I took a break from holiday baking this weekend to do a project for my little cousin Nico’s 1st birthday, and a Monkey cake and animal cupcakes were the perfect choice!
I started with the main cake. One of my favorite ways to decorate a sheet cake is with a candy plaque made using a Wilton Shaped Pan and Candy Melts. They are fun, easy and can be made in advance. Using the Monkey Pan and Light Cocoa, Dark Cocoa, and White Candy Melts®, I molded my plaque just like I would regular molded candies — start with the smallest sections and work your way up, refrigerating the mold between layers until the color is set.
When the plaque was completely set, I flipped it onto a cake board and kept it in a cool, dry place until I was ready to place it on my cake. After decorating the cake with Ready to Use Icing, it was ready to go.
Because we were a very large group, I decided that my monkey cake needed a tower of cupcakes to go with it. I used Jungle Pals Baking Cups and Jungle Pals Icing Decorations and placed my cupcakes on the 4-Tier Stacked Dessert Tower. What a fun centerpiece for the cake table!
And, a first birthday party wouldn’t be complete without a smash cake. Nico enjoyed his own 6 inch cake as much as we enjoyed watching him. Who knew a cake project to feed 75 people could be so easy? Well, I did, but don’t tell my family, you’ll give away my secret!
For more 1st birthday ideas, please browse the 1st birthday party section on Wilton.com.