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Poll Results: What kind of birthday cake do you have for your kids?

 
  • 23% (10)
    Home made - basic sheet cake style with little/no decoration
  • 51% (22)
    Home made - elaborately decorated
  • 6% (3)
    Store bought - off the shelf at your supermarket
  • 6% (3)
    Specialty bakery - elaborately decorated
  • 9% (4)
    No cake - different birthday treats like pie, rice crispie creations, etc.
  • 2% (1)
    No cake at all
43 Total Votes  
post #21 of 43
I love cake smile.gif
DD gets homemade sugary-sweet cake because I love icing and I love bright fun colors. Im not a fantastic decorator, but here are my cakes:

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post #22 of 43
Ps. while I love bright colors, I dont wear them. That's my step mom in the background, not me smile.gif
post #23 of 43

DS is about to turn 3 in August. For his last two birthdays we have done homemade cupcakes that go with the theme of the party. We always have other dessert options on our dessert table as well for the folks who aren't cake fans. Cupcakes are so easy... but for his third I am thinking about doing a proper cake.

 

His first birthday was a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme: 

 

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For his second birthday we did a Woodland/Gnome theme:

 

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post #24 of 43

For DS' first birthday, DH & I were so excited about making DS' cake, that we both made one! lol.gif One vanilla, and one chocolate, and we each wrote Happy 1st Birthday (DS) on it. He ate the vanilla, most guests ate the chocolate. For his 2nd birthday, DH made the cake and he made one round cake, and two cup cakes (for ears) and decorated it as Mickey Mouse, who DS LOVES. It was really neat. For his third birthday, I made the cake, pretty simple.. Vanilla 2-layers with buttercream icing and decorated the whole thing with strawberries (DS' favorite). I also did a strawberry covered cake for DD's 1st birthday as she loves them. DH grew up in a family where his mom always made the little stuff... cakes, costumes, gifts.. and he really loves it, it's important to him. Watching how much he enjoys it has made it really important to me too, so I'm sure we'll always make our cakes, even if we're not so artistic! smile.gif

 

 

ETA: I always had ice cream cakes from DQ at my birthdays growing up. It's hard for me to imagine either one of my parents baking a cake, and I wasn't a huge fan of cake anyway. Of course, full of junk, but I didn't know or care anyway as a kid. Big win for all of us! 

post #25 of 43

Always homemade and decorated in some manner.  I love having a reason to make something sweet.  smile.gif

post #26 of 43

We don't do cake or treats. The birthday ring is our special birthday centerpiece.

post #27 of 43

I can't remember what I did for DD's first two birthdays - fairly uninspiring chocolate cakes, I think. Maybe a carrot cake?

 

For her third birthday I did this - a chocolate mud cake with fondant icing.

 

For her (recent) fourth birthday I did this - a castle cake, made with banana cake, jelly, sugar cookies, fudge and various other things.

 

DS is turning one in a few weeks, and I'm going to do lots of little carrot cakes - oval ones in my friand tin - iced with cream cheese icing to look like sheep. DS loves sheep. I might do half carrot cakes, half chocolate cakes iced with chocolate frosting, to have a mix of brown and white sheep. I was planning to make a hill out of Styrofoam covered with green cloth or something, so they could all chill out on the hill and look more like a cake than just lots of random little cupcake things.

post #28 of 43

Awesome cakes, ladies! Cake decorating isn't really my thing, but DD bought some fondant a while ago and it's still sitting in the cupboard. Y'all have inspired me, maybe we'll finally try it out. Adaline's mama, I especially like that bright orange cake with the sunny flowers.

 

Yikes, it's still early in the day but now I want some cake...

post #29 of 43
Those circles are made of pre-cut fondant. Other than that, the icing is buttercream. I think fondant icing is kinda gross, but it makes for cute decorations (as long as they are pre made. I am way to lazy to cut it myself. it is hard to work with.)
post #30 of 43

other... we buy cakes at the chinese bakery.  soft puffy sponge cake, not too sweet, strawberries and whipped cream instead of frosting.  we buy them made to order, but they come undecorated and i usually let the kids decorate their own cake little tubes of frosting from the supermarket.  none of us like frosting so we get this cake every time.  we even had it for our wedding cake!

post #31 of 43

Until he was old enough to offer an opinion, DS's cakes came from a fantastic bakery close to my mom's.  He requested a batman cake for his 4th birthday so I bought a plain cake from the grocery store and decorated it with batman toys, he loved it.  I continued with this method for the next two birthdays. 

 

I am very impressed with some the creations I have seen other moms make.  I don't like baking so I have no guilt over store bought cakes.

post #32 of 43

Adaline & Cocunut -- those cakes / cupcakes are beautiful! and yummy looking too eat.gif

 

We do homemade cupcakes for DS's parties. He's only 2 and it just seemed easier to us. I grew up with my mom always making my favorite birthday cake - so I kind of want to carry on the tradition. But that being said, if DS wants an ice cream cake or something else -- we'll do that. 

post #33 of 43

Wow! Amazing cakes! I'm so not a baker so reading about all these cakes is impressive!

