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Coolest First Birthday Cake 52

by Rita S.
(Madison, WI, USA)

Homemade First Birthday Cake

Homemade First Birthday Cake

I decided to make this First Birthday Cake for my daughter after looking through all of the talented "first birthday cakes" posted on this website! I would try my hand at baking a cake that matched her pink party napkin & plate set.

I first baked a large sheet cake and frosted it with store-bought vanilla icing. Then I copied the "1st" design from the plates and napkins onto the cake. I knew that it would be extremely difficult to duplicate that colorful star pattern that was the edge of the plates & napkins, so I decided to stick with the skinnier edge pattern next to it- a thin green line with dots. And what better to use for dots than gumdrops!

I used various colors of Wilton icing tubes to write the letters on the cake. Using those pre-made icing tubes was so easy, yet it locked me into using those specific color shades.

Though I liked the way the cake turned out in the end, I wished that I had matched the colors to the napkins & plates a bit better. Still, Julianne LOVED her cake, and she especially enjoyed picking the gumdrops off to eat!

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Coolest First Birthday Cake 35

by Missy D.
(Fort Oglethorpe, GA)

Homemade First Birthday Cake

Homemade First Birthday Cake

This is the First Birthday Cake I made for my youngest son's first birthday (December 2009). This was my first attempt at making and using fondant.

I found some ideas online and an easy marshmallow fondant recipe. I had a little trouble with cracking in the fondant, but I think it turned out okay for my very first attempt.

I baked 2 cakes--9x11 and 10x13. Used the 10x13 as the base. I used the 9x11 to cut the 1 shape and used the rest to make the blocks. I based the color blocking based on the party decorations.
I did a crumb coat on the base cake, iced the 1 and blocks with homemade butter cream, then covered with fondant.

I placed the 1 and blocks on the base cake and then decorated the base with colored homemade buttercream. I used color mist for the 1 and then wiped with a damp paper towel to make a bluejeans type affect.

It was pretty basic, as I don't have much cake experience, but I'm trying to learn.
It was a big hit. Everyone was surprised at how good the fondant tasted.

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Coolest First Birthday Cake 44

by Cheryl
(LHC, AZ)

Homemade First Birthday Cake

Homemade First Birthday Cake

I made this First Birthday Cake for my granddaughter's first birthday. I used 1/2 sheet cake pan and carved the cake myself. I attached the leftover cake at the bottom to create the "legs" of the 1. It was marble cake.

For the heart I used a 6" cake ring and used white cake. The 1 was iced with white buttercream icing and the heart was iced with pink buttercream icing. I placed a couple of wooden dowels through the heart into the number 1 to hold it in place. I used royal icing white roses that I had made about 1 week in advance.

The purple rose buds and vines were made from tinted buttercream icing. I buy boards and covers from our local grocery store to transport my cakes. I took the picture after I put the cover on. I got the idea for the cake from her invitations which had the 1 with a star instead of the heart. At the party we removed the heart and it became her own individual cake. She LOVED it!

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