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Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

Merely adorned child woman’s 1st birthday cake for a pink safari themed birthday celebration! 

Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

I’ve made tons of of desserts, however you’re wanting on the most particular. My daughter’s 1st birthday was the opposite week and immediately I’m sharing the 1st birthday cake I created for her massive day.

Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

Noelle’s 1st birthday celebration had a unfastened theme of pink + safari animals, simply how her nursery is adorned. I made a decision a petite zebra cake with strawberry frosting was greatest for the event.

Child Woman 1st Birthday Cake

This can be a 6-inch zebra cake, which is chocolate and vanilla cake batter layered into cake pans to resemble zebra stripes. It’s scaled down from my unique 9-inch model. It’s full of vanilla buttercream and the surface is frosted with naturally coloured and flavored strawberry frosting. The highest is garnished with rainbow sprinkles, a one cake topper, and cute little animal figures I discovered on the craft retailer Michaels. Thanks a lot for the inspiration and concept, Fb group member Amanda! 

The cake ornament was easy and fairly. I used to be so busy main as much as her 1st party and there have been so many different desserts that I stored the cake ornament straightforward. Family and friends LOVED it! The 6-inch zebra cake turned out even higher than the unique; it was extra buttery and moist, the right complement to each vanilla and strawberry frostings. Have you ever made my strawberry frosting earlier than? It’s comprised of freeze-dried strawberries, so it has zero synthetic taste and shade.

Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

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Yow will discover the video displaying precisely the best way to layer within the cake batters within the unique zebra cake weblog publish. It’s surprisingly straightforward!

Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

Pink safari 6-inch 3 layer 1st birthday cake with marble cake and strawberry frosting. Recipe on

The cake was accompanied by a dessert unfold of animal cracker cookies, cake batter chocolate chip cookies (a should for ALL events!), pumpkin cupcakes with cinnamon cream cheese frosting, and chocolate cupcakes with swirled frosting. The animal cracker cookies have been successful with youngsters and adults alike and the cupcakes have been an incredible choice because the birthday cake was on the smaller aspect. It was an enormous celebration with plenty of dessert, so I started getting ready prematurely.

Prepping Dessert Forward for a 1st Birthday Get together

  • 10 days earlier than: Bake all of the cookies, cupcakes, and cake layers. Allow them to cool, then freeze the unfrosted treats in giant zipped-top luggage and Tupperware containers. Wrap every cake layer individually in aluminum foil earlier than putting in a bag or container to freeze.
  • 2 days earlier than: Make the icing and embellish all of the animal cracker cookies. Cowl and retailer at room temperature.
  • 1 day earlier than: Thaw the cookies, cake layers, and cupcakes. Frost the cupcakes and refrigerate in a single day. (You can too beautify the cake right now and loosely cowl within the fridge in a single day, however I frosted the cake the morning of the social gathering.)
  • Day of the 1st party: Frost/adorn the cake. Take away cupcakes from the fridge and convey to room temperature.

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Child Woman Safari Themed Dessert Desk

Listed here are all of the extras to make dessert additional particular!

Noelle had her personal slice of cake, which ended up totally on her arms and face. After utilizing each arms to select up the slice, she pressed it into her face and beamed with pleasure. So hilariously cute. Her first style of dessert. ♥ Birthday hat and highchair banner from Etsy, although I can’t discover the itemizing from the store anymore.

Happy 1st birthday Noelle

It was the right dessert menu for our celebration. This can be a fantastic small cake for any and all birthday events!


  • 1 and three/four cups (215g) sifted all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/four teaspoon baking soda
  • Three/four cup (12 Tbsp; 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cups (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 giant eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/four cup (60g) bitter cream, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Three/four cup (180ml) buttermilk, at room temperature

Chocolate Batter

  • 2 and half Tablespoons (14g) unsweetened pure cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon milk or buttermilk, at room temperature

Strawberry & Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (10-12g) freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1 and 1/2 cups (Three sticks; 345g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 6 cups (720g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/four cup (45ml) heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • salt, to style
  • sprinkles for adorning, if desired


