Video:Baby Booties and Rattle Shower Cakewith Elizabeth LaBau
Homemade cakes add a special touch to baby showers. Learn how to make a rattle and baby booties out of fondant for this unique baby shower cake.See Transcript
Transcript:Baby Booties and Rattle Shower Cake
Rattle and Booties Cake IngredientsTo make this cake, you'll need:
- A cake covered in buttercream or fondant
- About 1 pound of fondant
- Food coloring of your choice
- Two pastry wheels, one fluted and one straight
- Two round pastry tips, one large and one small
- A plastic straw
- A small paintbrush
- A rolling pin
- And some thin ribbon
Color the FondantFirst we need to color the fondant. Divide it in half and color approximately half of it the color you want your booties. In this case, I've decided to make mine blue. To color fondant, it's easiest if you press your fondant into a disc and put several drops of food coloring in the middle, then fold it over itself and knead it together until the color is even. If it gets sticky, dust your hands with a little powdered sugar.
Color most of the remaining fondant the color you want your rattle—I've decided to make mine yellow. You can leave the rest of the fondant white or it additional colors to use as accents.
Form the Baby BootiesWe'll make the booties first. Working with half of the fondant at a time, take a piece the size of a small lemon and shape it into an oval, working it until it is smooth. Now take a piece about half that size, and roll it into a rectangle about 1/4-inch thick. A lot of this shaping process is just trial and error. Wrap it around the back of your bootie to check the sizing. Mine seems too long and also too tall, so I'm going to take a pastry wheel and trim the sides and the top, adding a little curve at the top edges. Continue to trim and keep fitting the back onto the oval until you get a wraparound piece that looks like an actual shoe. That should do it.
Fold the fondant over on itself, take your small pastry tip, and cut two holes out of each side to thread the ribbon through.Brush the back of the oval with water, then press the strip of fondant firmly against it to glue it on. You can crimp the top of the bootie with a paintbrush to give it a little style, if you want. Thread some thin ribbon through the holes, being careful not to pull too hard and break the fondant. Once your first bootie is finished, form the second one in the same way so you have a matching pair.