Birthday Aspirations

May 19, 2017

Little M turns one next week. I still can’t quite get over how that’s happened so quickly but anyway… One! Before Little M was born (in fact, before I was even pregnant!), I thought a lot about the sort of parent that I wanted to be. Now I know that reality doesn’t always live up to expectation but one of the things that I really wanted to be able to do for my child is to make their birthday cake for them each year.

You see, I feel quite strongly about birthday cakes. When I was twelve I didn’t have a birthday cake and my parents told me that they didn’t think I needed to have one anymore. Whaaaaaat?! Now, don’t get me wrong, my parents are incredibly loving and I had a perfectly good childhood in a stable home but they (and by they I mean my mother) are very practical people and don’t see the need for cards or surprise gifts or, it would seem, birthday cakes.

Unfortunately, I’m not as organised as I like to think I am. I seem to manage to present the illusion of being organised as I generally manage to get things done, but there’s usually a considerable amount of running around like a loon at the last minute involved. So, I asked some fellow parent bloggers for some inspiration as to what I could, erm, create for Little M’s first birthday cake.

I particularly enjoyed reading Hannah’s account of making her daughter Luisa’s first birthday cake. Love the ‘fling and hope’ approach. I think this might be a method I’ll end up adopting myself…! I think the final result turned out pretty well though, don’t you?

first birthday cake

Jade shared these two masterpieces that she made for her boys – I can only aspire to something this beautiful! Although she did ‘cheat’ and buy in the fondant figures. There’s no way I’d have the skill to create anything like that! I like the idea of chocolate finger ‘cladding’ though – I’m sure I’ve seen gluten free ones around somewhere.

Sadly, I don’t think I have the creative or artistic skills to recreate this Gruffalo cake made by Jenny. Which is a shame, as Little M is a big fan of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. If you think you’d like to give it a go, though, you can find a tutorial over on Jenny’s blog.

It was when I saw Lisa’s one-shaped wonder of a cake that I was truly inspired! I’m not sure that I’ve got the skills with fondant icing that Lisa has, but I’m wondering if I can combine a one-shaped cake tin with some of Jade’s chocolate button decorating prowess to create something workable!

Number one cake


Did you make your child’s first birthday cake? What did you do?


3 responses to “Birthday Aspirations”

  1. Jenny Eaves says:

    Thank you for featuring my Gruffalo cake! It really is easier than it looks, I promise! I hope you have a fantastic time creating a birthday cake! 🙂 x

  2. Thanks so much for including my cake! I’m not going to lie, rolling out the icing big enough to cover the cake was hard, took several attempts and two people maneuvering it! But we did it! It was the first birthday cake I had made for someone so was very proud! Good luck – you can do it!!

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