Looking for Ideas for my daughter's first birthday cake

Michelle - posted on 10/17/2011 ( 17 moms have responded )

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Hello. I am looking to make my daughter's first birthday cake. My oldest daughter is just over 2 years and I bought her cakes both years. My youngest daughter is turning 1 on the 26th and her birthday party is on the 29th. I need ideas for her cake. I would like to make her a cake from scratch but not sure what I should do. I do not really want to use Fondant but I would like ideas for her. Any ideas are welcome and if you happen to have a recipe to make the cake from scratch I would so appreciate it :-) thank you in advance.

-Michelle

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Chelsy - posted on 10/17/2011

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aww a pumpkin sounds awesome . . . I think she'll love it :) It will be pretty cool :) Hope she enjoys it . . . and has an awesome first birthday!

Mary - posted on 10/17/2011

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Lol, my daughter also isn't too fond of him. her first birthday cake was a pink and white polka dot cake. Good luck :)

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Michelle - posted on 10/25/2011

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Hillary, I would love any recipes you have. I want to do carrot cake but I amnot sure how many people coming like carrot cake. I wold make that in addition to whatever cake I am making but money s tight. so any good homemake recipes would be awesome thank you so much

Michelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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Christal, my daughter loves Tinkerbell..my oldest daughter that is lol. My youngest isnt into anything specific yet.

Michelle - posted on 10/19/2011

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thank you everyone for your comments and suggestions. I think I am going to do a sheet cake in the shape of a 1 and make cookies in shapes of leaves. Fall colors. and probably give her a cupcake to dig into like it was suggested by Kara above. I just do not know what flavors for the cake/cupcake. Something that Raegan will like as well as the other kids and adults

Mommy - posted on 10/19/2011

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For ym daughter I did a Minnie Mouse cake. The bottom layer was circular, covered in white fondant with black minnie mouse heads and pink polka dots around the side. The top layer was a smaller circle, covered in hot pink fondant with differnt sized white polka dots all around. I put a band of black fondant over the seems between the top and bottom layer. I made mickey mouse ears out of black fondant and stuck them on top with a pink and white bow between them. I was afraid of the fondant before I tried it, but it is much easier than you think. The key is getting in thin before applying it.

Christal - posted on 10/19/2011

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My daughters birthday cake I made a personal size tinkerbell cake 2 oversized cupcakes stacked got the skirt and frosted green with sparkles. And I bought a small enough size tinkerbell toy to stick in the skirt. For her second birthday she got a my little pony themed carousel. A round cake with candycane rod pillars. My little pony toys in-between each. And a styrofoam cone for the top which was also frosted an decorated for looks. She helped put the candy dots and sweet tarts on it. When I was growing up my mom always made our birthday cakes. Not from scratch. She just bought a box of cake mix, and decorated differently every year. Good luck. I'm sure whichever you choose she'll love it!

Miriam - posted on 10/19/2011

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It's all about the decoration ;) I made a simple pre-mix cake, cut it into three and put two different flavored fillings in between the layers (chocolate-mint mousse and strawberry mousse). Then I colored marzipan into green and rolled it over the cake. With left overs, I colored it purple and made a lining around it with a big bow in the front. Then on top I put standing plastic whinny the pooh characters and candles! Voila! I stressed about this cake so much and I'm really not a great baker but people loved it :)

Kara - posted on 10/18/2011

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For both my kids we just did a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I made them from scratch, and did a basic round double layer cake for the grown ups and then did a dozen cupcake for the kids. That way I could put nuts in the adult cake and not in the kids cakes, and also it meant that I could put a single cupcake on my son's high chair tray and let him have at it without worrying about then trying to feed that same cake to anyone else. It made for some great photos, and everyone liked it. It also meant that I could control what was going into it and make sure that it was relatively "healthy" for my kids to be eating. Feel free to email me if you would like the recipe. mrs.smith@telus.net you could easily make this into a pumpkin by adding a green "stem" to the large cake and each of the cupcakes and by tinting the icing orange. But in my opinion at one my kids really didn't care what it looked like so long as it was CAKE ;)

Hillary - posted on 10/18/2011

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For my oldest daughters first birthday we made a round cake, iced yellow, then used cupcakes iced purple, to go around making a flower, then using a few green cupcakes formed two leaves coming off the flower. Depending on the type of cake you want I have some easy recipes for a chocolate, yellow or white cake.

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I just made my son a cake for his 2nd birthday, it went down a treat - everyone loved it. I made a simple vanilla sponge cake and used buttercream to ice it, his was coloured green for grass (bob the builder cake) but you could colour it orange.



Cake recipe depending on tin size...for a medium sized cake:



Weigh 6 eggs (in the shells)

Then weigh the same amount of self raising flour, butter (or Marg), and sugar (preferably caster sugar but it works fine with normal granulated sugar).

1 tsp of vanilla extract



Sift the flour into a bowl then mix the butter and sugar in, add into the blended mix the eggs and vanilla extract, mix until smooth. Pour into your baking tray and bake in a pre heated oven (at approx 190 degrees) for between 20 and 30 mins, although it can take longer so check the middle is cooked (dip knife in , if the blade is clean then it is cooked, if it is sloppy it needs longer).



Buttercream icing: use 250g of butter mix with 500g icing sugar and 1 tsp of vanilla extract, mix until smooth. Add in food colouring a tsp at a time until you get the desired colour.



For a pumpkin I'd coat the cake in orange icing, tidy around the base with orange smarties (or another orange sweet), then I'd use black sweets to add in details.



Oh any left over cake mix can be used for cupcakes, you can also use any left over buttercream icing too topped with Halloween sprinkles or orange sparkles.

Michelle - posted on 10/17/2011

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Chelsea- I was thinking about maybe doing a pumpkin or something along those lines since she is so close to Halloween. She was born Oct 26th and I am having her party on the 29th

Michelle - posted on 10/17/2011

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Thank you Mary. I thought about winnie...she just isnt that into him. And I already knew not to do fondant for the babies :-)

Chelsy - posted on 10/17/2011

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You could possibly do an animal cake . . . like a puppy or a kitten, or even a wild animal that is a baby. Possibly even a Winnie the Pooh cake or one of the characters.

Mary - posted on 10/17/2011

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Winnie The Pooh is always a favourite or you could just make a pretty pink buttercream iced cake with floers and sparkles. i have a lovely box cake recipe if you'd like. it is very easy and tastes super yum. i would also steer clear of Fondant for a little one's cake, most times it gets peeled off anyway.

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