We have them ourselves, we watch them for our friends, everybody and their brother seems to be pregnant right now. So when one of our fellow Wifey's and Doula extraordinaire was about to have her third, we at Wifey put our collective awesomeness together and threw her a Blessingway!
|Our beautiful friend and Doula, Morgan|
A Blessingway is an ancient tradition, where women come to celebrate and bless the mama-to-be through their labor, birth, and recovery of their new baby. Unlike a baby shower, a blessing way pampers and showers the mother-to-be with love and support from her most trusted inner circle of women. The tradition incorporates positive birth stories, pampering, henna, and food into the celebration.
Each person is asked to bring a special bead of their choice to attach to a necklace that will be worn during labor. The necklace will be used to harness the strength of the mama's dearest friends and family during her labor. With each bead, you write and bring a special blessing you're willing to share.
While the ceremony focuses on birth and motherhood, it is usually only for women and babies in arms. Please dress comfortably and casually, and prepare to share in a great ancient tradition involving the power of women and the special journey into motherhood!
We also asked that guests brought a meal to freeze for Morgan and her family to enjoy after the arrival of their new baby so that bonding and rest would take the place of cooking for the family. Easily accessible, and healthy snacks for labor, delivery, and breastfeeding were recommended.
We made an amazing Spiced Apple Cake that we transformed into a henna belly with a matching henna pattern from her recent session with our local favorite henna artist. Below is a short layout of how we transformed an easy box cake into an extraordinary show piece!!
|Our list of party favorites|
A spice cake mix
- A bag of powdered sugar
- eggs (per box cake instructions)
- 3 sticks Butter unsalted
- 1/2 jar Apple butter
- Apple cider, equal substitute for water in recipe
- Apple sauce, equal substitute for oil in recipe
- 2-3 Tbsp Garam Masala
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 1-2 Tbsp Cinnamon
- Fondant (found in the baking section of Hobby Lobby, Michael's, or any other specialty baking department)
- Tube frosting of your color choice
PreparationPrepare the cake based on the box instructions, but instead of water, substitute equal parts of apple cider. Instead of oil, I used apple sauce. This cuts down on calories and fat, and is also substituted for equal parts. I had a jar of apple butter in the fridge, so I dumped half in the batter. I added about 2 T of Garam Masala into the cake batter. The theme was Indian, so we wanted to incorporate the flavor of Indian spices into our cake.
Now comes the interesting part. We wanted to do a belly with henna, so we had to find a way to make those shapes out of cake. I had a deep muffin pan, actually a popover pan, that I filled to make breasts. I also had a round cake pan that was perfect for the belly. We baked the cake as directed, giving the popover pan about 5-7 more minutes since it was much deeper than the 'tummy' part. We baked the cake until a toothpick inserted came out clean.
|Our attempt at pregnant belly cake!|
After cooling the cake, we made a batch of our amazing butter cream. We first creamed all three sticks of butter together, then added slowly the entire bag of powdered sugar. The vanilla was added next. After we got the buttercream to our desired consistency, we threw in the remainder of the apple butter, garam masala, and added cinnamon to the batch. We adjusted it as we felt necessary to obtain the perfect 'spiciness' for the cake.
Once completed, we lathered our cakes up and together with the frosting.
|Starting to take shape is a belly!|
We rolled out the fondant to a uniform, thin sheet, long enough to cover the entire cake. We rolled the fondant onto our rolling pin, making sure it was all covered in powdered sugar so it didn't stick to the rolling pin. We then carefully unrolled the fondant onto the cake. We gently patted down the fondant around the edges and used a pizza cutter to remove the excess.
|All rolled out...|
|Trimmed up and ready for decorating!|
Next, we used our magical cake decorating and artistic skills to carefully copy the henna from a picture to the cake, freehand. We used the back of a utensil to trace the pattern onto the cake, then filled in the design with the tubed frosting in black to make a nice contrast to the cake.
|Yes, we were henna-licious too!|
|Our finished masterpiece!|
The cake was a huge hit, and so delicious! It's amazing how you can transform a box cake into something absolutely show stopping! It was an amazing day, and blessing to be part of this magical celebration!