Tweet Tweet Little Bird -3rd Birthday Party

 

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My little one turns 3 within a week and we invited her closest friends to celebrate her birthday this last Saturday. They were little, they were sweet, they were chit-chatting, tweeting just like little birds, a delight to have them in the house for a couple of hours.
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We made small bird houses from cardboard paper and little fluffy birds from pompoms and colourful feathers. I found a free bird house template online which worked perfectly and was just the right size. The only fault is that there was no roof top to this template but was no trouble to make one. I made like 20 little bird houses to hang on our decorative tree before the party. During this activity we were listening to real bird songs which made us feel like we are in the middle of an enchanted forest with lots and lots of species of birds.
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After this the girls had a snack and we cut the birthday cake at the end as well.
I tried to make everything to resemble the birthday theme. Made white chocolate cookies in shape of birds and No.3. This time I iced the cookies with royal icing. It is much easier to work on cookies with royal icing than last time when I used a different icing (sugar and milk), and the final result is pretty but when it comes to eat these cookies, I think that royal icing is a bit too hard.
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My Mum is visiting as at the moment, so she and my older daughter joined me to make the little wafer bird houses. It was much fun to do them. I even tried to draw faces with edible ink on the tiny jelly bean birds, but I gave up eventually 🙂 We glued the wafer pieces together with melted white candy chocolate.
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Speaking of candy melts, I made each girl a chocolate flower and wrapped them individually in little cellophane bags. We gave them the chocolate flowers before they left home together with their party bags.
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We served small ham and cheese sandwiches, sweetcorn, tiny bite size pastry canapeés filled with tuna, salted hula hops -just to have something savory along the sweet deserts.
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Finally they had vanilla cupcakes with white chocolate cream, topped with cute birds cupcake toppers, and the chocolate birthday cake.
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The cake first had a layer of marzipan, then white fondant, covered all around with various colours, styles and size of tiny bird houses, which I made from fondant. I absolutely loved making them.
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“Taylor Swift” Birthday Party

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It was my oldest daughter’s 9th birthday on Saturday, and we decided to celebrate it in STYLE of Taylor Swift. We went for Taylor’s famous RED lips and for her also famous “Not a lot going on at the moment” outfit from the clip 22. The girls (my girl and her two best friends) are not even half the age, but they’re sure feeling 22… 🙂

She dressed up and we made a few photos a weak before the party to make a suitable invitation for her friends.

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It was fun putting together this little party, and it was great fun being around and watching them. My daughter has two very good friends, who couldn’t have more different personalities, yet they got along together so well during the day, and they certainly enjoyed every minute of it.

 

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They first did a little dancing and singing, then they solved a puzzle. They had to put the words in order to get the correct song titles. After this we went out for lunch, but then got back to the house to attack the desert table.

 

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After having some cake and sweets, the girls decorated white canvas trainers with fabric markers. Naturally, they got to keep the trainers as a party favour along with a Taylor Swift CD and a bright red lipstick each. They were thrilled!

 

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My daughter wanted a chocolate cake with a little puppy -which is totally non-Taylor Swift, but hey, that’s what she asked for, and that’s what she got. So, here is my very first marzipan puppy.

 

 

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The desert table was all pretty colourful with a touch of vintage retro, which suited Taylor Swift style very well. I baked sugar cookies in the shape of large lips and number 9. I also made candy pops, which literally were candies and not cake pops. I covered candy lolly pops in melted chocolate and sprinkled over colourful thousands sprinkles. They just went for it like crazy. I know they would like these better than cake pops.
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I bought small bottles with cranberry and orange juice and washed off the original labels to put little pictures of my daughter dressed like Taylor Swift. I used the same small photos to wrap tiny chocolates.
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Oliver & Rami’s Pirate Birthday Party

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After a long, hot summer holiday where I haven’t bake at all, I am back into my kitchen at last.

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I will start with my son’s 5th birthday party. We joined in with his best friend, and held a double party, because their birthdays are one month apart…..although Rami is 11 months older then Oliver, so whilst my Oliver turned 5 this year, his best buddy Rami turned 6.

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We found a great outdoor place called The Wild Place, situated within the Milton Country park in Cambridge. It turned out to be the  perfect location for the boys pirate party. The best thing of all was the good, sunny weather, which was a risky call, but we were extremely lucky, considering that it was all wet in the morning.

