Thursday, June 2, 2011

First Birthday Cake

First birthday cake
I've made a lot of cakes over the years, but none have seemed as important as the cake I made a couple of weeks ago for my son's birthday. For Little B's first year we've heeded the words of our pediatrician and various baby guide: no sweets. But for the little guy's birthday, it seemed fitting to mark his passage from baby to toddler with cake...

Since Little B hadn't ever experienced dessert, I wanted to make sure his birthday cake wasn't too sugar high-inducing. He loves bananas, so a banana cake with cream cheese frosting seemed like it would be just the ticket. For the cake itself, I used this banana cake recipe that I developed for Peanut Butter & Co's All-Star Recipe Blog (minus the bourbon, people, this is a first birthday after all!) For the frosting I threw together 1 stick of organic butter, one block of organic cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of vanilla and confectioner's sugar (to taste, less than a cup).

Inspired by both the pirate monkey cupcakes I recently made for my niece's birthday, I created this monkey face by dividing the batter into two layer cake pans and two cupcake tins. I then split the cupcakes in half to create the ears. The accents on the cake are chocolate frosting and with cocoa powder around the mouth.

And the reaction? After demolishing a rather large piece Little B uttered his first word, (other than Dada and Mama): "Moh-ah!" That's my boy! Happy birthday, little man!

4 comments:

Sherm said...

That is really, really cute. Looks pretty tasty, too.

CityMinx said...

Happy 1st birthday Little B! I meant to write and say that I made the Elvis cake for my birthday a few weeks ago, and OHMYGAWD it was just perfect deliciousness!!!! Seriously, I knew it was going to be labor intensive, but other than having the bananas smoosh together after cooking (it's ok, still tasted great), it wasn't difficult and the results were amazing! thanks for coming up with such a fantastic cake...

BigAppleNosh said...

What a cute and yummy-sounding cake! Happy birthday to Little B!

Ali said...

awww. happy 1st bday buddy! very cute cake, perfect for a fun first birthday.