invitation as inspiration and that's when I got really excited!  Here's the top section of the invite -- I'm not even sure what the rest of the invite looks like because I just fell in love with that birdy at first sight.

I just loved it!  I knew I wanted to create that bird on the cake somehow.  I started out with fondant but I couldn't get exactly what I wanted.  So I pulled out the royal icing to see if I could make a little birdie worthy of the cake squares.

I traced the bird onto a sheet of paper that I used under a sheet of wax paper as a template that I piped white Royal Icing over.  I let them dry overnight and then I used a white pearl dust (mixed with a little vodka to make it stick and then evaporate) for a little sparkle.  I cut a few flowers out of my homemade pink fondant for a little color.

I baked a 13x9 chocolate cake using Barefoot Contessa's recipe -- it's my favorite!  I frosted it with a vanilla buttercream and cut it into squares.  I bet it would be great to show you a picture here of what that looks like... but I didn't take one.  Oops!  I piped pretty pink icing to cover up the cuts and outline the squares.  I used the flowers and birds to decorate each piece.

I hope the shower guests enjoyed eating this cake as much as I enjoyed making it!

I'm linking up!!!  Melt in Your Mouth Monday, Recipe Sharing Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Too Cute Tuesday, These Chicks Cooked, Works for Me Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, What I Whipped Up Wednesday, Foodie WednesdayThrilling ThursdayFull Plate Thursday, Sweet Treats Thursday, Turning the Table Thursday, Sweet Tooth Friday, Chic & Crafty Party, I'm Lovin It, Tasty Thursday, Bake with Bizzy, Friday FavoritesFun with Food FridayFoodie Friday, Friday Flair, Sweets for a Saturday, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Sweet Indulgences Sunday


  1. What a cute idea! I will have to try this sometime!! I am visiting from Funky Polkadot Giraffe and I am a new follower!! Hope you have a great week and that I see you around soon!

  2. Jenn, this cake is gorgeous!! I am all about cake squares, when I go to a party that has a Mrs. Kaye Woolard cake, I eat them like Popcorn--sneakily, of course. That little bird is a amazing!!

  3. We LOVED your beautiful creation! Gorgeous and so delicious! The recipient was very touched with the attention to detail. Thank you again!

  4. Very cute! I love the birdie.

    I am visiting from WFMW. Nice to "meet" you. Enjoy the rest of your week.

    Stop by and say hi anytime - LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  5. That's beautiful. I love how you made it so each guest gets the same piece of cake....love the idea.

    Thank you for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday.

  6. I've never heard of cake squares either, but it is definitely a great idea.

  7. Looks delish.

    We'd love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

  8. I'm from Georgia and I love cake squares. It's my favorite shower treat althought they're not used quite as often now with the cupcake craze. I still prefer the cake square. You did a beautiful job with these. Thanks for sharing on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  9. Hi Jenn,
    What a beautiful cake, it looks so soft and delicate. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again real soon. Hope you are having a great week!
    Miz Helen

  10. Wow! Jenn! This is amazing! Your little bird turned out darling! Love the idea of the cake squares!

  11. !) LOVE this, thanks for linking this week! 2) I totally know where Fuquay is!! I grew up in Wake Forest!! Love finding other baking NC-ers out there!

    {Sweet Treats Thursday}

  12. Thank You So MUCH for joining me last week for Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you will come back tomorrow and share more of your recipes with us.
    I hope to see you there!

  13. hi! Just wanted to say thanks for linking up to Tasty Tuesday last week, hope you come back again this week! http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

  14. What a pretty cake. I've never done cake decorating. I so admire those works of art.

  15. so pretty cake....btw...would you mind to be feature at my blog ''show your cake''

    Thank you


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