Do you have a new baby on the block? Celebrate your little one’s first birthday with this amazing Best Kid on the Block 1stBirthday Cake. Stacked high with cake blocks that spell BABY, this first birthday cake is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Decorate the other sides of the blocks with hearts, baby ducks and other cute baby icons. You could even personalize this cake by using the blocks to spell your babies name. Great for showers as well, this baby cake doubles as a lovely centerpiece for your table.
In advance: Prepare base board. Using cake corer as a guide, cut a hole in the center of 22 in. triple-thick cardboard.
Tint 96 oz. white fondant violet, using violet and rose icing colors. Cover prepared board with fondant and smooth with Easy-Glide Smoother. Reserve remaining violet fondant. Tint 48 oz. each of white fondant yellow, rose, blue and green. Roll out fondant colors 1/16 in. thick. Using violet fondant and alphabet cutters, cut 1 set of B-A-B-Y letters. Use shaped cookie cutters to cut 7 stars, ducks, hearts and trains in assorted colors. Let all pieces dry on cornstarch-dusted board.
Prepare 8 cake boards for stacked cakes. Using cake corer, mark center of boards and cut out. Tape 2 boards together and wrap with foil. Prepare 8 solid boards for base cakes; tape 2 boards together and wrap with foil. Prepare eight 3-layer 6 in. cakes (two 2 in. and one 1 in. high to make 5 in. high cakes) for rolled fondant by lightly icing with buttercream.
Cover with white fondant (approximately 30 oz. for each cake); smooth with Easy-Glide Smoother.
Using cake corer, cut center hole in 3 cakes. Insert dowel rods at corners of 4 base cakes where stacked cakes will rest. Roll out fondant colors 1/16 in. thick. For each cake side, cut four 3/4 x 6 in. long strips for borders. Trim to fit and attach with damp brush. Attach letters and cut-out designs with damp brush. At reception, assemble cake. Position confetti sprinkle decorations, candle and balloons.
One of the simplest techniques for decorating with fondant is to create cut-outs. Fondant shapes can be applied to lay at on the surface of a treat or dried so that they hold their shape when used as a topper.