Monday, March 14, 2011

Birthday Cake Fun!

It seems unreal to me that my "baby" just turned 15.  Seriously.  Where did the time go? 

It's even more hard to believe that while she's growing up in the blink of an eye, I, on the other hand, am holding steady at 29...year after year.  Don't know how I do it!  {wink, wink}!

For those of you that are moms with teenagers, you can relate when I say that whatever "mom" thinks is a great idea, the teenager will automatically want the opposite.  It's just the way it goes during a certain stage of teenhood.

So, needless to say, while I was full of grand, fabulous ideas for my daughter's birthday cake, she wanted nothing to do with any of them.  (Although, in the end, I still kind of got my way).  :)

Here's what she ended up with:



Simple and cute, complete with lime green and pink polka dots as requested by the birthday girl.



I did, however, sprinkle a little touch of "mom" into the cake.  (I couldn't resist)!

So, I added the fun little banner...



...and added the requested colors to each layer of the cake, so that when it was cut, it looked like this:





Fun, right?

Originally, I wanted to do a tall cake, with two layers of each color. 

In the end, though, it was too tall and didn't look great.

This is the part of the story where I got my way.

I reallllly wanted to make a ruffle cake for her birthday, but she wanted no parts of it.  Too "childish" for her.

But, since I had three extra layers of cake lying around...



...I got to make it anyway! 

I've been dying to make this cake since the first time I saw it on Amy Atlas' blog.

I was pretty pleased with the way it turned out, considering that I'd never used that cake tip before.

I do think that next time I'll try to make my buttercream a little creamier so that it "ruffles" better.  My batch was a little stiff. 

Nonetheless, not bad for my first try!





And of course, it, too, had all of the pretty colors inside.





It was yummy, too!

And the birthday girl was happy and smiling...which always does a momma's heart good!  :)

Happy Celebrating!
Jen

P.S.  Here are some super cute little things from PlatesAndNapkins.com
that would look amazing with these cakes:


          


26 comments:

  1. love the ruffle cake! love the pink/green dot cake too - but I really love the inside - is there a cream filling? You can make my birthday cake anytime:)

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  2. Thanks so much, Brenda! :) The filling was just buttercream...had to keep it simple for the birthday girl! :)

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  3. They are both beautiful! Makes me want to get in the kitchen and make one myself! Which tip is used for the ruffles? (Sorry if you already mentioned and I missed it.) Thank you for sharing!

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  4. Elizabeth@LovelyLittlePartiesMarch 14, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Those turned out great! I love the ruffle cake

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  5. Thanks, girlies! So sweet! I used the #103 tip for the ruffle cake. I'd recommend practicing a bit before you start piping on the cake, and make sure that your buttercream is creamy (not too stiff). :)

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  7. This is really beautiful! I love everything about this. The color, shape -- it's perfect!

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  8. So adorable!! I'm lucky in that my little guys are still young enough to not have much of an opinion when it comes to decor!!

    Jen
    www.monogrammedeverything.com

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  9. I get to a LOT of birthdays every year. And I'd have to say, this cake is best looking cake yet. However, its on my list of cake ideas to present to parents in need of such inspiration.

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  10. Wow! Gorgeous! And we have so much in common, too. I have a Madison as well who I can't believe is turing 12 this month. And most amazing of all....I'm 29, too!!!!!

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  11. I Get to alot of our birthday every year. Too delecious and best looking cake.

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  12. You guys sure know how to make me smile! Thanks so much for the sweet comments! Amanda, we do have a lot in common, that's so cool! Isn't it great being 29 year after year? Don't know how we do it! :)

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  13. Love the colors of the cake, looks so yummy :)

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  14. You are so talented..I am going to give it a try on those brownie pops for the grandbabies for Easter. They are so adorable.
    Your baby is 15 omg mine is 30 and now she wants all the frills and fancy stuff that she shyed away at when she was a teenager♥ Rachel

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  15. Cake colours look awesome! I've just read this post from the UK, it's 9.30am, I have a coffee and now - I WANT CAKE! haha :-)

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  16. Thanks so much for all of the sweet comments! Happy to have made you hungry! {wink, wink} :)

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  17. Ooo I'm throwing a baby shower next month and these are the colors, care to share your recipes?

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