Bun's 2nd Birthday Party: The Cake & Food

For those of you who have been reading this blog long enough, you would know that I made a small 2-tier cake for Bun's 1st birthday last year. It was a pretty little cake and I loved how it turned out. However, it took me many days of experimentation to get it right!

This year, I decided to keep it simpler by making cupcakes. These are little carrot cakes with a cream cheese frosting spiked with fresh lemon juice! I had no time to do a trial, and made these just the day before the party. Thankfully the cakes turned out moist and flavourful, and enjoyed by everyone. My only regret was that I added an ingredient that I have never used before in cakes - coconut flakes. I didn't quite like its chewy texture, although I had friends who did!

I fretted a little about how to display the cupcakes, as I do not have a proper cupcake stand. After looking at the options at the various baking shops, I felt that I was not prepared to make space for another purchase in my home! The cakes were therefore displayed on a cake stand I already own, placed on top of a large round cake base that I found in my kitchen. I thought the end result looked quite nice! The small, adorable rubber ducks were a happy find from this shop called "Happy Baby" at Beauty World.

Do you like the flowers? The night before the party, we were at the supermarket picking up last minute supplies when I decided to get an assortment of yellow blooms. There wasn't a lot of choice, but I thought the fresh flowers added a lovely touch to the party decorations! You can see another photo of the flowers here.

And here are some photos of the food! We held the party in the late afternoon, and therefore served a buffet dinner. The initial plan was to do a BBQ, but we decided against it for health reasons, and also because a BBQ would have required more work during the party, taking people away from watching the children and enjoying the party.

Rob suggested to have a mixture of Asian and Western fare. We made roast beef, 3 salads (mixed vegetables/herbs, fruit, pasta), broccoli, and fried bee hoon. To go with the "duck" theme, we bought 2 braised ducks!

It was a yummy dinner and the roast beef was a big hit! (I will make more next time, people!)

Look out for the next post on what we did at the party!


imp said...

The color theme makes every photo pop with bright cheer! Wow. All that effort. Loads of fun and hope you're recovering from the happy exhaustion now. Happy 2, Bun!

Anonymous said...

Woah. I thought you would have catered but you actually cooked too!! Nice job on the roses on the cupcakes!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Yay yes am so happy about the colours :) Party wasn't as much work as it was in previous years. I think I am learning how to be more efficient about it. haha

The salads and roast were easy to do! My helper did the bee hoon :) Roses are easy to do once you get the hang of it. The challenging part was to keep the balance of sugar - usually more icing sugar means the piping comes out sharper, but I didn't want the frosting too sweet!

Unknown said...

The roast beef looks AMAZING. As do those adorable cupcakes!! Love the look! Can't wait to read the next instalment of these party posts!

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Thank you! The beef was really tender and yummy. I feel hungry thinking about it now! Your bakes are really lovely too :)