Today we celebrated the 1st birthday of the very gorgeous Ella…
The inspiration for Ella’s cake came from this beautiful cake by The Cake That Ate Paris
I stacked my 3 cakes together (lemon mud and chocolate cakes), ganached them and covered them in pale pink fondant. For tips on ganaching and covering cakes, check out these amazing tutorials.
I purchased an elephant cutter for the cookies and simply cut out an elephant and stuck it to the bottom tier with some water. Using some paler pink fondant, I cut a circle out, cut that in half and attached it to the elephant for the ear. For the eye, I cut out a small black circle and then dotted a small dot using some white food colouring.
I rolled out some different shades of pink and some white and red fondant and cut out circles for the balloons, before sticking them onto the cake (and onto the other balloons) to make the balloon pattern.
I drew on the balloon ‘strings’ using a black edible marker – not much room for error!! I should have waited a few hours for the fondant to dry before attempting this as the lines looked a little wonky!
I made some chocolate cupcakes using some ruffle flowers in the pink colours
The cupcakes are iced using some Italian Meringue Buttercream mixed with chocolate ganache.
I made some sugar cookies in the elephant shapes and decorated them in fondant (using the same method described above for the cake)
Here’s a pic of the stunning table! Decorations by my friend’s talented sister-in-law and photographs by my gorgeous friend (and the birthday girl’s mum)