Sunday, September 6, 2015

rainbow sprinkle first birthday smash cake


In addition to the Princess Leia cookies that I made for my best friend Sue (who was having a Star Wars themed first birthday party for her daughter Leia), I also made a rainbow sprinkle smash cake for the birthday girl!

Since this would be the first time Leia would be trying cake, we didn't want to go with anything too overpowering, so we decided to go with a vanilla cake, filled with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. So I baked up two 6-inch vanilla cake layers (half of the recipe of the vanilla cake from my boo, The Hello Kitty Baking Book), let the cakes cool, and sliced each one into half horizontally, giving me four cake layers. Then I filled each layer with freshly whipped cream and chopped strawberries (normally I slice the strawberries, but in this case I wanted them in little pieces for baby Leia).



Then I whipped up a batch of cream cheese buttercream, and covered the tops and sides of the cake with it (crumb coat, then chilled for 30 minutes before applying the final coat).


The final touch was adding rainbow sprinkles!


In order to let the number 1 show up in white frosting through the sprinkles, I drew a big "1" on a piece of cardstock, then placed it on the cake before adding the sprinkles.


Here's a picture of the birthday girl enjoying her first cake ever!



Happy Birthday, Leia!!! Hugs and kisses from Auntie Michele! :)




47 comments:

  1. Do you have the cream cheese buttercream recipe?
    renataelbaum@hotmail.com

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    1. just sent you the recipe! enjoy!

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    2. Hi Michele, I would love to replicate this for my son's first birthday coming up, but I think I will make it smaller since I found some 4" diameter stoneware pans. Do you have any recommendations on baking time for smaller cakes? And may I also have your cream cheese buttercream frosting recipe? :) I saw this on Pinterest and themed the whole party around it. Thank you!

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    3. @Joanna - i'm sorry i've never baked any cakes in 4-inch cake pans. it sounds pretty close to a cupcake sized cake though so perhaps start with 20 minutes and keep checking every 2 minutes until done? also leave me your email address and i'll send you my frosting recipe! good luck!

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  2. How did you not get ANY sprinkles on the side of the cake? Did you just frost the top first and then do sprinkles and do the sides last?

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    1. haha! no i frosted the cake and then added the sprinkles last. i added them by the handful in the middle of the cake, and when i got to the edges i sprinkled them very slowly and carefully (sometimes one at a time). hope that helps!

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  3. This came looks so pretty. lots of love

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  4. A really beautiful elegant cake. And a great child considerate recipe, gorgeous!

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  5. Hi! I tried getting a number 1 to show up on a cake I recently did and it only lifted up the frosting in its place. Can you tell me specifically how you got the 1 to leave an imprint? Did you refrigerate the cake while leaving the cardstock in place before pulling it off once the cake was completely frosted and had sprinkles on it? Sorry, I just love this idea and want to create it the same way for our son's first birthday this week. Thank you!

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    1. @Anonymous - i used a paper template for the number and put it on while the frosting was still sticky, added the sprinkles, then put it in the fridge until the frosting got hard, and then i was able to remove the number. also on a later cake i did the same but with a template cut out of waxed paper, and after chilling it was even easier to remove the number. hope that helps!

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  6. I'd love your icing recipe ask please! Megan.cockerill@hotmail.com

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    1. @Megan - i just emailed you the recipe! :)

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  7. Could I have the icing recipe, too? Does one recipe make just enough for a smash cake, or for a full-sized cake? cassiebuckel@gmail.com

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    1. @Cassie - i just sent you an email! enjoy! :)

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  8. I made this cake for Brother's birthday, and WOW, it was amazing! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    1. @Sweety - that is awesome! so glad you enjoyed it!

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  9. Sorry maybe a dumb question but how did you get the frosting so smooth?? And also would like the recipe for frosting thanks

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    1. @Emily - a turning cake stand and long offset spatula helps to get the frosting very smooth :) send me your email and i can send you the frosting recipe!

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  10. Could you please share your icing recipe? What a beautiful cake!!

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    1. thanks @JFo! send me your email and i can send you the recipe!

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  11. Could I get your frosting recipe? Thanks!

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    1. @acsmith321 - of course! send me your email address and i'll send you the recipe!

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  12. Hi! I’m thinking I might tackle this for my daughters birthday this weekend! It looks fantastic. Simple but effective. Would you mind sending me the icing recipe too, please? kr@kandar.com.au Kate

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    1. @Kate Rowe - sent you the recipe! enjoy! :)

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  13. Hello, Could I have please the full recipe of the cake
    Greetings from Paris

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    1. @Davi - the full recipe is in my book!
      http://amzn.to/1mEKwi2
      but i can also email the recipe to you if you send me your email address!

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  14. My LO will be one in a month - eeek - and this cake sounds perfect. Would you share your recipe?

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    1. @Tanya - the recipe is actually in my book! http://amzn.to/1mEKwi2 but if you don't have it, send me your email address and i'll send you the recipe.

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  15. I would love the icing recipe too! I plan on making the cake this weekend for my kiddo’s first birthday. Thank you!! valerie.sprout@gmail.com

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    1. @Valerie Sprout - i just sent you the recipe! enjoy!

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  16. Hi have just come across your cake and love it. Would love to use the recipe for my little girls birthday later this weekend. If you could email it I would be very grateful. pamfurlomg@gmail.com. thanks very much.

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    1. @An Coirnin beag bui - i just emailed it to you, enjoy!

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    2. oops, are you sure you sent the correct email address? my email got sent back to me as undeliverable :(

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  17. Looks amazing! I'm planning my daughter's first birthday smash cake and this looks like the perfect fit. Have the recipe for the frosting? ajohnsono911@yahoo.com

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  18. I would also love the recipe for the cake and icing if it's not too much trouble! Thanks. butlera1@hotmail.com

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    1. @Angie - just sent you an email! enjoy!

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  19. Could I get the icing recipe too? The cake looks great! kristinariem@gmail.com

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    1. @Tina - just emailed you the recipe! enjoy!

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  20. Could I please have the icing recipe too? Ashleigh.Farrugia@yahoo.com.au

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  21. I also would love your frosting recipe :) Thank you in advance! gnikk123@gmail.com

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  22. would love the frosting recipe too. Do you use a lot of frosting in order to have it spread easy and not have cake crumbs in it? I would love your cake recipe too if you share that. Jcveldkamp@gmail.com

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  23. Hi,

    Could you email me the cake and frosting recipe please my email is nicole.ferorelli@gmail.com

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  24. Hello.

    This cake looks delicious, really good idea!!!

    We don’t have your book, but would really be happy, if you could share the recipe. Our little angel has first birthday this week. Please email me on : petra.svegl@gmail.com

    Thank you for your help :)
    Petra

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  25. Could I please get your icing recipe? Beautiful cake! camille.tanner@gmail.com

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  26. Would you be able to email me the recipe also, looks amazing. Thank you gilliebyrne@gmail.com

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