Growing Up: Baby Showers and Cake Fillings

e.e cummings once wrote “It takes courage to grow up and become who we really are”. 

Today I had a grown up moment. Today I got to spend the afternoon celebrating a friend, who can only be described as my older sister. I got to see firsthand the beautiful courage and happiness that happens when we truly, honestly get to grow up. I was so honoured to call this Mama-To-Be my friend and my sister today. From the day she told me she was pregnant, I knew that her little bundle of joy had won the “mom” lottery. This baby would have a set of genetics that rivals Brad and Angelina, but more importantly this baby would have momma who was a fighter, a best friend, a joke when you need a laugh, and the perfect plan when you needed to get even or over that ex. 

I was honoured to spend the afternoon celebrating the woman she has become and helping her prepare for her greatest role, a mom. I was even more honoured to bake her a beautiful cake.

With love everyday. 

Strawberry Shortcake 


Strawberry Shortcake Buttercream Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1/4 shortening 
  • 1 vanilla pudding mix, dry
  • 5 tbsp whipping cream
  • 5 cups icing sugar 
  • 2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup sugar 

Assembling the Buttercream Filling 

  1. Blend butter and shortening until light and fluffy.
  2. Gradually add vanilla pudding mix.
  3. Add whipping cream and icing sugar, alternating. Stir until smoothing frosting. 
  4. In a food processor, process 1 1/2 cups of strawsberries until almost puréed. Chop remaining half cup of strawberries into small pieces.
  5. Stir sugar into strawberries. Fold strawberry and sugar mixture into buttercream frosting. Add additional icing sugar if necessary. 
  6. Chill in fridge for 15-20 minutes and fill cake layers. Any left over frosting filling can double as a crumb coat for your cake.




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