Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Happy Birthday to Ellis...


Our little boy turned one on Monday, and we held a family birthday tea the day before. Apart from the birthday boy himself, my attention over the previous week had been on 'the cake'. Having children is an excuse to bake fantastical celebration cakes and play with day-glo icing colours that normally would not grace the tea table. I choose to make Ellis a bumble bee cake as the buzzing noise made by the insect, as reproduced my his parents/Grandparents/our lovely next door neighbours, was one of the first sounds to really make him chuckle. This cake brought a smile to his face too.


I made the cake in two halves, using a recipe from Nigella Lawson's 'Domestic Goddess' (this contains a whole chapter of suggestions for baking for/with children - no jokes, please). The domed top half of the cake was baked in a silver foil lined colander (yeah, don't try it without that proviso), and the lower half was baked in a conventional sandwich tin. The whole was covered in super eye-catching orange buttercream, and the black icing I purchased from the supermarket in ready to pipe tubes. The wings were circles of netting, gathered and threaded onto cocktail sticks. Legs and feelers were sticks of soft liquorice.


Happy Birthday poppet!

26 comments:

sprite said...

What an amazing cake! Great job!

Jules said...

Happy Birthday Ellis. Fantastic cake!

Dianne said...

What an adorable cake! The whole thing is just too cute and the wings are just perfect!

K said...

I love it! (And so does my husband. I may have to make him one. He'll be 28 next birthday.)

I have fond memories of birthday cakes my mother made, usually from recipes in Cadbury's Novelty Cookbook. The hedgehog (with chocolate-button spines), bunny and fairy castle particularly stick in the memory, as well as sessions looking at the pictures to decide which cake we wanted...

Katie said...

What a lovely first birthday cake. I think it would make veryone smile reguardless of age.

Brynne said...

Great Cake.

Pille said...

Happy birthday to Ellis from Estonia!

linda said...

Very cute cake, and happy birthday to Ellis.

Maria said...

Oh what a cute gorgeous cake, love it! Happy Birthday to Ellis ;o)

Maria

anna said...

Ellis thanks you all for your birthday wishes, and says that you are never too old for a cake that makes you smile (most cakes have that effect on me...).

isabella said...

HI Anna !
Yups! turned 7 last year and I backed a spider, the kids loved it.
Buon Compleanno

David Hall said...

Very sweet!! Really lovely cake, must have been so proud!

Cheers
David

diva said...

awww, tt is the sweetest cake ever. looks so lovely. brilliant!

Rosie said...

What a very cute cake!! I am sure this was a showstopper for Ellis Bday.

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Joy said...

Very impressive cake. I wish my mum had been as artistic. Although they always tasted delicious, our birthday cakes were always very simple. Bring on the netting wings and day-glo icing!

DoughGirl said...

What an adorable cake. The little face is just so sweet, wonderful job!

Antonia said...

Such a sweet cake for your little one-year old! I'd love one just like that for my birthday.
How ingenious to use the colander for baking the domed part - I would never have thought of that.

ei! kumpel said...

how this is the cutest birthday cake :)

Editor said...

I love that having a child gave me the opportunity to play with making fantastical cakes! Although the 6 hours making a fairy castle felt a bit OTT but worth it when I saw her face!

Vicky (victoria sponge) said...

What a fabulous cake. I may have to pinch that idea for my nearly 2 year olds birthday. Brilliant!

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OLGUIS said...

wonderful cake and very cute.
olga

nasher08 said...

stunning cake, almost to nice to have to wreck it by cutting into it to eat

manila homes said...

Ellis your cake is so lovely.. Happy Birthday!

all in one printer said...

makes me smile.. the bee cake is soo cute..