(Sorry for the bad photos. We got a new camera that we are now taking back!)
I decided to make my son's first cake. It was fun but a lot more work then I'll probably do most of the time. (I even used cake mixes and it still took me forever to do!)
I decided I wanted it colorful inside so I made up the cake mixes like the box instruct you too and then I divided it up into four bowls. I used Gel food coloring to die the cake the different colors. I then randomly spooned in the cake mix into my two pans. I baked it like normal and then when the cake was done and cooled I put them in the freezer. The next day I stacked the two cakes on top of each other and cut them into the number one.
I made up some frosting and put frosting between the two cakes and then the sides and top. The coolest way that I learned to get the frosting to look smooth is to use wax paper. After you have your frosting on the cake take your wax paper and push it a long the frosting with your fingers until the frosting is smooth. The frosting won't stick to the wax paper. (Sorry I couldn't find where I found this helpful tip.) Also all I had was whole milk when I made the frosting and it made the best frosting I've ever made. It was the perfect consistency. So next time you have to make a bunch of frosting, keep that in mind.
I then used a decorative tip to decorate the outside. To help me get the star shape I just lightly pressed a star cookie cutter on the icing. It left just enough of an indent for me to follower with my decorative tip. I made Alex's little cake just from the scraps of the big cake and again used the cookie cutter as a guide for the frosting.
My favorite part about the cake was when you cut into it and saw all of the colors. I looked and tasted amazing!