When he turned one, I decided I wanted to make my kids' birthday cakes. The only cake decorating experience I had at the time was from working in a Great American Cookie store, where I decorated big cookies. Mostly just stars and writing.
So I kept it simple that first year. Polka dots.
By his second birthday, he had latched onto Froggy as his lovey. He started sleeping with that frog every night, and still does. So I decided on a frog cake. I also decided to try my hand at fondant icing.
Of course there had to be frogs peeking out of the water too.
For his third birthday, he told me that he wanted an elephant cake. Not a flat one, he said, but a big standing one. Hmm. It took me a while to settle on a design. It took forever to make this cake. But it was fun!
At age 4, he was really into dinosaurs, and requested a dinosaur cake. This is what I came up with. One funny thing about this cake was that he was with me when I bought the fruit leather for the spikes on the dinosaur's back. He did not understand how it would work, and he protested loud and long about how he didn't want fruit leathers on his cake. He thought I was going to lay them flat over it. No matter how I explained it, he didn't get it. So I just made it, and then he could see it, and he loved it a lot.
For his 5th birthday party, he couldn't decide between crocodiles or pirates. So we did both.
This year, he asked me for a combine cake. Combine, as in combine harvester. One of these:
I think it's super cool that he wants one. But gah, how will I do this? I think this will be the hardest one yet. I'll post pictures after the party on Saturday, so you can see either a lovely cake or a terrible disaster. My friend Kim loaned me her tractor cake pan, so there is a backup plan!