A Naked Cake And A Baby shower

jestcafe.com-babyshower-and-naked-cake12We threw a baby shower for my friend Maureen on Sunday. It was an intimate affair. Only 6 women from different ages and backgrounds talking for 4 hours non-stop. It was beautiful and reinvigorating to talk with smart ladies while eating good food  surrounded by flowers.

We baked a naked cake for the event, and by we, I mean my friend Janna. I was there to witness and take photos of the process and was surprised at how easy it was to make. Here are some photos of how she did it:


We had so much work to do that we took the easy route and bought cake mix. Janna divided two boxes in 4 different layers that were baked separately. The frosting was home made though. She used this recipe.

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Hope you like the photos.

Also, a post about a flower workshop, a vintage inspired brunch, and a wreath making party.

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  1. Traci Beach says:

    Hi, your cake and food are both just beautiful. I was curious to how long you baked the cakes for when you divided two boxes of cake into 4 pans of cakes. Thank you

    • Mila says:

      Traci, you are so sweet. To tell you the truth, we just got those two boxes, prepared all of them at the same time with double the ingredients that the box instructions say. AFter that, we divided the mix in four. It was SO easy to do. You need to bake the four layers separately for a couple of minutes less than what the box instructions say. If you are not sure, insert a small knife and make sure no liquid dough comes out of with it. Once the knife comes out clean, you are done! After baking, you need to cut the extra cake so the layer is flat. If you do it, send a photo so I can take a look! I would love to see.


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