I knew that I wanted to mark the occasion with a memorable cake as I have a photo on my fridge of the cake my mum made me for my first birthday and I treasure that. (My mum died when she was 36 and I was 15)
So what to do - My dad thought I should do a teddy too but that is my special cake so after many days trawling the internet for inspiration (don't you just love it for stuff like that!) I decided upon a rainbow cake.
Now if you have never seen one of these, they really are show stoppers. You bake up six coloured layers of cake, a red, orange, yellow, green, blue and a purple one. I took a basic cake recipe from my mum's old Durham WI cookbook and just adjusted the amount to make it work, then split it equally between six tubs. I had great fun mixing up the colours.
I had to review the cooking of time as I overcooked the blue and purple layers which is why they have a slight brown hue. ( Think the old cookers mustn't have got as hot as they do now days?)
Then you layer them up (and a word of warning - it makes a tall cake!) with buttercream or cream cheese inbetween ...
....and then cover it totally to finish the surprise.
I love my nephew's face! He claimed it was the best cake ever! Good lad! ;-)
So alongside, all the presents he got, Radish had a fab first birthday. Here's to many more! Just have to start thinking of the next cake...