1st birthday cake, HELP!

Johanna - posted on 09/17/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Im in two minds whether or not to make my daughters first bday cake or to buy something premade from a shop. I know a first birthday is something special so with all the family coming around I would like to make it so. I am looking for a super moist, melts-in-your-mouth type cake recipe. Dying to hear of any youve tried & loved. Please help!

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Roynetta - posted on 10/12/2012

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If you are wanting to avoid the older bakery frostings suggest they make one from whipped cream thats what we had for our son on his 1st birthday

Diann - posted on 10/01/2010

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I made my Grandsons first birthday cake. I purchased a Mini Cake tin and a cake pan in the shape of the Number 1 It was quick and easy, and home made. Everyone loved it. I used Betty Crocker Chocolate cake mix and it worked VERY WELL! IF you feel artistic, or crafty enough DO IT! If you do not the BUY it there is NO HARM either way.

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Make cup cakes -
You can pipe a 1 on them in icing and arrange them on a tray in the shape of a number 1.
I got this email the other day with the cutest cupcake ideas. http://www.kidspot.com.au/slideshow/Best...
Whether you make her cake or pick out something special. It will be wonderful because you did it for her.

Alexis - posted on 09/30/2010

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If you have the time & patience, you can choose to make it yourself. I you are looking for a specially decorated cake (even by your self) remember it will take several hours longer than expected to bake, cool, prep & ice and decorate if you do not do it everyday. It's best to work on it w/out the little one under foot.
I'm a creative & busy mom. It still took most of 3hrs total for my son's requested "rocket". I would encourage using your favorite box recipe if your can stand it and do not have to worry over allergens. I found the coolest Birthday cakes can be made out of arranging multiple cupcake shapes into what you want. Bed Bath & Beyond has a cupcake shape set. Arrange, pour batter, bake, cool, ice like full cake, serve. Easy serving and No cutting required for party.
I also have pics of the rocket on my fb.

Heather - posted on 09/29/2010

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The Martha Stewart websight has some great recipes and ideas. As far as cakemixes go duncan hines are my fave

Ceri - posted on 09/29/2010

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I always make my son's for his first birthday I got that giant cupcake pan. It was spendy so I decided he would always have the cupcake as his own cake for his birthday. Scince cupcaks are all the rage I make them in themed for his partys. This year though, he is haveing buzz lightyear so I bought the ball wilton cake pan. Its going to be a plant with green alien cup cakes! I love the cupcake pan and I just make box cakes. They turn out so good why bother? Rainbow chip is our fav cant go wrong with that! You could also just give a cup cake then there isnt as much mess to clean up and less cake is waisted. :)

Megan - posted on 09/28/2010

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I have made all of my children's birthday cakes, but it is something that I really enjoy doing. My eldest is also allergic to egg, dairy and peanut, and my Mum is allergic to egg too, so for us making them is the only way to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy the birthday cake. Maybe consider if any of the guests have food allergies when you are making your decision... I am sure it will be great either way, but let's face it, they will not remember it! Ha Ha The 1st birthday is really about family and friends as your little one will only ever remember it from the photos (that didn't stop me going all out though!)

Lauren - posted on 09/26/2010

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we plan on making our baby's first birthday cake because he doesn't like the bakery cakes. we just use the pillsberry white cake mix, and we make our frosting from scratch. good luck!

Rae - posted on 09/24/2010

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I was in the same position not too long ago. I found the BEST website www.bakerrella.com her ideas are so cool I did the elmo cake pops, They were a huge hit everyone was so intresterd in them I am still getting calls on where I got the Idea. The Best part about the web site is she goes through a step by step instructions. I made the cake and fromed the balls with the sticks in them a week in advance and put them in the freezer, so the day before I just had to dip. Best of Luck, I truly reccomend this ladys ideas she is so clever!!!! Pair thease with some cupcakes and you can adorn one with a candle and a message!!!!!

Rachel - posted on 09/22/2010

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I too had this problem, but money was an issue at the time, so I made is first birthday cake and I'm glad that I did! It turned out better than I thought! I used a cake out of the box and made that the day before that way it's already made. The day of the party is when I frosted the cake. I would actually try and frost the top of the cake after the cake has cooled just because there was a moment of crunch time after I finished the cake. First you put on a layer of the icing, then to get a smooth finish use warm water on the knive and that will help a lot! Also make your accent colors thicker. Hope this helps!!!

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It depends on what you want to do. To me a homemade or at least box cake was made with love and seems more special than a store bought cake. And you can decorate it whatever way you want. However if you are doing a themed party or having some huge party like a barbecue and want it to look nice then you might want to consider a store bought professionally decorated cake.

The one thing to remember is that your child is not going to care because they are too young to remember.

Amanda - posted on 09/21/2010

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I made my sons and I was so glad i did! It was perfect and special to me. I made a cookie monster face for his smash cake and then cookie monster cupcakes for his party. =) I have pics on my facebook if you are interested...I might add them on here later too.

Kelina - posted on 09/19/2010

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I made my son's first birthday cake and it turned out to be a good thing since he was up to his elbows in cake! I just found a basic carrot cake recipe and substituted the liquids for half pureed pineapple and half water and the oil for applesauce. Most of the recipes have nuts in them, so I substituted them for raisins and it turned out really great! You can do the same with a box cake and just make the same substitutions and it's a little healtheir and really moist!

Jill - posted on 09/19/2010

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I made my little girls first cake from a box and it was great, red velvet cakes are sooo good! :) I say you do both buy and make. Make a tiny small one that is just for your little one, and have a larger made!

Ellen - posted on 09/19/2010

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I always made a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with chocolate ice cream for their frist birthday. I always made them from a box mix.

Ruth - posted on 09/18/2010

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I'll admit, I usually make cakes from box mixes--just make sure you don't overcook it. If you can get hold of a copy of the Fannie Farmer Baking Book, it has lots of fun scratch cake recipes, some traditional, some more modern.

Probably the moistest cake I've ever made was an Oatmeal Cake with a broiled coconut topping, but I'm not sure where the recipe is.

Nikkole - posted on 09/18/2010

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we went to a bakery and order are's. i didnt want to mess with make her cake for her first birthday. i went to spend the time with her not cooking

Julie - posted on 09/17/2010

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the pro of buying... you dont have to worry about it and the bakery often makes a specail mini version just for the birthday child.
I think of a First birthday cake almost like a wedding cake in specialness.
First birthday
13th birthday
16th birthday
21st
wedding cake
those are visit the bakery and have something designed and made

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