Back in June I made my first kids birthday cake and my second ever cake in my entire life and I have to say though I stuffed up a little and was a total novice the cake was a huge hit! Of course this is all thanks to my friend Lydia who blogs over at Always Made With Love. She loves to bake and shares so many yummy recipes on her blog. I put a call out asking people on my Facebook for nice cake recipes that had been tried and tested and Lydia’s recipe by far sounded like the yummiest and easiest to make. So with her advice and guidance I set off to make my first kids birthday cake.
For his first birthday I didn’t make him a cake because I was six months pregnant and exhausted and also because Ryan and I got married that same weekend. Long story short, I was way too tired to make a cake.
I wanted to make up for it on his second birthday so I put the effort into to creating something special for him. The flavour of this cake was amazing. I’m talking mouthwatering “I want more!” amazing. Everyone at the party had nothing but good things to say about this cake.
I was so unorganised that I didn’t have enough ingredients to make a larger cake, so I had to place my tiny cake on top of a white oven dish and decorate that also so it didn’t look so pathetic and small. Ha! It somehow fed 17 adults and children.. an even bigger Ha! Maybe they thought I was a bit tight? Hope not! Haha. I did explain what happened.
The decorations on the cake I made all by hand from scratch. A big feature for the baryard party was a farmhouse. So I wanted that to be featured also on the cake as well as some of Locky’s favourite farm animals. I purchased pre-made coloured fondant to create the little animals I wanted. Making the fondant animals and farmhouse was very time consuming I must say but so worth it. I had no proper utensils to create anything and used a glass milk bottle to roll the fondant… I tell you what, I now own a rolling pin after that experience. Over all it turned out great and the flavour was delicious and moist and that was what really mattered.
Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the inside of the cake because at the time I wasn’t thinking of putting this post up on the blog but this recipe is too good not to share. I’m thinking of making the same cake for Cooper’s first birthday next month so if I do make it I’ll be sure to share some photos of the inside of the cake with you.
Hope you enjoy this cake as much as I did. If you try it, let me know what you think!
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- 150g butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 11/2 cups plain flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ cups milk
- Cream butter, vanilla and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
- Sift flour and baking powder together then fold into creamed mixture. Add sufficient milk to give a soft dropping consistency.
- Spoon mixture into a lined and greased 20cm round tin.
- Bake at 180 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.
- Leave in the tin for a few minutes before turning out to cool completely.
- 100g butter softened
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups icing sugar sifted
- 1-2 tablespoons boiling water
- Cream butter until light and fluffy (about a good 5mins will go almost white in colour). Add vanilla. Gradually beat in icing sugar, beating until smooth. Add sufficient water to give a spreading consistency.
- Cream butter until light and fluffy (for about a good 5mins will go almost white in colour). Add vanilla. Gradually beat in icing sugar, beating until smooth. Add sufficient water to give a spreading consistency.
Alternatively you can puree the strawberries and mix it into the butter cream icing to give it flavour but not the texture.
If you are filling the cake as well as coating the outside of t he cake double or triple the butter cream icing mixture.
Once the above steps are done you are ready to roll your fondant over the cake and begin all the cute design work.
Click HERE to see the entire Barnyard Birthday Party!
Do you make your kids birthday cakes? What have you made or are planning on making?