Homemade anything is better than store bought everything
Friday, 4 July 2014
Shabby Chic First Birthday Cake
I spent today enjoying an exciting cake project for my beautiful Goddaughter, my niece Briar Rose. I was given virtual free reign by her mom for the cake; she requested it to fit with the shabby chic theme, and to be pretty and girly. She needed the cake to feed 40 people, so I decided to do a two tier cake. I made Four-Egg Yellow Cakes with a homemade strawberry filling, and used a classic buttercream for the icing. Now to decorate: I immediately thought "pink, of course", then took to Pinterest for some inspiration. I have always loved the look of buttercream rosette cakes, but assumed it was beyond my skill set. But..... I found an online tutorial (Thrifty and Chic) and decided to give it a try, since I can definitely use a piping bag. I covered the top tier with the rosettes, and it was actually very simple!
I wanted to do a nice ruffle on the lower tier, because nothing says shabby chic to me like ruffles. Again, I found an online tutorial (Jessica Cakes) and picked up my icing bag.
It turned out so lovely, I think the rosettes will be my new go-to when I need to do something quick and pretty! I topped it with a cute bunting I made out of burlap, lace, ribbon, and pearls. I made the little fabric pompoms (again, tutorial: Lovely Indeed) out of some leftover fabric from a dress I made for Briar Rose last Christmas. I love the bunting, too!
Happy Birthday Bunting
The finished product!
And what first birthday party is complete without a personal cake for the birthday girl? I made a giant cupcake and decorated it with the rosettes on top, and a vertical ruffle on the sides to mimic the cupcake liner.