Thursday, March 5, 2009

A first birthday flower cake

A first birthday is always special, and it comes with the tradition of giving the birthday girl/boy the cake to explore, destroy, devour—basically do with as she/he pleases. But are guests as excited to eat a baby-palmed cake as a fresh, clean one? Hmmm... Not sure.

One way to make the cake palatable for party guests while following tradition is to give the baby a smaller cake, keeping the larger one for everyone else. But the designer in me wondered, was there a way to make both cakes work in one, fun, colorful design? As it turns out, there is, so that's what I did.

For Lydia's first birthday I made a 5" cake plus cupcakes and arranged them into flower shapes. The flower cake turned out to be the perfect solution. We gave Lydia  a cupcake to play with. Plus the cake was colorful, fun and easy to serve. All in all, a perfect cake for this very special occasion.

By the way, I used the Martha Stewart's Yellow Butter Cake recipe, which yielded 20 cupcakes plus the 5" cake. I made 2.5 batches of Betty Crocker Creamy Vanilla Frosting and found it very easy to make and use.


Sassy said...

Looks beautiful and delicious! I'd love to see a picture of your daughter eating her cupcake. We'll be celebrating Adam's first birthday here soon and I'm trying to decide what to do. Maybe cupcakes are the best option.

Cristina said...

Thanks! Here is a link to my blog about Lydia's party with some pictures.

I was really surprised how nice it was to have cupcakes. They were super easy to serve and nice, small portions.

Have fun with Adam's first birthday! I look forward to seeing what you do.

Anne said...

The cake and cupcakes look awesome! What a great idea for presentation. I'm sure Lydia love it.