Anyhow, I wanted to make a little smash cake for her to dig into and then do a different cake for everyone else. I am sure nobody wanted her drool and little fingers digging into there piece of cake. I don't blame them. So I searched around for different ideas and I saw many pictures of different ones that I could try. I found this rose cake that looked fairly easy, for a beginner, and adorable for a little girl's first big bash. I borrowed my sister's frosting tips and made some butter cream frosting. I started by making circles all around the cake and I could see it start to take shape. I was happy with how it turned out, although I am sure it could be perfected with practice.
For the cake portion I made a yellow cake on a big sheet pan and cut it into three small squares. I stacked them on top of each other and frosted in between each layer. I then put the cake in the freezer and took it out later to put a base layer of frosting on it. This helped when forming the roses all around the sides, especially if there happened to be spaces in between. Which might have happened because this was my first attempt at decorating a cake.
Here is final outcome...
For the top of the cake I found some scrapbook letters that spelled out her name and strung dental floss in between them. I then tied the floss around the toothpicks and stuck the toothpicks into the cake to make a little personalized name banner.
Here is her little hand digging in for the first time. I think she had a hard time believing that we would put this big cake in front of her to dig into! She kept looking at me to make sure it was okay.
Happy 1st birthday Julia!!