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A Lion Birthday Cake

This is the first time I have ever made a smash cake. I made this cake for a friend Angela‘s daughter. I had made her baby shower cake too so I thought it would be fun to make her daughter’s 1st birthday cake too. It was a crazy week last week and the ONLY thing I had made ahead of time is the buttercream icing. I baked the cakes, made the decorations and put them all together in one day, luckily I had taken the day off.

The cake flavor is everyone’s favorite:  chocolate! The cake is decorated with buttercream and the decorations are fondant with tylose powder (the stuff that’s in gumpaste). I like using a little tylose powder because it will allow the fondant to dry faster and I won’t have the problem of stretching when I go to move it around (if I let it dry a little).

As I was working on the cake, I was really worried that it was ugly. I love twitter because I posted this and when I posted a picture of the lion cake along the way, my tweeps convinced me it wasn’t ugly. :)

All of these pictures were taken with my iPhone 4!

Here's the cake after I finished it.

This is the smash cake. I asked on twitter and facebook and found out that it's often very simple and one layer.

This is the precious birthday girl with her daddy.

Wonderful cookies that another friend, Tricia, made. She made them from a recipe I shared on this blog!

How did she know the birthday girl was going to wear a dress with a cupcake on it? I just wanted to say, it was great to hear that a friend used a recipe she found on my blog. I love to hear when people try recipes that I share!

Starting up

She is doing a great job!

Here’s a video of the action (some notes on the video, also taken with my iPhone 4 and I should have left it at landscape, know better for next time):

The Aftermath

Glad everyone liked the way the cake looked and more importantly how it tasted. We had so much fun at the party and the Mexican food we had was soo tasty!

11 Responses to “A Lion Birthday Cake”

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    foodwandering — August 7, 2010 @ 11:08 am

    Julie, that little girl is adorable and so lucky you baked her this gorgeous cake. The cookies are stunning too! Does your friend have a site? Love the lion! You are gifted! Shulie

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    robyn — August 7, 2010 @ 12:36 pm

    Great job! It looks like everyone had a great day. The hardest part is getting the cake from your house to the party and it looks like you made it! Even with a husband driving. ;-)

    The birthday girl looks quite pleased with her cake! Keep up the good work.

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    Paula — August 8, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    The cake is great! You did a fantastic job. The birthday girl is a sweetie and oh my, such a BIG cake for such a little girl. Looks like the celebration and the cake was a big hit.

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    anjali — August 8, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Julie – I LOVE this lion cake!! it’s so cute! looks yummy too ;)

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    Health Questions — August 9, 2010 @ 1:10 pm

    I didn’t really understand the smash cake idea at first, after watching the video I get it. Too cute!

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    Staci A — August 10, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    The cake is very cute! And it looks like she really enjoyed the smash cake too!

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    clueless Mama — August 18, 2010 @ 1:43 am

    I love the look of this cake! It is so cute. I think you did an amazing job. I bet your little one loved it.

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    Abby — August 28, 2010 @ 12:34 pm

    That is a super cute cake and an adorable little girl you have there. We are going to a 1st birthday party this afternoon. I’ve excited!

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    Brenda — September 15, 2010 @ 11:43 am

    Hi,
    How adorable. The cake looks really good.
    You make sound so easy.
    -Brenda

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    Jennifer @ Mom Spotted — January 24, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    I love your lion cake! How cute is that! Your friends cookies are pretty too!

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