To celebrate Mialinka turning the big ONE we had a party, a tantrum and a lovingly made Birthday cake, two in fact. Here is how it all happened and a recipe for both.
I burst into a torrent of uncontrollable, free-flowing tears and couldn’t even finish singing Happy Birthday when the morning finally came. It seems like yesterday that my little cherub was born and she’s just entered the fun stage of toddlerhood.
It’s challenging at times, I must admit (hello tantrums, she is strong-willed like her mama) but so rewarding at many more others. The laughs, the giggles, the morning cuddles and night time snuggles are soooo special. Watching her discover the world and her own abilities, each day bringing something new is such a blessing. Mialinka has become a little bubbly chatterbox and definitely knows what she wants – and what she doesn’t. I’m also really excited that she continues to be an adventurous and a very eager eater, it’s basically hard to stop her from wanting more food!
I love you to bits my little Mishka.
Now, Let’s Talk Cakes and Why I Made Two
Since Matt could not be at Mia’s actual party, we also had a dry run of the cake making and a small family celebration the week beforehand. That’s why they look a little different. The innards were basically the same – the first cake only had one layer of strawberries and cream, the second two to make it a touch taller, and the icing differed.
I’m not a huge fan of fondant icing even though the decorations you can make with it are most adorable, and I don’t like traditional buttercream frosting (hello 4 cups of icing sugar), they are just not my thing. Instead, I went with a whipped chocolate ganache frosting and the ‘paint drip’ for the big party cake.
I am sharing the two options for the “frosting” in the recipe below – the simple whipped cream one is a little less complicated than the white chocolate ganache – a little less sweet and indulgent. Just as delicious, though.
The night before the party as I was making the cake, I overwhipped the ganache, it split slightly but I used it for the “wet crumb” stage that seals in all the crumbs and makes frosting-proper glide for a crumb-free finish. You can leave it at that stage, that’s what a “naked” cake actually is and that’s what I went with for the dry run cake with whipped cream.
As for the recipe, it might look like a lot of steps but the cake is super easy, both versions are. I think the recipe strikes a good balance between a fun and indulgent party cake with a handful of healthier additions and options.
Our First Birthday Party Supplies
With so much going on for me, I ended up only making some of the food for the party, ordering or buying the rest.
Soul Origin have a great afternooon special on their salads, wraps and sandwiches so I picked up a few of them to serve the next day, cheaper and no food wasted. We had some pretzels, salty sweet popcorn and salted crisps and two dips with vegetable sticks and crackers. There were also spring rolls – a party favourite – and little ham and cheese sandwiches for the kids, served with snacking tomatoes.
I also hired a set of soft play equipment for the little ones and a photobooth set to kids height for the older kids to have a bit of fun with. Mia was unimpressed by the get ups for a while – she started childcare recently and I think the party reminded her of that setting. She warmed up to it though and by the time
everyone left she was having a ball it came to cutting the cake she was fine-ish.
It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to kept ringing in my head. I wasn’t too stressed about it – it’s actually quite sweet and special, they grow up so quickly I am being told. Besides, they go through these stages and it’s okay. The photo booth and play area were both a huge hit with our guests. As was the cake!
I picked up the laser cut persionalised cake topper from on eBay. The other one the trial-run cake was from Kmart.
In terms of the garden theme decorations, most of it was made by Helena for her daughter Harper’s first birthday last year, who then sold it on gumtree to a friend from my mother’s group, who then sold it to me. The decorations have come a full circle, almost and such a great thing to see them re-used. The O N E balloons also made their rounds arriving to us from a friend’s baby’s photoshoot and were passed on along to another party that same weekend. Don’t you just love community! x