Sunday, July 24, 2016

Birthdays, Baby Showers, and Cakes

Summers are always so busy, and July has been full of birthdays and baby showers, which, of course, call for cake.  Although my husband showed me a quote today that said, "The moment you realize you don't need a special occasion to buy a cake, the second part of your life begins."  I have long felt that cakes don't need to be reserved for anything special, and am a big believer in cakes for every day.

But that said, I'm sharing just the designs for three cakes today, that did happen to be for someone's special day.

The cake above was for a baby girl's first birthday - the pretty pink buttercream rosettes hide dark chocolate layers of cake inside, which made for a dramatic contrast in the smash cake photos at her party.

The topper is one that I made with paper straws and thin strips of tissue paper.

Then, there was my own birthday cake, which I made to take along on our weekend adventure to Paonia.  Buttercream ruffles were so trendy a few years ago, and finally, I made my own ruffle cake.

As far as the candles, though, I stopped with 8, because 38 was just way too many...

Lastly, a sweet looking cake for a baby shower.  I filled three layers of fluffy white cake with homemade strawberry jam, and frosted the cake with fresh strawberry vanilla buttercream.

A pretty ribbon tied in a bow on a cake stand is one of my favorite ways to fancy up a cake display, and I hope these simple cake designs inspire and delight you.