We always wanted to have a party for DD’s first birthday. Not only was it a celebration of her first year but also that we’d survived our first year of being parents. It was always going to be low-key. A bbq in the park with close friends and family. We soon discovered, however, that even a small bbq in a park required a whole lot of organisation.
Firstly, I had grandiose ideas that I would bake a special cake. I can follow a recipe.. I can bake.. it should be a piece of cake (excuse the pun). I take my hat off to any talented cake decorators. I totally underestimated how long this would take. I was still icing it an hour before the party started.
The cake: (not exactly as I had envisioned but it got good reviews).
Advice I should have taken from other mums I’d spoken to, is to make the cake a few days early and ice it when frozen. I found that the cake was quite crumbly as I tried to spread the butter cream icing.
The recipes I used:
The cake: White Chocolate Mud
Butter Cream Icing:
175g Icing Mixture
1 tbs melted butter
water to make it to the consistency you require
(colour and flavouring if desired).
See Ang’s Post ‘The first birthday party checklist’ for organisational tips for surviving the first birthday party.