A very exciting first Birthday including cake (of course!) I

How very exciting! Our daughter turned 1 a few weeks ago!
We spent a super lovely Birthday-weekend with family and it was truly special.

Of course, there is no Birthday without cakes so for the guests my mum, my step dad and I prepared a cake buffet with various cakes. I made two cakes for the buffet. One of them was a semi-naked sponge cake filled with buttercream and raspberry jam (the jam I accidentally ‘stole’ from my mum, she wanted to use it for another cake – ooops :)).

The other cake I made was without refined sugar, but it still tastes like a normal cake and I don’t think you miss the sugar at all (promise!).

But we’ll start with the sponge cake for this week…


This was my first attempt on a buttercream coated cake and I was not too convinced it would work out – but Pinterest, watching the Great British Bake Off and a bit of advice from a friend massively helped me out!


After some research I went for this sponge-recipe and this buttercream-recipe. To give it a bit more fruitiness I added homemade raspberry jam to each layer of cake and buttercream.

I can really recommend both recipes – the sponge was evenly baked and the buttercream was super smooth. I was scared that the buttercream would be too sweet but it was a very pleasant taste in the end.

Decorating the cake was a first for me. I used a ruler to smoothen the buttercream (thanks, Nina for the advice!) and used my cake stand as a turn table. And, hey, it worked! I was so surprised and a little bit proud as well :).

I wanted the cake to look quite simplistic and as Frieda loves animals I just added a few wooden animals, a quickly made bunting and a candle to the cake. And that was it!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have a favourite 1st Birthday cake?



9 Comments Add yours

  1. Love the cakes and the little wooden animals are so cute. Your table looks so pretty with all the flowers and cakes, great photos. I remember my kids first birthday cakes and how much fun they had playing with it like play dough, then when they discovered how yummy it was, it was all over them like face paint. That was fun to experience. Happy birthday to your daughter.

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    1. madebygreta says:

      Aw thank you so much!
      Hahaha we had the same situation with the cake – it was the first time really our little one had chocolate and she was all over it :)-
      Thank you so much!

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  2. What a gorgeous cake, and the simple decorations are just lovely!

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  3. Esha Sah says:

    Everything looks so cute!! I bet the cake must have been delicious. Happy Birthday to your daughter!

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    1. madebygreta says:

      Thank you very much!!


  4. thesnowwoman says:

    Happy Birthday Frieda! That year went by very fast. It seems like you were just introducing us to her.

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    1. madebygreta says:

      Thank you 😍.
      I know…isn’t it crazy 🙈.


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