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For this party I made a two tiered chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes with mascarpone and white chocolate frosting, and marshmallow pops dipped in chocolate and coated with sugar sprinkles. Besides the cakes, each child got a food box filled with sandwiches, fruits, yogurt, crisps, soft drink….

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We played the treasure hunting game which is a must on a pirate party, and we rewarded the treasure hunters with chocolate coins. Then there was another game which they seemed to  love, the Stick the Parrot, which means, they had to stick a sticker on the Parrot blindfolded. The winners also got some chocolate coins.

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Lots more chocolate coins were hidden inside balloons, and they had to find a way how to pop the balloons in order to get those chocolates. They had so much fun!

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There was a fireplace with burning fire, and some parents were roasting marshmallows with the kids.

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Other children were playing in the boat, yet others were having tattoos on their hands and arms, because a good old pirate isn’t a real pirate without at least one tattoo, right?

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There was a wooden tent  (well, undressed, because time was too short to put the canvas), but all the pirates enjoyed to gather under the tent to have a marshmallow break.

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Eating around the fire

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Cake time

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At the end of the party, we gave them a Certificate saying how great a pirate they were, as well as a party bag filled with pirates related goodies, like telescope, bandanna, eye patch, pirate ring, bookmarks with pirates, and of course more chocolate coins.

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All in all, everyone seemed to have fun, including the adults, who stayed. Me personally loved every bit, and I loved that even though I became more experienced in throwing a girls party, I proved to myself, that a boy can have a party which is just as fun as a girly one, if not better! 🙂

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After the party, I made individual photo collages for all the kids invited as a thank you card. Well, my plan all along was to have a nice group photo with them all, but this just didn’t happen. They were all over the place all the time, and never at one place at the same time, so that would’ve been a real mission impossible.

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The funniest thing ever was one of the little guests. A boy, who came dressed as a Star Wars character 🙂 He was the sweetest element of this party, really! His dad couldn’t believe the confusion he got into seeing all those pirates around his little white Stormtrooper 🙂 Way to go Jenson!

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Happy 5th Birthday My Sweet Boy!

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Little Johnny in the making 🙂

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2nd Birthday

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My little baby girl turned 2 years old! So hard to believe…Finally I got a little time to post about her second birthday.

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She is all about the little star twinkling in the well known nursery song. My girl doesn’t really talk (well she does, but on a special language that only she can understand and use, and I can confirm that is not Hungarian nor English 🙂 …) yet she started to sing this Twinkle Twinkle song a long time ago. I am certain that she will be a pretty good singer because she seems to get the music tunes very well.

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Anyway, I was happy that even though she couldn’t tell me with words what she would like for her birthday, but hearing her sing all day, in the house, sitting in the buggy, or at dinner her favourite song about the little star, this gave me the idea to make her 2nd birthday based on this theme. It was fun and pretty easy. I wanted to keep it simple so I chose the gold -which is sort of given, and pure white. I think that gold and white are a good match, kind of elegant, too.

Cake Pops with gold and glitter

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We didn’t have a birthday party for her, but I still wanted to celebrate this special day with style, adding a little sparkle and magic. My daughter loved it, and so the rest of the family.

Orange juice (I removed the original labels after keeping the bottles in warm water for about 2-3 minutes and sticked my own labels)

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Ham and cheese mini sandwiches

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Chocolate and nuts cupcakes with white chocolate stars (ah, those stars were NOT easy to make… 🙂 )

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I made a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star t-shirt for her using a plain white cotton top and a large gold sequin iron on fabric star.

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White chocolate cake

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Minecraft Birthday Cake

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This was a special request from one of my daughter’s friend. When he said he wants a Minecraft cake I told him OK, but frankly I had no idea what it was. I had to look up on the Internet to learn what is Minecraft 🙂 So for those living in the dark like me: Minecraft is a computer game. For more details look up on Google yourself 🙂

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As usual this 8 year old friend of us asked for a chocolate cake and that’s what he got once again. I used milk chocolate and dark chocolate to make the cream (whipped double cream, not buttercream), then I covered first with a layer of Marzipan, then with chocolate fondant -which by the way is very delicious (I say this because I normally don’t like the taste of fondant).

