I made this 1st Birthday Cake Idea for my grandson Mac’s first birthday. Its a butter Madeira sponge cake which I split and filled with jam and vanilla buttercream. I crumb coated it with buttercream and covered it with sugar paste which I coloured green with gel food colouring to make a marble effect.

I modelled the little boy sat in the balls from fondant icing and rolled about 80 little coloured balls from fondant also. I also modelled the Thomas tank and other toys around the bottom. I made the figure 1 with gumpaste.

I was happy with the result, and the birthday boy and his two little brothers had fun picking all the tiny balls off the cake and eating them like sweeties!