In The Night Garden birthday cakeThe venue has been booked, the invitations have been sent and with BB’s 2nd birthday just around the corner it’s time to turn my attention to the most important task of all: her birthday cake. Here is last year’s effort (pictured), In The Night Garden eat your heart out, which I have to say went down a treat even if I do say so myself.

The trouble is I’ve set the bar now, which means I’ve got to come up with something equally creative this year. Which is easier said than done, as this time last year BB was happy to jump around in her door bouncer as I painstakingly fashioned Makka Pakka’s tail out of fondant icing and secured Upsy Daisy’s hair with edible glue.

Misery Guts suggested we ask someone else to make one given I’m no longer on maternity leave and have zero time on my hands, but I’m afraid this is akin to a cardinal sin where I come from: birthday cakes have always been (handmade) by mum, with as much effort as one can muster. So there’ll be no outsourcing here.

The thing is, In The Night Garden is still one of BB’s favourite things in the whole wide world. And I still have the Iggle Piggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka I lovingly created 12 months ago stowed away in an airtight container. Is resurrecting them a bit much? It’s sorely tempting.

In the meantime, I’m thinking a beach scene (she loves the beach). So if any of you have done something along similar lines and have a photo – or indeed any suggestions – to share, please do.

Thanking you muchly…