 

DD's first birthday "cake" wasn't even a cake (mostly due to my previously mentioned lack of baking skill)

 

She loved watermelon at the time (August) and so I bought one, cut it into the shape of a layer cake and "frosted" is with Greek Yogurt and then decorated it with blueberries and strawberries.

 

It was a big hit!
 

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post #34 of 43
For DS's first birthday he was grain free (until about 18 months IIRC) so I made mini cheese cakes with a pecan and almond "crust". For his second birthday we had store bought cupcakes. This year a friend of mine made us some super yummy and healthy banana chocolate chip cupcakes and zucchini cupcakes. I made cream cheese frosting and sliced strawberries for people to ice their own.

I had an elaborate plan to buy canoe pans and make homemade "twinkies" and decorate them like this: http://theposhpixie-kendall.blogspot.com/2011/04/peeps-twinkie-car-treats.html but I was working full time and it just didn't happen. maybe next year! (when I have a 4 year old and a 4 month old.. hmm)
post #35 of 43

I just spent most of a day making two cakes (my twin niece and nephew have a birthday party today). I tried a new-to-me technique - tracing a design on wax paper iwth icing, and then freezing it and flipping it onto the cake. Unfortunately, I didn't let the icing on the cake set enough, so the design got glued to it, and I couldn't pull the wax paper off. I ended up drawing about 85% of the design (a Pokemon called Torterra) freehand...and got to bed about 1:30 this morning. I still have to put the strings on my niece's guitar cake. *sigh*

 

Next year, I'll go with cake mix if I do their cakes. This was a total comedy of errors. (First cake was so flat that I had to convert a 9" X 13" sheet cake into a 9" X 13" layer cake. The tube of icing I was using to trace the Pokemon burst in my hand, and I had to transfer the icing to a Ziploc, then the tip popped right out, and I had to transfer that to another Ziploc. I poked a hole in my icing this morning, while adding details. I messed up the icing pattern on the guitar cake and had to change my design a bit. Throw in some regular baking mishaps - dropping egg shells in the batter, forgetting to take the butter out to soften, not adding the milk to the cocoa mixture at the right time, so It ended up hardening, instead of being a liquid, etc. - and you get a looonnng day.)

 

I really hope they like their cakes!

post #36 of 43
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Originally Posted by Storm Bride View Post

I just spent most of a day making two cakes (my twin niece and nephew have a birthday party today). I tried a new-to-me technique - tracing a design on wax paper iwth icing, and then freezing it and flipping it onto the cake. Unfortunately, I didn't let the icing on the cake set enough, so the design got glued to it, and I couldn't pull the wax paper off. I ended up drawing about 85% of the design (a Pokemon called Torterra) freehand...and got to bed about 1:30 this morning. I still have to put the strings on my niece's guitar cake. *sigh*

 

Next year, I'll go with cake mix if I do their cakes. This was a total comedy of errors. (First cake was so flat that I had to convert a 9" X 13" sheet cake into a 9" X 13" layer cake. The tube of icing I was using to trace the Pokemon burst in my hand, and I had to transfer the icing to a Ziploc, then the tip popped right out, and I had to transfer that to another Ziploc. I poked a hole in my icing this morning, while adding details. I messed up the icing pattern on the guitar cake and had to change my design a bit. Throw in some regular baking mishaps - dropping egg shells in the batter, forgetting to take the butter out to soften, not adding the milk to the cocoa mixture at the right time, so It ended up hardening, instead of being a liquid, etc. - and you get a looonnng day.)

 

I really hope they like their cakes!

I hope they like them! Some days baking is like that for me, too. Doing a pokemon figure sounds very ambitious. And I've solidified my liquid with cold milk before. One trick you can do is bake cakes in advance and freeze them. Then you can bake when you are focused and have plenty of time. Then, you can defrost it and decorate it the day before. That's what I did for my wedding cake.

post #37 of 43
Thread Starter 

I love reading about everyone's cakes. :-) 

post #38 of 43

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Edited by AbbyGrant - 6/28/12 at 9:09pm
post #39 of 43

Cake is good. Unless it's bad cake. ; )  Truer words were never spoken!

 

I'm not very handy or crafty, but I can cook, so Imake our birthday desserts from scratch.  Dh loves lemon meringue pie, so that's what he gets for his birthday. 

 

Dd got cheese cake for her first birthday.  First time I ever made a cheese cake.

 

For the longest time ds didn't like cake, so he got blackberry or apple pie. 

 

For dd's 17th I made a round layer cake, chocolate with raspberry filling and chocolate ganach frosting.  It was ridiculously good. 

 

For MY birthday dd made the cake, and I just LOVED it. Duncan Heinz lemon cake mix with pink cream cheese frosting.  She called it a pink lemonade cake.  I seriously wanted more. 

 

I made an English-type trifle on Saturday, the whole family loved it. Dd was happy to discover trifle is a traditional birthday dessert in some regions, so maybe that'll be her next birthday cake. 

post #40 of 43

DS turns 9 next year and is really into dinosaurs, fossills and rocks. So I am going attempt to make a cake that looks like layers of dirt and rock. And try to use maybe pretzels as fossil bones and of course gummy worms are worms. Likely, it will be messy but probably fun to make.

 

We have also done homemade ice cream cakes in the past and those were a big hit with adults and kids.

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