Isla’s First Birthday | 5 Minute Rose Cake

LAST UPDATED: May 04, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Apr 24, 2014 | By:

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.

A baby sitting in a chair, about to blow out birthday candles

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.

A pink birthday 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

A bouquet of flowers in a vase on a table

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 🙂

A close up of a flower

Inset the stem vertically into the cake.

A close up of a rose

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.

A cake with flowers on top

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

A cake with flowers on top

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!

A person holding a leaf

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.

A bouquet of pink flowers

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

A cake with flowers on top

A vase of flowers on a table with a frames picture of flowers  in the background

rose cake

A baby sitting in a chair, about to blow out birthday candles

A vase of flowers on a table with a frames picture of flowers  in the background

A baby sitting in a high chair eating cake

A baby sitting in a high chair eating 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.

A vase of flowers on a table with a frames picture of flowers  in the background

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Coordinately yours,

Julie

 

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