Whimsical Flower & Zebra Print 1st Birthday Cake

Last weekend, I posted on Facebook a sneak peek of a cake we made for an adorable little girl turning 1!

Whimsical Flower & Zebra Print First Birthday Cake Sneak Peak as seen on FacebookAnd now for the great reveal of the rest of the cake….drum roll please…

Whimsical flower & zebra print 1st birthday cake decorated with orange, pink, and turquoise fondantTa da!

Birthday Cake & Smash CakeMelanie sat down with Cristina, the birthday girl’s Mommy, in December to design this cake.  The bottom tier was spice cake with cream cheese filling, and the top tier was vanilla cake with cookies ‘n cream cream cheese filling (read that again, that’s a lot to take in).  It was Cristina’s idea to combine our cream cheese filling with crushed Oreos for a rich, finger-licking filling!

The cake was decorated with fondant zebra print and whimsical flowers, an edible hot pink bow, and an edible topper.  The smash cake was decorated with pink buttercream and black fondant zebra stripes.

Welcome to Eva's 1st Birthday Party!Welcome to Eva’s 1st birthday party!

I love when the party planner (Cristina in this case) has a clear vision while she organizes the party and designs the cake.  The cake matched the party decor perfectly!

Eva's high chair at her 1st birthday party!Eva’s high chair of honor read, “I am 1.”

And here’s the cake table!  Cristina even gave Eva a practice run with a smash cake for a photo shoot and displayed the photos on the cake table – so cute!The cake table at Eva's 1st birthday party!

And Cristina was kind enough to email us later to say:

“Thank you so much I loved the cake!!! So did everyone else. It tasted great and looked so beautiful. I will be using you again for my next occasion.”

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Zebra & Leopard Print Cookies!

Last Wendesday, my baby sister turned 24! Twenty four! She’s really starting to catch up on me…. *wink*

For her birthday, I made her zebra and leopard print cookies.

zebra leopard print sugar cookies royal icing
The animal print patterns were made with royal icing. The hot pink “R” was made of fondant, and the glitter around the border was just black Wilton Cake Sparkles!

zebra leopard print sugar cookies royal icing
Happy Birthday, Robin! I hope you like the cookies!

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Red & Black Zebra Cake

We made this birthday cake for a young girl celebrating her 31st birthday. She’d spent her 30th birthday taking care of sick family members so she really wanted to go big this year!

She came in, sat down with Debbie, and picked out her own cake. She really liked the Pink & Black Zebra Cake we’d made for a 1st birthday party, and she wanted it to look elegant, mature, and glamorous.


Her party colors were red and black so we changed all the pink to red:


We topped the cake with red ribbon roses and pulled the zebra print pattern all the way over the top of the cake, rather than stopping at the top edge.


And we gave her a giant red bow on the second tier.


Isn’t it funny how just a couple of simple changes can take a fun 1st birthday cake and make it into a mature, elegant 31st birthday cake?!

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