Never let your child google image search their birthday cake!

 Military themed birthday cake - the camouflage icing was easier than I thought

Military themed birthday cake - the camouflage icing was easier than I thought

This is something it’s taken me three years to learn, I wish someone had told me this was a bad idea years ago. I am not an excessive parent but I do love a kid's party and my problem is that I love going all out on the cake. I appreciate some people are into savory and I've seen caterpillar shapes made out of circular sandwiches and so many lovely things. This isn't me, I like simple buffet, hot dog or pizza party dinners BUT when it comes to the cake...

My boys’ birthdays have always had a vague theme - from pirates, super heroes to science - so obviously I google image search cakes on that theme. My son annoyingly caught me doing this, saw how amazing the cakes are and then requested a copy of a massive, extravagant, awesome, unachievable icing masterpiece. I am not a professional baker and my attention to detail is lacking. My cakes come out looking very home-made but filled with love. I can’t believe I'm actually putting them up here to show you guys but I'm sure there have been worse cakes?

Top Tip - leave plenty of time to decorate the cake. It always takes longer than first thought.

This first one is a pirate ship. My husband and I were up to midnight making this. The biggest mistake was using freshly baked sponge - I've since learnt if you’re trying to build with cake you need a stronger mix like a Madeira. There are about 8 kebab sticks inside this holding it all up and yes it took us days to finish.

 Pirate ship birthday cake

Pirate ship birthday cake

Pinata cakes were all the rage last year so I joined in: for Ethan's 6th birthday we had a science entertainer (which I would highly recommend) and Ethan saw on google images of a spherical Earth! I spent weeks learning how to do an icing transfer for this. All in all, I am secretly proud of this one.

 A piñata globe filled with skittles

A piñata globe filled with skittles

This cake is where is wish I had skills. It really pleased my 5 year old Zac, but it was a joint party with friends and loads of adults and I was slightly embarrassed taking this cake into the hall. The lesson I learnt here is - Do not drink wine when trying to ice a cake!

 A Minion in fancy dress as Batman

A Minion in fancy dress as Batman

So now I’ve shown my disasters to the world, please be brave and share too.