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

26 comments:

  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!
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    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  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!!

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

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  4. Very cute! I love the birdie.

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

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  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.

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

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  7. Looks delish.

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  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.

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  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

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

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  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!

    Ashton
    www.somethingswanky.com
    {Sweet Treats Thursday}

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  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.
    Thanks,
    I hope to see you there!

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