Birthdays, Confetti & Cakes Giveaway!

With my daughter’s first birthday party so recently behind us, I’ve had first birthday mania on the brain for months now!  First birthdays are such a special celebration, marked by laughter, family and cake!  So it’s only fitting that today’s post is all about birthdays and cake, featuring a precious first birthday cake AND a giveaway!  A treat for everyone involved… I’m thrilled to share a cake created by one of my very favorite cake designers, you’re going to flip over this little guy, and someone will win a fab prize!  Sounds like the perfect way to start off a new week!

Today’s post features THE most adorable first birthday cake, created by the uber talented Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes.  Elisa created this cute and cuddly little owl for her daughter Sophie’s first birthday.  With it’s corduroy-like textures and amazing stitching details, this cake is oh-so-darling!  I’m guessing this is just the first of many extraordinary cakes for Miss Sophie… the perk of having an accomplished cake designer like Elisa as your mother!  And while the rest of us strive to create cakes as flawless as this one, today’s giveaway will put you one step closer to that goal!  That’s right, one lucky Half Baked reader will win a copy of Elisa’s book, Confetti Cakes for Kids! So many great design ideas and techniques to help you create THE most adorable cake for the special kiddos in your life.
Confetti Cakes for Kids Giveaway

Really, could Sophie’s first birthday owl be any cuter?  The little flowered wings, corduroy pocket, pint sized bow and coordinating smash cake… oh my goodness!  Not to mention those owl eyes, complete with flirty little lashes.  Looks like Elisa’s months of planning paid off with a picture-perfect cake creation.  Yes, that’s right.  Months!  A cake like this doesn’t happen overnight!  Elisa shares with us some insight as to her planning process:

“Perhaps it’s only my fellow cake designers who can understand the stress (I put on myself) for my daughter’s first birthday cake. In fact, my husband jokingly reminded me TWICE that he ordered a sheet cake, NOT a sculpted cake (a.k.a. cake that will take days to bake, sculpt and decorate) but OF COURSE I was not going to serve a sheet cake at my own daughter’s first birthday party.

So the stress actually started months ahead of time deciding on a design. I finally chose an owl because we affectionately coined the phrase for my daughter “owl eyes” for when she should be sleeping in her stroller but we see her bright large eyes looking back at us.”

3D Owl Cake by Elisa Strauss

Who-Who-Who’s so adorable?!?  A huge thank you to Elisa Strauss for sharing her daughter’s precious owl cake with us!  Now, on to the Confetti Cakes for Kids Giveaway… Here’s how to enter:

Leave a Comment below telling us how you’d put this book to good use!  Earn an extra entry by doing any of the following.  Please leave a separate comment for each of your entries.  Maximum of 4 entries per person.

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Giveaway ends Sunday, October 9th at midnight CST. A winner will be chosen randomly and announced on Monday, October 10th . The winner must claim their prize before Friday, October 14th or a new winner will be selected. You must be 18 years old and either a U.S. or Canadian resident to enter. Maximum of 4 entries per person.  

Good luck everyone! Happy Monday!

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.

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Comments

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    Jenna says

    I am the resident pastry chef in my family and among friends, this book would definitely be put to good use! And, my mom’s birthday is coming up!

  2. 45

    Jenmarie says

    I am actually doing an owl theme for my daughter’s first birthday coming up! would put the book to good use for sure!!

  3. 48

    Darcy says

    Recently I’ve had the desire to learn to be more creative in the dessert department. I’ve always just bought a cake, afraid of attempting something in my own kitchen…but now I am at a place where I would love to learn or have help attempting to make a fun creation. I also have 3 little kids who I will enjoy including on this new adventure.

  4. 49

    says

    I have Elisa’s other Confetti Cakes cookbook, so this would go well with it.

    The details in this cake (stitching, embossing, and those precious eyelashes) are what set Elisa Strauss apart from the rest! Truly Amazing!

  5. 52

    Hannah says

    Well, my daughters second birthday is coming up and I have a new little one on the way!

  6. 53

    Coy Reantaso says

    I’ve been wanting to have this book for a long time!! Her cakes were awesome!!

  7. 55

    says

    First of all I love the 1st birthday cake and I stress over every cake I make so I feel your pain for it to be perfect. I would put this book to good use. I already follow half baked on Facebook

  8. 57

    Patti Dame says

    I love Confetti Cakes and would love to have this book…it would come in very handy as I have 4 children!! :)