Sweet Maria and Josh from Two Peas & Their Pod is having a baby!  They will soon be welcoming their first child into the world, a sweet little boy. A few friends from around the blog-o-sphere decided to get together and host a virtual baby shower!  Happy Baby Shower guys!

 

I decided to make Maria and Josh a little cake with a “baby” pea on it.  The pea pod itself was designed after these amazing cookies from Bridget at Bake at 350.

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To make this sweet little baby pea pod, I simply baked two cakes in these wonderful little pans.*

After baking, I removed one of the mini cakes from the pan and chilled in the freezer for about one hour.  Once the cake is nice and firm I carved out the “pea pod” shape.  With the other cake I made cake pops. The cake pops are covered in tinted buttercream that I just heated to get a runnier consistency.  I simply dipped them in the frosting and let them dry. I used the same buttercream (in its original form, not heated) to cover the pea pod, simply using a small offset spatula to smooth out the frosting as much as possible.

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And here is where I keep it real folks.

Maria is the QUEEN of cookies.  She makes the most amazing cookie creations!  I wanted to add some cookies to the interior of her cake so it was extra personalized for her.

I made her Oreo Cheesecake Cookies.  I also made her Rolo cookies.  (Both completely swoon-worthy.)  Then incorporate them into the cake.

Then managed to overcook the cookies and undercook the cake.  It was not pretty. #bakingfail

But now I have been sufficiently challenged and I WILL make it happen.  Maybe for baby number two???

 

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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

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