Jul 27, 2011

P is for... (part two)

Thank you guys for your sweet comments on the decorations yesterday! Now onto part two of "p is for" and it's all about the cake and the rest of the party!

Party Time

As you know, the birthday girl's nickname is Sweet Pea. Well, she also happens to be our little princess so I thought it would be fun to try to make a "princess and the pea" cake. Hopefully you know the story of the Princess and the Pea because I had to explain it to my husband. Sad.

Anyway, I set out to make a layered cake with each layer representing the mattresses and a little pea at the very bottom. My first thought was to put a jellybean at the bottom but I ended up just saving some of the batter, dying it green and baking a mini cupcake . I rolled it up into a ball, added a little frosting to keep it together and voila, a pea!

I had a little too much fun making this cake! I started with just a box of butter cake mix, mixed it all up and added a few drops of pink food coloring to make a very light pink. I poured it into a small, 6"x2" round cake pan. Once it was done baking, I set it on a rack to cool and started on another layer.

I just added several more drops of pink food coloring to make a darker shade of pink. I poured it into the same pan and baked it, let it cool while I finished up the last layer. I added several more drops of pink food coloring to the remaining batter, baked and cooled it.

Layers and the Pea for the Cake

Then the fun began!

While the three layers of cake were cooling, I made this frosting. It tasted so good and make plenty for the entire cake, 12 cupcakes and 24 mini cupcakes! Plus I had a little left over.

Anyway, next I cut each of the three cake rounds in half so I would have 6 cake layers.

I started to assemble the cake. First I put the "pea" down.

The Pea

Then topped it with the lightest pink cake layer and some frosting.

Layer One
Frosted First Layer

Next, I put a darker pink layer on top and frosted it.

Layer Two

Followed by the middle shade of pink and frosting.

Layer Three

Then I started all over with the light, then dark and finished with the last layer and frosted it.

"Princess and the Pea" Birthday Cake

I added a little bunting with her name on it and string it between two pinwheels, and ta-da! Her very own cake!

P's Birthday Cake

Now, I realize she totally didn't care what her cake looked like, and I admit, I probably had more fun making it than she did eating it, BUT, I think she'll enjoying looking back at her pictures from her birthday one day and smile. AND, she did enjoy eating it!

Both Hands In

Oooh, That Cake is Good

Here you can see the pea and a little helping hand from her sister-cousin.

Digging In

more digging in
Enjoying Birthday Cake

Stuffing her Face

Thanks, Ashley, for getting such great pics of her eating her cake!!

We are blessed to have so many close relatives living near and it made for a super fun party for my girl. She was doused with love and attention and tons of gifts. There were a couple of very special gifts I wanted to share with you.

Her auntie had this pillow made by my friend Anna. It's so girly and I love the verse on it. Proverbs 3:24 - perfect.


Anna also sent this amazing little quilt to P to open at her party!


You can't really see it very well in the photo because P thinks she's a matador with it but it has her name and birth stats. Gorgeous. I think Anna might post posted a better picture on her blog soon so check it out.
And last up, to finish up the party fun, is P's very own, custom doll house. My sister decorated each little room with fabric from her nursery!!


How cute is that!? Sweet P has already found her picture in one of the rooms and points a talks to it. She also really likes the little rocking chair and putting her play food in the rooms! This is one of those gifts that I might be found playing with and decorating without her.

So there you have it, Sweet P's first birthday party. It's hard to believe she's been here an entire year but I have loved every minute of it! Here's to another fun, kiss, laughter and hug-filled year!


  1. Awww the party looked so fun! I love that cake so much. Sigh, would it be weird if I made it for myself on my birthday? HAHAHA. So happy you like the gifts. Talk with you soon! :)

  2. I love the first pic how she looks like she is telling her cousin off with her little pointed finger. Ha! That cake looks yummy, awesom job! What a cute doll house!

  3. I love everything! I love the pillow, I love the quilt, I love the cake, I love her expressions while eating the cake, I love the decorations! Are you for hire? My daughters first birthday is coming up and I have no idea what to do. Great job on the party.

  4. Thank you for breaking this post into parts, there is tooo much cuteness for one!!!! Love the pinwheels and the cake/stand is GORGEOUS! Her cake eating face is priceless...great party!!!! The pillow, blanket and dollhouse are so meaningful. Sweet P is a very lucky little girl :)

  5. What a fun post! :) I love your creativity, and everything from the cake shots to the lovely gifts exudes sweetness and charm. This party will be so fun for Sweet P to look back at when she's older -- there's love in every detail!

  6. fun party pics. love the pics of her eating the cake. it came out super cute. love the princess and the pea idea. good job. the doll house: so cute. the details and colors. great.

  7. ok, the idea of the pea and matresses cake is just adorably brilliant~ Youre making me want a girl!!! (I have three BOYS)...

    Those presents are absolutely amazing...I had seen the dollhouse on Ashley's blog and it is (of course) amazing, but I am DYING over that quilt...so much detail and so uch work and such beautiful colors...wow!

  8. This girl is so loved and so lucky!!!

    Congratulations to the birthday girl and to all family!

    Kisses and blessings.

    PS: see you tomorrow at CrazyJoy weekly challenge.

  9. What a lovely party! The cake, banner, and paper quilt are all amazing!
    And the most lovely part? Your little girl turning 1! Congrats :)

  10. Your little P is a very blessed little girl to have so much love around her, loved ones to make such special memories, keepsakes, and many items she will pass down to her own little one some day. Great job on decorations, cake, everything. Thanks for sharing.

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