Saturday, May 7, 2011

4th birthday already?!

My little X turned 4, wow.

To celebrate we had dinosaurs galore. Dinosaur cupcakes for preschool (that was a cheat since I used dinosaur sprinkles on chocolate cupcakes, lol), dinosaur balloons for his birthday BBQ, dinosaur birthday cake decorated in fondant dinosaurs.

I swear, what that kid doesn't know about dinos is not worth knowing.

Layered chocolate and strawberry cake (by request) filled with cream and fresh strawberries, covered in buttercream and fondant dinosaurs. Special thanks to Sylvia at A Baked Creation for the inspirational dino sculptures!

Then we needed dinosaur cookies of course...
I found Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, T-Rex and Triceratops cutters so we had them in red, yellow, green and blue royal icing. Thanks to Nigella Lawson for the cut-out cookie recipe, it was a total hit!

 I made my own royal icing for the cookies, a few tablespoons of sifted icing sugar mixed with half a tablespoon of Pavlova Magic (a cheap and easy-to-find replacement for meringue powder) and a drop of water, coloured with gel icing colours.

The BBQ was a hit! With sausages, hamburgers, salads and great company it was a bright spot for an Autumn day.