I love to bake so I always knew I would bake Poppet’s first birthday cake. I’m not so good at decorating though, so I figured I’d keep it simple before she is old enough to request complicated designs (then I may have to buy them). I may have mentioned before that I’m not a massive pink fan but buying balloons and party decorations for a first birthday that aren’t pink or blue turned out to be impossible in our town so I went with it and decorated the cakes pink too.
The birthday cake is a chocolate cake, covered in buttercream and decorated with marshmallows around the edge and a one made up of pink sprinkles on the top. The cake is this recipe from Lorraine Pascal (because I’ve made it before and knew it would still be moist a couple of days after baking). I decided to ice it differently from the original recipe so I made a vanilla buttercream which I then used to decorate both the cake and a batch of cupcakes. I printed a large one out on to A4 paper and cut out the middle to form a template. I placed the template on the cake, put sprinkles in the corners, removed the stencil and checked I was happy with the positioning and then put the stencil back and filled in the rest of the one.
As we were having quiet a few guests I also baked a lemon drizzle cake and some vanilla cupcakes. The lemon drizzle cake is this one which I love and bake a lot (simple but delicious) and I used this cupcake recipe. The buttercream was a very simple recipe I was given on a course (70g butter, 140g icing sugar, teaspoon of vanilla extract and add a tablespoon of boiling water halfway through the beating) which I doubled.
All three cakes were made on Friday (whilst my mum entertained Poppet) and were still moist for the party on Sunday (and in fact they still tasted ok yesterday when the last one was consumed).