Birthday Cakes A-Plenty!

Just finished a whirl-wind of a weekend! We had a double birthday party-my daughter turned three, my son turned one.

Since they are so lucky to have their birthdays a few weeks apart, they got to share their party. We’ll see how long that lasts in the future…

I love the planning process-especially for the cakes!

When my daughter turned one, my husband took over her smash cake. It was adorable-he made a pink princess castle. The Little Miss wasn’t too impressed though and it took her awhile to finally try it-I think she was skeptical of all that sugar.

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For her second birthday, I tried my hand at a ‘cupcake’ cake. It was, of course, a Finding Nemo themed cake because she was obsessed. The cookies were a pain because of the royal icing, but it turned out kind of cool.

Finding Nemo Cupcake Cake with sugar cookie decor.

This year, we needed two cakes. A smash cake for baby, and a regular cake for the big girl to share with guests.

I wanted to keep the sugar content in baby’s cake at a minimum. I made the canned pumpkin cake. And for the frosting, I made avocado chocolate frosting. I went with a construction theme as it fit with being a smash cake.

Super Cute Construction Smash Cake

He seemed to like it despite the healthy alterations. It was, after all, his first cake and his first chocolate (as far as I know, anyway…)

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For the girl, I think I accomplished my biggest Pinterest Fail. I tried making a cake with a three inside the cake.

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Yes, you can tell it’s a three. But the further into the cake, the more the three “floated up” and eventually disappeared. I also was not impressed by the taste of the cake. It was a pound cake mix and it wasn’t sweet at all and it was pretty dry.

Next year, I will focus more on taste rather than (trying for) something that looks cool.

I was happy with how the frosting turned out though, and Miss Z got to help with the sprinkles. Simple, but still pretty cute!

Super Easy Birthday Decor Idea!

Since this particular cake created a ton of “waste,” (cake that needed to be cut away and discarded), I turned the extra bits into cake balls, (blend in food processor with some frosting, roll into balls, viola!). They were a great finishing touch for the cake table. AND, they were the perfect size for toddlers! They didn’t need a whole slice of cake-just give them a cake ball!

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What types of cakes have you made for your little ones? Any Pinterest successes? How about fails?

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20 Comments

  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Too cute!!!

    September 15, 2014 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Alana

    Your cake ideas are FABULOUS!!!!! I can’t wait to try something like this out!

    September 15, 2014 at 9:14 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! They were so much fun!

      September 15, 2014 at 9:15 am
  • Reply maggiemaysgifts

    Adorable cakes and I love that you used up the extra cake by making cake balls!

    September 15, 2014 at 10:13 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you! I couldn’t throw it away, there was too much.

      September 15, 2014 at 10:25 am
      • Reply maggiemaysgifts

        I hear you! I can’t throw anything away 🙂

        September 15, 2014 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply melissajane01

    Great cakes! I won’t even attempt to try one of the numbers inside the cake because I already know I would get too frustrated.

    September 15, 2014 at 11:10 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thanks! Haha! Yeah, it took way too long…and I still don’t know what I did wrong.

      September 15, 2014 at 11:11 am
  • Reply lflaute96

    I love-love-love the cake balls idea!

    September 15, 2014 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply mrsmothermedic

    How clever are you!!

    September 15, 2014 at 4:55 pm
  • Reply Kate

    Love the construction cake! Very cute!!

    September 15, 2014 at 6:20 pm
  • Reply threeboysandamom

    I am extremely impressed with your cake making abilities…and if that 3 cake was a pinterest fail for you, I’d hate for you to see my pinterest fails lol. I don’t even try stuff like that haha! It all looked amazing! I wanna try that avocado chocolate frosting for my sons 1st birthday in November. Good job mama!

    September 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! Thank you! The 3 was a fail because when I cut on the opposite side of the cake, there was no 3. My son loved the avocado frosting!

      September 15, 2014 at 10:13 pm
      • Reply threeboysandamom

        Haha well it looked good to me friend! ☺ I definitely wanna try that frosting for Luke…I think he will love it!

        September 15, 2014 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply Adele

    Wow! All of those cakes even the failed one look amazing! Way to go! Great idea making the failed cake into cake balls! After my baby girls first birthday I was exhausted so I can’t imagine how you are feeling after a double birthday, but it looks like the exhaustion was worth it with the birthday party being such a success!

    September 17, 2014 at 8:31 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Thank you so much! I was exhausted, but I had a ton of help. I wouldn’t have been able to do anything otherwise.

      September 17, 2014 at 8:43 am
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