12.07.13 Lola’s Summer Bunting Birthday Cake

horse birthday cake

There’s something special about a birthday where the sun shines. A proper Summer birthday. Celebrations are easy and yet so stylish with just a little effort.

A white tablecloth, some pretty garden ‘weeds’ thrown into shot glasses, some white bunting, pom poms, a few random animals for fun and a cake. Perfect for a 2 year old.

Horse birthday cake

weeds as flowers in shot glasses

shire horse

Summer birthday party

birthday candles

I love the simplicity of this cake. I always make a cake for my kid’s birthdays. It means I commit to making at least 3 cakes per year. Not bad, except if you’re busy the week of the birthday, fitting in ‘cake making’ can be tricky.

I find the key is to make the cake one evening…takes maximum of 2 hours, and decorate it the next day or evening. If you are pushed for time I always think simple (like this cake) is best.

I loved this cake and thought it would be easy to decorate. I iced my cake with my best ‘work out how much i need as I go along’ buttercream method, which I stained pink.

For the Buttercream:

Roughly 250g – 500g of good quality unsalted butter

Icing Sugar…this is up to you how much and depends on how firm you like it to be. Roughly 250-750g.

Vanilla essence – 1 tsp

A few tsp of milk or water to balance the consistency.

Beat the butter til smooth and whippy. Sieve in your icing sugar. As much as you like until the consistency and taste is how you prefer. Add a tsp of vanilla extract. Add a few tsp of milk or water until you have the perfect spreading consistency. Colour if required. (I recommend pastes over liquid colour.)

I made the bunting by cutting triangles out of a large width piece of ribbon and glued it to 2 kebab wooden skewers. I stabbed them into the cake, added an horse with wings for fun and made an age word template for my edible glitter. Glitter is key. It takes an average ‘meh’ cake to show stopping extravaganza…well something like that anyway.


P.S. For the record I always make my sponge cakes according to Nigella’s Victoria Sponge ‘bung it all in the food processor and whizz’ recipe. Rocket science it is not and it always tastes Amazeballs!


5 Responses to “Lola’s Summer Bunting Birthday Cake”

  1. geraldine July 12, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    Such a beautiful birthday Tracey. Love the cake. I should do more baking then preorder cakes. It’s much more special isn’t it? Hope to meet soon xx

    • TraceyChalk July 14, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      Thanks Geraldine. Yes you should. It’s really quite cathartic too. Will look at some dates when Nick gets back from his trip. xx

  2. leanne July 16, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    That cake looks so gorgeous, i will nick that recipe!
    We don’t have any proper summer birthdays so very jealous! x

  3. Diana Mieczan July 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Boy, oh boy that cake looks stunning and I just adore the whole table setting:) What a great birthday and your little one is totally adorable! Kisses

  4. Best of 2 sisters July 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    Love the pretty decorations! Including random animals – fun! X

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