This is a tutorial on how this baby rump cake was made. This cake is best used for baby showers and the color reflects the sex of the baby. In this tutorial, you will see how I make the diamond pattern for my cakes. I will also be sharing a link on how I make my fondant bows. This is a two tier carrot cake. The top tier is a 6 inch cake baked in a Wilton Sport Ball Pan. The bottom tier is a 9 inch round cake. Both cakes were frosted with cream cheese frosting. To see other views of this cake, click here.
(1) First, cover the cake board with white fondant. You can see how I cover my cake boards here.
(2) Drape the bottom tier with blue fondant (corn flower blue) and place it on the cake board. Apply some melted chocolate to the cake board before placing the tier.
(3) Next, roll out a strip of ivory fondant the same height as the cake and enough to wrap the sides of the cake. Use a ruler, measuring tape and pizza cutter to get the measurements accurately.
(4) Using the width of your ruler as a guide, use a stitching tool to make interlocking diagonal lines on the fondant. This is how I create diamond patterns on cakes. For a detailed tutorial on how I make my diamond patterns on cakes, click here.
(5) Brush the sides of the cake with a little bit of water and wrap it with the diamond patterned ivory fondant. Use a fondant smoother to smooth out the fondant on the side of the cake.
(6) Brush the side of the cake with some vodka and embed the angles of the diamonds with blue sugar pearls. Do not embed the bottom of the cake with sugar pearls as this will be covered with a blue ribbon and bow.
(7) Roll out some of the remaining blue fondant and cut it into a 1.5 inch high strip. This will be used as a ribbon around the base of the cake. If you have a pasta machine, use the spaghetti cutter to cut out white fondant strips. If you do not have one, use a ruler and pizza cutter.
(8) Brush the edges of the ribbon with vodka and stick white fondant along the edges. Wrap the finished ribbon around the base of the cake, starting and ending at the front of the cake.
(9) Make some bow ends and stick to the cake.
(10) Next make the bow and place in front of the cake. I have a tutorial on how to make fondant bows. It can be found here.
(11) Now that the bottom tier is finished, it is time to move to the top tier: the rump. The bottom tier was made a couple of hours before I made the top tier. I thus had time to brush the bottom tier with some vodka before proceeding to the top tier. If you are making the cake in a stretch, finish the whole cake before brushing with vodka.
(12) Place dowels in the bottom tier along with some melted chocolate. This is where the top tier will be placed. The dowels should be placed at the back half of the cake to make room for the baby legs and feet. You can read more about how to stack cakes here.
(13) Drape the top tier with white fondant and place it on the bottom tier.
(14) Next, make the legs. Some bakers use rice krispies for the legs and drape them with fondant. I used fondant because I don’t think anyone actually eats the rice krispies and using only fondant makes the job easier. Shape two smooth fondant logs. Use some shortening (crisco) to make shaping the logs easier. Place the logs at both sides of the top tier making sure they curve following the sides of the top tier.
(15) Next, make the feet. Shape fondant to look as close to feet as possible. Using a fondant wheel, make indents on the inner part of the feet and stick these in an upright position to the back of the legs using some water or vodka.
(16) Next, make the toes. Roll fondant into balls of graduating sizes and stick to the feet with some water or vodka. The toes here were somewhat big and looked almost “cartoonish.” Try to roll the balls smaller for more realistic looking toes.
(17) Next, cut out blue fondant strips and line the top tier to create the illusion of a diaper shirt. You can also add some fondant buttons to make it look more real.
(18) Roll out some blue fondant into a square, line the edges with a lighter shade of blue fondant and drape over the baby rump as a cute blanket. Try to make ruffles on the blanket while the fondant is still soft.
(19) Finish the cake by brushing it with some vodka to remove the icing sugar residue.