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Baby Shower and a Beary Yummy Cake

Today we had a baby shower for a former admin at our office and since she’s a big fan of my food, I felt it was only right to make a platter of onigiri for her to coo over as her due date creeps up. I planned on making it when I got to the office so that it was fresher and so I got to “sleep in” until 6 AM and just cooked the rice. I didn’t want to overload the rice with hanaosushi no moto as it can be kind of strong, so I added 5 drops of red food coloring to a pot of 3 cups of rice. This was a little too much, I think 3-4 would have been better.

Musubis

My co-worker J helped me add the nori faces. A fellow foodie, she had a blast with all my nori punchers and in between “oohs” and “awws” she was able to help me add faces to the onigiris. I started with the bear and piggie with saran wrap, then worked my way out with an onigiri mold.

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The perfectionist in me is bothered by the little empty space at the bottom of the platter, but we’ll just pretend someone snuck in and ate one.

Close up

Here’s a close-up of the piggie and bear. I forgot my toothpicks, so adding the nori was such a challenge! Don’t ever do this with fingers, I was ready to just eat one of them in a rage (an onigiri, not a finger) over the little tiny eyes sticking to my finger.

Bear Cake

Here’s the freaking insanely cute cake that D made for our office. I swear, this lady just gets better and better. It’s totally time for a cake blog!!! The body and head are red velvet and the rest are Rice Krispies treats and the entire thing is covered in buttercream frosting then decorated with fondant.

I had some cake and the left ear. SO yums!!!

Awww!

And wait a minute, wait a minute! What is this?!? Feeding someone edamame is one thing, but surely giving flowers is a sign of true love! Awww!!!

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