Tractor Birthday Cake

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Our 3 year old REALLY wanted a tractor birthday cake for his birthday … so after flipping through a number of examples on Pinterest he highlighted a few that he really liked (e.g.: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/306878162086295009/) … which opened the way for a huge number of options and great theme for a birthday party!

We had to hide the cake from our little guy – and all he wanted to do was run the tractors up and down the cake!   The cake did not turn out as I had envisioned it, but little boys didn’t care – they saw tractors and just got excited.

I’m not very experienced working in fondant – and that stuff gets sticky when it’s humid outside!  Not good when your little guys birthday is at the end of summer.  Anyway – struggled through it and did my best.  Not pleased with the out come … but it could have been worse.

It was fun to make and took a few hours, but was worth it.  Learned a lot in the process, like how to use the frosting tips to make grass and sprinkle crushed Oreos to make the dirt road. As long as I kept the cake a specific angle, the crazy lopsidedness of the cake layers looks like it added to the cake’s design (until you turned it around … then the truth came out!)   Besides the lopsided cake and the melting fondant – the little guys ate the whole thing and so did the parents … and every cake looks the same after it’s been hacked away at by the end of a party – a hot mess!

Materials:

$25.00  Square Cake Pans x3 (Amazon)

$25.00  Cake Mix, Fondant, food coloring, frosting & tips, Oreo cookies (dirt road)

$ 3.00  Construction Candles (Amazon)

$10.00  Construction Trucks (pack of 20) (Amazon)

$ 0.00  Road signs (printed off and glued to skewer sticks)

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$63.00  Total

 

 

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1st Birthday Cake – Pink Bunny

 

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Inspired by many of the bunny cakes on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/249105423118714625/, we worked with the bakery to design our own based on the examples we found and were amazed with the outcome!

Not only did the came exceed our expectations (and our expected budget) – it tasted amazing!  Made with a Vanilla Cake on top, Red Velvet in the middle and chocolate later on the bottom – everyone went back for 2nd and 3rd helpings.  We still took a lot home with us.

Again, we splurged on the amount, but it was worth it – and our daughter / family and friends have a wonderful memory of an amazing day and the cake was a huge part of the experience/event!

Cost:

$350.00 Cake – Mike’s Amazing Cakes, Redmond, WA

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$350 Total

 

1st Birthday – Pink Bunny Party Theme

Inspired by a number of cakes on Pinterest with bunnies (e.g.: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/249105423118714625/) I finally settled on a mix of designs which a wonderful cake decorator in the greater Seattle area was able to bring to fruition (spent more than planned).

Had a great time coordinating and planning out decorations through Amazon, Oriental Trader and Dollar Tree.  Funny – some deals were better on one and some the other.  But managed to get cups, plates, napkins, popcorn holders, milk containers, banners all online at really great deals.

It was a rush putting everything together at the party location.  We only had like 30 minutes to set up and tear down.  The challenge was blowing up balloons when we go there – if it wasn’t for family and friends helping it would never of gotten done.

The kids LOVED the pink lemonade served in the milk carton glasses and our daughter loved the popcorn holders – they were the perfect size for her little hands to hold and held the perfect portion for little kiddos.

I suppose this is a lot to spend on a little child who will never remember this day other than the photos and video’s we captured, but everyone enjoyed the moment, memories were special and you only have a 1st birthday once in life.

BTW – the cake was AMAZING!  one layer was chocolate, one was red velvet and the other was vanilla.  Everyone got 2nd and 3rd helpings – and yes, we will be going back for cakes there in the future – he is an artist.

Cost:

$350.00 Cake (Mike’s Amazing Cakes)

$  50.00 Decorations (Oriental Trader, Amazon and Dollar Tree)

$  50.00 Food / Drinks (Lemonade, bottled water, fruit, popcorn, cheese/sausage plate)

$  25.00 Milk Bottles – 12 bottles (Amazon)

$  10.00 Black & White Birthday Achievement Sign (Etsy)

$100.00 Funtastic Playatorim (Bellevue, WA)

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$575.00 Total

 

First Halloween – Footprint Trick or Treat Baby Plate

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Inspired by the fun and cute plate we saw on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AYV1Br72P1dKG-N-maVtdQBtWvRT8fqXThO8Qa26f8_k_7v-3xRYsKY/, I took our 6 mo old daughter over to our favorite paint your own pottery place and made a little plate with her footprints.

She was a really good sport about having her toes painted green and with some help from family I was able to finish the plate (touch it up and clean up some of the smudges) while she played with my mom next door at a play place.

Materials

$20.00  Plate

$  0.00  Paint, brushes, firing provided by pottery place

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$20.00

Birthday Train Cake

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Our little guy, for his 2nd Birthday, we decided to make it a Train Theme after we got him a train table and BRILLIO Train Set, so naturally the cake needed to have a train on it too.

Inspired by the train cakes we saw on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/561050066049396978/, I set out to try and create something that would ‘wow’ our 2 year old.

This was a fun cake to make!  I learned I don’t like to work with fondant – but making the train and cars out of fondant is a lot easier than trying to roll it out and smooth it onto the cake!  Once I got pass that part, the fun began.  I learned how to use the different frosting tips to make the track and used brown sugar to create the dirt.  I used the frosting to add accents to the design which doubled to hold the candles in place.

All in all – had I to do it over again, I wouldn’t have done his name so thick in frosting on the side of the cake … but 2 year olds don’t pay attention to those details – all he cared about was there was a train on his cake and he wanted to make it run on the frosted tracks!

Materials:

$ 5.00  Cake Mix

$ 5.00  Happy Birthday Candles

$15.00  Fondant, Frosting & Tips

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$20.00 Total