I love going to 1st birthday parties because it usually is a big family event. I remember when my children were younger we would go all out for birthday celebrations and have our entire family over and the decorations would be over the top. My niece just had her son’s first birthday party and we all showed up for the main event. I was amazed at the birthday cake that she made herself to go with the theme of “This Little Piggy”. She has shared the recipe with me and I wanted to share it with you as well as some of the cute party favors that she had for everyone. We all wore pig noses and pig hats and the party favors were pig key chains. It was a squeal! Enjoy!
This Little Piggy Cake
Paula Dean Red Velvet Cake for the piggy’s’ body
Ingredients (All ingredients must be doubled for cake and icing)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cup cake flour
1/2 lb (2 sticks) butter
2 ounces red food coloring
2 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 16-ounce box of confectioner’s sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup melted marshmallows
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat eggs; add sugar. Mix cocoa and food coloring. Add butter and egg mixture; mix well. Sift together flour and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk. Blend in vanilla. In a small bowl, combine soda and vinegar and add to mixture. Pour into three 8-inch round greased and floured pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until tests done. After baking allow cakes to cool for 3 hours.
Cake Pans Needed-
9inch for head and 12 inch for the body
3- soufflé cups to bake the legs , ears and nose. Fill the cups with the same amount as the 9 an 12 inch pans to create cakes with the same height.
Blend cream cheese and butter. Add marshmallows and sugar and blend. Fold in.
Creating the Cake
Cut 1 soufflé cup in half for ears.
Cut 1 soufflé cup in half and square off for legs
1-Souffle cup for nose
You will need from Wal-Mart or your local party store:
1-Rectangular Cake board (half sheet) taped together to create a square
Pink Sugar paper (available in cake decorating section)
Blue, green, and -yellow food coloring
Can of white icing
Small tube of black icing (gel or regular)
Brown Sugar/Flour Crumble
Assembling the Cake
On the cake board arrange head, body, ears, and feet and connect with pretzel sticks. Ice the complete cake. Ice nose separately then put on top of smaller head. Allow the icing base to sit overnight to get a good set.
For all the Decorating
Grass: use food coloring on ¼ of the can of store bought icing and color coconut green with food coloring. Just shake coconut in plastic bag with food coloring and continue to add food coloring to create desired color.
Smooth green icing on bottom half of cake board and sprinkle green coconut on top of green icing.
Sun- same as grass just use yellow food coloring for icing and coconut. Put in corner of board
Sky- same as grass and sun – just use blue food coloring and spread on top
Fence and Hoofs- Chocolate Twizzlers
Spots:-Brown Sugar/Flour Crumble for Spots. Arrange crumble carefully with spoon in irregular circular shapes.
Nose- Pink Sugar paper – cut to fit
Nostrils- black icing to create two small dots for nostrils
Ears-pink Sugar paper and bubble tape cut to fit
Eyes- two dots of black icing
Tail- bubble tape
Really Fun and Easy!