Making birthday cakes for kids is always so much fun! This cake started as a plan to be a sprinkle cake (a cake covered fully in rainbow sprinkles) but it soon evolved to include a rainbow cake topper. Even before being adorned with any other accents it is one of my favorites! It is like eating an dish of ice cream from a place that does a fantastic job with their rainbow sprinkles.
Ursula’s mother asked me for some type of cake topper, perhaps a unicorn or a pony or something else pretty? I started to look around on Etsy and quickly found Unicorn Cake Topper for unicorns along with one rainbow. Ursula’s big sister really liked the idea of the rainbow so we ran with that one. I was excited to make this rainbow. Sure, we could have ordered it, but the cake was scheduled for delivery 5 days from the day we made our plan. Plus, Ursula’s Mom thought it would be nice if I put my own artistic spin on the topper. This is one of my favorite things: working with some inspiration but not completely duplicating someone’s work.
This summer, I was excited to have the opportunity to make ruffles for a tiered birthday cake. I have done some work with ruffling, but usually just one ruffle on the bottom, or something that has a lot of artistic license like a doll’s dress for a cake. For this cake, I’d need 3-4 layers of even ruffles with a slight ombré effect.
The Inspiration Cake
This cake was for a 70th birthday! The birthday honoree loves almond, so her daughters asked for an almond cake with marzipan filling and almond buttercream filling and frosting. I received a picture of a cake for inspiration.
I always feel a mixture of relief and anxiety when someone sends me photos. She added that she wanted the ombre effect for the ruffles and she really wanted to have a gold heart in the center of the middle tier. She also had a very special family cake stand that she hoped we could use. I’d need to assemble the cake and deliver it on this stand.
This cake was inspired by Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This classic children’s book is the perfect theme for a baby shower! The expectant parents are both vegan, but many of the guests at the party are not, so we decided to make the main cake vegan and offer ladybug cupcakes that are not vegan.
This was perfect: it allowed us to carry the theme through with the simple ladybug cupcakes, and to offer a different flavor of cake. Continue reading