Little M turns one next week. I still can’t quite get over how that’s happened so quickly but anyway… One! Before Little M was born (in fact, before I was even pregnant!), I thought a lot about the sort of parent that I wanted to be. Now I know that reality doesn’t always live up to expectation but one of the things that I really wanted to be able to do for my child is to make their birthday cake for them each year.
You see, I feel quite strongly about birthday cakes. When I was twelve I didn’t have a birthday cake and my parents told me that they didn’t think I needed to have one anymore. Whaaaaaat?! Now, don’t get me wrong, my parents are incredibly loving and I had a perfectly good childhood in a stable home but they (and by they I mean my mother) are very practical people and don’t see the need for cards or surprise gifts or, it would seem, birthday cakes.
Unfortunately, I’m not as organised as I like to think I am. I seem to manage to present the illusion of being organised as I generally manage to get things done, but there’s usually a considerable amount of running around like a loon at the last minute involved. So, I asked some fellow parent bloggers for some inspiration as to what I could, erm, create for Little M’s first birthday cake.
I particularly enjoyed reading Hannah’s account of making her daughter Luisa’s first birthday cake. Love the ‘fling and hope’ approach. I think this might be a method I’ll end up adopting myself…! I think the final result turned out pretty well though, don’t you?
Jade shared these two masterpieces that she made for her boys – I can only aspire to something this beautiful! Although she did ‘cheat’ and buy in the fondant figures. There’s no way I’d have the skill to create anything like that! I like the idea of chocolate finger ‘cladding’ though – I’m sure I’ve seen gluten free ones around somewhere.
Sadly, I don’t think I have the creative or artistic skills to recreate this Gruffalo cake made by Jenny. Which is a shame, as Little M is a big fan of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child. If you think you’d like to give it a go, though, you can find a tutorial over on Jenny’s blog.
It was when I saw Lisa’s one-shaped wonder of a cake that I was truly inspired! I’m not sure that I’ve got the skills with fondant icing that Lisa has, but I’m wondering if I can combine a one-shaped cake tin with some of Jade’s chocolate button decorating prowess to create something workable!
Did you make your child’s first birthday cake? What did you do?