Homemade First Birthday Cake - In the Night Garden
My aunt and I made this First Birthday Cake for my son Aden's 1st birthday. He loves In the Night Garden and since no bakery around here did these cakes we decided to make it on our own.
I baked a white and a chocolate cake mix in two 9x13 pans. I let them cool then we cut the Number one out of the two cakes so half was white cake and the other half was chocolate. For my son's square cake we made that one half chocolate and half white using left over pieces.
We iced the cake and then used a star tip to decorate to put a border one the One cake and cover the square cake. To make the stones in the garden we melted some chocolate and put it on wax paper to cool then placed them on the cake. We used the plastic In the Night Garden figurines to decorate the cake. This worked out really well because then my son had them to play with after to add to his collection. To write on the cake we used a Wilton writing tip and wrote "Aden Happy Birthday".
It was an easy cake to make and my son loved it. It would be really easy to make for a beginner because you could make your own paper template to use for the 1 if you were not confident about cutting it out freehand.
This First Birthday Cake is the cake I have only just finished for my little boy's first birthday. It was made with inspiration from Lindy Smiths wonky cake. It took absolutely ages to make. About 8-10 hours in all.
You first have to shape the cakes with freezing etc, far too many details to list here but if you wanna make one, go to amazon and search for Lindy Smith and buy her book with the wonky cake on the front if it. It is a fantastic book, full of ideas and tips.
This cake was not easy to make but it was my first attempt and I am very happy with the finished cake. Just hope my little one and the rest of the family like it too.
The hardest bit was constructing it, it was hard, using dowels etc, but its quite sturdy now. I am a professional artist so I had sat and designed the cake before I made it. It has turned out better than the original drawing much to my joy.
Anyway I hope you all like the cake, maybe this will be the start of a career for me making cakes, that would be fantastic.
This first birthday cake was made with a chocolate packet mix (x2) in 2 square pans. When I started to cut and put together I decided it wasn't high enough so I made 2 more cakes, this time vanilla. I cut out the number one and stuck it all together with Betty Crocker Chocolate frosting. Then covered the entire cake in the frosting.
I rolled out white fondant icing to cover the entire cake. I then used the coloured white fondant which I had made a few days before and stored in bags in airtight containers. I rolled small balls to go all the way round the bottom which covered any imperfections when fondant met plate. I then cut out small circles using different sized circle cutters and placed randomly on top, adhering with a little water first.
I stuck a couple of the circles together to make a base for the candle to stand up as I could not work out where to put it in the cake.