Thursday, August 19, 2010

Natalia's 1st Birthday

I was going to wait to get some pics from the mommy of the birthday girl, but I will just add them later... I had to share this cake with you all.

Baby Natalia has turned 1.  She is the sweetest, most calm and content little 1 year old I have ever met.  Her birthday party was combined with her baby cousin Gianna's making it easy for family, but with the combo, making it a HUGE party... which needed a HUGE cake!  So we decided on a half sheet... but with fondant instead of buttercream.  Natalia's mommy wanted the flavor to be different, so she came up with a "Smores" idea.  So I made chocolate cake with a marshmallow buttercream. The filling between the layers was marshmallow buttercream, graham cracker crumbs, and mini marshmallows for some extra texture.  The marshmallow buttercream might simply be the best thing I have ever tasted... I know, I could be biased... but a few people at the party agreed!!

Natalia's mommy loved the look of the ballerina cake I made for John's niece, so she wanted something similar but with a white base, purple flowers and pink polka dots!  Don't forget the scrolling and "Happy 1st Birthday Natalia"! :-)

Here is the amazing filling of the cake... so light, fluffy and yummy...

I decided to make some full daisies to accent the corners...

I made a whole bunch of baby Violets that John's mom helped with (she is a great assistant)...  Here is the cake from above!  As you can see, the violets outline the cake, with the daisies in the corners.  The lavender scrolling comes from the daisies and the writing was done in the lavender buttercream and done in free hand.

The fondant was very thick, but it was tough to roll out such a huge slab... Here is an angled shot so you can see the pink polka dot sides.

Here are a few close-ups of the violets, corners, and scrolling...

This is I did not know, but apparently babies shouldnt have chocolate at 1 year old... sooo, Natalia needed a special cake she could shove her face into.  So I made a mini round cake in white cake with vanilla buttercream.  Covered it in fondant, violets, a big daisy, scrolling and polka dots (which later got pulled off so she could do a face plant into the cake)

That mini cake might seriously be one of my favorite cakes I have made.  I put it together in no time and it came out great... Natalia and her mommy loved it.

I even got two new potential clients from these little gems!! WOOHOO! I do love when things come together!

The next cake wont be for awhile unless something comes up, but I will work on baking something soon!

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