Last year I went all out for Sophie's party, making these cute basbushkas in a flurry of last minute activity. I thought it would be something fun we could do together, but she lost interest after... two minutes or so. Between the dolls and the cake, you will understand why 12 months later, we opted for a simple cake and a handful of friends over for afternoon tea!
I made a babushka for every guest. This formed two activities for the party - first a treasure hunt around the garden and then each girl decorated their own doll's face. This treasure pictured was Sophie's.
I searched the internet for images of babushka birthday cakes. In the end, I merged two of the best, then altered them to my own design. She was a beautiful girl and it was sad to eat her - thankfully she was as delicious as she looked, so the pain was soothed in no time at all.