Sunday, October 6, 2013

So those who don't know me, I AM HUGE INTO BIRTHDAYS! My mom always went all out for us on our special day and even still celebrates our half birthdays! You only get one first birthday so I wanted it to be just as special as my first daughters, Londyn's was.
 So for Sawyers 1st birthday, I wanted to find the cutest SMASH CAKE. I mean, that is what the first birthday tradition is all about! I knew I wanted it to be purple bc the outfit and sign I had already made was purple. I also knew I wanted a ruffle cake. I struggled with one that i wanted to make at first and my mother in law, who is a cake decorater in Las Vegas tried to help me over the phone with it but I'm not that talented when it comes to cakes and quickly failed with the frosting and realized the cake I wanted was way to diffucult for me. I looked and looked for some cake inspiration that was different and was getting frustrated when I wasn't finding anything or ones that were easy enough for me to make... Until I found @howtocookthat and found her pink ombré ruffle cake and buttercream frosting tutorial. I watched her tutorial and knew It was easy enough that I could do it. 
         This was going to be the best little cake for my little Sawyer. 

To get started, 
I made three chocolate fudge box cakes (from a cake box bc Ain't nobody got time for that haha) with my small 8" mini cake pans and waited until they were cool enough to stack them. 

I made this buttercream vanilla frosting and it was perfect for frosting this specific cake bc it was thick enough to stay secure to my cake. Here's the recipe. 

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

***(Make 3 servings of this for the 3 later cake)***

1/2 cup softened butter
2  1/2 cups powdered sugar 
1-4 tablespoons of milk ( I only used 1 TBL of milk and it wasn't enough so do more than one :)
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
-mix together 

I scooped about a cup of the white frosting and placed it in a small bowl and set to the side.
Then I added a few small drops to get my soft lavender color. Got a cup full and set aside
I repeated this until I had 5 shades of purple from light to dark in my small bowls.

I placed each color in a cake bag and snipped the tip of each bag the exact same size. Twist the bag at the top so no excess frosting exits the bag from the top.

Start with the white frosting and frost the cake in between each layer and on the top of the cake (this helps the ruffles stick to the cake) don't skip this step, like I did :) (see I'm learning for you all) 

Start with the lightest color of lavender and add the same size dollop around the top of the cake. Then take a baby spoon and smear half the dollop downwards
***(I dip the baby spoon in warm water to remove excess frosting and the smears look smoother)***

I skipped the white frosting part bc I didn't add enough milk to my frosting so I didn't add quite enough (I only added one TBL of milk. I suggest using all 4. That's why in the pictures, the white frosting wasn't on the lower level of the cake.

I started stressing out over how it wasn't perfect and then I realized this is for a little one year old and then immediately calmed down. Plus it was 1 am people.. Here are some pictures. :) 

1. Lightest Purple
2. Lighter Purple
3. Light Purple
4. Purple
Add the last layer of circle dollops to the bottom to finish it off and don't forget to clean your cake plate with a damp paper towel.
5. Dark Purple
It looks blue in this light but it's really a royal purple. Next time I'll make sure to make the bag slits more even and take more time with my dollops and smears.

 And there you go, ready for a cake smashing.. Just need the cake topper! Tutorial on that coming soon. Enjoy! 

Don't forget to follow @brittsfavthings and @howtocookthat for more fun ideas! 

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