For the turtle/animal/pond themed cake, the mother-to-be really wanted some fondant 3-D turtles to grace the top of the cake. When I googled a picture of a turtle cake, all I came up with were Ninja Turtle cakes, and as awesome as I think Leonardo is (I mean sword beats nunchucks ANY day of the week) I didn't think that was what Mom-to-be had in mind. So, this is what I came up with, after the help of a couple of further online searches...
Unfortunately I don't have any more pictures of this one, in the crazy of that weekend I completely forgot to do THE most important thing...photo document the cake!
Still, it is reported that Mom-to-be loved the cake, and the turtles were a big hit. I thought they were stinking adorable.
Next, Nautical themed cake! Mom-to-be for this shower is a friend of my friend Mary Beth, and it is rumored that she's not even a huge fan of cake. Gasp! In order to go for a lighter than air cake feel, we did a really fluffy, soft vanilla cake with lemon curd custard filling and vanilla buttercream...YUM. I love this filling, you really can eat it with a spoon. Dangerous!
On the top, I made a fondant boat....named after its soon-to-be captain, Grayson! I wanted to call it the S.S. Grayson, but I ran out of room on my boat. Hindsight, 20/20.
Even the sails are furled! Bring me that horizon....
Is this not the cutest sailboat you've ever seen? I made a bunch of anchors, portholes, fish, and birds, but once I put the boat on the cake I fell completely in love with it, just as it was. Everything else would have cluttered it up, whereas this cake is just a boy and his boat, out in the open sea. Here's hoping for smooth seas and favorable winds for Grayson's maiden voyage!