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Arya turned 4 this February 4th 2015. One day when I told him, his birthday is coming, he said, “Hoorayy! Arya’s birthday” and when I asked him what he wants on his birthday, he, without any pause, wants a car cake and a pizza. Then I told him, we had already cut the car cake for your 3rd birthday and ask for other cake. He, after thinking and thinking, said, “Zoo Animals Cake”. I said, Okay and he was all excited for his Birthday. I was keep telling him all about his coming soon birthday almost everyday and I also tricked him sometimes into drink milk or eat his food or cleaning his toys. 🙂
I started planning for the cake and did google search for an idea and inspiration. Most of the search results were cakes decorated with fondant. I never liked the fondant and I see most of the people don’t like it. It is a sweet layer to cover the cake for neat, sculpting kind of look to the cakes. I don’t say it is not necessary but I mostly try not using it in my cakes. Going through few more blogs, I found few ideas then adding up those to my ideas, I have designed my idea of cake. I purchased the ingredients and few things that needed and was ready the day before his birthday to bake and decorate.
Two days before his birthday, I have decided to prepare the goody bags for kids. So I asked Arya to help me to put the goodies in the bag and I did the rest of the work like wrapping. Since it is a Zoo animals theme, I rather not went much in buying fancy goody bags, but tried to get the look and synch in with the theme. I used already bought Brown Lunch bags(40 bags for $1) and I thought to stick Animal tags to the bag. So I bought the Animals printable templates from Etsy store for 99 cents and printed them on card stock and then cut into the shapes. I also bought the animal print washi tape from amazon for $4. The idea is perfect to me and this is what I can able to present and they are so lovely.
So that’s my idea and I could able to do it with my little man’s help. He also made a bag for himself. I think that’s how kids are 🙂
later the next day in the evening, after school, while playing with Arya and then doing home work and then giving him food, I baked Banana Chocolate Cake of 9×13 inches sheet cake in two batches. By night 9:00, my two cakes are ready. I filled in between the cakes with Chocolate Gan ache. (I will post another one with this cake and ganache recipe that I adapted from www.joyofbaking.com ) It is a super moist and flavorful cake ever. After I make him sleep, I started doing my frosting’s. I made cream cheese and butter frosting. Before going into details, here is the picture of the cake.
1. Animals and Trees are plastic that I bought from the dollar store. (As I said earlier, i dont like to use fondant and using these is time saving, trust me!) My idea is to get the look of the Zoo and the animals in it to view. So this is much easier way to decorate. 🙂
2. The Black dirt look alike is the crumbs of Oreo Cookies. These days Arya loves oreo cookies and I have these handy at home. Take 2-3 cookies, remove the cream and then put them in a ziploc bag, crush the cookies with hand or use pestle and crush little hard to make it ground powder. Then just sprinkle.
3. The brown dirt look alike is the crumbs of the regular cookies also I have these handy and followed to the same process to make it fine powder.
4. The Bamboo sticks like poles around the Zoo or the animals is the Pirouline Wafers that I bought it from the Walmart. I break down one big wafer and arranged all in different sizes around the cake.
5. The water effect is from the Blue icing gel that I bought it from Michaels store.
I always like the mini card stock or fabric birthday banners on the cakes. I just adore them. They are some thing unique representation than writing on the cake. So i handmade those banners, “Arya’s Zoo” and “Happy Birthday” with Green card stock, cut into mini triangles and a rectangle and glued to the twine. The poles are the paper straws and you see in the picture how I tied he twine to the poles and inserted into the cake and the wafers. Just to show off more. 🙂 This is all my surprise to our 4 year old in the morning and I’m glad he loved it. His beautiful smile says everything. Later that weekend we had a small gathering with our family and he asked me to make a Thomas cake. I have tried a cupcake cake and make his one of the Thomas trains stand on the cupcakes track 😉 .You can see my latest Instagram picture.
The whole week was super duper busy and exhausted to me but to our surprise, Me and Chaitanya were amazed by our little ones gesture that weekday night when everything is done and all three are relaxing. He, with all the shy and twinkle in his eyes and with that beautiful smile, said,” Thank you so much Amma, Daddy!” I had fun. I love the cake, cupcakes. Thank You So much Amma, Daddy! I love you Amma Daddy!” (He is still trying to frame the sentences and repeating the same thing 🙂 ) This means a lot to me. Really, a lot to me. After our big hugs and kisses, I fell asleep tucking him in bed and thinking about his cute feelings and expressions. Sighhhhh!
If anyone reading this, Thank You So much! Have a great Day! See ya in the next post.