Saturday, September 13, 2008

let US eat cake!!!

I just have to share this great birthday cake idea with you!! It's the creative genius of my good friend Lisa who designed it for another friend in our dinner club:Isn't that fun?! She printed out all these neat phrases to describe Lori, attached them to toothpicks and poked them into the cake! I've never seen this idea before, but I fully intend to steal it at the next opportunity!

While we're talking about birthday cakes, I'll show you what I did for my little guy's recent 2nd Birthday... a tropical fish for a family picnic celebration: I made this with one chocolate cake recipe divided into three round cake pans. His body is two layers with a cherries and cream filling. The fins and tail are single layer shapes cut "freehand." Note: there was leftover cake ... so we could snitch before the party! :-) I made cream cheese frosting and saved a bit of white for piping before dyeing the rest blue. Eye is an M&M.

Earlier I had made this giraffe cake for our immediate family on his actual birthday at home:
And good thing it was just immediate family ... my peanut butter frosting suddenly separated right before I was about done mixing it! Ahh! Luckily I had a can of chocolate frosting in the pantry for "emergencies." :-) With a change of plans I salvaged some of the p.b. frosting to make the giraffe's spots. [This cake was made using one 9x13 pan, then cut into geometric shapes and positioned on the platter to form the giraffe.] The main thing is it tasted yummy and my little explorer: ...enjoyed it after a special outing to a wildlife museum that day where he saw a "real" giraffe!
And ... as long as we're still talking cakes ... I'll throw in what I made for my other cutie pie for her 3rd Birthday Party:
A Hula Girl Cake! Obviously, the theme was a Hawaiian Luau, but no silly green grass skirts for us ... she wanted all "pink and purple!" I baked this chocolate cake in a bundt pan and after supporting the little Barbie doll in the center, filled and frosted it all. I "dressed" and embellished with a purple store-bought gel tube and some pink sugar.

PS: I'm going to link this post to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday. A fun little food carnival.

18 comments:

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Oh My Goodness! All of those cakes are wonderful!

Penny

Jen r. said...

Great birthday cakes! I love the little signs....

Brandi said...

love all the cakes.. too cute!! i also wanted to come by and thank you for your prayers, they mean a lot! love, brandi

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Cute cakes. Thanks for sharing and linking up to Tempt My Tummy.

Karen said...

Hey there, your cakes are so neat and meaningful. Keep doing what you are gifted to do, and that is blessing others. Thanks for stopping by my blog, please come back anytime and tell others to drop by too.

Bless You, Karen

Deanna said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the toothpick cake. That is so creative and really a beautiful way to show your love for someone!

Homemade cakes are the absolute best.

A happy heart at home said...

Fun cake ideas! I love the little signs!

~Susan

Lynette said...

I LOVE the phrase cake! I'm going to use that next time too!! Thanks for the ideas!

SarahHub said...

These cakes are so great! Very creative and cute!

Jamey said...

Great Ideas! they all look yummy.

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Hello, Jeanne!
Congratulations, you are the winner of the birdie cone in my blog giveaway!
Please e-mail me with your mailing address: bluebirdroses@aol.com
Warmly,
Becca
:)

Fifi Flowers said...

WOW... cake! I did cake on my blog too!
Happy Birthday to Everyone!
Love that fish cake!

lana said...

WOW those are impressive! I LOVE the birthday cake with the encouraging and descriptive words. I can't wait to do that for a friend.

Lisa Ann said...

They all look wonderful. My favorite is the first one.

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Oh my goodness! These are all so cute! I love the phrases. and the fish is a great idea and so easy - might be making a debut at one of our family birthdays!

Thanks for sharing!

m said...

Oh wow, I love the cake:)

Amy from Texas said...

I love your cakes!!! The 40th is such a cute idea. I was planning to make a barbie hula cake for my daughter next summer. She's all about pink and purple, so I might have to copy your idea:-)

l e a h said...

That phrase cake is a perfect idea! I will totally keep that in mind for my husband's birthday in a few months.

I love giraffes...maybe I'll hint to him that he needs to make me a giraffe cake when my birthday rolls around.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Let me know if you ever try baking soda and apple cider vinegar in your hair!

L

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