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease three 6-inch cake pans, line with parchment paper, then grease the parchment paper. Parchment paper helps the small muffins seamlessly launch from the pans.
  2. Make the vanilla batter: Whisk the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda collectively in a big bowl. Put aside. Utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter and sugar collectively on excessive velocity till clean and creamy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the edges and up the underside of the bowl with a rubber spatula as wanted. On medium-high velocity, beat within the eggs, bitter cream, and vanilla extract. Scrape down the edges and up the underside of the bowl with a rubber spatula as wanted.
  3. With the mixer on low velocity, add the dry elements in three additions alternating with the buttermilk, starting and ending with the dry components, and mixing every addition simply till included. Don’t overmix this batter. The batter will probably be clean, velvety, and barely thick.
  4. Make the chocolate batter: There will probably be round four cups of batter complete. Switch half of it to a different bowl. Whisk within the Three chocolate batter elements till mixed. A couple of small lumps are okay.
  5. Watch the video within the unique cake recipe to see precisely methods to layer the batters into the cake pans. Drop a big spoonful of 1 batter within the middle of the pan. Prime with a spoonful of the opposite batter. Alternate spoonfuls on prime of one another. Give the pan a shake to degree all of it out. Repeat with every cake pan till all of the batter is used.
  6. Bake for round 19-22 minutes or till the desserts are baked by way of. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the middle of the cake. If it comes out clear, it’s finished. Permit muffins to chill utterly within the pans set on a wire rack. The desserts have to be utterly cool earlier than frosting and assembling.
  7. Make the frosting: Utilizing a blender or meals processor, course of the freeze-dried strawberries right into a powdery crumb. It is best to have round half cup. Put aside. In a big bowl utilizing a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle or whisk attachment, beat the butter on medium-high velocity till creamy, about 2 minutes. Add confectioners’ sugar, cream, and vanilla. Beat on low velocity for 30 seconds, then change to excessive velocity and beat for two minutes. Style. Add a pinch of salt if frosting is just too candy. Set 1 heaping cup of frosting apart; this would be the vanilla frosting for the within the cake. Beat the strawberry powder into the remaining frosting till mixed.
  8. Assemble and frost: First, utilizing a big serrated knife, slice a skinny layer off the tops of the desserts to create a flat floor. Discard or crumble and use as cake garnish or take pleasure in over ice cream! Place 1 cake layer in your cake stand or serving plate. Evenly cowl the highest with half of the vanilla frosting. Prime with 2nd layer and evenly cowl the highest with the remainder of the vanilla frosting. Prime with the third cake layer. Unfold the strawberry frosting right into a thick layer everywhere in the prime and sides. Garnish with sprinkles, if desired. Refrigerate for at the very least 30 minutes earlier than slicing. This helps the cake maintain its form when chopping.
  9. Cowl leftover cake tightly and retailer within the fridge for five days.

Make forward tip: The cake layers may be baked, cooled, and coated tightly at room temperature in a single day or frozen as much as Three months. The frosting could be ready then coated and refrigerated in a single day. Let the frosting sit at room temperature to barely soften for 10 minutes earlier than utilizing. Frosted cake could be frozen as much as 2-Three months. Thaw in a single day within the fridge and convey to room temperature earlier than serving.

Recipe Notes:

  1. Sift flour earlier than measuring.
  2. If wanted, you need to use entire milk combined with 1/2 teaspoon of white vinegar or recent lemon juice as an alternative of buttermilk.
  3. Why is every little thing at room temperature? All refrigerated gadgets ought to be at room temperature so the batter mixes collectively simply and evenly. Learn right here for extra info.
  4. The place to purchase freeze-dried strawberries? I all the time discover them in my common grocery retailer within the dried fruit aisle. Wegmans, Big, Dealer Joe’s and Goal carries them. Hold your eyes peeled– they’re extra generally discovered that you simply assume! Don’t use the chewy/gummy dried strawberries. You want FREEZE-dried strawberries which grind right into a powder. If you cannot discover them anyplace, simply depart them out of the frosting and add one other half cup of confectioners’ sugar.

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Listed here are some gadgets I used to make at this time’s recipe.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer | 6-inch Spherical Cake Pans | Straight Spatula | Scraper/Chopper | Confetti Sprinkles | “One” Cake Topper | Birthday Plate | Birthday Stats Poster | Safari Napkins | Tropical Leaves Banner | Animal Cupcake Toppers | 2-Tiered Wooden Serving Stand | Three-Tiered Wooden Serving Stand | Galvanized Metallic Tiered Stand