Jacob’s first birthday cake

Jacob had never eaten cake or really had much sugar before his party. I was going to make him a banana bread with frosting so he wouldn’t have a lot of sugar, but moms were advising me not to–that he wouldn’t end up eating much of it anyway. He didn’t. He really didn’t seem to like it! It was not the wild photo op I imagined, but i am thankful that he is not hooked on cake now. πŸ˜‰

I made a vanilla cake and vanilla buttercream from scratch. The frosting was actually not as sweet as most store-bought frostings; it had a very rich vanilla flavor. The basic recipe is 1 cup powdered sugar, 1 cup butter, 1 tablespoon whipping cream, one teaspoon vanilla extract.

I made Jacob a birthday hat and tie so that he could cover himself in frosting…I also made a diaper cover, planning for him to wear only the tie, diaper cover, and hat, but it was too cold. I was shocked that he left the hat on! Maybe because he had an audience? When he finally took it off he spent a while trying to put it back on. πŸ™‚

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