19 December 2011

Happy Birthday, Kirsten


Kirsten's 1st Birthday, 1984

Kirsten, licking the batters from her birthday cake.

Last year I wrote about Kirsten's birth, so I thought I would write about her 1st birthday this year.  I have always been compelled to bake my children's birthday cakes.  It is something I wanted to do.  So, when I found a cute baby block recipe, I thought that would be perfect.  Well, it was for about an hour!

Kirsten's Baby Block Birthday Cake

The afternoon before her birthday I baked the cake and cut it into squares.  Later, in the evening, I frosted and decorated it.  I didn't think it looked too bad.  I took a picture and went to bed looking forward to the next day, Kirsten's 1st birthday.  I woke up in the morning and headed downstairs to the kitchen and what did I find?  All of the frosting had slid off of her cake. (Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of that.)  I was mortified!  What was I going to do?  We had friends coming over for a little birthday celebration that night.  It was too late to order a cake from a bakery, our small town didn't have a bakery, anyway.  So, I thought cupcakes.  They are quick, easy to decorate and I didn't have to worry about the frosting sliding off!  So, I quickly baked some cupcakes.

Chocolate cupcakes with mini chocolate chips saved the day.

I look back on the cake episode and chuckle, but I wasn't chuckling in 1984.  I am a bit of a perfectionist and wanted to make her 1st birthday perfect!  It turned out to be a wonderful celebration with friends, so all was good.

Family friends, Jenny, Russell, Kari, Katy and Jennifer with Kirsten eating cake and ice cream.

As you can see from the pictures, the birthday theme was Smurfs.  We had a Smurf tablecloth and napkins.  Each child guest received a Smurf hat.  Kirsten had a fun time and never realized her mom made two birthday cakes that year!   


  1. Happy Birthday to Kirsten, love the blast from the past photos :)

  2. Hm...so licking the batter may be a "nature" thing vs. a nurture thing. Thanks for the birthday blog!