Baby Jungle Cake for a Lil’ Cookie

What can be more fitting for a baby boy’s first birthday than a cake topped with baby jungle animals? Aren’t they just the cutest?

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This was actually my first time decorating a cake using gumpaste and I must say, it took me back to my childhood playdoh days! As requested by the sweet mummah, the cake is to be:

  1. a moist chocolate cake covered with ganache (not fondant),
  2. has on it the name of the birthday boy and the number 1
  3. jungle-themed
  4. coloured blue

With help from some youtube videos, I made a baby elephant, lion and panda for cake toppers! To continue with the jungle theme, the sides of the cake are lined with little trees and mini mushrooms are dotted around the animals on top.

Although by no means perfect, it was a lot of fun to make and I am so delighted to take part in making Ethan’s first birthday a special one! Happy Birthday lil’ cookie!

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The Emergency Panna Cotta Birthday Cake

It was my mother’s birthday last week and I fully intended to surprise her with a grand two-layered strawberry and blueberry cheesecake with a dark Oreo cookie crust. It would be tinged pink and purple with the puree of fresh strawberries and blueberries, and decorated with a gorgeous mound of ripe cherries, strawberries and juicy blueberries. On the eve of the birthday it was all going according to plan- the cake was all done and fully decorated- when disaster struck! The whole cake toppled over and fell splat on to the floor when I tried to unmould it from the tin…

What to do? The supermarket was already closed so getting more ingredients to make another was out of the question. I looked frantically in my pantry trying to come up with an idea for a second cake… and finally came up with this Strawberry, Pandan and Green Tea Panna Cotta Cake. It has a vanilla cookie base with a layer of green tea panna cotta studded with fresh blueberries, then a layer of strawberry panna cotta and finally topped with some raspberry jelly.SONY DSC

Decorated with some fresh berries and flowers picked from the garden, it doesn’t look too bad for a last-ditched effort!

Birthday disaster averted, hooray!SONY DSC

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things.

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