Half birthday cake with a bear figurine on top.
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Half Cake For Half Birthday Celebrations

Jul 5, 2017

One of the things I love most about my role as a mama is keeping up with the fun little traditions we’ve started over the years. We have all sorts of them — some a little bit silly, and some more common, but one of my very favourites is celebrating the kids’ half birthdays. The tradition started the year our eldest was about to be one and a half and I remember that extra half being so important and special to her. So, we celebrated. We like to keep our half birthday celebrations very simple, we usually do cake, half of a candle or a sparkler and a ‘Happy Half Birthday to You’ song — that’s it!  It doesn’t happen every time, but if time allows, this half birthday half cake is my very favourite to make.

Greased baking pan.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home:

  • your favourite cake batter (we often do chocolate zucchini)
  • a round baking pan
  • oil (to grease the pan)
  • parchment paper
  • freshly whipped cream
  • any figurines or cake toppers you’d like to use

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Alright, let’s make a half birthday cake, shall we? First up, you’ll want to prepare your baking pan. While my usual method may be a bit over the top, having your cake come out of the pan perfectly intact is important here, so I grease the pan really well, use two perpendicular strips of parchment paper as pull tabs, plus add a circle of parchment paper in the base of the pan too.

Cake batter mixed in bowl.

With the baking pan prepared, whip up your favourite cake batter, whether it’s homemade or from a box.

Next, pour the batter out into the prepared baking pan, smoothing out the top so that there’s a slight indent in the centre. This will help prevent the usual domed top and make the cake halves easier to stack in the end.

Batter is poured into greased baking pan.

Bake your cake according to your recipe or instructions and let it cool completely.

Let baked cake cool completely.

Now ready for my secret trick? Here’s the first part — when you tip the cooled cake out of the pan, leave the parchment round attached to it.

Parchment paper on cake.

Then, since we want a half cake for a half birthday, gently peel up one side of the parchment and fold it back down on itself to create a half circle. The straight edge down the centre of the cake will give you a perfect guide when cutting your cake into two equal pieces.

Chocolate cake cut in half.

Alright, now time for the fun part — assembling our half birthday cake! First off, carefully transfer the first half of the cake onto a serving plate or cake stand and add a generous layer of freshly whipped cream on top.

Cake on cake stand, waiting to be iced.

Next, place the second layer of cake on top of the first and add another layer of whipped cream, plus any decorative touches you may want to include.

And that’s it! Now serve and celebrate your little one being that extra half a year old!

Article Author Jen Kossowan
Jen Kossowan

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Jen is a teacher, blogger, and mama to a spirited little lady and a preemie baby boy. She's passionate about play, loves a good DIY project, adores travelling, and can often be found in the kitchen creating recipes that meet her crunchy mama criteria. You can follow Jen on her blog, Mama.Papa.Bubba, and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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