Ann Reardon

1st Birthday Cake

fondant cake decorations first birthday cake ideas monkey teddy elephant

As my youngest son’s first birthday is rapidly approaching I realized that I have never posted the 1st birthday cakes for my other two boys. So here is a pic of the first fondant covered cake I ever made. I used a book from the library, yes it was back in the days when we used to go to the library instead of searching the internet.

If you are new to cake decorating this is a great cake to try because the figures and details can be made well ahead of time.  Then the night before the party cover your cake in buttercream and drape the white fondant ‘tablecloth’ over and trim.  Add your pre-made figures and you’re done.

I am thinking of doing a similar style cake for my youngest but with his favourite toys in fondant on top and maybe some stripes on the sides.  (UPDATE: See the new cake here)

This is the book that I used at the time:

And this is the latest book from the same author:

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT

I have been busy over the last year planning, writing and overseeing the photography and layout for my first ever cookbook! There are heaps of my favourite dessert recipes in there with a chapter on pastries, ice-cream, yummy cakes, artistic desserts and of course chocolate desserts. Each chapter has its own intro explaining the food science that you'll need to know for success every time. Booksellers where you can purchase your very own copy: http://bit.ly/ARcookbook


All recipe quantities in the book are in grams, ounces and cups.

12 Comments View Comments

  1. Hello Ann,
    First thank you so much for all the sharing, you’re incredibly gifted and in the last six month I’ve been trying out your recipes and improving greatly…I wanted to share the picture of my last son’s first birthday cake (yes we have three boys just like you…:) with the favorite toys theme. I never thought I’d be able to achieve such a thing, so I want to thank you for all your effort in posting those wonderful videos. ..I’m an addict of your website now! :)) in the good way. ..
    Have a very nice day!
    Maroussia (from France)

    • Thanks for the fabulous feedback! We can’t see your pic but it sounds like it was a success. Happy Baking!

  2. Ann its awesome! and thank you for sharing with us all your good work. I have learnt so much from your you tube videos.

    Ann I’d love to learn how to do those figures of monkey elephant. Would love to see a video of that. Would you be able to help me with that ?
    Thank you again
    Zarina

  3. Omg I love your work.. It is amazing and really inspiring. I have watched some videos on you tube and wanted to see more of your videos. Can you please put more videos up and I had 2 requests, first one was can you make a video of a fruit tart cake and the second is my 2 year wedding anniversary is coming up and I wanted to make a cake for my husband, if you had any ideas of what kind of cake and how to decorate it it would really help and I would really appreciate it.. Thank you and keep up the good work.. Your doing an amazing job..

  4. Hi Ann, I just wanted to say a few years ago now I saw your video on Youtube and you inspired me to start cooking. I believe I made a chocolate bowl. Anyway, tomorrow i’ll be going to an interview for a job as a decorator at a local Cupcake shop. Because of you I have began taking classes and choosing exactly how I wanted to live my life and what I wanted to do. I just want to say thank you.

    Lisa. 🙂

    • That is awesome Lisa, How did the job interview go?

  5. Your work is amaizing thank u

  6. can you do some fruit cake plss……

  7. This cake looks amazing! Did you make this cake with marshmallow fondant?

  8. you are awesome

  9. Well done Anne your site is as amazing as your art/recipes.

    cheers

    Tim

  10. I can’t wait to see/eat that cake!

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