Hi, everyone. Idea's for a fun 1st bday cake for my son.

Gemma - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone, we will hopefully be having a barbeque/jungle theme party for my son who will be 1 on the 16th july. Im really picky and want something fun and unusual. I did a number cake for my daughter and hate the pans, plus im bored of that! So He is your typical little boy, loves food, is extremeley cheeky. It needs to be do-able for my level of ability which although i have made novelty cakes etc i would still class myself as a begginer. Please help people as i want to have at least one practice run if its a little fiddly.
Thank you! xxx

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Lisa - posted on 06/11/2010

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http://www.bhg.com/recipe/chocolate-cake... I did this for my son's fist birthday and it was a huge hit, even without the banana peel on top. I even did a cupcake for him to have (read: destroy) where I piped a monkey face on with the chocolate frosting over the pb frosting. This was very easy. I too am at a beginner level with cake decorating. Good Luck and Have a great party!

Deborah - posted on 06/09/2010

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Have you checked out coolest-birthday-cakes.com they have really awesome homemade cake ideas for all sorts of themes. I have always done a sheet cake for my sons birthdays. 1st year was a quilt, 2nd was a field with train tracks and train, and last year was a Handy Manny sign. Hope the website gives you some cool ideas.

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Genia - posted on 06/28/2010

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I read about this really neat idea for a healthy summer first birthday cake that I love! You take a watermelon and slice it into cilinders, then cut the peel off (so you have like 3-4 big circles of watermelon, roughly the same size. Then you stack them on top of each other with different possible fillings (or not) and frosting (or not). What i read suggested using a few long toothpicks to hold it together, and maybe a cream cheese frosting (sweetened with fruit juice concentrate or something natural like agave nectar). You could put berries in between or other kinds of fruit. Custard maybe. It's a really open-ended idea, but i thought it sounded like a really cool July bday cake (my daughter turns 1 july 28th).

Miranda - posted on 06/28/2010

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This isn't a cake, but I think it was one of the cutest things I've ever seen at a party before and it could fit with your jungle theme as something extra for the kids. One party my middle dd went to, each child got a rice krispie treat shaped like a person and was decorated with hula skirts. The girls had on coconut bras(made from a whopper cut in half and fruit roll ups cut into strips) and hula skirts(made from green fruit roll ups cut into a fringe and wrapped around the krispie treats). The boys just had hula skirts made the same as the girls'. It was extremely cute and all the kids' loved them. It might be a nice snack or take-home to add a little something. She had a cake too but I don't remember it.

I don't have any really unusual ideas but for what it's worth, I think you could use your imagination, lots of different colors, fondant animals, and come up wtih a cool original jungle cake. If you don't want to do fondant animals, animal figures would work fine too and be very cheap and easy. Pretzel rods could be palm tree trunks and you could pipe green leaves and add whoppers for coconuts. You could get Runts candy and use the bananas for extra decorations also. Just a couple ideas off the top of my head to embellish. I am a pretty beginner cake decorator too but I really enjoy it. A pineapple shaped cake might be fun too but getting the shape and texture right will be tricky and I couldnt' give any help with that. lol

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For my son's 1st b-day I made him a bath tub cake. I used jello for the water and I 'floated' candles shaped like rubber duckies on the top (only lit one though).

Jenna - posted on 06/24/2010

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I also did a Jungle theme for my son's 1st. I bought a pack of Jungle animals from Toys R Us that came with rock. I baked a traditional two teired rectangle cakecovered it in white icing, then I used blue gel Icing and created a river through the center at an angle, then covered each side with grahm cracker crumbs for sand and placed the animals and rocks to create a scene...It was easy and everyone loved it!!! I also made a small one with a tiger just for him...good luck!

Payal - posted on 06/19/2010

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hey, 2 weeks back on my daughter's 2nd b'day i made her 'balloons cake'. basically 5 round chocolate cakes of different sizes and colours (whipped cream icing) polka dots and stripes can be made with hersheys syrup and m&m's. lots of ribbons to make a bunch of the balloons. it was a super hit! she loved it!

Lisa - posted on 06/19/2010

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there is a site called cool birthday cakes I think? Google it and you should find the site. I use it to get ideas all the time. They are all different levels and themes. If you use fondant, you won;t get those cute messy finger pics like you do with frosting

Gina - posted on 06/14/2010

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Since you are a beginner at cake decorating, an easy idea is when you frost the cake, rough it up a little bit, make a trail. You can buy cans of color like air brushing which work ok. You can spray it a green and brown and buy a bag of animals to put on it. Or if you are good at drawing, find his favorite jungle animal and outline it on the cake then fill in with the colors, then I use a tad darker color to outline the drawing to hid any flaws. Whatever you do, your company will love it cause you made it with love. Good luck and hope you can find a cake decorating class to take. There are videos you can get too if you cant find a class. I get newletters from YummyArts. They do alot with fondant which I am now teaching myself. Put cake decorating in the search bar and get lots of shops and pics of cakes for ideas. But I have transformed some of there ideas with buttercream. Foundant takes time to learn and I have done a few and the folks around where I live do not like the flavor. But they now are coming out with a buttercream flavor. I am waiting to use up what I have to use that. Just remember, you are never limited, almost anything is possible. I havent found anything I havent been able to come up with a way to do. My favorite to do is matchbox cars and making different kinds of tracks. Frost, spray and put the cars/tracks on.

