I mentioned in one of my TWD posts that I had made a special cake for “the Little Prince’s” first birthday celebration and promised pictures. It is now a couple weeks after the fact, but I am very proud of my very first birthday cake effort so I still wanted to share.
I actually had some difficulty deciding what I wanted to do for his cake, it’s not like a one year old can tell you exactly what he wants his cake to look like. After a fair amount of pondering I came up with a plan. It’s possible that I may have gone a tad bit over board, I know he won’t remember his first birthday cake, but I wanted to do something special and I will always have the pictures to show him.
And here it is!
“The Little Prince” has loved splashing in the water pretty much since his first bath, and on a recent trip to Oregon we discovered that he definitely enjoyed the whole beach experience so I decided to make his cake into a little beach scene. Off to the left you can see the little smash cake I made for him in the form of a small sand pail. I wanted to make sure our guests had a choice of flavors so the cake is actually comprised of three different flavors of cake. The large base is a S’mores cake (two layers of chocolate cake sandwiching a sheet of homemade marshmallow coated in graham cracker crumbs), the ball is a white chocolate cream cake and the pail is a strawberry rhubarb cake. The smash cake was made from the trimmings off the S’mores cake.
It took a little effort to convince him that this was something he could eat, but once he was convinced he was ready to dive right in.
Before I knew it, this was all that remained (and yes, he was using the sand shovel as a spoon!). I really shouldn’t have allowed him to eat this much cake, but he managed to accomplish this while I was distracted serving cake to our guests.
This cake ended up being so much more work than I was expecting – I have frequently helped my mother with projects like this, but I have never done one solo before now – but it was completely worth it. I’m really looking forward to when he and I can pick out his cake theme together, and making him his dream cake every year.