Having a daughter is so much fun for me. Planning a party that you dream as a child is awesome - reliving childhood dreams.
Would have wanted to make everything piink and go over the top for this party with matching pink carpet, pink curtains, feathers, etc...same as in the "P is for Party" blog. Isn't that awesome. But then again I realized my daughter is onIy five (5) and that I should really wait for the big 7th birthday to have this kind of party. In the Philippines where I was born and raised, the 1st, 7th and 18th birthdays are big celebrations. But we'll see when she turns seven.
This party is a mix of pink and purple, which are both my daughter's favorite colors. Here's a picture of the party area before the guests arrived (more balloons have been placed after this picture was taken).
We had cupcake decorating which the girls enjoyed so much. I made three dozen cupcakes (chocolate and vanilla).
The cupcake stands are Martha Stewart Line (not too sturdy I find. but if you don't have time to make one, this will do and it's much cheaper) which I decorated with pink flowers.
I also prepared the sprinkles, M&M, Skittles, Smarties, Gummy candies, edible toppers, all the good sugary stuff and placed them in separate cupcake liners for the cupcake decorating activity.
The kids also got the chance to piped the icing on their cupcakes. Isn't that cool?
Let us talk about the cake. The cake is a three tiered cake with pink and purple color as well.
The bottom tier is a four layers chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese filling,
the second tier is a two tiered vanilla cake with buttercream filling and
the top tier - the Barbie Cake is a three layers chocoate with cream cheese filling.
All the layers were crumbcoated and coated with Swiss Italian Meringue Buttercream and Chocolate Ganache. Honestly, it was my first time to make the Swiss Italian Meringue Buttercream. It is so delicious, not too sweet compared to a frosting using Icing sugar. For recipe and tutorial go CakeJournal.com (go here).
The colors on the cake were airbrushed using Americolor Air Brush Colors Deep Pink and Lavander.
The five candles are the colored flames ones (she wanted five candles instead of the number five candle, very picky this customer..lol).
The Barbie Flairies (the three dolls on the first and second tier) are all edible which I made two weeks ago.
The Barbie Doll on the top tier cake is a real doll. The Eiffel Tower is made of gumpaste.
The kids enjoyed all the games we prepared: Pin the pendant on Barbie's Necklace (Pin Donkey's Tail), Musical Chairs, Freeze Dance and the BARBIE Pinata. And of course, each kid went home with their loot bags and some with their decorated cupcakes.
The party would have not been successful without the help of my hubby David and a great friend Mae. She did all the cooking for me and gave my daughter an arrangement of fruits dipped in chocolate.. Please visit her store in downtowm Fredericton - Blossoms Fruit Arrangements.
Thanks again my dear friend Mae.
Happy Birthday my princess Melissa! Love you so much!
She is the reason I got into this cake world. A few years back I wanted my daughter to have a special cake for her birthday, something different. So here I am today with a new found passion for cake decorating.
The long wait is here. After making several cakes for other people, I will finally be able to make a birthday cake for the most special person in my life - for my reason for this passion.
She wanted three cakes: A purse, shoes, makeup cake, a Barbie Fashion show Cake and either Sid the Science Kid or Out-of-the-Box Cake (they are both her current favorite shows on TV).
Her birthday is before the New Year's and after Christmas so we have decided to always have her main birthday party with her friends and classmates in January. However, on her actual birthday, the family will still have a small gathering (just us). Birthday celebration will not be complete without a cake...
The purse cake is a four layer Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese filling and iced in vanilla buttercream.
I made the shoes and make-up with a "bling". I used crystals which are NOT edible to make it special. The shoes, makeup and the purse handle were made of gumpaste. The "blings" on the cake are edible using sugar sprinkles.
I was supposed to make an LV cake but just could not find a store to have the image printed on an edible paper (copyright issue). Anyway, the next best thing is to have everything in pink (her favorite color).
One down, two to go...I am excited to make her next cake..Barbie Fashion Show Cake and to prepare for her birthday celebration. It will be a busy start of the year for sure. HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY MY DEAR PRINCESS MELISSA J! MOMMY AND DADDY LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
Thanks for looking friends. I wish that the New Year brings joy, beautiful moments and surprises to cherish to you all!
This is the cake/cupcakes I made for my daughter's teachers and classmates. I did not get the chance to make individual edible cupcake toppers, so I bought the Wilton cupcake wrappers that came with paper decorations. However, I did all the cake toppers using fondant with tylose powder.
When I brought the cake to school this morning, one of Melissa's classmates commented "That is the best cake I've ever seen"...that made my morning. To be appreciated like that by a 5 yr old, is "PRICELESS". How i wish we grown-ups would be as appreciative as kids then it will be a better world to live in.
Let me close by wishing everyone the best of holidays and wonderful new year to come. Take care everyone.
From Wikipedia, "The nipa hut also known as bahay kubo, is an indigenous house used in the Philippines. The native house is constructed out of bamboo tied together, with a thatched roof using nipa/anahaw leaves.
Nipa huts were the native houses of the indigenous people of the Philippines before the Spaniards arrived. They are still used today, especially in rural areas. Different architectural designs are present among the different ethno-linguistic groups in the country, although all of them conform to being stilt houses, similar to those found in neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia,and other countries of Southeast Asia. A nipa hut is an icon of Philippine culture as it represents the Filipino value of bayanihan, which refers to a spirit of communal unity or effort to achieve a particular objective."
This is the cake theme I designed for another Filipino group in Fredericton. They had made a small Nipa Hut that they used in one of their dance and which they also carry in the Canada Day parade. The cake is combination of christmas and birthday.
All the figures were done a week ago using fondant with tylose powder. If I had lots of time, I would have made more banana leaves and improve the banana fruit. I also intended to put more flowers and ducks. I was excited to make this cake. Unfortunately, I started feeling sick thursday night...so it was a bit of challenge finishing this cake. But I still delivered on time and here it is.
One of the three cakes for a cause this December. Hope they enjoyed the cake as much I enjoyed making them.
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My family and friends call me Bobie. An IT Specialist and have discovered cake decorating, a new hobby...my new passion.