Seven (!) years ago, I met my friend Jessica and a few months after that she said, “I know this guy you would like.” Now, he’s my husband and the father of my children! So when our mutual friend asked me to make a cake for her baby shower for her first baby, I know I had to do something special.
I think it turned out pretty good! The cake is chocolate, the cupcakes are chocolate and tres leches, although I didn’t have any coconut milk, so they’re more like dos leches – still good, though! And the frosting is some heavenly Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I made three giant batches (there were like 30 cupcakes) and was still licking my fingers by the end, that’s how good it was :)
Of course, my favorite part is the peas on top! I’m adding a little how-to on the end of this in case anyone wants to make their own.
I made a zillion buttercream roses. Finally got that technique nailed!
The cupcakes ended up so pretty and girly. I made several different colors of the roses to go along with the ombre look of the cake.
To make your own pea family, you’ll need:
Gum paste tools
Candy decorating pens
Petal dust or gel food colors
Start with a lump of gum paste and knead it until it’s smooth and pliable. Keep your workspace dusted with cornstarch to keep it from sticking. Add a small amount of petal dust or gel paste (don’t use liquid food color as it will make your gum paste too sticky). Start with less than you think you need. You can always add more, but you can’t take any away! I was going for a very soft, light green, so I didn’t add much. Knead it in until you can’t see any more streaks.
Roll into four small balls. Two large, one slightly smaller, and one baby-size.
We’ll start with the baby pea. Roll out a small piece of white gum paste for the swaddle and binky. Cut a strip about an inch by three inches. Cut a tiny circle using the small end of a round icing tip. You can also cut out the flower for the mom’s hair at this time using the larger end of the icing tip. Be sure to put the pieces you aren’t using under something (I turn a mug over and set it on them) to keep them from drying out.
Lay the swaddle strip down and lightly paint it with water. Lay the baby pea on it and start wrapping.
Make sure all the edges are wet so they stick together. Pinch the excess on the bottom off with your fingernails. This doesn’t have to be pretty since it will be in the frosting.
Now we’ll work on the flower. Take your circle and divide it into five or six sections. Cut a bit off the ends to make them petal shaped. Don’t worry too much about getting this perfect – they’re so small no one will notice :)
Hold the flower on your fingertip and paint the back with water – not too much or it will start to melt – and apply to the mom’s head. Do the same for the baby’s binky.
You can color the gum paste before cutting these out, but I chose to paint them. Make a paste out of petal dust and a few drops of water. Don’t make it too soupy or it will get all over your pea, too. Let dry for a few minutes.
Using the black marker, draw faces on the peas. This is why you need to make two large peas! I wanted to make the mustache but drew a smile on first :P Obviously I ended up using the one on the left!
I made little eyelashes on the mom and sleeping eyes on the baby. Set them on top of your cake. I piped a ruffle behind them to kind of give them something to rest against.
If you make your own pea family, I would love to see them!