Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Belly Cake

Ahhh, the belly cake...one of my most popular baby shower cakes.
Some love it, some think it's odd, done tastefully I think they can be very cute. I don't do the foot pushing through the skin, the domed belly buttons, along with a bunch of other variations I have seen that made me go "huuummm" .
For as many design variations there are of this cake, they are as many structural variations.
Sometimes I make a 2 inch base cake, carved to shape, and then I place the anatomy on top. I torte and fill the base cake, I leave the belly alone. Other times I make just the anatomy and  torte and fill that if only a small number of servings is needed.
I use the Wilton large Soccer Ball 1/2 pan for the belly, the Wilton Mini Wonder Mold pan for the 'girls' , and a 1/4 sheet cake for the base cake.
This particular cake was requested in chocolate, with raspberry filling, and chocolate ganache. YUM!
I bake the cakes. 1 large Soccer ball , 2 of the " Wonder Mold's ". I am not using the 1/4 sheet this time as the order is only for 20 servings.

Rich Chocolate Cake
( great for stacking and carving )

1 box Chocolate Cake Mix ( I use Duncan Hines )
4 egg whites
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 pkg  Instant chocolate pudding
1 Cup sour cream 

Mix ingredients 1 at a time on slow speed until all have been incorporated. Batter will be quite thick. Spread into parchment lines pans and bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes. Check for doneness, cook longer if necessary. 

I  doubled the recipe  for this cake

While the cakes bake I whip up the ganache, and filling.

Chocolate Ganache

12 oz Ghirardelli ( or any quality ) Chocolate ( 60% Cacao ) 
1 Cup Heavy Cream

Chop chocolate and  place in a bowl.
Heat cream till almost boiling, remove from heat and pour over chocolate. 
Stir until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth and glossy.
~ Depending on the sweetness of the cake and filling I am making, I sometimes add 1/2 cup confectioners sugar to this and stir until dissolved.
Let sit overnight to firm to spreadable consistency.

Once my cakes have cooled I set them on cake cut to the shape of the cake.

Then I torte and fill and ice all of the cakes with the ganache and let them firm up and use a warm spatula  to smooth. Rememeber, fondant is as forgiving as Spandex, any lumps will show through....

Next roll out some flesh colored fondant and cover the 'girls' and smooth with your hands.

Place entire cake on the cake board.
Roll out fondant the color you would like the dress to be and gently transfer it on top of the entire cake and cut to shape.

Add straps and dots, or any other decor.

While the cakes were baking I covered my cake board with fondant and attach some ribbon to the sides. I also make a couple cute little baby feet and cut out "Welcome Baby" with my Funky Tappit's.
I made some fondant ribbon roses to decorate the cake board also.
Set the cake board decorations in place and deliver! ( couldn't resist using some pregnancy terminology here :)



  1. i love your belly cake. but let me ask you why did you say that you dont do the little feet. i need to make one but i need to practice on my fondant. any advice?

  2. When I wrote this I was not doing the little foot pushing out of the belly. Now, I do. It is such a popular feature that I do offer it. I use a Silicone foot mold to make my little foot like the one found here.


    I mix some gum paste with some fondant, load up the mold, scrape the excess off with a sharp knife and pop the foot out. I let it dry a little bit so it holds it's form under the fondant. Then I place it on the cake before laying the fondant over it for the dress.

    What I have found that makes fondant easy is making sure it isn't rolled too thin. I aim for about 1/4 of an inch thick. Rolling it onto a sheet of food safe vinyl and then gently " flopping" it onto the cake and peeling back the vinyl is a great way to transfer your rolled fondant to the cake.
    Make sure your ganache or buttercream under the fondant is smooth, fondant is like spandex and every lump and bump will show through.

    Let me know if you have any additional questions. I'll be glad to help!


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