Wild One Birthday Cake

Last post I mentioned those kind of posts where I’m mostly just showing you guys what I’ve been up to. This is one of those! When my cousin announced his first born’s first birthday party, I leapt at the chance to make the birthday cake. The proud parents had settled on a jungle-themed party. Not only is it a lot of fun to make a cake along with a theme, but hell yeah jungle theme! Any excuse to make a lion out of fondant. I used elements in the invitations and party decorations to inform the final design for the cake.

Along with making the cake I got to have some fun designing a personalised 3D printed cake topper along with it. I’m now offering this customisable design for sale in my Etsy store.

The bottom tier of the cake was made using my absolute favourite white chocolate mudcake recipe, and the top using my favourite chocolate mudcake recipe. Both recipes were also used for this cake and can be found there. Both cakes were also coated with the whipped chocolate ganache recipe seen there.

The design was far more minimalistic than I’ve done in the past. Ordinarily I would have covered it in as many jungle themed critters and vegetation as I could. But I’m starting to lean toward cleaner styles. To a degree they’re a lot harder, cause there’s no hiding any mistakes!

This was my first time airbrushing designs onto a cake. I’ve used cake stencils with royal icing before, but I wasn’t sure if they’d look any good this way. The stencils I ordered got a little creased in the post, which made for a couple wonky lines where it didn’t sit flush, but overall I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

The party was absolutely chaotic so you’ll have to forgive my lack of posts of the inside of the cake!

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