Violet’s First Birthday Cake

{A cute gumpaste/fondant knitted bunny topper for a Birthday cake}.

I was honored when my daughter and son-in-law gave me free range to create this special cake for my sweet little granddaughter Violet’s 1st birthday. Of course, along with this wonderful freedom came the responsibility of finding a suitable design for the cake. Heaven knows I’ve seen some terrific cakes lately and after some careful deliberation I was inspired to make one with a bunny on it since my daughter has always been fond of them since she was a little girl. 

Next I needed to decide if the bunny should be sitting, standing, resting, white, pink, smooth or furry etc.? There were so many possibilities to consider until I saw this darling knit bunny pattern by Amy Gaines on Etsy. If I could knit I definitely would make this bunny from this cute pattern for Violet. For the cake though, this bunny is the one I used as my gumpaste/fondant inspiration. But as usual, I wanted to give it my own twist. 

{A cute gumpaste/fondant knitted bunny topper for a Birthday cake}

My Gumpasting Tips

Now that I had the bunny situation squared away I wanted to add that extra ‘fluff’ (my official gumpasting word for the accouterments) to complete the cake. Since we were going to have a smash cake with a #1 candle on it I thought it would be kind of redundant to have a second “real” candle on this cake too. However, I still felt it needed some kind of “1” to commemorate the occasion, so I cut a 4.5” one out of gumpaste/fondant. If you would like to see how I straightened my number one’s edges visit my Fan Face Book Quick Tip Thursday for hints on how I restored the shape.

Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of talented cake artists are using picket fences on the sides of their cakes which I love, so I added some also. Since we decided that shades of lavender and pink would be nice colors for Violet’s birthday, I colored the pickets a darkish-lavender, then over-dusted them with a touch of luster dust and added tiny white Dragees (sugar beads) for the nail heads. I felt that my bunny should be resting on a purple polka-dot blanket to keep her nice & comfy and, just for good measure, I included some flowers and a few tiny butterflies. Finally, I couldn’t forget a balloon because after all it’s really not a birthday party without balloons. 

{A gumpaste/fondant knitted bunny cake topper with a pink balloon}

Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of talented cake artists are using picket fences on the sides of their cakes which I love, so I added some also. Since we decided that shades of lavender and pink would be nice colors for Violet’s birthday, I colored the pickets a darkish-lavender, then over-dusted them with a touch of luster dust and added tiny white Dragees (sugar beads) for the nail heads. I felt that my bunny should be resting on a purple polka-dot blanket to keep her nice & comfy and, just for good measure, I included some flowers and a few tiny butterflies. Finally, I couldn’t forget a balloon because after all it’s really not a birthday party without balloons.

I frosted my cake with buttercream and then used the ‘Viva paper towel technique’ to smooth out my icing as I didn’t want any textural marks to compete with the knitted bunny et al. Of course, if you prefer to use rolled fondant for your cake’s covering it would be even smoother.

If you should be in need of creating a first birthday cake topper I hope this might inspire you to want to make a knitted bunny also! As usual, if you do, I would love to see it. Xxxx

{A gumpaste/fondant knitted bunny, picket fence for a little girl’s 1st Birthday}

{A cute gumpaste/fondant knitted bunny topper for a Birthday cake}