1st Birthday Curious George Cake and Smash Cake

For my nephew’s 1st birthday, I made a Curious George cake and a matching smash cake.  I wanted to bake something special that he would love. I know as a 1 year old he won’t remember, but he loves Curious George.

I decided on a homemade white confetti cake. I found a very good recipe on food52.com. It even includes a recipe to make your own sprinkles (which I ran out of time to do).  It is packed with beautiful sprinkles and has a very nostalgic vanilla flavor. I used the same batter for both the 9×13 and the smash cake.

For the smash cake, I made two 8″ layers and used a 6″ circle cookie cutter to cut out the middle to make it slightly smaller for him. Next, I researched images of Curious George for a long time and finally settled on just his face.

  • I made a basic buttercream for most of the frosting, including the base yellow layer, the tan color, and the red.
  • To tint the tan frosting, I used a 6:1:1 yellow:red:blue ratio.
  • I used a chocolate buttercream for the darker brown.
  • I frosted the whole cake with the yellow first.
  • After practicing the picture with pencil and paper a couple of times, I drew the outline in the yellow frosting with a toothpick.
  • I had 3 different frosting bags and couplers, so I was able to fill it in pretty quickly. I wasn’t quite sure what texture I had envisioned, but started by filling in the outline with dots and decided that looked ok, so I just continued until it was all covered, like a frosting color by numbers.
  • I just used the chocolate buttercream with the star tip to cover the sides of he smash cake.
  • Finally, I used the red to add borders and voila!

I cannot wait to see my nephew’s sweet face (or his parents’) light up tomorrow when he sees this!

1st Birthday Curious George Cake and Smash Cake

1st Birthday Curious George Cake and Smash Cake

1st Birthday Curious George Cake and Smash Cake

1st Birthday Curious George Cake and Smash Cake