We did a Garden themed party for my daughter Lily's 1st birthday. We decided on the Garden theme based on her name.
I baked Garden Cupcakes for the occasion and did a "Rose Garden", and a "Vegetable Garden". The cupcakes were both mini and regular sized cakes, and were just a boxed mix! I made buttercream frosting and tinted it in several shades for the roses (very simple roses made with a 1M tip, just swirled around the cupcakes and allowed to set in the fridge! A VERY easy way to make beautiful roses easily).
The "Vegetables" were all made out of candy. I used 'Airheads' taffy, Gobstoppers, Starburst, and Skittles. Peas are made by rolling out a rectangle of green airheads candy (about 1/2 inch wide by 1.5 inches long), and stuffing 3 green Skittles on one side and forming the other side around, round the edges with your fingers.
Tomatoes were gobstoppers with Airhead "leaves" (cut thin strips and stick on with vanilla extract). Carrots, cut an orange Starburst in half, and shape each half into carrot-like forms, top with Airhead "leaves". The green onions are white and green airheads just formed with my fingers, topped with long Airhead "leaves". Bake and cool the cupcakes (minis bake at 320 F for 24 mins), frost with a thin layer of buttercream and roll in Oreo cookie crumbs. Top with a candy "vegetable" (use a dab of frosting to hold in place.
Voila! Delicious, and such a fun display! And the veggies tasted great!
This Garden Cake even has a picket fence! A friend of mine has a husband who also coincidentally has a birthday, and I suckered her into letting me make the cake.
I used a Wilton cake pan that has a space for filling, which was chocolate frosting and homemade strawberry jam. It was frosted with green tinted butter cream icing, piped in like grass on the top. There were also crushed Oreo's in place of dirt, and vegetables I made out of fondant. Don't eat the fondant! It doesn't taste very good! Don't worry, I warned my friend that while they are edible, don't eat it with the cake itself.
She said it was really good, and I had lots of fun. Also, I didn't have a whole mess of cake to eat!
I was asked to make a cake for a girl turning 10 who loves growing vegetables. The Vegetable Garden Cake is vanilla soaked with vanilla syrup. I put a layer of lemon butter cream in the middle and the outside of the cake is vanilla butter cream. I used tip 233 to make the grass.
All decorations are made from fondant. The 'dirt' in the veggie patch is made from chocolate Tim Tams blended. The small flower pot is filled with cake with a layer of the 'dirt' and then fondant flowers. To make the water in the watering can, I placed a small bit of blue fondant in the top then covered that with blue gel (made from cornflour, water and lemon juice).
I made two garden cakes for my 4 and 6 year old's birthdays, both in May. We just planted and thought it was a good tie in for them. They love sunflowers in the garden and the veggies so we made a variety to add color and variety.
Two square cakes, different flavors, multi-colored fondant (bought off Amazon), regular chocolate frosting, chocolate sprinkles for dirt, jelly bean rocks and edible Easter grass, also off Amazon to add long grass and little bunnies to the garden.
Only really limited by imagination. I made the fence posts, the veggies, flowers and cake the night before, then put them altogether in the morning. Really wasn't too hard, much trial and error but was really fun.