I always look forward to seeing what Clair, of Calamity Cakes, has sent me when I see an email from her in my inbox!  Once again, Clair delivers a fabulous cake with show-stopping details- and styles the party to perfection.  I am thrilled to share her niece’s Woodland Party- and I especially love how Clair combined the lush setting of the woods with girlie pastels and beautiful butterflies to suit the sweet birthday girl!

Isn’t this cake just beautiful?  Clair says, “…The woodland themed cake was created with hours and hours of baking and love.  I wanted to create a somewhat realistic looking tree stump, with a pop of colour – provided by the butterflies, daisies, mushrooms and ladybugs.  The cake was a dense dark chocolate mud cake, covered with vanilla buttercream and fondant, with gum paste decorations.  I am so please to say that the kids (and parents) seemed quite enthralled by it.”.

Clair added cute elements from the forest to decorate the dessert table~ this mossy little squirrel is adorable!

The friends dressed in fairy costumes and had their faces painted…


What a beautiful party, Clair!  I know the guests had a wonderful day!  Thank you for sharing your niece’s party with us!



Face Painting by Amanda Hayne of Stardust and Seahorses (assisted by her daughter Jaszmin)

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