Just to refresh: my cousin Aria turned this past January 2nd, and her parents, my Uncle Kyle and his fiancé Marlena, asked me to make Aria’s birthday cakes :D It was a rainbow/unicorn-themed party, and they wanted a big cake for the guests and a miniature smash cake for the lil' munchkin. I was more than happy to oblige. No refined sugar cake for baby, but free reign otherwise. Time to have some fun!
<---- See that cookbook on the top of the pile? Cakes By Melissa, AKA one of the best presents I got for Christmas this year! Especially for someone who needed to test out a bunch of cake recipes relatively quickly. (On second thought, most of my favorite presents this year were baking-specific cookbooks haha.)
This book was a game-changer, and I decided that the baby cake had to be tie-dyed and that the big cake was going to be Neapolitan-flavored: chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry layers. Should satisfy everyone's tastes, right? Pro-tip #1: Bake your cake layers in large, deep-sided sheet pans.