I knew once I saw this kitchen on Lay Baby Lay I wanted one EXACTLY like it. Thankfully my hubby is super talented and handy and with the help of his dad, he managed to get this kitchen done in just a couple of days and right in time for Avery’s first birthday party!
Avery helps me in the kitchen a lot (which really means that she wants me to hold her all the time so I am usually cooking with her in my arms!) so I thought she’d love her own kitchen and it would be one that she can play with for a few years. I’m hoping she likes to cook and bake like her mama! (Check her out in her ruffle butt and baby apron that her grandma made! Too cuuuuuuute!)
Just in case you missed her smash cake and first birthday party photos, you can check them out here and here! We had the best time celebrating our little stinker butt! (She’ll hate that nickname someday I’m sure but for now it fits haha.)
I have been looking forward to my daughter’s first birthday party since the day she was born. And let me tell you…I spent WAY too much money and time on it! Hah! But I can also say it was totally worth it. 🙂 I LOVE planning dessert tables so Avery’s party was my excuse to go ALL. OUT. But first…a theme. Omg the freaking theme. I cannot tell you how many Pinterest boards and Google pages I searched for the PERFECT theme. Ya know, the one that someone hadn’t already done 50,000 times. Yeah…not finding it. Barbie, Paris, owls, hearts, rainbows, ladybugs, cupcakes…done, done and SO done. I was really wanting something unique but in the end I settled on Sprinkles and Confetti! Rainbow Sprinkles and Confetti. I figured it would be cute and fairly simple.
Ok, would have been simple if I hadn’t made it super complicated. I’m talented like that. In the end we had somewhere around 100 confetti filled balloons, seven different sprinkle coated desserts and one very happy birthday girl!
We had so much stuff dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles…Oreos, strawberry wafers, pretzel rods, strawberries, donut hole “cake” pops. And of course we had gumballs, homemade marshmallows and a gorgeous cake with a balloon on the top! It was fun seeing everyone enjoy all the treats but especially fun to see Avery eat her first homemade marshmallow! She loved it. 🙂
She also loved her second smash cake. Think she might have preferred the bad-for-you version a little bit more than my healthy one. Hah!
It was the best birthday party and even though I went totally overboard and she won’t remember one single thing, I’ll treasure it forever and obviously show her all the pictures from her fabulous party! 😉
Ok, I am FINALLY getting around to doing a series of blog posts I’ve been meaning to do since my daughter’s first birthday in April! I wanted to share photos and details from her cake smash, birthday party and the AMAZING kitchen my hubby built her for her big gift and decided to just make three separate blog posts out of each. I’m starting with her cake smash! I wanted to do these photos because I just wasn’t sure she would get into the cake at her birthday party with all the excitement and all the people around and was afraid I wouldn’t get any good pictures. So one Saturday morning I threw together this cake (literally threw it together in about 10 minutes and had it in the oven!) and we set up a little photo area in our dining room to do the pics.
I wasn’t sure how she would do even during these photos because she’s never had cake and really nothing sweet except fruit! She did pretty good though. Wasn’t going crazy with the cake like I hoped she would and I basically had to prompt her and break off pieces to try. She can be VERY resistant to new food! But she did ok and we got some fun pics. She honestly was more into picking the sprinkles off the cake one by one and then of course got distracted very easily by the balloons! I was pleased overall though with the photos and glad we did it before her actual party!
Now as for the cake…I agonized for a long time whether I even wanted her to have cake for her birthday. I like to keep things pretty healthy around here, especially when it comes to what she eats but eventually decided I would do at least do a healthy cake for her cake smash photos. And I have to say I thought this cake was delicious! It was a little on the dense side but so moist and yummy. All I had on hand was sucanat so I used that and it gave the cake a richer flavor which was very good but I’d like to try it again with xylitol. I layered it with 100% fruit strawberry jam and attempted to frost it with this recipe for whipped coconut frosting. UGH. This method of frosting did NOT work for me. It was barely solid and more like whipped cream. Apparently it works for a lot of people but not me! So I really can’t recommend it for this cake. Overall though I was pleased with the results and felt like this was a great, healthier alternative for a cake! Hope you enjoy the pics! We had a lot of fun. 🙂
⅔ c. plus ¼ c. Sucanat (I would do xylitol for a more neutral flavor. Sucanat is richer and more like brown sugar.)
100% Fruit Strawberry Jam
Frosting (Your choice, healthy or not. I can't recommend the coconut frosting, unfortunately.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3, 5-inch cake pans with coconut oil and whole wheat pastry flour. Line with parchment paper. In a small bowl combine first five ingredients and whisk well. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients (except jam and frosting, obviously). Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just evenly combined. Divide evenly among the three pans. Bake for 22-25 minutes (mine took 25) until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool completely and then remove from pans. Place first layer on a cake plate/stand, spread with jam, layer with second cake layer, more jam and third and final cake layer on top. Cover with frosting and decor of choice.
This past Saturday I got to help my friend Betsy make a first birthday cake. I think it turned out SUPER cute and for the most part it was a very easy cake to make. You only need one, 9×13 cake and then a smaller circular cake if you choose to make a “moon”, like we did. It was so much fun!
Check out this link for more detailed insturctions.
(p.s. sorry about the pic quality…forgot my camera, ugh!)