My little baby just turned one, so finally I had an opportunity to make this old fashion birthday cake, topped with a little paper banner! My family and friends probably thought that I went crazy, and/or I’m so utterly bored at home that I started making useless cake banners ;). But cutting out little diamond shaped paper pieces, gluing them together on a string and then decorating a home made birthday cake with it, is actually my kind of kick-off-and-relax activity :).
I wanted a delicate light blue, slightly ombré cake, that when cut would be pink with blue icing in side. I got some colorful garlands that had set the cheerful and bright tone of the party. And since none of my kids knows what a birthday party theme is, I didn’t bother too much about coordinating the plates with the cake and the favours :). I got Sesame Street plates (on sale) that kids loved, little pirates straws (on sale) that they loved even more, and bubbles and stickers as favours. Honestly, not sticking to a strict theme got me saving money, and stress :). Totally worth it.
Coming back to my cake:). Here is the recipe for my foolproof angel food cake. But it could be also done with a cake mix. ( yes, don’t be shocked, a
busy lazy mom, sometimes is using a cake mix). And I used pastel food colouring, so the insight of my cake was light pink. Oh, and it was heart-shaped too! (because I love my baby so much and because that was my only baking dish available:) )
Once my cake was baked, I cut it in half, and spread some light blue icing . For the icing, you can either use this delicious recipe of mine, or you can use a store-bought French vanilla icing. I won’t judge you. I divided my icing in three portions, and then tinted one in light blue, another in even lighter blue, and I left one white. Then starting from the bottom I spread the icing in a rather nonchalant way:) It’s old-fashion birthday cake, it should look rustic !
Now, it wouldn’t look like an old fashion birthday cake without sprinkles, am I right?
And here is how I made this lovely, cute and in the eyes of my friends rather useless cake banner :). I started by preparing :
I cut the paper in to diamond shape, I wrapped the string around the stick, and then I glued the paper around it. Really simple and in my case very relaxing craft 🙂
Once everything was ready I had to keep my kids and my cats away from it, and believe me, its easier said then done! Lili wanted to ” just lick it a tiny bit”, and I had to close one of my furry babies in the basement, in order to save my cake from being eaten by a cat!
But honestly, my adorable one-year-old seemed like she couldn’t care less about the cake flavor, color or banner. It was sweet, and it was all that mattered to her :). Calmly, without a sound or a blink, she ate her piece in less than 2 minutes 🙂