Last weekend we celebrated Kasper’s 1st birthday at a campground. Not an ideal place to bring a fancy birthday cake. Decorating the kiddos cake is a highlight of the party for me. The fruit pizza idea came to me one night as I was falling asleep. It is perfect! I could bake the crust and decorating it using Kasper’s favorite fruit. Plus I have WAY more fruit pizza decorating experience. I worked at the Hy-Vee produce department for almost 7 years, making countless fruit pizzas.
Don’t worry about the candle it wasn’t lit. Apparently there aren’t any smokers in my family anymore (YAY!) so no one had any matches.
Robots were the theme of his party, but let your imagination run wild! I wanted Kasper’s “cake” to look like his invites I drew.
Check out here for the post about his party. Warning cute baby pictures abound!
Sugar Cookie base -I doubled it
from Pinch My Salt –I LOVE Nicole’s sugar cookie recipe!
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a separate bowl mix together flour, soda, cream of tartar. Set aside. In your mixing bowl cream together the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg. Mix together. Mix in vanilla and almond extract.
Line your baking sheet with parchment. Press cookie dough until the whole sheet is covered evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool completely then decorate or wrap in foil to decorate later.
CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
2- 8 ounce packages of Neufchatel cheese, room temperature
2-3 cups of powdered sugar (depending on your sweetness level)
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a bowl mix together all ingredients until smooth. Spread on cookie crust.
I used strawberries, blueberries, and green grapes for the robot. I used some Skittles for the balloon string and the facial features.
What sort of nontraditional birthday “cake” have you served? Let me know in the comments!
This is one happy ONE YEAR OLD boy!