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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    101st comment? 101 ways to utilize this book:
    1. Did you really think I was going to list 101 things? You’re nuts.

    I can totally relate to the stress of creating the perfect birthday cake. I just did my daughter’s 3rd birthday: a mad hatter tea party. I decided to do “eat me” cupcakes for everyone and a teapot cake for her.

    I would love to get Elissa’s book for inspiration, not only for my child’s parties, but for the themed cake orders I receive from my patrons as well. The owl is too precious.

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    Amanda says

    I have three crazy boys at home and LOVE to make their birthday cakes. Kids birthday cakes, in general, are my absolute favorite to make, and I would love to try some of the ideas in this book!!

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    Sara Schick says

    I would love using this book for new ideas for cakes for my children, nieces, nephews, and friend’s children! Such a fun hobby!

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    Jennifer Phelan says

    I have grandchildren and nieces and nephews, oh my! The things I would do with this book.

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    Traci says

    I love doing 3D cakes. I would use this for inspiration on future cakes. I already follow you on RSS.

    tmyers109 at gmail dot com

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    Ashley B. says

    I would use it for my own practice. I would love to have a copy of this book so I could practice cake decorating for my family and friends. It’s time to get rid of the old sheet cakes from the local grocery stores and get creative!

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    Janelle King says

    What. All parents at my daughter school will envy me because I will just make cake for no reason.

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    Manette Gutterman says

    I would certainly get use of this book by making my 40th birthday cake for myself pretty special!

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    Bridgette says

    I taught myself cake decorating with the help of Confetti Cakes first book! Confetti Cakes for Kids would teach me how to make beautiful cakes for all my handsome little nephews!

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    meetal says

    I have so many friends with little ones, this would definitely have great ideas for me to make cakes for them!

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    Britt J says

    I would really like some inspiration. I have twin boys and need help with new birthday cake ideas.

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    lydia says

    Inspiration can come from many resources (believe me when I say I am addicted to so many different cake decorating site :) It is nice to have a wonderful book like hers to look at and see different techniques :) With so many kids, adopted kids and grandbabies, this is truly the book for me!

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    Tara Drummond says

    I decided to make my daughter’s first birthday cake and the frosting melted off and was a disaster! I would love to have this book so I can make up for her first birthday cake disaster!

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    Tara Drummond says

    I signed up for RSS feed! I love all of the cute ideas and would love to get new ideas!

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    Amber says

    I would love a copy of this book. Would be very helpful for my Childrens birthday cakes. The owl cake would make a really cute baby shower cake too!

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    Oh boy would I put this to good use :) I love Elisa’s style! I am a hobby decorator and I make all of the birthday cakes for my son and all of the neighborhood kids so I would most definitely get tons of ideas and inspiration out of this beauty! Thanks for the chance!

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    Jazzmin says

    I would love to have this so I can make wonderful cakes for my nephew and niece. This will also go well with my collection of baking books.

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    Lbsmom says

    I would love to add this book to my collection! Always looking for new ways to expand my cake baking/decorating repertoire! Thank you for such a great giveaway!!!