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I've always been okay at making cakes but decoratively icing them wasn't a strong forté of mine. I think I have come a long way since their first birthday cakes but still a long way to go. I'm trying to work on a way of telling the kids to have a combined birthday this year but being different genders and one a very 'girly girl' and the other a really 'boistrous boy', I'm not liking my chances.
No Fuss Fudge Cake filled with fresh cream and topped with icing and Beacon Mini Licorice Allsorts (South African brand) and Smarties.
No Fuss Fudge Cake drowned by watery icing and topped with car lollies and sprinkles. (With a 2 year old toddler boy and a 4 year old daughter with attitude, I think I was lucky to get something on a plate!)
(Ben's 3rd birthday cake pictures were on the computer when it crashed so don't have them. It was a number '3' made like a race track with a real Lightning McQueen toy car on it.)
Homebrand vanilla packet cake topped with buttercream, milk bottle lollies cut for white lines on road. Figurines were inedible but trust me, attempts were made. This was a Buzz Lightyear CAR birthday theme. Not just Buzz Lightyear but the car! My boy is car mad!!!
Homebrand vanilla cake mix decorated with marshmallows and Smarties in the form of frangipani flowers.
Homebrand vanilla cake mix with buttercream and store bought icing flowers. This was a My Little Pony themed birthday party.
Because she was in Kindergarten, the above cake wasn't enough. I also did a cake for the family for her actual birthday and cupcake cones for Kindy! Arggghhhhh!
Homebrand vanilla cake mix iced with buttercream. I created a volcano by baking some cake mix in a metal milkshake cup. Iced with chocolate icing and made red coloured toffee and broke in shards for lava. This was a "Land Before Time" dinosaur party. We had even created a 'Jurassic Park' environment under our back pergola with a camouflage net draped from above, long strips of crepe paper for jungle vines, dinosaur foot prints sprayed on the pavers. Heaps of dinosaur themed party snacks. Will try to remember to take photos of all that stuff from now on.
Again, Homebrand vanilla cake mix iced with bakery ready made icing. I bought 1kg of bakery icing cream for $3. It doesn't need to be refrigerated and I wondered how I might've kept this in the fridge if it was iced with buttercream. November weather isn't kind to butter icing in Brisbane. It piped really well. Tastes vile, but the kids seem to like it. I've been making the cake from the 70 cent Homebrand vanilla cake mix over the last few years as I've found it to be more cost effective. The kids usually just eat the icing and don't bother with the cake. There's always too much going on. This was a Barbie Princess themed birthday party. Will definitely try to get more photos at the kid's next birthdays.