Amanda’s Elephant-Tastic Baby Shower

April 12, 2011 · 19 comments · Print This Post

in Boston / Massachusetts, Cake, Cookies, Friends / Family, Holidays / Entertaining

My friend Randi and I recently co-planned a baby shower for my cousin Amanda. After we decided on a cute and cuddly elephant based invitation it was my job to find a cake and favors for the guests. I knew right away that I wanted my friend Carrie to design a special cookie for the occasion.

Carrie has more talent in her little finger than I have in my entire body. She’s incredibly handy with a pastry bag and makes a scrumptious butter cookie. I simply emailed a PDF of the shower invitation to her and she went to work. Honestly, I think she has a magic wand up her sleeve.

The finished product looked outstanding, and even though they were shipped to me all the way from North Carolina not a drop of icing was out of place. Believe me, I checked. I desperately wanted to find a broken elephant so I would have an excuse to eat more than one. Carrie did an amazing job creating tags for the favors that matched the invitation, finding just the right shade of ribbon, and then hand drawing almost 3 dozen baby blue pachyderms onto homemade cookies. She’s officially my hero and I can’t wait to find a reason to custom order treats from her again. You can get in touch with Carrie via her website, A Taste of Stepford, or stop by her Facebook page for a preview of some of the other unbelievable cookies and desserts she’s churned out of her suburban kitchen.

As for the cake, my once-upon-a-time office mate Kris originally told me about Yum Bunnies Cakery. Her glowing review and a snappy name like that is hard to forget so when I started thinking about what type of cake to get for the shower I immediately clicked over to their website.

I had my heart set on a 3-D elephant and Jessa definitely delivered. She was also able to match the colors from the invitation to the cake decorations and I honestly couldn’t have been happier. I literally squealed in delight when she took the cake out of the refrigerator case. How cute is that elephant’s little blue trunk?!

In addition to making lovely looking cakes, Yum Bunnies Cakery also bakes cake that tastes scrumptious. Since, from my experience, this is a rare occurrence with many bakery made cakes I really want to highlight the fact that this cake was moist, super flavorful (marble cake with chocolate butter cream in case you were wondering) and highly addictive. I hope Amanda had sweet dreams after sampling all of these decadent treats. Hopefully we didn’t put the baby into sugar shock!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ellen April 12, 2011 at 9:51 am

Great job on the shower, Erin & Randi! The details were awesome – and I’ll also attest to the yumminess of both the cake and the cookies. I felt sorry for the little crunchy elephant as I gobbled it up in .02 seconds, but it tasted good on the way down 😉


2 Erin April 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed the shower! It was great to see you. It had been way too long. PS: The elephant absolves you from all feelings of guilt. He knew where he was going to end up 😉


3 Kris April 12, 2011 at 10:22 am

Really cute cake. Glad you liked Yum Bunnies. We had a great experience with them and our guests raved about their cupcakes.


4 Erin April 12, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Thanks for sharing tales of their deliciousness or I never would have thought to use them!


5 Kristen B April 12, 2011 at 11:02 am

Erin this looks so awesome! You did a great job finding just the right people to execute your vision! I just wish I could eat some of these elephants; they look totally yum.


6 Erin April 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

There’s one pretty packet of them left on my counter. I’m afraid they’re probably pretty stale at this point though 🙁


7 Hänni April 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm

The elephant theme is delightful. Carrie’s cookies are fab and the 3-d cake? Woah.

So the original invitation that the theme is built around, where did you find it? Would love to see it.


8 Erin April 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Hey Hänni – Click the link in the first paragraph for the invite.


9 Hänni April 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

Oh, of course it’s from Etsy! What a great shop. Don’t you just love printable invites? It’s DIY for dummies and looks *amazing*.


10 nicole April 12, 2011 at 1:19 pm

aww that cake is soo cute. I love the elephant theme! So darling.
Your friend Carrie is super talented. Love those cookies too!


11 Amanda April 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Erin, I am so glad to see that you have some good pictures of the cookies. Now I can eat the ones that I took home! 😉


12 Julia Barrett April 13, 2011 at 11:37 am

Absolutely gorgeous!!!


13 Michelle April 13, 2011 at 11:41 am

Adorable! And your talented friend’s Stepford web site is very clever.


14 carrie April 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Thanks so much for the promotional lovins!!! The invite and the cake??? Utterly adorable! You girls did a wonderful job…

So glad to be part of the special day! xxoo


15 Gatherings Gal April 19, 2011 at 12:32 pm

That elephant on the cake is just too adorable. I am always in awe of a well decorated cookie and cake. It’s a talent that I covet. 😉

What a fun shower theme! Thanks for sharing.


16 Ms Muffin April 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Oh my, what an amazing and cute cake!
SO loving this!!! It looks not like all the other cakes … 🙂


17 Kelly April 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

I love both the cookies and the cake. The details are gorgeous without being too much or overdesigned. Very elegant and cute.


18 Elizabeth April 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

Those are perfect additions to a shower! Great job Erin! PS- My boyfriend is moving to Cambridge soon, which means I might be moving up there at some point, can’t wait to meet you sometime!


19 Courtney May 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Adorable treats!!


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