1st Birthday Bike Cake

I made a bike cake for a first birthday last month! At the request of mum, I made it dairy free with as little sugar as possible. I used a double batch of this Teresa Cutter Naked chocolate cake recipe, then added sugary icing on the top, as well as some chocolate rocks. That way, kids not used to so much sugar could just scrape the icing off (or rather, the parents could).

We made the cake a bike theme due to the birthday boy’s love for bikes and all things with wheels! The bikes are just toys that we placed on top. I also used crushed Oreos (which are dairy free) to make the dirt track on the cake.

Overall, this was a lot of fun to make, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!

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Georgette’s 1st Birthday

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This is out of chronological order, but probably to be expected when you don’t update in months. Anyway, my niece turned one at the end of June, and to celebrate I made her a cake for her birthday! My brother and sister-in-law live in Melbourne,  but they flew over to WA and we all celebrated G’s birthday in my hometown at my parent’s house. At the time G was fructose, dairy and gluten intolerant, so I made a low sugar dairy and gluten free banana cake topped with a dark chocolate and coconut milk ganache.

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The cake itself was a bit dry which was a bummer, but G loved it. 🙂

Also sorry for the low def pictures following, I got these from my SIL by text and the compression killed the photos 😦

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How cute is this kid though, strong contender for my favourite human ever!

Icecream Youscream: Poppy’s First Birthday

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It was Poppy’s first birthday last month! I feel so lucky to get to play surrogate aunt to such a sweet little girl! I had the absolute pleasure of doing the desserts for her birthday event, and making my first ever dessert table! Hooray! It was pretty easy considering, as Pop’s mum Dani planned and supplied the glassware and cake stands. All I had to do was bake. We had this planned months in advance and I was pretty pleased that everything ran pretty smoothly!

cake1This is the centrepiece cheesecake with some icecream cake pops in the foreground. The cheesecake was a simple white chocolate flavour (recipe here), topped with marshmallows and 3-4 kinds of different candy. I can’t remember what. Haha. Dani made the cake bunting! Isn’t it cute?

L1000996Let’s take a moment to enjoy this semi-panoramic shot where you can see the mini donuts I forgot to take a close-up shot of, haha.

L1000992I’m very pleased with vegan sugar cookies I made! The recipe is a vegan one from Betty Crocker and the fondant is store-bought and also vegan. The ones with the gelatin-filled icecream lollies are obviously not vegan. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest (of course), and had to try for myself (of course); it was awesome to take a bit of a risk doing something new and having it pay off. The fondant and candy are stuck to the cookies with glucose syrup! I’ve never worked with fondant before so was pleasantly surprised with the results!

L1000991 Vegan vanilla cupcakes baked in plain wafer cones. Pro tip: if you’re baking in wafer cones, don’t keep them covered overnight. They will go soft and keel over and you will have to bake another batch and be really cross with yourself. Just saying. Did I say everything went smoothly? Never mind.

L1000994My sister is a children’s party entertainer/supplier and supplied all the balloons. This one was massive! There were also clear ones filled with confetti, so pretty. Dani made the gorgeous tassels. I think if Dani my sister and I joined forces we would make the ultimate party planners! Don’t you think?