Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Caitlyn's First Birthday Cakes

Last weekend we celebrated my little girl's first birthday.  It's hard to believe that she is one already.

For her party I had been planning to do a pink and brown giraffe theme.  I mean planning since before she was even born.  A few weeks before the party I found some amazing fabric and all my plans changed.  I still incorporated the pink and brown and a few giraffes but it was more about fun colors and simple sweetness.

 Here's the cute clothespin doll I made to go on top of the cake.  I used my fun fabric to make her dress.  I debated about putting a package in her hand or a sign or a balloon but I then decided on the candle.  It's practical and cute!

The cake is two tall 6 inch layers of chocolate coconut cake with butter cream icing.  I did a ganache drip on top mostly because I love the taste but I also love the simplicity of it.  If you have been following this blog for a long time, I am sure you have noticed that I have not always been into "simplicity"...well, life has gotten full and simplicity is a must these days!  I guess I proved to myself I *could* make a fancy cake of any kind and now I am more interested in making a great tasting, beautiful cake without losing too much sleep!

This is Cait's "smash cake"  I used a round cookie cutter to make this.  I cut three rounds out of a thin flat cake and stacked them up.  This is a great option when you don't have a teeny pan. (Or when you've misplaced yours, eh-hem...)

The giraffe on top was a ready to finish wood toy at Michaels.  Can't remember what those bendy toys are called? 

Here's the little birthday baby taking a first lick...

Taking off her giraffe so she can get to business!

 There they are, the big cake and the tiny smash cake perched on the pretty sweets table.  I'll share more about that really soon!


Kim @ Frost Me! said...

cake looks and sounds delicious! Table setup is fab! bravo for getting up there and hanging lanterns! lol

Kim @
party inspiration

Melissa said...

So pretty!

Amy H. said...

Oh my! How beautiful. TWO THUMBS UP, WAY UP!

Thanks for sharing you link, I am off to share your post on FB...

Can not wait to see the table pics!

Sarah said...

This birthday is fabulous! I love the party hat and was wondering how you made it. Any info would be great!