The tradition of candies on the cake for the children to pick off from started at my own children's birthday party. My friend, Junji, baked their cake and her daughter helped decorate.
The next year, I baked this for my own children's birthday. Yup, still didn't know how to pipe the icing for name.
Later that year, I baked the cake for Laura's best friend, Caityin. Here are her two young guests eyeing the gummies on the cake. One of the guests commented "Oh, this is how a homemade cake looks like". Although my friend, Elaine, said the cake was too big for the few guests she had, it was all gone at the end of the party! Made a mental note not to use buttercream icing when the weather is warm.
Baked this cake for a joint birthday for 3 people. One of the birthday celebrant (Elaine) helped pipe the icing. That was when I decided I really need to learn how to do it.
For her 5th birthday, I thought I'd make Laura a jewelry box cake. It started out as a music box actually. Made a mental note: Not all cakes are firm enough for icing or for shaping.
Yay! Success in lettering! Adam got a construction site cake which he loved. He still remembers the toy construction vehicles on the cake. When I told him I was baking him a train cake for his 3rd birthday, he took out all his toy trains so I could decorate his train cake.
Made this cake for Jamie & Josh's 3rd birthday. This was when I wish I knew how to make fondant figures so I could make the cars. The boys didn't complain 'coz they got to play with the cars after the birthday song was sung.
What is the most personal gift one could make for a childhood friend and her mom who celebrated their birthday together? A birthday cake!
Also for a very good friend. Our "extended family member", Andy. The kids were happy they got to help decorate the cake.
This cake began my quest for red colouring for icing. I've tried Fortuna Red, Cochineal Red and a generic red colour from a baking supplies shop. Elmo still turned pink! Now I know how to get a lovely pink shade. I'm still looking for the red. Elmo was my first attempt at making a cake which didn't follow the shape of the cake pan.
I started out trying to make a doll cake for Laura, thinking I didn't need a doll dress cake pan. When the cake turned out too shallow for Barbie's long legs, the doll cake became a Barbie tea party cake! Lovely shade of pink using Cochineal Red food dye.
When Adam saw the train I made, my train expert asked what train it was. Didn't impress him at all. He wanted Thomas. Alright, my son has thrown me a challenge!
We've come a full circle. Four years ago, Junji baked my daughter's birthday cake for her 2nd birthday. This year, to celebrate Junji's birthday I baked her an orange butter cake with orange buttercream icing.
Next cake project? Two cakes for 4 children celebrating their birthday together in August. One is a dinosaur cake and another one a girlie girl cake. The children will be helping to decorate their cakes. Watch this space!