Happy 1st Birthday!

Time flies, you’re finally ONE and mummy had decided to bake/construct your birthday cake. The cake prices (elaborate ones at $1000!?) scared me. I figured it shouldn’t be tough conjuring up past experiences of play dough sessions some 25 years ago? On top of it, 6 years of model making in Archi School should refine my skills some more. Haha. Besides, it would be a chance for mummy to hone her baking skills so that you could bring some yummy cake to school for your birthday celebrations in future.

It all started like this. Mummy wanted to make some rainbows and googled for fondant rainbow cake decorations and guess what came up! Whisk kid’s rainbow cake via Martha Stewart’s show which included a video as well. The last time I baked was 4 years back when I made a carrot cake for your daddy. But the epic-ness of this all just blew me away and I decided I must must MUST make this. It should come in handy when you are older and want to impress your little friends. Haha. See. Mummy is bribing you already.

So I got my tools from Phoon Huat. Surfed youtube videos, read up on techniques and after 2 tries and and more visits to Phoon Huat, This is IT! Ok the rainbows are missing but there’s the surprise.

It was the thought that you would light up at the colors that kept mummy baking (and practicing on frosting techniques) until 3am!

PROCESS First attempt at the rainbow cake. An American buttercream recipe was used which didn’t fit our weather and ended up melting terribly. Also, the fondant was sweating because it was stored in the fridge. Big Mistake.

The 2nd attempt (above and below) was much better because a local buttercream recipe was used that would suit our weather. The cake was cut when chilled hence less mess was made. The sugar was reduced by 1/3 cup which didn’t alter the cake integrity greatly.

The problem with fondant covered cake is that it cannot be refrigerated . Condensation destroys the fondant. In the final cake (below), the buttercream softened in the humid weather and created a mess. Despite that, it was a huge success as it put a smile on everybody’s face.

The day before the party.

The Lion. The idea came only 2 days before the party. It was nadia’s ‘roaring’ that sparked the idea. She’s a Leo and loves to roar so a little lion would be great! She loved it indeed. When I showed this to her in the morning. She beamed and started roaring away! It was definitely worth the hard work.

The mock up which was done in 10minutes.

It was coloring the fondant that got me working till 4am!!! It should have been made 2 days earlier because the fondant didn’t dry up enough, so the lion’s mane was floppy and the tree was threatening to collapse!

I love doing this and wouldn’t mind making more of it! It just makes me so happy to see little children light up at the sight of the cake. Let me know if you are interested!

Party decorations to match the theme of the cake.

Butter cookies for guests to bring home. I forgot to take a picture of the favors I made! Argh!


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6 Responses to “Happy 1st Birthday!”

  1. frugalfeeding Says:

    Show off! That’s absolutely amazing! I don’t think I could ever do that… you have a serious talent. Very lucky girl… I want one too.

    • trainride Says:

      Hi frugalfeeding,

      Thank you for your kind encouragement! I’m definitely looking forward to more birthdays to come ;)

  2. yh Says:

    Can i have more of the cookies please?
    Your rainbow cake was a beautiful surprise to EVERYONE! Impressive! :)

  3. trainride Says:

    Hehe, I’m really happy you like them! I’m going to experiment with more. Will pass some to you in our next momma meet up ;)

  4. bouncingbean Says:

    so much thought and love went into the cake :) smiled to myself when i read that nadia started beaming and roaring away when she saw the lion… so heartwarming. these little moments are what makes mummy-hood worthwhile! congrats sweet nadia on reaching one and may you continue to bring joy to all around you!

  5. trainride Says:

    yes, I was so happy when she remembered the lion. I was looking at the photos again. Nadia woke up and beamed when she saw the photos and started roaring away! Haha.

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