A few weeks ago we celebrated my little guy's 1st birthday! He loves balls so we went with a basketball theme. Here's the birthday boy himself. I followed this tutorial provided by Char at Crap I've Made for covering the party hat, and she also has template of the "1" available to make your own applique.
For the cake(s), I decided to try my hand at using fondant. Two 9" cakes stacked on top for the big one, then one little 6" cake for the birthday boy.
Brittany has been over and Make It and Love It providing a cake decorating series, which has been awesome!
I followed this tutorial for preparing the cake for fondant (using this buttercream recipe).
Then I used this tutorial for covering the cake with fondant (making and coloring homemade marshmallow fondant like in this tutorial).
Looking at the cupcakes and my frosting/decorating job, I'm glad I did fondant for the cakes. Obviously, I don't have a future in cake decorating, but I still thought they looked pretty cool.