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A Splashy Debut Cake

Every baby deserves a Splashy Debut. This baby “shower” cake celebrates the occasion with a bathing baby covered in gumball bubbles.


Difficulty: Medium


Step 1

With royal icing make 150 (50 each blue, yellow, pink) tip 107 drop flowers with tip 2 centers.

Step 2

Make extras to allow for breakage and let dry.

Step 3

Prepare 2-layer half-round cake for stacked construction.

Step 4

Divide 18in. half-round cake: divide round front area into nine 3 1/2 in. divisions and straight back area into six 3 in. divisions, measuring 2 in. up from base of cake.

Step 5

Pipe tip 17 bottom shell border. Pipe tip 127 ruffle over shell border. Pipe tip 17 zigzag garlands between divisions.

Step 6

Add flowers and tip 349 leaves. Add tip 2 dot design above garland.

Step 7

Pipe tip 17 reverse shell top border.

Step 8

Cut cake board slightly smaller than 18 in. cake. Cover with foil and ice smooth. Ice bottom of football smooth. Position on iced cake board and ice top smooth.

Step 9

Cover top of football cake with waxed paper. Ice couplers with royal icing and position on "tub" as legs.

Step 10

Pipe tip 4 beads around legs. Pipe two rows of tip 8 beads around edge of tub.

Step 11

For mini ball head: Outline facial features with tip 2 strings. Fill mouth and eyes with tip 2 (smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch). Position head on cake and cover with tip 16 stars.

Step 12

Pipe tip 16 star nose and ears.

Step 13

Attach bell to plastic dowel rod with royal icing. Add flowers to bell. Attach excelsior to inside of bell with royal icing. Position rod in cake.

Step 14

Cover top of tub with excelsior. Attach large and small gumballs together with royal icing. Position on baby's head, in tub and on cake top.

Step 15

On cake top, pipe tip 2 bead inner border 1 in. from edge. Position flowers.

Step 16

Pipe tip 2 message; add tip 2 dots (flatten and smooth with finger dipped in cornstarch).