I feel like it was just yesterday Rachel and I were celebrating the first birthday of our little boy. And here we are, with a 2 year old and a 5 month old. I know the old saying is don’t blink, because it goes by too fast. Well, I’m trying my best not to blink-but it is still going too fast!
Last year we did a Puppy Dog theme as Toddler Boy (then Baby Boy) loved puppies. He still loves puppies – indeed, every morning when we asked him how he slept, and what he dreamed about, he tells us “puppies”. Not just one uppy but “two”. But he has expanded his horizons to include a love of Mickey Mouse and Elmo. We went with an Elmo and Sesame Street theme this year. Check out the homemade vanilla cake with butter cream frosting decoration!
Toddler Boy and I baked the cake the night before, and Rachel decorated it on the day of. Didn’t she do a fantastic job with Elmo?
The cake itself was a simple homemade birthday cake out of a Williams Sonoma cookbook. It came out fantastic (recipe below), and so much tastier and satisfying than a store bought cake mix. And, it really didn’t take too much extra time to make. Toddler Boy and I made it together, which was a fun activity (I love baking with this boy, in case I haven’t said that enough lately). I measure out the ingredients, and he pours everything in.
For the frosting, we used a vanilla butter cream frosting recipe we first made for Rachel’s birthday 2 years ago. You really can’t beat butter cream frosting. The frosting initially was a little too thick – fine for spreading but difficult for a pastry bag – so I added 2 extra teaspoons of milk. That seemed to do the trick.
Toddler Boy had a blast the day of his birthday. He had almost his whole extended family there except for his Pittsburgh cousins. He was bouncing around having fun playing with everyone and opening his presents. We got him a Mickey Mouse helmet and a little Radio Flyer red tricycle. He is still getting the hang of how to peddle (he’s much better at going backwards) but by this summer I think he’ll be having a ball outside on it. This kid also made out like a bandit with all the presents his Aunts, Uncles, and Grandparents got him. It’s good to be 2!
In addition to Elmo cake that we made, my Mom outdid herself again by making fantastic Sesame Street Cake Pops. Dipped in chocolate, my Mom made Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Cookie Monster. I know she baked a couple batches and practiced over the past few weeks, and it shows. Not only did these cake pops taste good, but they looked gorgeous!
Looking back at last years photos of his first birthday, it’s crazy to think of just how much has changed, how much he has changed in the past year. He throws words around like nobody’s business (as well as the occasional book or toy), he can walk, run, and jump quite well – even dance in his silly way. And he has a baby brother who adores him and thinks he is the coolest, and Toddler Boy likes him quite a bit too. What a great year its been. Looking forward to another one with this little guy.
Recipe adapted from: The Williams Sonoma Baking Book