If you've been following along with me at all you are probably aware that we just celebrated a pretty monumental day over the weekend. (My first born turned FIVE!) I devoted all of last week to planning for the big day as well as traditions we celebrate. You can see those posts here, here, here, and here.
One of those traditions is baking our own birthday cake/cupcakes.
(Let me forewarn you that I am by no means a great baker. And I struggle with this every year. But I do it because I love getting the girls involved and letting them know it isn't about how great you are at something but the effort. These are the reasons I will probably stress myself out over making a cake every year.
Birthdays are about making memories aren't they?
This year's party theme was "Princesses and Pirates". So we decided to make a castle cake.
(And yes it required a crazy amount of sugar. Yum.)
First we needed to mix in the ingredients and bake our cake in three different-sized pans. (FYI: I found the inspiration on Pinterest. Although I decided to use a lot of what I already had so it it quite a bit different than the original. All the more fun right?)
First layer went down and got covered in pink icing.
Quick tip that I got from a fabulous fan on my Facebook page. After baking the cake(s) wrap it tightly in cling wrap and then again in foil. Then stick it in the freezer! This was such good help. It made it so much easier to ice and work with later.
And then the second and third layers went on the same way.
I decided to try the squeeze icing for the sides and then used...wait for it....BUBBLE TAPE to cover the sides.
And then the fun part: decorating!
Gotta love ice cream cone towers. :)
You may have noticed that I mentioned our birthday theme included pirates.
You didn't think we left them out did you??
I found these cutest little Pirate Ship Cupcake holders from Chasing Fireflies.
So, we made cupcakes too!
Stay tuned. I promise I'll show more pics of this precious party soon!
Another Quick tip: (for those with youngins' that want to help in the kitchen).
Soapy, "bubbly" water is your friend.
This can keep them busy for a very long time. When the cake/cupcakes went into the oven and I wanted to start cleaning up, I filled up the mixing bowls with soapy water and let them play with them along with measuring cups and spoons. Seriously saved my sanity a little bit. (wink.)