If you’re looking for a fun easy cake for a first birthday party, then give this super easy 1 shaped cake a try. We love this recipe because it goes great with any party theme! It’s loaded with color, and you can even customize the colors to fit your party. Don’t let the gum paste fool you, this birthday cake is super simple to make—it's just like making shapes with modeling clay. Easy!
Polka-Dot First Birthday Cake
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- box cake mix (and accompanying ingredients needed to make the cake batter): 1
- no-stick cooking spray with flour: as needed
- Wilton Number 1 Cake Pan: 1
- white decorator icing: 3 cups
- package gum paste: 8 ounces
- pink food coloring: a few drops, as needed
- light green food coloring: a few drops, as needed
- bright blue food coloring: a few drops, as needed
- yellow food coloring: a few drops, as needed
- 2 inch round fondant cutter: 1
- 1 inch round fondant cutter: 1
- ½ inch round fondant cutter: 1
- 12 x 16 inch cake board (or cardboard sheet): 1
- decorative foil wrap: as needed
- small piece of wax paper: 1
Step 1: Preheat the oven and mix up the cake batter according to the package directions.
Step 2: Spray the Wilton Number 1 Cake Pan with flour-added no-stick cooking spray. Pour the cake batter in the pan and bake according to package directions.
Step 3: Once the cake is baked, turn it out onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
Step 4: When the cake has cooled, level the top with a serrated knife.
Step 5: Cover the rectangular cake board with decorative foil.
Step 6: Place a little icing on the cake board, where you plan to place the cake; this will act as a glue to secure the cake in place. Place the cake on the cake board over the icing, cut-side down.
Step 7: Ice the entire cake with white icing. Give the icing a few minutes to dry and go over it again with a second layer of white icing.
Step 8: Let the icing sit for a few minutes to dry. Once dry, smooth the icing with the piece of wax paper.
Step 9: Divide the gum paste into 4 equal pieces. Color one piece of gum paste in each of the 4 colors: pink, light green, bright blue and yellow. Add a few drops of the food color to the gum paste, then pull and twist the gum paste until the color is worked through evenly. Store the gum paste in an air tight container or plastic bag when you’re not working with it to keep it from drying out too quickly.
Step 10: On a piece of wax paper, roll out each color one at a time with a fondant roller, or other small rolling pin. From each color cut out the following:
- a circle that measures 2 inches in circumference
- two to three circles that each measure 1 inch in circumference
- six to eight circles that measure ½ inch
Let the circles lay out to dry.
Step 11: Use the rest of the gum paste to form gum paste balls in each color, about ½ inch to ¼ inch in size. Just pinch off a small piece of gum paste and roll it into a ball with your fingers. Don’t worry about making all the balls the same size. Vary their sizes a little. Repeat the process to make around 20 to 25 balls of each color.
Step 12: Place the gum paste balls around the base of the cake, alternating colors.
Step 13: Place the gum paste circles around the top and sides of the cake, mixing up the colors to form the polka dots. Start by placing the 2 inch circles first, then work your way down to the smallest circles. You might not use all the circles, use your best judgement on placement.