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The perfect 1st birthday cake


A baby’s first birthday is a fantastic celebration and one that will provide some wonderful, lasting memories. 

At the centre of any birthday celebration is the cake. As well as making a fantastic focal point for the party buffet, the blowing out of the candles – with a little assistance from mum and dad – is the best photo opportunity of the whole occasion! 

Here are my suggestions for making the birthday cake extra special: 

If you ask me, not enough people make birthday cakes these days. I remember my own childhood birthdays, munching on delicious cakes that my mum had lovingly prepared, that were much better than anything you can find down the supermarket. 

There’s really no excuse for not making a cake, especially when you can find simple recipes like this one from the BBC. It takes less than 30 minutes of preparation (not counting baking time) and is pretty difficult to get wrong! 

The recipe calls for plain chocolate for the ganache icing. I always like to use free range eggs in my cakes and I wanted to carry this across as much as possible in the rest of ingredients. I did some browsing online at came across Traidcraft, who have a huge range of organic food and Fair Trade products, including chocolate

As well as helping the cocoa farmers by paying a fair price for the products, Traidcraft also sell chocolate in bulk, so it’s possible to make big savings! I’ll either keep them in the cupboard for a time when I’m desperate for something sweet or use them in the party bags I’ll be handing out to guests at the party. 

So that’s the cake mixture sorted. Now I want to make the design of the cake as special as possible. I’m thrilled with this number one cake tin, available to buy online from The Craft Company. I could even use this in the future, when my little one reaches their teenage years! If you’re reluctant to invest in a unique mould like this one, another option is to make individual cupcakes and arrange these in the shape of a number one for the party. 

Finish off with fresh fruit, whipped cream and lots of candles. It may be your baby’s first birthday, but I don’t think you can have too many candles for the big blowing out ceremony!

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3 comments

  1. This cake looks lovely! Such a nice idea to have the photos in the background as well. x
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  2. Oh I love the cake! I'm with you on baking the cakes although for the past birthdays I have been slacking at this....time to make up for it though as next week there's a little birthday boy in my family :)

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  3. This is the perfect cake to make for kid’s birthdays!

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