Part of the reason I decided to start blogging was because of all the positive feedback I received for the crafts and dessert I made for my cousin Janelle’s baby shower. My husband suggested that I start keep a record of all the crafts and food that I have been making. I wish I would have taken more pictures of what I was doing but here it is in a nutshell: diaper cake, painted chocolate molds, chocolate sun suckers and sun and baby onsie sugar cookies.
Before shopping for Janelle I asked myself “What do parents of a new baby need more than anything else?” I came up with DIAPERS! Instead of just giving her a pack of diapers, I made Janelle a diaper cake. Diaper cakes are a really unique and practical gift. My cake used approximately 100 size one diapers. I was able to completely customize the look of the cake. The baby shower theme was “You are my sunshine”. I rolled the diapers into a three-tiered cake and wrapped a bright yellow ribbon around each layer. I used baby bottles on the inside of the layers to stabilize the cake. I added a painted sun to the front of each layer. For the cake topper I made baby sock roses that I stuck into the open baby bottle at the top of the cake along with some filler flowers. I thought it turned out pretty cute for my first diaper cake!
Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Keeping with Janelle’s baby shower theme I made sun and baby onsie sugar cookies. The cookies themselves came out great. I found that it you refrigerate the cookie cut outs before you bake them they keep their shape better.
The royal icing was another story. The first batch I made was too thin. The next batch I made was too thick. I just could not seem to find the middle ground. In the end the cookies came out looking pretty darn cute. In a few weeks I am making more baby shower cookies for my Aunt Colleen to take to a shower. I found a new sugar cookie and royal icing recipe that I want to try. Depending on which cookies I think taste better I will post a recipe for the sugar cookies and royal icing. On this next batch I am going to take a ton of picture while I am making them and once they are done.
Hand Painted Chocolates
This was not my favorite thing I did for Janelle’s shower. Hand painting with different colored chocolates took some getting used to. I started to get better towards the end but I can definitely put off making any more of those for a while. I did really like making the painted chocolate covered pretzels. They were a huge hit, especially with Nate’s niece Faith!