My blogger friend Sarina from Joy in the Commonplace is expecting another sweet baby boy to join her beautiful family! My friends Bri from Halfpint Design and Jordan from Jordan’s Easy Entertaining though it would be fun to throw Sarina a virtual baby shower. The theme of the baby shower is travel, so I thought I would contribute a few sweet treats coordinated with hot air balloon cake and cupcake toppers. I especially love the way the travel themed baby shower cake turned out! Be sure to visit the other talented party blogger’s websites taking part and check out their beautiful contributions. Congrats Sarina!!
For the cake I decided to do a naked cake. I love the naked cake trend so much, literally anyone can decorate one. Can you pick up a spatula? You can decorate a naked cake. Even though I’m a frosting aficionado I can appreciate a little less sugar now and again. I used a boxed cake mix for simplicity sake. Once upon a time I baked everything from scratch, until one day when I used a cake mix and my kids told me it was the best cake I had ever made. Hah. Part of me agrees, vanilla cake mix is the bomb. A little secret; add an extra egg to make the cake denser and easier to frost.
However, when it comes to frosting, you’ve got to go homemade. The frosting I used for the cake and cupcakes is my new favorite; marshmallow fluff frosting! It’s so delicious and even my son who doesn’t much care for frosting (I’m actually not sure we’re related) thought this was amazing.
If you’ve never used marshmallow fluff before, prepare to be delighted. Marshmallow fluff is essentially marshmallows, but in a sticky more molten form, and sweeter. By a lot. But it’s so good, and it makes this frosting simply heavenly. Here’s the recipe:
Marshmallow Fluff Frosting
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temp
- 1 jar marshmallow fluff
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy, approximately 1 minute. Add in the marshmallow fluff and beat on medium until fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
Add in your confectioner’s sugar, one cup at a time, and once incorporated beat on medium-high for about 2 minutes. Add in your vanilla extract and beat until fully combined, scraping the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
That’s it! Frost as desired! For the naked cake you’re basically doing a crumb coat; apply a very thin layer to the cake and you’re done. I like to add a bit more to the top to give it a slightly polished look. If you have a cake that loses a lot of crumb during your first frosting application stick it in the fridge for about 15 minutes, then add another very thin coat of frosting to cover. A semi-naked cake is just as lovely as a naked cake.
For the cupcakes I used a large open star tip. Simply hold the piping bag horizontal and squeeze until you get a nice mound of frosting. To make your cupcakes more picture-worthy I usually add a fresh cupcake liner after baking. Most liners get super saturated with butter or oil during baking and lose or change color.
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the hot air balloon toppers, but these would be pretty simple to cut out by hand. Just find an image of a hot air balloon and cut out the background and stripes in different colors. If you are cutting out by hand be sure to find an image that has less detail.
Thanks for visiting and celebrating with us! Now it’s time to go see what other lovely surprises are in store for Sarina!