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Finally I covered most of the cake with coloured fondant mosaic. Oh, the mosaic…..let me just say that this cake took me a long time to finish, until I cut and placed each mosaic piece to the cake one by one….BUT it worth it! Those kids, specially the boys got very exciting about this cake, they loved it so much, and that was my real appreciation which works every time with me! 🙂

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Tamara’s Coral, Yellow and Green 1st Birthday Party

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My inspiration for this came from a little dress that I bought for my daughter when I was still pregnant with her. I didn’t want a pink princess birthday for her, but more colourful and summery. Coral is a beautiful colour, but I must admit that it is extremely hard to put together a party choosing coral as a leading theme! What is coral like? Is it a shade of pink, or a shade of red, or a mix of red and yellow, or simply just faded red???  Hard to find any accessories (to keep the party cheep, that is) so I made a compromise and used pinks here and there, as well as oranges and reds. The overall outcome was pretty and suited my little girl just fine!

We had our Hungarian friends coming over with their children, all slightly older than my baby, but young enough to enjoy themselves. We had no party activities of any sort, just free play, and they could do whatever they wished to do. Looking through the mess and the battlefield of toys spread all over the living room, I think they have had a great time 🙂

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I made this tree based on a display tree which I saw in Hobby Craft. The one I saw was made of rubber plastic, mine is real and I cut it from a bush, stack it in wet sand and painted it all over with white spray. I decorated it with paper flowers and few butterflies and hanged 12 small, framed photos of my baby starting from birth up to 12 months.

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The giant Number 1 I made from polyfoam and covered with spotty tissue paper.

I served sweet Rose to my lady friends, and to keep it cool I placed the bottles in a bucket filled with my special rose ice cubes. I picked small wild rose buds from the bushes next to our house and freezed them in water to make these cute and girly ice cubes.

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The Birthday table:

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Not everything was on the table when my husband took the photos. We had lots of Nachos with three kind of dips, also I made tuna spread in small pastry shells, and we had Crostini baguettes with Feta cheese cream and cherry tomato salsa on top. This is a delicious recipe that I saw once on Food Network made by one of my favourite TV chefs Ina Garten.

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These Number 1 biscuits are my favourite in spite of not being easy to make them. I had no cookie cutter to start with……Was looking on eBay to buy, but the only one I found was £45 from Germany, but no way I would pay that much for a cookie cutter. It doesn’t even make sens to be THAT expensive! So, I had to figure out something, and I just remembered that I had a Christmas tree cookie cutter…… It took me a little while but eventually I managed to mould it with a tool and I transformed the tree into a number 1! Wasn’t exactly perfectly shaped but I loved it anyway and in the end my Number 1 cookies were just fine and imperfect in a pretty funny way 🙂

Now, before Christmas I might just remould it back to a tree, ha-ha!

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I made two kind of cupcakes, a batch of vanilla cakes with fresh blueberries and white chocolate chips frosted with white chocolate cream.

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The other cupcakes were rich chocolate with caramel chocolate cream frosting and also few with the white chocolate cream.

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Simple vanilla cake pops,…

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… and lots of sweets for the kids!

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The birthday cake is a delicious chocolate cake with many layers.

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Strawberry cheese cakes as party favours plus a party bag with a home made Peg Doll for each kid. My Mum and I made the Peg Dolls from outgrown body suits of Tamara’s.

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I think they came out very cute, don’t you?

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And here’s my darling party-girl 🙂

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I also made her a little Smash Cake which she could “play” with a little before eating on her actual birthday.

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Ha-ha, she went for the yellow fondant rose on top!

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Happy Birthday to my sweet little Darling Tamara!

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Under The Sea Birthday Party for Szonja -with Ruffled Blue Ombre Cake

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Blues….LOTS of blues! When we decided that my daughter will have an Under The Sea party I instantly fell in love with the whole idea. I made some research of what I could bring to the table and I am happy to say that I managed to put it all together, but what is more important is that my daughter and her friends had a wonderful time, they enjoyed the party very much, including me 🙂

 

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This post is a bit more than just cakes and cupcakes. I want to share with you my beautiful 7 year old daughter’s party details, because it was a great pleasure for me to host it and have these cheerful, happy, funny and very well behaved kids in the house for a couple of hours.

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I will start with the party table then finish with the decorations and party activities.

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I made each party guest her own starfish biscuit with her own printed name, and my daughter placed them in order where she wanted them to sit.

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We put tiny white chocolates on their plates too, which I wrapped in tulle and glued on a small, real seashell.

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I made little sandwich castles of two kind. There were tuna sandwiches and butter with ham.

