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It is nearly one month after Shannon celebrated her first birthday and I am still in love with the details and how this cake came together.
When Amanda, Shannon’s mother, contacted me about creating a carousel cake for her daughter’s first birthday, she said that she wanted to use the dress that Shannon would wear as inspiration. I saw the dress and immediately became obsessed. How could I not? Look how adorable this is:
Ladies and gentlemen, Exhibit A for why my bank account is happy that I do not have little girls to buy for at the moment.
Amanda explained that she generally opted for simpler designs rather than busy and she desired a “classy carousel” in buttercream, not a circus-y look. She sent me some pictures of cakes that grabbed her attention and I went to work designing the cake.
The final product is something that I would describe as classy, sweet, and simple. All things that describe the kind of work that I love to do.
Shannon’s cake was buttercream frosted with ombre blue texture on the bottom tier. The top tier was iced perfectly smoothed so that the details could shine.
I color matched fondant to Shannon’s birthday dress and cut and hand rolled some small flowers and leaves to surround the hand-painted gold “1.” I absolutely love the color combination here!
This may be my favorite aspect of Shannon’s cake. I used a silicone carousel horse mold to get the amazing details on her cake topper. After allowing it to dry for several days, I used edible gold paint and diluted gel food coloring to hand paint the horse. When I was done, I wanted to paint all the cakes 😀
Shannon received her own smash cake, of course. Again, I hand painted her name in gold edible paint and added some flowers to coordinate back to the larger cake.
I’m not going to lie. I kind of want a cake like this for my birthday. No smashing, though.
Along with the larger cake, which was lemon cake with raspberry buttercream, the guests at Shannon’s party could also choose almond cupcakes with vanilla buttercream. Coordinating sprinkles and sugar pearls, of course. Because, sprinkles.
I was so delighted to hear from Amanda that she loved the cake and that all of their guests devoured both it and the cupcakes. She sent me some pictures of the event and it looked like everyone enjoyed the party, especially the birthday girl!
Happy first birthday, Shannon!
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As you can imagine, birthday cakes are kind of a big deal in our house. I always let my boys choose their cake, so we start talking about birthday cake themes several months before the actual birthday celebration. Typically, Jack is my steadfast, predictable child who knows what he wants. I have noticed, however, that since he began kindergarten in the fall, he’s not quite so predictable anymore. This year, his birthday cake theme ideas ran the gamut between monster trucks (we did that last year) and an under the sea cake. He ultimately landed on one of his latest obsessions–Mario.
Now, we aren’t super techy people, especially when it comes to the boys. They just received a Kindle Fire tablet for Christmas and we are still rocking the old school original Wii gaming system. And while I’ve always known of YouTube’s existence, we never spent much time there–until recently. Somehow, my boys discovered that instead of playing video games yourself, you can watch OTHER PEOPLE play video games on YouTube. Again, I’m not techy at all, but I assume that there is some way to record yourself playing the game and then upload it to YouTube for others to watch. The boys would sit there all day and watch Mario, Luigi, Bowser, Toad, and the whole gang run around on the screen if we let them. They actually say, “I’m Mario!” and “I’m Bowser!” They love it.
So, I wasn’t super surprised when Jack said that he wanted a Mario cake. I thought it was a great idea! Ryan found a set of figurines to place on the cake and we spent several hours together creating various iconic items from the Super Mario Bros. world. We were very pleased with the finished product and Jack beamed with excitement when he saw the cake for the first time all put together. That was all of the reward that I needed.
Honestly, the pictures don’t do this cake justice. The colors were much brighter, just like in the video game, and the details really popped from the cake when seeing it in person.
Jack requested chocolate cake for the top tier and funfetti cake on the bottom tier and both tiers were filled with raspberry buttercream–he has good taste! I covered both tiers in a super smooth layer of vanilla buttercream that I tinted a bright blue.
For his birthday celebration at school, I was able to get him to narrow down his wide range of requested cake flavors and frosting colors. As a former preschool and elementary school teacher, I could just hear the “I want chocolate!” and “I want vanilla” and “I wanted green frosting!” So, I did his teacher a favor and had him choose one cake flavor and offered to swirl together two frosting colors. He chose funfetti cake and blue and purple frosting (his two favorite colors).
I think that he was just so proud and excited to walk down the hall to his classroom while carrying the big box of his birthday cupcakes. I saw him later that day at school for his birthday lunch and he was beaming with excitement. He really felt special that day and that makes me so happy. I love you, Jack! Happy birthday!
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