Happy 1st Birthday Clara! A summer birthday means that we get to celebrate outdoors, and what better locale for a my "bright pearl" than the local beach? My first two both got 1st birthday themes that related to their names, (Sam - Green Eggs and Ham, Rosemary - rosemary), so I had to keep the tradition going.
It was a beautiful day at the beach celebrating with family. We rented a little pavilion right next to the water, (no decorations were needed as nature provided!), and had your standard cookout fare - hot dogs, chips, watermelon, etc. Of course we can't forget the birthday cake!
I absolutely loved how this one turned out, it was just perfect for the occasion and easy to put together too. Of course when I use boxed cake mix and canned frosting everyone tells me how delicious my cake is, but what are you going to do?
To make the cake I stacked four 8 inch round layers, alternating between orange sherbet and strawberry flavor, which made for a nice effect when cutting into it
Next I did a crumb coat in white, and let the cake sit in the fridge for a little bit to firm up. After that I covered the whole cake in Pillsbury's Aqua Blue Funfetti vanilla frosting. I don't think I could've gotten that shade of blue on my own, and it comes with fish shaped sprinkles!
Next I pulverized some graham crackers in the food processor and lightly pressed the crumbs onto the bottom section of the cake to look like beach sand. The oyster with pearl on top was made with two Voortman's sugar free shortbread cookies, pink frosting, and shimmer white Sixlets candies I found in the baking aisle of my grocery store.
I finished things off by covering the top with the Funfetti fish sprinkles, pressing more of the candy pearls into the bottom, and writing "Happy Birthday Clara" on the top in pink frosting. Of course the bright blue frosting made for some great making a mess with the birthday cake pictures!
We spent the rest of day playing at the beach, and nobody wanted to stop swimming and playing the sand. Our sweet one year old Clara is truly a beach baby! I love you Clara, and I look forward to watching you grow. Here's to many more beach days to come.