This Out for a Stroll Baby Shower Cake showcases amazing hight, texture and style. Great for a boy or girl, baby shower cakes like this could also work for a gender-neutral shower as well. Personalize this cake with a sweet message or just leave it as is for a lovely centerpiece that's sure to be the talk of the sweet table. The stroller is also completely edible, so this baby cake can easily serve a large crowd if need be.
In advance: Make flowers. Add 1/2 teaspoon Gum-Tex to 8 oz. fondant; roll out 1/16 in. thick. Cut 35 flowers using pansy cutter from Flower Making Set. Place on thick foam and cup centers using dogbone tool. Let dry in Candy Melting Plate dusted with cornstarch. Add tip 2 dot centers with royal icing. Let dry.
Also: Make wheels. Roll out remaining fondant 1/8 in. thick. Cut 8 rounds for wheels using Comfort Grip cutter. Let dry 24 hours on cornstarch-dusted board. Decorate with royal icing. Divide wheel into 8ths; pipe spokes with tip 14 outlines. Add tip 14 shell border. Attach flower to center. Let dry.
And: Prepare foamcore board. Also cut 3 cake boards to fit 10 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. oval cake with 3/4 in. clearance on all sides. Tape together and wrap with foil.
Bake and cool 1-layer large oval, 2-layer smaller oval; bake and cool 1/2 egg cake using firm-textured batter such as pound cake. Position 2-layer oval on prepared board; ice smooth. Add dowel rods for support where egg cake will sit. Trim 2 1/2 in. off narrow end of egg cake; position on oval for hood. Ice hood smooth, adding icing as needed for rounded shape.
Pipe 2 rows of tip 127 ruffles around hood; pipe 3 rows of tip 127D ruffles around sides (work from bottom up). Add tip 14 shell borders on hood and around oval. Ice large oval smooth. Pipe tip 17 shell top and bottom borders. Use icing to attach flowers. Pipe tip 352 leaves. Make 2 bows using ribbon and attach to hood and stroller with icing.
At party, use 8 in. plate to mark legs; push in pillars. Use icing to attach 2 wheels to each pillar. Position plate on pillars; attach stroller cake to plate with icing.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.