A child’s first birthday is a massive milestone for both baby and parent and what better way to celebrate than with a fun party and a fabulous 1st birthday cake.
None of us really remember our very first party or our 1st birthday cake but there are always photos to remind us. Most parents enjoy going to a bit of effort for their child’s first birthday – it really is the first time, since baby’s birth, that they can make a fuss over their little one.
If you’re inviting family and friends with little ones, then it’s the easiest to host your child’s first birthday party at home. Make sure you have plenty of food and drink for the grown-ups and some toys for the bubs.
Some parents feel the pressure to spend a fortune on ordering a professionally-made 1st birthday cake. By all means, do this if you wish but you can absolutely make your own cake at home that can be just an impressive, for far less cash. And remember that for most kids, the simpler the better.
A friend of mine spent the cost of a small house on the most elaborate 1st birthday cake. It was a masterpiece but the kids took off all the fondant icing and completely destroyed it before munching on what was left. A cake simply iced with sprinkles or lollies always goes down a treat.
You basically have three main options if you wish to make your own 1st birthday cake:
1) Make A 1st Birthday Cake From Scratch
Even if you’re not a baker, making a simple vanilla or chocolate birthday cake is not difficult. We love this very easy vanilla cake recipe which is the perfect (and yummy) base for a 1st birthday cake. There is also a delicious chocolate cake version here.
When you’re making your cake, always make sure you use a good quality vanilla extract (our favourite is Queen Natural Vanilla Extract) or for a more intense flavour, we love adding Queen Organic Vanilla Bean Paste.
2) Use A Box Cake
These days, the box cakes make great quality base cakes for a 1st birthday cake. There is so much variety when it comes to packaged cake boxes and these are perfect if you are a bit less confident when it comes to baking. Check out the baking aisle in your nearest supermarket and grab a box or two of your choice.
3) Buy A 1st Birthday Cake Base
Local supermarkets, like Woolworths and Coles, sell top quality cakes that make a brilliant base for a 1st birthday cake. There are entire facebook groups dedicated to hacks using pre-made cakes and the results are absolutely spectacular. If you’re short on time, you can simply buy one of the pre-iced cakes and add sprinkles or lollies and we promise the kids and grown-ups will eat it all up.
Once you’ve got your base cake, you can then shape the cake and decorate it as you wish.
1st Birthday Cake Ideas
Below are some ideas for some impressive 1st birthday cake ideas.
This is such a fun and easy-to-make 1st birthday cake. It’s topped with a heap of ‘sand’ made out of biscuit crumbs.
This literally takes 10 minutes to put together but it looks like you’ve been working on it for hours.
This impressive cake looks like it is topped with an upside down ice-cream cone with melty ice-cream. It looks really tricky but we promise it’s super easy to put together and it’s absolutely WOW!
We love tricky little ideas that will have our kids ooh and ah with glee but can be achieved with a minimum of fuss. This cake is one of them. It looks amazing and we take a few sneaky shortcuts to get this cake prepared in no time.
A rainbow cake is sure to have the whole party talking…and thinking you’re a baking goddess. But this recipe is super easy to make and the kids (and adults) will go crazy for it.
A Farmyard Birthday Cake is one of the cutest and most easy to make birthday cakes for kids! We will take you through a step-by-step tutorial on how to put this cake together.
This is an exquisite pretty-in-pink birthday cake for an adorable one-year old princess. This cake uses fondant icing for maximum impact. But you could always just use pink-tinted regular butter frosting if you prefer.
Cupcake 1st Birthday Cake
Ditch the cake and give out cupcakes instead. Cupcakes are always a big hit at parties and a cupcake 1st birthday cake is fun and just something a little different.
We are besotted with these easy dinosaur cupcakes, topped with dino lollies.
Or you could charm your guests with these adorable teddy bear cupcakes.
Other First Birthday Treats
Besides a fun 1st birthday cake, you may want to include some other fun party treats in your menu.
Our favourites are tea cup party treats, which always fly off the party table.
These tiny teddy racers are also super popular for all ages.
What 1st birthday cake have you made or are planning to make? Tell us in the comments below.