My palms are a little sweaty and my heart is palpitating at the rate of a shrew mouse which can only mean one thing -- Sammy's having a birthday party. I always get nervous whenever one of my girls is approaching another full year's travel around the sun. It's stressful planning parties and even more so when it's a party for a child. Children are so pure in the way that they express their emotions which is why I always strive to produce a grin as large as a watermelon slice with each cake I create.
Each year I try to create cakes that represent my children's interests. For instance, I made a flower pot cake for Sammy the year that she was really interested in dirt, flowers and bugs.
Here are some images of cakes I've made. This one was for Alex's 1-year birthday. At a wee 1-year old, she really didn't have any interests aside from clinging to me, so for a theme I took the pattern straight from the birthday paper plates and napkins and replicated them in sugar cookies that I used as cake toppers. Amazingly they came out exactly as I had hoped. This was a difficult cake in that I had to first use a knife to freehand draw the animal cutouts from the dough. Not too bad for an amateur I must say.