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I served blue Ocean Water which was in fact strawberry flavoured water with few drops of blue food colour. I planned to make blue jelly as well, but eventually I gave up with it, because I realised that there was plenty to eat already and it would have been a waist. Instead I gave them fresh blueberries and I think it was definitely a healthier and testier option.
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I put cute little jars of several kind of blue and white candies, sweets, bonbons which all looked pretty and the kids loved it!
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I made vanilla cake pops and covered them with blue candy melt, but I didn’t dip them in the melted chocolate to make it smooth, but instead I used a spoon and kind of painted the blue chocolate all over the cake pops to get this rough finish and I named it Ocean Waves Cake Pops. I sprinkled some edible glitter on them too.
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Under the cake I placed little bite size seashell cookies. I made these from tiny biscuits filled with white chocolate cream and a large chocolate pearl. I wanted to tint the white chocolate ganache with blue food colour, but as you can see it came out a little greenish…. That’s because the white chocolate has an ivory-yellow colour and mixed with blue it will result in green. It still looked pretty so I didn’t mind really.
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Same cream on top of my cupcakes. These were strawberry cupcakes and some are frosted with plain whipped cream, others with the chocolate ganache. I placed edible seashells on top. Some I left pure white, and some I dusted with pale blue edible lustre.
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And last but not least the Birthday Cake!
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I made a  white chocolate cake with many layers and many blue ombre ruffles. On top I just sprinkled brown sugar and placed several small fondant seashells.
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Now, a bit about the decoration and the party…
I put some beautiful white flowers on the table, a blue candle, and several real, large seashells which I borrowed from my son’s preschool. They looked pretty and made a real statement on the table.
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I made blue and white pompoms from tissue paper and hang them to the ceiling above the party table. Good thing that none of them fell down while they were siting by the table:-)
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There was a sign at the front door written with chalk: Mermaids this way. We did not took a picture of that 🙂
I set up a little corner named Mermaid Boutique where we had bottles of loose pearls, beads, and also necklaces, bracelets and hair clips as many as the girls. I made each girl her own necklace and bracelet and hair clip which they received during a game and of course they got to keep them.
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Szonja had a different hair clip, a special handmade from Bali that I bought her few weeks ago.
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She also got this wooden treasure box that I made her myself for her birthday.
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After the girls (and 1 boy) arrived we asked them to sit to a little table and write or draw a birthday message to Szonja, then they had to insert their message into a bottle.
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In order to get their necklaces, bracelets and hair clips, they had to find few treasures in a large bucket filled with sand. They had to dig in and bring what they found. Also they had to pick a flash card and they had to be able to say some facts about the sea animal shown on the card. In exchange they got their prize.
Digging for hidden treasures…
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I sprayed hair glitter on their hair before giving them their hair clip. This was a huge hit of the party. Honestly 🙂
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The girls had fun with the mermaid photo booth! I made this huge drawing so they can take turns posing as mermaids, and they all did so 🙂
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Along with their party favour bags filled with lots of sweets and some other stuff, I prepared these little baby food jars containing sand, seashells and colourful sea creatures.
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This was MY fizzy Caribbean cocktail drink 🙂
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My oldest and my youngest with their friend. I made these tutu skirts for them.
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Robot Cake

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Hi everyone!

Sorry for not posting anything for weeks, but we had problems with the computer and we couldn’t process photos for example, then all three kids got sick and had no time for baking. It is the busiest season for us, so many things in our diary which means less time for baking and blogging. Apologies for being so short today too…

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This time I made a birthday cake for one of my daughter’s friend. He asked for a chocolate cake but the design was left to my choice. I choose to make him a Robot Cake. I am usually more keen to do girly stuff, but this Robot Cake really was enjoyable and fun to make!

And here is the birthday boy with his cake at the party 🙂

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Porsche PS 356…sort of Cake :-)

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Finally I made it! My son’s Birthday Cake that is. He turned 3 on the 10th of August, but since I don’t have all the time in the world with 3 children including a 3 months old, this cake could not – well, I could not made it in time for his birthday. And also, we were away from home on his birthday. I see this happening every year ever since he was born, so it looks like the chances are low for my boy to have a birthday cake made by me on his actual birth day because we usually are not home in August. To make it up for him I made what he likes the most: a Car Cake, and not just a car, it is a Yellow Car, because he just loves all sort of yellow cars. To try on a Porsche…well that was just me 🙂

It’s not the most successful cake in the world, but important is that my son really loved it and the expression on his face worth all the trouble 🙂 Image

 

To make this cake I baked a large Madeira cake using 8 eggs, and I filled it with vanilla buttercream and raspberry jam. Although buttercream filling in a cake is not our favorite, it came out pretty good and everyone liked it.

 

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