Quite wonderfully, my life right now is filled with final preparations for our little Baby Bug to arrive. The car seat has been installed in the car, the bouncy has been set up in the living room, the little clothes have been washed and are hanging in the closet, and the last of the packages of cloth diapers are due to arrive this week.
We were greatly blessed by family and friends at two baby showers. At both of the showers we did a gender reveal and finally told everyone what we have known for a while now...and, trust me, it sure was hard to keep a secret! I made the gender reveal cake for the first shower and had a grand time with it.
I made three chocolate sheet cakes. They were a denser cake, so it held up really well. Frosting tip #1: eliminate crumbs from the cake getting in the frosting by cooling the cake in the fridge first. This will help it hold together.
I made a chocolate cream cheese frosting...my favorite! Frosting tip #2: pipe a line of chocolate frosting around the edge of the top of each cake before adding filling. This will ensure that the filling doesn't ooze out into the frosting of the cake.
Frosting tip #3: put your plastic bag (or frosting bag) that you're going to do piping with in a cup and then fill it with the frosting. This eliminates the mess of trying to hold the bag and fill it at the same time!
For the filling I made a cannoli filling that I added food color to (any guesses?!). Being a lighter filling with a hint of orange, the cannoli was a nice addition to the rich chocolate cake and frosting.
The cake turned out huge; it took up a third of my fridge! I have found that Kroger will sell you their cake containers from the bakery for just a couple dollars or less. I've used them for cheesecakes for a few years now and I was so happy that it would solve the problem of transporting my biggest baking project yet!
For decorating I used melted chocolate chips for drizzle, mini chocolate chips, and edible pearls.
And here it is after cutting and sharing it at the shower. That's right, our little Bug is a boy! We can't wait to meet him!
(Last photo credit goes to Rebekah Chandler)