We celebrated the birthday of a very special 2 year old yesterday. I wanted to bake her cake birthday cake. After some browsing on Pintrest, I came up with these three images for my inspiration. I liked the idea of sprinkles all the way around the side of the cake + the birthday number on the top of the cake + a surprise cutting into the cake inside.
via Pinterest, the great cake company and pixelated crumb
Going off the party theme of orange + pink party, I loved the idea of a cake with colorful sprinkles that incorporated her age right on to the top of the cake, and of course the inside cake layers coordinated to match the party theme of orange and pink.
Followed these steps to make the cake:
~ Colored the batter of an two 9 inch vanilla cakes with pink and orange food color (no food coloring added to the third 9 inch round cake).
~ Let the cakes cool sufficiently before layering and frosting in between each layer with vanilla frosting. ~Added a crumb-layer of frosting around the entire cake and then frosted so it was fully white.
~Titled the cake on the cake stand to throw / pat the multi-colored sprinkles around the sides of the cake.
~Placed construction paper cut-out of the number 2 on top of the cake.
~Added lots of sprinkles to the top of the paper, making sure the 2 would be clearly outlined.
~ Brushed excess sprinkles off of the number 2. Carefully peeled off the paper.
~ Candles, sing Happy Birthday song, cut & enjoy!
Trying to find multi-colored sprinkles that worked with the orange and pink theme was a bit tricky. The grocery store only had rainbow mix. Sur la Table had postly crystalized sugar sprinkles. Michael’s didn’t have the right colors. Williams-Sonoma had the best selection with the multi-color pink, orange and purple mix + a full bottle of pink-only added to that.
For her first birthday, I also turned to Pintereset for inspiration (remember this post?). I'm glad I decided to go with something that didn't include fondant this year -- that stuff is not easy to work with!
Also have to give a shout-out to my mom for helping with the acutal baking - I've never been very good at getting it 100% right when it comes to the ingredients and have been known to mistake baking powder for baking soda, or accidently leave half the butter on the window-sill while it comes to room temperature - and then forget to include it. Mom made sure this cake actually TASTED as good as it looked!