This In the Night Garden 1st Birthday Cake is a cake I made for my granddaughter Caitlin’s 1st birthday last year. I am not really that good at making and icing cakes, but decided to have a go. As she was a real fan of Upsy Daisy, Iggle Piggle and co. this was the theme.

For the cake I made a Madeira cake (8oz size) using a 13″x9″x2″ rectangular cake tin. I covered the cake with butter icing coloured green to resemble grass, chocolate buttons for the stones, and decorated it with shop bought flowers. I iced her name and happy birthday using the squeezy icing tubes you can buy. I put the three main figures on the cake (secured behind with cocktail stick to keep them upright Upsy daisy especially needed this). I also purchased the Ninky Nonk which I put round the bottom of the cake together with Toomliboos on a cake board covered with coloured green coconut and more flowers just to make it the center piece on the table.

It was not brilliant but she seemed pleased with it. The figurines were an investment as she still enjoys playing with them. She is nearly 2 now and this year she likes Peppa Pig. Making the cake again but only using a cake topper this time round.