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Here is a cute idea for a bridal shower cake - an umbrella cake to represent the showering of gifts for the bride to be. The bridal shower organizers actually requested that an umbrella cake be made for the bridal shower party. Gift boxes were added to increase the serving size.
Two cakes, a 14" round and a 9" x 13" sheet cake, were baked for this cake.
To make ahead:
Use a cutter embosser to make some stitch texture on the edges of the bow.
For the umbrella part, I used the 14" round cake, cut in the middle into two. Stack the cakes together and frost with light pink buttercream. Place in the refrigerator to chill.
Meanwhile, make a template to cut the umbrella shape from fondant. Trace the cake pan the cake was baked from. Cut in half. Make some scallops on the straight side.
Roll out some white fondant thin and place on a piece of parchment paper that was dusted with cornstarch. Place the template on top of the fondant and cut the shape. Slide the fondant (with the parchment) on a baking sheet or cardboard. Put the fondant in the refrigerator or freezer to firm it up a bit. When the fondant is firm, carefully slide on top of the cake.
I used a hollow plastic dowel for the umbrella handle. Just stick one end on the cake and let the other end rest on the cake board. Roll out a log out of white fondant and make a U-shape. Hide the part where the dowel and fondant meet with a small piece of square fondant and some daisy flowers.
For the gift boxes, cut up cut the 9" x 13" sheet cake in half.
Take one of the half and ice with a dark pink icing. Make a lid following these instructions . Place in fridge to chill.
Roll out the brown fondant and cut up a a few strips about 1/2" thick. Place the strips on the "lid" of the cake box. Decorate the lower part of the box with some white fondant daisy cut-outs.
To make the second gift box cake, take the other half and cut it into two. Stack, fill and frost with uncolored buttercream. Decorate with white pink and brown fondant dots. I used the bigger end of a round pastry tip to cut out the dots from fondant.
Roll out some pink fondant and cut out two bands that is about 1 1/2" wide. Place on box as shown.
Stack the small gift box cake on top of the bigger one. Remember to put some support underneath the small cake by putting a dowel. I used plastic drinking straws for this one.
Arrange the bows on the cake and finish with some fondant daisies. Place some pink buttercream dots on the brown bow using a small round icing tip.
Roll out some brown fondant and cut a band about 1" wide and 10" long. Roll the fondant embosser on the edges to create texture. Cut V-shape on both ends. Place on top of the umbrella and write with pink buttercream the greeting " Showers of Happiness".
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