This past weekend was Ronan’s birthday party up at the Port Huron KOA Kampgrounds, and naturally, I was charged with making the cake. There was one thing that was mandatory on the cake, and that was it had to involve moose because that’s what Ronan’s mom calls him.
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When I was first trying to find a design for the cake, I came across this in a Google search and figured a few changes could get a moose or two involved and fondant would be safer to take camping than buttercream.
I was originally going to use fondant for the moose cake topper, but when I saw Wilton Shape-N-Amaze at Michael’s, I figured why not give it a shot.
And it totally worked! They were ADORABLE.
The rest of the cake, on the other hand… let’s just say I’m not a huge fan of fondant and angrily threw it all away when I was done with this cake. Never. Again.
So, it actually turned out really cute, but 90% of those dots are covering a mistake or a seam or a hole in the fondant. OOPS! What did I do wrong with my fondant? I know I made it a little thin, but that cannot be the only reason why there’s so many mistakes.
I loved the little one on the front of the cake. It was my favorite part of the whole thing. I liked it better than the moose family on top.
And then there was the smash cake. Butter-free buttercream over a 4 inch white cake that was around 6 inches tall and a bunch of sprinkles on top in the shape of that same one. I used the number 1 cookie cutter from my Wilton 101-Piece Cookie Cutter Set, pressed it into the frosting, and filled it with a thin layer of sprinkles that I pushed lightly into the cake. Then I “randomly” placed the rest of the sprinkles around it with a pair of tweezers.
I’ve never been more thankful that kids only turn one once.
When we brought the cake out to the pavilion on the camp ground, everyone was AMAZED at how cute it was, and Ronan wanted it big time! Prepare yourself for gratuitous amounts of CUTE in the following pictures.
He was especially excited when we sat him in front of HIS cake!
This kid was after my own heart when he gently placed his fingers into his cake and then tried to shake off the frosting that stuck to his hands…
But eventually he got it and LOVED IT!
The rest of this isn’t going to be about the cakes, but I had a BLAST at the KOA and I need to share!
Most of Saturday was rain-filled, so when Humphrey went out in the mud, I wrapped him in a towel and put him in the stroller, where he promptly fell asleep:
On Sunday when we were packing, Andie folded up all of the blankets, and he jumped right up and laid down on them like the king of the world.
Then, Jim and I took off for the batting cages so that Andie could pack in peace, which was super fun. I definitely said at one point “Oh, it’s baseball!” I clearly hadn’t gotten enough sleep.
When I went out for ice, I of course needed a souvenir and bought pretty rocks (look for a display for these in the near future)
And during our last few moments in the cabin, Andie and I went back inside to this adorable sight:
We had a great weekend and it was a ton of fun! We’re already talking about next year and other trips that we could take this year like the Toledo zoo, Cedar Point, and more camping!
Where do you go camping with your friends or family? Any other suggestions of stuff to do in the Michigan area?