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Tribal Baby Shower Cake and Cookies

This cake and matching cookies were created for my long time childhood friend, who is having her first baby. Her mother is full blooded Indian so it was no surprise to me that they were going for a tribal baby shower theme. They picked out the tribal baby cake topper, and that was ordered in advance.

Tribal Cake topper for tribal baby shower cake.

 

There was actually a long conversation and debate going on about who was going to be responsible for keeping it at their house until the baby shower. Her sister and I said we both had too many kids for it to hang out at our house for that long, so it was decided that her father would keep it at a safe place in his house until I needed it. The Etsy shop it was ordered from is https://www.etsy.com/shop/InscribingLives?ref=l2-shopheader-name.

The cake was vanilla cake with vanilla icing.

Tribal Baby Shower Cake

I decided to go with the chevron on the bottom tier because I felt like it kept the cake simple enough not to take away from the beautiful cake topper, but it still fit into the tribal theme perfectly. For the chevron I used pink and white homemade fondant . I painted the white fondant with gold luster dust. My favorite is from Grunderfully Delicious, and she’s a homeschoolin’ mama too!

The cake board was actually 3 gold cake boards hot glued together with pink ribbon hot glued around them. I was super thankful for my daughter asking and receiving a hot glue gun for her birthday in May, because I have never owned one!

I learned how to do this from Rose, one of my favorite bloggers ever, over at Rose Bakes. Again, another homeschoolin’ mama! It was super easy to do and really complimented the cake so well. I’m not sure I can ever put a cake on a plain white cake board again.

They wanted matching cookies for the baby shower as well, so I came up with these cuties.

Tribal Baby Shower Cookies

 

They turned out so cute and matched the cake perfectly. The teepees were my favorite!

Tribal baby shower cookies

I used these cutters and I again used the luster dust to paint the hearts on the teepees and painted some on the feathers. The arrows were airbrushed on with my airbrush machine and gold airbrush color.  I used my arrow stencil from The Cookie Countess for the onesies.

Tribal Baby Shower Cookies

So, that was my very first tribal themed cake and cookies! I’m pretty proud of myself for how the turned out and I know that you can do it too!

Have you done a tribal theme before? Do you have any other cake or cookie questions for me?

 

Recipes

Easy, Delicious, Homemade Fondant for Cake Decorating

 

Learning to make my own fondant was a game changer. Until then I had been buying it premade, which becomes very expensive and very aggravating when you’re in the middle of decorating a cake and realize that you don’t have enough of it.

I had no idea it was so easy and cheap to make. I do still buy black fondant. For me it’s just a pain (and a mess) to make, but for every other color fondant I make it myself.

 

All you need to make your fondant is 1 bag of mini marshmallows (I use jet puffed), a 1 pound bag of confectioners sugar, water, vanilla and Crisco.

 

Super simple.

 

*Note- this recipe is for a full batch and makes a lot of fondant. You can half this recipe if you need a smaller amount.

 

First, dump the entire bag of marshmallow into a bowl.

 

Next add 1/2 cup of water.

Now you want to start microwaving it 30 seconds at a time. Be sure to stir it well after each 30 seconds. It will go from this.

to this,

Then you’re ready to dump the 1 pound bag of confectioners sugar into the bowl of melted marshmallows.

Now you start stirring, and stirring, and stirring.

*Note- If you need just one color fondant, the best time to add the color is now. If you need several colors you’ll have to wait to add the color when the fondant has come together.

And when you’ve stirred all you can stir, it’s time to get your hands in it. And that’s when you’ll want to apply a very generous amount of Crisco to your hands, so you won’t end up a hot, sticky mess.

Rub it all over your hands (trust me all over), and then start kneading. When it starts to come together I usually half it and kneed it in halves. It’s pretty hard to kneed a whole batch at a time.

It will start to come together and look like this,

You should let it sit for at least a couple of hours before using. This just firms it up a little more and makes it easier to work with.

After you’ve let it sit out for a while it’s now time to give it some color and work your magic!

 

So there you go, easy, delicious, homemade fondant! Let me know if you have any questions!

Nicole