Some cake decorating ideas for a baby's first birthday are ABC block cakes, Mickey and Minnie Mouse cakes and carousel cakes. Instead of a round or rectangular cake, a parent can bake a horizontal or vertical number cake. The vertical number cake is a five or six layer cake shaped into the number one with chocolate ganache frost dripping over the top to resemble the melting wax of the candle on top.
A parent can make or buy an ABC block cake featuring colored blocks. This works especially well if the cake blocks resemble the baby's ABC block toys, something which she can easily recognize A smash cake is another good idea. This is a small cake with soft frosting made especially for 1-year-olds to smash, grab and gobble.
A classy and attractive cake decorating idea is ombre ruffles. The fondant ruffles start at white in color and graduate into shades of pink or blue, ending with a toy on top. A parent can choose to decorate cakes according to the theme of the birthday. For an animal theme, make a green fondant jungle cake complete with creeping vines topped with fondant elephants and giraffes A colorful carousel cake not only attracts the attention of the guest of honor, but it is also reminiscent of childhood in general.