Last week Miss Hattie Cat turned 1! My culinary hubby and I got a tad competitive (in a good way!) and in the name of CAKE we decided to have a good old fashioned BAKE OFF! We decided to each make our birthday girl a cake, and then let Hattie decide which one she liked best.

Here’s a look at the making of my cake…

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I decided to do a four layer cake with 6 inch pans

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Big Bro and Sis wanted to help!

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Stella wanted to do a purple layer for Hattie

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Hattie, with spoon in hand, wanted to get in on the action…

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All the colors the kids thought Hattie would like… Time to bake!

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After the cakes had baked and cooled I then sliced the top of each cake off. But, NO top went to waste. Liam and Stella were the taste testers!

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Then I turned all cakes upside down. It’s very difficult to frost on the cut cake side.

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In between each layer I did light turquoise buttercream frosting

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Here it is, stacked and ready to frost!

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As a frosting base I did a thin layer of pink frosting

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Then I started with turquoise frosting and made 3 rows of rosettes all around the cake

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I used a #5 tip and this cool decorating tool

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Next I did purple, then hot pink, and then finished with light pink

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Here’s my finished cake!

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Not gonna lie, it took a lot of time. Which a mom of four doesn’t have!

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I’m talking dedication to my baby girl and the determination to say, “In Your Face McDermott!” But I did it and was damn proud. Still, the question remained… What would Hattie think??

Now, here’s Dean’s cake!!

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He wanted to make her a Mad Hattie cake like the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (Which also happens to be the theme of her 1st birthday party this coming weekend!)

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Dean’s finished cake!

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Here are the two cakes side by side. Clearly each of our eldest have chosen their faves…

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The Cake Off is ON!

Tomorrow we will reveal which cake Hattie chose, but in the meantime… Which cake do you like best?

Love,
T

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