Banana Cake with Fondant [Happy 1st Birthday!]

It was our son - John's 1st birthday yesterday. We had a surprise celebration at T's office with his colleagues, followed by a small celebration at home. J loves his bear puppet, so I thought it would be nice to have a bear figurine on the cake. Peek-a-boo!

J loves banana so much, save me times thinking what cake to bake (thanks ah yi for the idea too). The banana cake was baked in a 9" square pan, then trimmed into number one shape. Yeap, it was a small cake. I used turntable as cakestand (as in photos), J seemed to be more interested in the stand than cake!


Here is the fondant recipe I used for this cake:
Ingredients (9" x 9")
150 g liquid glucose
50 g glycerin
2 tbsp gelatin
25 g shortening
60 ml warm water
1 kg icing sugar, sifted


  1. In a microwaveable bowl, mix gelatin with water and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Stir in glucose, glycerin and shortening.
  3. Mix well. Put in the micro on high for about 20 seconds, take it out and stir well. Then put in back into micro for another 20 seconds.
  4. Stir well. Mix 3 quarters of icing sugar with the liquid to form soft "dough". Add more sugar if the fondant is sticky.
  5. Keep fondant in an air-tight container overnite before use.
  6. For covering the cake, roll out fondant to about o.5 cm or a bit thinner and lift it up with the help of a board.

  1. If you don't have the professional tools like me, trim the edges with what you have. I used scissors, knife and even a pizza cutter (best tool!).
  2. Try to leave some allowances on the edges, you can always trim a bit more if it is too long or too big.
  3. I am a beginner with fondant, do share some tips and good recipes with me!
    If you have been following this blog and wondering how's John doing.... here he is!

Comments :

20 comments to “Banana Cake with Fondant [Happy 1st Birthday!]”
MamaElla said...

Hi Lydia..your son are very cute and handsome and it not too late to wish him "Happy Birthday and may god bless him.." :-)

pigpigscorner said...

awww so cute! Happy birthday!

Manggy said...

Happy birthday John! Beautiful cake! And quite an appropriate stand for this blog! :D

Jonzie said...

Wow, he is cute! happy birthday!

lilyng said...

happy birthday john

hugs and kisses

Shafidah Shamen said...

happy birthday john!! mmuaahhhhh!

Sarah's Daddy and Mommy said...

Happy Belated Birthday to John. The cake is so cute..

Ok, I will visit your another blog for more nice pictures of him.

MommyAngel said...

Happy Belated Birthday to bb John. He is so cute in the pix. How nice that you make John's birthday cake especially for him! He is so blessed :)

Wonderful Life said...

Wow... simple and nice cake!! Love the teddy alot.

How I wish I could make a cake for my boy's first birthday... sadly to say I wasn't a talented one.

Virginie Meyers said...

I think that sweet face was the best part of the post!

zaliana said...

Happy birthday to bear looks so cute on the cake..

Afternoontea said...

Cutie John !
I like the way you made your fondant from scratch

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday little John...he is so adorable!


Anonymous said...

"Happy belated Birthday John"

You are so cute & adorable.

from uncle John & Auntie Caecilia

princessharyati said...

happy beleted birthday to john

limpepsi said...

Happy belated birthday to John.

Lydia said...

Dear all,
Thanks for birthday wishes!

Theresia said...

Hi Lydia, you are so proud, the boys are cute... even its late let me say Happy Birthday .... to him.

Lydia said...

Theresia, thanks!

paw paw said...

WOW~ time flies...John is a year old already.
Here's wishing little cutie a wonderful & happy year ahead.

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