December is not just about Xmas in our household - its also Olive's birthday.
So aside from all my Xmas baking, I'm also thinking about birthday cakes and party food.
With a birthday the week before Xmas I guess I feel like I need to make an extra fuss and plan something fabulous each year. Olive loves a party and has been actively planning this year's celebration since March!
This year she's picked a pirate theme. I can't wait to see Olive and her scurvy crew running around in their costumes, climbing aboard her pirate ship sandpit and sailing the high seas to seek buried treasure.
The cake is under way (and under wraps until the party). Olive's excited because it combines three of her favourite things - you'll have to check back next month to see what they are.
My interest in cake decorating really started with her first birthday cake. So for a little bit of fun, here's Olive's life in birthday cakes (and the evolution of my decorating skills).
1st Birthday/Naming day - Butterfly cake
|Hmmm...I think Olive's cousin had a little taste test of the icing!|
Any of you familiar with the Australian Women's Weekly party cakes book will instantly recognise this butterfly cake. It was the first time I'd ever covered a cake in buttercream and I was on a steep learning curve:
- buttercream melts - you need to keep the cake refrigerated.
- Smarties bleed colour when refrigerated - don't keep the decorated cake in the fridge!
I'm not sure why but we never managed to get a proper photo of the cake - clearly this is way before my blogging days - now I take more photos of the cake than the event!
2nd Birthday - Beehive cake
This was the first time I'd ever used fondant on a cake! The yellow fondant 'honey' dripping over the cake was cut freehand and draped over the cake.
The honey flavoured cake was cooked in a dolly varden tin and glazed in a honey syrup to make it sticky and glossy. The bees are made out of yellow jelly beans with black writing icing stripes and almond flake wings.
|Buzz buzz buzz|
3rd Birthday - Tea party cake
My first ever fondant covered cake! Again a steep learning curve but not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. The strategically placed flowers hide a multitude of sins!
The triple layered white chocolate mud cake is filled with strawberry buttercream and covered in white chocolate ganche and fondant. I did make all the flowers and the lettering but took the easy (smart) option and used a porcelain tea set for the main decoration - who said everything has to be edible?
Another important lesson learned: white chocolate mudcake/buttercream/ganache/fondant combination is ridiculously sweet - you only need the tiniest slice!
|Happy 3rd birthday my beautiful girl!|
Do you love making birthday cakes for your children?