Do you remember me chatting about Ava’s birthday last month and how ridiculous it was that I ended up baking for her party, her actual birthday and then something on a separate day for her kinder class?
Well… it seems I’ve become considerably smarter in the last month (or lazier?) and for Molly’s birthday I held a small party on her actual birthday on the day before she started 3 year old kinderLittle Buttons Photography
So…. that meant 1 cake and 1 birthday celebration. Phew
That said… she has been desperate for a Gruffalo party…. not exactly the easiest of themes to recreate. And there really wasn’t much inspiration out there… until I stumbled upon this amazing party by Alison Lawson Cakes with the most incredible 3D Gruffalo cakeAlison Lawson Cakes
Unfortunately for me, the inspiration was TOO good! There was no way I was going to attempt a 3D Gruffalo cake as I’d probably end up with something like thisCake Wrecks
I decided to do what I do best and make a whole heap of fondant decorations so there was plenty to focus on and you didn’t notice the cracks, wonky eyes or uneven arms
I was worried about making all of the characters, but in the end they weren’t actually that hard to model (yay!)
Whilst it looks like the cake was a ton of work (and I guess it was)… the best thing about making a cake like this, is that you can take your time with the figurines. I made a character each night in front of the tv leading up to the party so when it came time to assemble the cake, all that I needed to do was place them on top! It makes life so much easier to have a stress free cake and the figurines can be made a few weeks in advance (although I generally make mine the week before).
For the rest of the party food…
Scrambled Snake (scallop boxes from Invite Me)
Purple Prickle Jelly (plastic shot glasses from The Reject Shop, stamp and wooden spoons from Sweet Style)
Poisonous Warts (Cones made from light cardboard, a bit of sticky tape and an adhesive sticker made from Illustrator)
Chocolate cupcakes with Italian Meringue Buttercream and crushed maltesers. Labels by me (but you can find similar on Etsy), baking cups from Invite Me
Vanilla cookies on sticks which I’ve nicknamed ‘Lumpy McBumpy’… can you tell they were the last thing I made?? The gorgeous tin is from Ikea (such a bargain at $2.99!!)
Watered down Gruffalo Juice (apple juice), though I should have used blackcurrant/orange juice as they look like urine samples
Personalised water bottles (labels made by me, but you can find similar on Etsy)
The cake was a 5 layered Vanilla Cake from Sweetapolita which I attempted to make a confetti cake as well (ie, adding in sprinkles)… however I added them and mixed them using my mixer and it ended up turning my batter a nice grey colour!!
Party bags from Invite Me and labels made in Illustrator. To download the printables see belowShoe off sign Food Labels Cupcake Toppers (2 and 4 yr olds) Cupcake Toppers (3 yr olds) Scrambled Snake (popcorn boxes) Thankyou cards Favour stickers (stickers for the bags) Favour stickers (mouse droppings and snakes) Favour stickers (poisonous warts & snakes)
Here is a video I made about the party bag contents and about making your own labels on the computer