1 cake for 4 people – family 4 birthday whammy!

We have 1 month of the year that is a super busy birthday time in our family with 4 birthdays in the space of 3 days.  We always try and get together for the birthdays and I always like to bring cake!

Doing 4 cakes can be a little much and I also don’t think we need that much cake between us, so I decided to do a cake with 4 sides, each one decorated for each of the birthday girls.

The first side was for Eleanor turning 18.  The theme we went for was a labrador as she has recently become the proud owner of a gorgeous black labrador.

4 birthday whammy cake 2015 (1)

A fab idea when making cakes and cards is to match them up, so for Eleanor I used the same labrador template and made a card to match.

handmade card black labrador

The next side was for my sister in law who likes her wine so this is the theme we went with!

4 birthday whammy cake 2015 (2) handmade card wine bottle


The next side was for my neice who was getting a mini party box from us for her birthday so we went with this theme and added a party box to the side of the cake.

4 birthday whammy cake 2015 (4)  handmade card party in a box

The final side was for my mum, the theme was to be a miniature schnauzer as it was the first time my mum had her birthday since they had got their gorgeous, super cute dog Teddy.

4 birthday whammy cake 2015 (3)  handmade card miniature schnauzer


We took a cake turntable with us so when we displayed the cake on the table it could be spun round to see each side.  It wasn’t the fanciest and perfect cake I have ever made but it was lots of fun and all the birthday girls loved having their own side that matched their card.

Miniature schnauzer birthday cake for my dad

For my dad’s birthday I knew straight away what cake I wanted to make him, it had to be a miniature schnauzer cake.  Earlier this year they got a dog called Teddy and he is absolutely gorgeous.  He seems very happy in his new home and follows my dad around the house as his shadow.  I was torn between a couple of different designs but decided to do with a 2D dog design (may save the other design for my mum’s birthday next year!)

Whilst visiting my mum and dad I spent ages trying to get a really good picture of Teddy showing his face and the colours and details, however he just wouldn’t stay still and kept trying to get close for a cuddle rather than pose for a photo!

These 2D cakes are really simple to make and are super effective.  I decided to shape the cake a little before covering it in icing, so I carved the bottom in and added cake at the top for his ears, however you can leave the cake round and simply place the design straight on top of it.

Once I had coloured all my icing I then got to work rolling out the colours, cutting out the shapes required and placing them on top of the cake.  I find using a piece of paper and a pencil is best as I can sketch out the shape and size of piece I need, then cut it out and use it as a template for cutting the icing out.

Miniature schnauzer
Miniature schnauzer

When we arrived at my mum and dads for birthday celebrations I was keen to ask everyone who it was meant to be and everyone, including my 4 year old nephew knew it was Teddy – yeay!!

This sponge cake was a no gluten cake and I have finally mastered my no-gluten sponge cake recipe. I was so happy with how it turned out and I will share the recipe on another blog to follow soon.