Yesterday my twins turned one. I really can’t believe it! It feels like it was only a few months ago I was waddling around, super pregnant and praying they would come out soon. I made it to 36 weeks and 3 days before they broke my water to induce labor. Birthdays are a big event in my family, and we usually do a birthday dinner the day of and then a party at another point. I have lots of fun stuff planned for the girl’s birthday party next Sunday (stay tuned next week for that!), but today I’ll talk about the birthday dinner.
It’s not easy to plan a dinner for a one year old birthday, as they are still eating fairly basic foods, and they can’t tell you want they want yet. I decided to make homemade Macaroni and Cheese for the girls, as they LOVE cheese and noodles. They also love corn and peas, so I did a veggie medley of corn and peas, and finished off with a summer salad of spinach, strawberries, goat cheese and blueberries as the girls love blueberries. It was a pretty basic meal, as far as family dinners go, but it was still a successful dinner!
Making the cake for the girls cake smash was lots of fun. I wanted to make a cake that had significance to the girls, but I needed to make two small cakes for the girls cake smash, as well as a cake for everyone else. In the end, I decided to do a small cake with Minnie on it, which was our nickname for Marie before she was born, and then another one with Daisy on it for Eva, as that was her nickname. The tricky part was tying the two cakes for the girls together with my third cake. I probably could have just done three separate cakes, but that isn’t my style. So, I realized that if I made a third bigger cake, I could turn the cake into Mickey Mouse ears! It totally worked. I just used a Devil’s Cake recipe from my bible, the Pilsbury cook book. Jack helped with the cake, and it was super yummy!
The next big decision was frosting for the cake. I’ve been on pinterest a lot lately looking for easy recipes for a bake sale I’m doing to help fund-raise for a trip we are taking to Disney World in the fall, and I found this DELICIOUS FROSTING! It’s a Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting, thanks to the Merchant Baker. I loved using this frosting for my 1 year old girls because it doesn’t have any icing sugar and butter in it! Did it still have sugar in it? Of course. But I felt a lot better serving my girls icing made of cream cheese and whipped cream instead of an icing with tons of icing sugar and butter in it. I can’t say enough about this frosting.
When it came time to decorate the cake, I loved the idea of big rosettes on the cake, but wasn’t sure how well it would go as I’d never done it be. I have been getting a little more adventurous for my cake decorating, and decided to try the rosettes. I’m so glad I did! It was SO easy! I found this tutorial and it worked for me! I used the technique throughout all three cakes. Finally, I topped the girls cakes off with little Minnie and Daisy figurines. I have to say, I was quite happy with the result. I ended up with two unique cakes for the girls, and a complimentary cake for everyone else. Everyone, including the girls loved the cake, so I figure it was a win!