My kiddos and I were watching Food Network Challenge (a family favorite) and began discussing their birthday cakes. Now even though their birthdays are 8 and 9 months away, it did get my creative juices flowing, and I do love planning ahead . . .way ahead:) My son, who will turn 3, knew right away that he wanted a Cars cake, and my daughter, who will be turning 5 (WHAT???!) decided she might like a Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) cake. Here are a few ideas I found!
Here is a great tutorial on how to do a Cars cake from Make Fabulous Cakes! I'm definitely going to refer to her site when attempting my son's cake, and I only hope it will turn out as well as this one!!
For my daughter's cake, I wanted to do something a bit different than a cake using a Barbie doll, and I think the next couple of cakes are sparking some pretty good ideas. I saw this ruffle cake on Be Different . . . Act Normal (isn't that a great name?), and thought that it might be a great idea to do a three layer cake. The bottom layer could be similar to this ruffle cake (done by Nikole Herriot) but done in yellow (I would REALLY need to work on my piping technique FOR SURE to even get close to something this beautiful), followed by a middle layer done in shades of yellow and with fondant ribbons and a "diamond" pendant similar to the bodice portion of Belle's dress. Finally, for the top of the cake, I could make a princess crown. It would be lots of work, but I think it could turn out pretty darn cute!
Another Princess cake idea comes from Elisa (an amazing cake designer and regular on Food Network Challenge) at Confetti Cakes. I was thinking of doing the box in different shades of yellow, including a little Belle figurine, but instead of having the box closed, perhaps having it a bit more open so that you could look inside. And what would be hiding inside? A princess crown! I think my little princess would really love it!
Now this final cake idea is just about the CUTEST and most CREATIVE idea I've seen! It is from Bakerella, and it is a cake designed from a child's drawing! I love this idea!! And, even if it's not for one of my kiddos' birthdays, I am definitely going to have to give this genius idea a try! Check out Bakerella's tutorial on how to do this SUPER CUTE cake!
Now, I do realize that the chances of my kiddos still wanting the same kind of cakes months from now are slim to none, but just in case I WILL be READY:)!!
Here are a few examples of past birthday cakes that I did for my sweet babies!
For my daughter's first birthday, she had a teddy bear themed birthday, and I made two 3D teddy bear cakes, one little one for the birthday girl, and one larger one for everybody else.
For her second birthday, she was really into the Backyardigans, and Tasha was her favorite. I was 9 months pregnant with my son, so I came up with a very simple design - Tasha's dress with a Tasha stuffed animal on top! It was very easy to do . . . wish I could say the same about giving birth to my son; which happened 13 days later:)!
For the next birthday season, I created a Tinkerbell cake for my daughter and an underwater themed cake for my son's 1st birthday!
For Halloween last year, Superheros were very popular at my house! My daugher really liked Spidergirl, but decided to go with Supergirl because she dug the red boots more than the black boots that went with the Spidergirl costume! My son was and still is a die hard Hulk fan . . . in fact, even now, he still makes us call him "Hulk Man" every once in a while!
For their birthdays, we just kept the theme going, and I made one all inclusive Superhero cake!
We had Spiderman, Batman, Supergirl or Superman, Wonder Woman, and of course, The Hulk represented!
I just LOVE making cakes and can't wait for my kiddo's birthday season to roll around! They truly are my biggest INSPIRATION!