As a child, every birthday I had a special birthday cake. It’s a cherished memory.
When I had my own child, I wanted to do the same.
Leah’s 1st Birthday Cake
Special and beautiful. Purchased at a cost of £40
I also bought her 2nd and 3rd Birthday cakes – less expensive ones, as £40 seemed quite a lot to pay each year.
Then on Leah’s 4th Birthday, I wondered if I could buy the base and decorate the top as her favourite princess was Sleeping Beauty?
5th Birthday – purchased base and printed rice paper topper.
6th Birthday – went for it – all my own work.
(Along the way, I’d acquired a son, and some cake-decorating confidence)
Dan’s 1st Birthday Cake
Dan’s Christening Cake
And back to the beginning. I’d always wondered whether I could have made Leah’s 1st Birthday Cake. It appears possibly I could have. This is the 3rd fairy toadstool cake I’ve made for family friends.
To buy it would cost £40. To make, under £15
The point of this post? I’m not a professional cake-decorator. Over 6 years I’ve improved my skills gradually to be able to produce a cake that, although not of exceptionally high standard, is good enough.
By ‘Not Buying It’ I’ve learnt a new skill (slowly admittedly) and saved money.
Win – Win
Anyway… got to go, I’ve got a cake to bake. It’s someone specials 7th Birthday this weekend.
I need a couple of yellow bunnies made from icing/sugarpaste and was thinking of not buying yellow food dye. An alternative is over on Facebook. Not sure I’m brave (or stupid?) enough to try it?