This baby block cake is ideal for a baby's first birthday. You can make any number of blocks. These instructions will produce 9 blocks that are each 3 inches square.
Bake a cake in 2 9x9 square pans. When the cakes are baked and cooled, remove them from the pan, and slice off the top, rounded part of the cakes so you are working with a flat surface. Aim for a height of approximately 1.5 inches for each cake (this height will make your blocks a perfect square).
Frost the top of one cake, and then place the other cake on top of it. Cut your cake into 9 square blocks. Each block will be 3 inches wide and three inches long.
Mix up a variety of icing colors, and frost each individual block on the top and on all four sides. You may pipe icing around the edges of the blocks for a more finished look, but if you're not a pro at piping, it's not necessary.
Decorate your cake blocks to look like baby blocks. You could pipe one letter of your baby's name on each block to spell out his or her name. You could also buy pre-made cake decorations in shapes that you might see on children's blocks and place them on the squares. Don't forget to decorate the sides as well as the tops of the blocks to make them more authentic looking.
Arrange your blocks on your serving tray. Use a spatula to lift each block, being careful not to mess up the icing.
I made this Homemade ABC Block Birthday Cake for my daughter Aibhilin's 3rd birthday. I had seen a few block cakes, but most had been made for baby showers or baptisms. My daughter loves blocks! So I decided to make one for her, with her nick name on it "Aibhi" (pronounced ayv-ee).
I used one and a half strawberry cake mixes, baked in a 11x15x2 pan. once cooled I cut the square blocks (using an actual wooden block as a guide) I covered each block with plastic wrap and froze them. The next day, I covered each block with white fondant (fondarific) once again using the wooden block as a guide to cut out the fondant, frosting each cake block with cream cheese frosting first to get the fondant to stick. Then using mini cookie cutters and some colourful fondant, I cut out numbers, shapes and letters "gluing" them on to the blocks with a small amount of frosting. I re-wrapped each block and refrigerated them until the next day.
I Arranged the blocks on a base about 3 hrs before the party. She squealed when she saw the cake! Made it worth the hours of preparation! One thing to remember, the cake can be read from both sides so make sure you do the letters the correct way for both sides.
This Baby Block cake could be used for either a baby shower or a birthday cake. The bottom cake is a 1/2 sheet pan that I frosted flat and put a star border around the bottom with a #21 tip. The top border is also a #21 tip that I just drew a wavy line around and then used a #14 and #16 tip to make colorful stars on.
The big stars are from a pan that I have that is star shaped. I frosted them before I put them on the cake, then transferred with an angled spatula. For the blocks I used a 6" square pan, 2" deep. I cut the cake into 9 2" cubes. I only needed 6, I'm sure my kids ate the other 3!
I frosted each cube in the light blue frosting first, then I transferred the blocks, one at a time to the cake with the angled spatula. I started in the middle of the cake and finished each block before putting the next one on. I used a #44 tip to make the lines on the edges of the blocks and a #4 tip for the numbers/letters.
Tip: When cutting a cake, freeze it first, it makes it easier to cut.