A Nesting Doll Birthday Cake
I'll be back tonight - or maybe after Easter ;) - with some more pictures from today, but just like last year, I couldn't wait any longer to share a picture of my daughter's birthday cake!
Looking at the pictures from her past birthdays reminded me that it was on her 3rd birthday when, inspired and encouraged by Charlotte, I started getting a little more creative with birthday cakes. Now, three years later, it is a much loved family tradition!
This year, after falling in love with the nesting doll measuring cups that we received for Christmas, Chiquita requested a "Nesting Doll" themed birthday party! After consulting the expert on the topic, I ordered the book The Littlest Matryoshka and the matching set of nesting dolls, which then inspired the rest of the party.
I made the cake by cutting off one end of a 13" oval pan (the body) and cutting out part of a 8" round pan (the head) so they would fit together nicely. After frosting it with white buttercream, I outlined the face (using the rim of a 6" round cake pan), cheeks (using a small cup), and the rest freehand with a toothpick, before decorating it with the various color icings.
I did have a bit of trouble with the icing running all over the place (I had purchased yellow and pink cookie icing instead of cake icing), but despite the little challenges, I thought the cake turned out cute and it is loved by the birthday girl - which is all that matters. :) Now back to the party!