Sunday, July 11, 2010

Zumba Baby Shower Cake

This is Kathryn.

She's my totally awesome Zumba Instructor. I've been taking Zumba since about April of 2009 with my mom at the Lodge in Des Peres. Kathryn and her husband are expecting their first baby in late August/early September and they will be welcoming a baby girl into the world.

Kathryn has been a fantastic instructor and really just reminds a lot of us to have fun in life. Zumba has been a major factor in the boost in my self confidence over the past few years and I'm really glad I got involved. I thought that it would be great to return the favor to Kathryn for all of her hard work and dedication to us if we (her zumba students) threw her a surprise baby shower.

It was quite tricky organizing it all around her without her finding out. I wanted to invite people from all of her classes so I had some help in getting the word out and they did a fantastic job keeping it a secret. I had the help of my friend Jennifer, another fellow Zumbie and a Zumba instructor herself. She was key in getting Kathryn to the Lodge for the shower without her finding out. The surprise was successful and I really think Kathryn had a great time.

Now what about the cake? Well of course, I made it!

It was actually pretty funny because a couple of weeks ago at dinner with the Zumba gals, Kathryn had said that she wished there were a way she could have one of my cakes and suggested that maybe someone should throw her a surprise shower. Little did she know at the time.

I took the day off from work because I knew I wanted to take my time on the cake and really make it look beautiful and I wasn't really wanting to be up until 4 am like my last project. Sleep is key to my sanity. I packed up in a hurry to head out to my parents to bake the cake and forgot to bring my SLR camera. So the only pictures I have were from my iPhone.

This was my favorite cake I've made so far because it turned out looking so professional and adorable. I had a lot of compliments on it and was really proud of my work. The top layer was a yellow cake made with butter instead of oil so it gave the cake a sweet and salty flavor and it was very moist, almost too moist for the structure of the cake, but it worked. The bottom layer was a dark chocolate cake and all over was cream cheese frosting and my homemade marshmallow fondant.

Here's the finished product!

I really enjoy doing cakes for events where I don't know most of the people. This shower was a great way to sort of market what I can do and I already seem to have some people interested in future projects for me. Now I just need to get some business cards printed!

In the meantime I'm searching out potential job opportunities at local bakeries. What I want more than anything right now is to get my foot in the door professionally at a bakery to gather some more experience so I can refine my skills.

Can't wait for the next project!


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