Kimberly D. - posted on 06/13/2010

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I really like alot of the ideas that have been posted, you said that youu really are over doing a cake. So my idea for you is to make banna pudding /vanilla wafers and you can color the wipped topping so you can decorate it like a jungle - you can find cake favors at any party store. This would take very little time to decorate The pudding needs to be kept cold.



For a 9x13 pan

2 lg boxes vanilla pudding

3-4 Bannanas

1 box vanilla wafers

Different food color's ( green,blue,yellow)

1 lrg tub whipped topping or

1 lrg container of heavy whipping cream

oreos to smash for dirt or smashed vanilla wafers for sand

character's (monkeys,elephants,palm trees,snakes and lions)

Something flat - that can hold your pan

Put aluminum foil over all the edges of your pan that you are gonna use,so you can decorate the foil with the colored whipped cream (I would use the heavy cream,because you can whipp it stiff)



Mix pudding up (directions on the box)

slice bannanas

lay vanilla wafers on the bottom of pan & sides

layer pudding, bannanas + vanilla wafers

1/4 in. to top of pan

decorate with whipped topping + characters



Good Luck Have fun!

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Cristina - posted on 06/12/2010

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Hi, well my sister in law did a really cute and easy cake make completely of cup cakes she put them all together into the shape of a choo choo train, and all she needed to do was play a bit with the frosting 4 or 5 dif clours and it was cute and less messy to pass out at the end. luck!

Rebecca - posted on 06/11/2010

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what about a palm tree? its sort of jungle themed. You could cut the leaves and trunk out of a couple of 9x 13 cakes and then lay them out on a large cutting board before frosting.



Also - My Mother teaches Wilton Cake Decorating Classes. According to her Fondant is great if you want the 'perfect looking cake' but it tastes absolutely terrible and you would also miss out on the 'messy 1st birthday cake' shots.

Leah - posted on 06/11/2010

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for my son's first birthday I made him dirt and worm cupckes. I used choc frosting and crumbled choc cookies to look like dirt and topped with gummy worms. you could do some worms and some candy bugs. what little boy doesnt like to play in the dirt.

Rachel - posted on 06/10/2010

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YOU COULD TRY AND MAKE THE JUNGLE BOOK CHARACTERS TYPE OF CAKE WITH A JUNGLE ON THE CAKE AS WELL SINCE YOU SAID IT WAS A JUNGLE THEME. OR YOU COULD MAKE A JUNGLE WITH DIFFERENT ANIMALS THAT DO LIVE IN THE JUNGLE

Melissa - posted on 06/09/2010

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I just did cupcakes for my daughter's bday and they had monkey faces. The cupcakes were banana chocolate chip with chocolate frosting. The monkey face was mini oreos for the ears, white icing for the eyes with m&m's, mouth and nose was gingersnap cookies cut near the top with mini chocolate chips for nostrils

Maria - posted on 06/09/2010

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well i didn't make my daughter's first birthday cake but i had it made for her just because I had so many other things to worry about...but i had a cupcake made especially for her of the theme colors for her party (tinkerbell) and I had a regular sheet cake made for the adults...if you have a lot of kids attending then i might suggest to make individual cupcakes and the place them on a display sheet and put icing on top with the decorations on top...no worries on using knives.

Miranda - posted on 06/09/2010

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I did a barbie themed cupcake cake for my little girl all the kids liked it better than real cake cause it was easier to handle. :) was cute too. They have them in all kinds of themes.

Chris - posted on 06/08/2010

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My kids have always enjoyed a giant cookie. Instead of paying the ridiculous prices at the store, I just use the packaged dough, cut in slices and layed out on a pizza pan. Just put them close enough to bake together. Then you can decorate it however you'd like.

Gemma - posted on 06/07/2010

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thanks there are some lovely ideas, i may have to try a few out, i have over a month so i should be ok. xxx

Lyndsay - posted on 06/07/2010

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The idea I'm using for my son's next birthday is a bug cake, which will fit in with your jungle theme. I'm going to make a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, crumble Fudgee-Os or other chocolatey cookies over top of it to make it look like dirt, then add some gummy worms or other gummy bugs. If you have a Bulk Barn around you, go there... they have all different types of candies, you could really go all out.

Meg - posted on 06/07/2010

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For my daughters 4th birthday we took a mini cupcake pan and made about 6 dozen mini cupcakes, we then stacked them in a roughly pyramid like shape poked holes in them and poured hot jello over them because jello cake is her favorite, but after the refrigeration we drizzled them with powdered surgar frosting and put small sterilized party favors on them since it was a princess party we had little plastic princesses, wands, and things of that nature but you could easily frost it like a green hill and place fake leaves, monkeys, and trees to make it resemble a small edible jungle/mountain. All the kids loved eating the little cakes because they were bite size and the grownups didn't mind snacking on one or two so they didn't have to have a whole piece of cake just for a taste.

Becky - posted on 06/07/2010

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Have you tried fondant? They make the cakes look awesome and it really is easy. It looks hard but it really is easy. You can make your own MM fondant or buy the store bought stuff. Homemade MM taste really good to where the store stuff taste awful. But you put a layer of frosting down before the fondant so you can always just pull off the fondant. My first try with it was for my daughters 3rd bday and I made her a dora cake. I think it came out awesome. If you want send me a message and I can send you a pic. of it. Go to google and type in 'jungle themed fondant cakes' and click the images. They look really hard to do but really it is super easy. If you have any questions just message me.

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