Isla’s First Birthday | 5 Minute Rose Cake

easy 5 minute diy rose cake - a beautiful cake for a birthday or shower

Maybe it’s because Isla is our third, but we decided to forgo the traditional first birthday bash & opted for a fun family night instead. I recall talking with a stationer last year who said first birthday invitations were nearly as stressful as wedding invitations, because it’s the first big celebration after a wedding. I can’t help but think that a first birthday party is for the parents, not the birthday “girl.” At one, they become easily overwhelmed, don’t know half of the guests extremely well & are just content with eating cake. I am NOT against first birthday parties, I just didn’t feel throwing one for Isla was right for us. I hosted a 20 guest, crammed in our tiny house first birthday party for Adalyn. By the end, I was exhausted & realized I barely spent any time with her. Aniston had a joint first birthday party with Adalyn, where we invited just immediate family. Last night was just perfect – for us. We had a picnic at the park, enjoying lots of laughs & fresh air, followed by presents & a pretty little rose cake at home. Knowing that she’s our last baby, I’ve been extra sentimental & focused on spending quality time enjoying her.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

I purchased a miniature cake at our local bakery, but wanted to add my own special touch to it. Don’t feel too sorry for Isla, we started the day with homemade doughnuts! In just 5 minutes from start-to-finish, Isla had a beautiful cake to celebrate with.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

Supplies:

cake {purchase or get my simple tutorial to make your own}

bouquet {I used a grocery store bouquet of roses, but you can use any variety of flowers}

floral or kitchen shears

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

Prep your flowers. The day before, I cut the stems at an angle & put them in room temperature water to allow the roses to open.

Select your first stem, preferably the biggest/most open. Cut the stem to about 1″, at an angle. Rinse & wipe the stem since we’ll be eating this cake later :)

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

Inset the stem vertically into the cake.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

diy cake decorations

Cut your next stem, leaving it long enough to carry the weight of the bud, just over an inch. Insert it at an angle.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

Continue to work your way around the cake, just as you would in a bouquet, ensuring all holes are filled.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

I alternated the colors some, but with a small cake, you’re bound to have a couple of the same color next to one another, just embrace it!

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

Using some of the greenery that comes with the bouquet, or leaves from the remaining part of the stem, snip & insert it at a sharp angle starting at the base of the middle flower. If you are doing a larger cake, do this in between each layer.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

and DONE! It’s so easy, I created the cake, photographed it & entertained the girls in just 5 minutes. You cannot go wrong!

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

rose cake

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

Isla’s birthday is just another way I’m trying to live big by living small. This 5 minute diy cake was a way I could make the celebration special for her without adding stress & taking time away from what’s truly important.

decorate any cake beautifully with this 5 minute cake bouquet tutorial at julieblanner.com | Rose Cake

For more easy inspiration, follow along on Facebook & Instagram & pin with me on Pinterest!

Coordinately yours,

Julie

 

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Julie Blanner is the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a stylish lifestyle blog filled with do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving.

11 Comments

  • Reply April 24, 2014

    Kari

    This is so sweet! I love your philosophy on living big by living small. It’s really these little moments that mean the most and you made it so beautiful. Happy birthday to Isla!

    • Reply April 24, 2014

      Julie

      Thank you, Kari! I needed your sweet comment today. Have a beautiful weekend!

  • I am in love with this sweet little cake & that sweet little baby face. Everything about it is so lovely. I am also in love with your photography! It’s all so stunning. New to your blog & I’m in love. Where is that sweet little print from? I think I’m in need of it for our little house :) xx Liz Marie

    • Reply April 26, 2014

      Julie

      Thank you! It’s Rifle Paper Co. I’m obsessed!

  • Never mind.. found the print! Considering ordering it now :)

    • Reply April 26, 2014

      Julie

      I love it for Spring, Summer & Fall. & replace it with a sheet of her wrapping paper for Winter.

  • Reply April 29, 2014

    Dede Bliven

    Julie: I absolutely love your creative ideas! I have tried to many of them, they are easy and elegant! Your belief, “live big by living small” are truly words to live by: I thought spending more time with Isla than planning a huge party really showed you practice what you preach. BTW I love the framed picture behind the cake. Is that a Julie “original”?

    • Reply April 29, 2014

      Julie

      Thank you, Dede! That’s one of the few pictures I have purchased. It’s Rifle Paper Co. It fit perfect with our kitchen, I couldn’t resist! I really appreciate your kind words!

  • Reply April 30, 2014

    Celia

    Very pretty cake! Great, simple idea. And, happy 1st Birthday to your sweet little girl.

  • Reply June 22, 2014

    Eun Park

    Hi, thank you for sharing your idea! I was wondering where I can find the frames print that is shown behind the cake? Please email me at euncoh@gmail.com if you have any idea where I can find the print! Your help is greatly appreciated!!!

    • Reply June 22, 2014

      Julie

      It’s Rifle Paper Company. Thanks for reading!

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