With a bottle shaped cake pan and basic cake decorating supplies, it is easy to create a simple baby bottle cake. This basic recipe is ideal for a baby shower and works well for celebrating a baby boy or girl. Those who are feeling creative and/or are more experience cake decorators can adjust this recipe to fit what they like best. For example they may change the colours of the icing or the wording on the cake.
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Things you need
- 2-layer cake recipe or mix in the desired flavour (may be pre-mixed or homemade)
- Baby bottle cake pan
- Wilton tip number three
- Wilton tip number five
- Wilton tip number 16
- Cake Decorating Bags
- Icing Colors (in lemon, royal blue, rose and Kelly green)
- Buttercream Icing
- Vegetable Shortening
Pre-heat oven to 176 degrees C, or to the temperature specified by the recipe or box mix, if different.
Wash a Wilton brand baby bottle cake pan in warm soapy water, rinse and dry it well.
Grease the pan with enough vegetable shortening so that all of the inside is covered in a thin layer. Lightly toss about 2 tablespoons of flour around inside the pan so that all of the inside is coated.
Follow cake box instructions or cake recipe to mix ingredients and bake the cake the amount of time specified by the box or recipe. Remove cake immediately when it is done.
Leave the cake to cool for at least ten minutes and use a knife to slice off the middle if the cake seems unlevel or has a hump.
Transfer the cake to a cooling rack by placing it on top the cake pan and turning them over together. The cake should release easily when the pan is lifted.
Allow the cake to cool for at least one hour and gently brush off excess crumbs.
Prepare the icing while the cake is cooling. To do this, make 2 and 3/4 cups of buttercream icing. Divide the icing into seven parts, 1/4 cup each. Using the icing colour, tint six of the 1/4 cup amounts of icing as follows: light rose, rose, light yellow, yellow, blue and a Kelly green/lemon yellow/royal blue combination. Leave the remaining one-fourth cup part of icing white. Mix each part of icing with 3/4 tablespoon of light corn syrup to thin it slightly.
Move the cake to a serving board when it is done cooling by holding it against the cake and turning both the cooling rack and the serving board over together.
Use your finger dipped in cornstarch to ice the bottle nipple smooth with light rose colour icing.
Using your finger, ice the indentions made by the bottle pan on the ring of the bottle with light yellow icing.
Ice the indentions on the baby bottle with white icing, using your finger.
Place tip number three on a cake decorating bag filled with yellow icing to go around the indentions on the bottle ring.
Use the Kelly green/lemon yellow/royal blue combination and tip number five to outline seams and indentions around the bottle.
Use tip number five to make capital letters to spell "BABY" down the front of the bottle. Use the following colours of icing for each letter, respectively: blue, rose, Kelly green/lemon yellow/royal blue combination and yellow.
Use tip number 16 and white icing to cover the bottle in stars.
Use yellow icing and tip number 16 to cover the bottle ring in stars.
Tips and warnings
- Make sure cake has cooled completely before beginning to decorate to avoid melting the icing.
- Do not try to decorate out of order, it will be difficult to do the smaller smooth parts without disturbing the stars.
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