It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To!

birthday-cakesBirthday parties are so much fun, especially for our little bright eyed babies! Once they are old enough to choose their themes, it is a blast putting their entire party together. However, they do become expensive if you purchase everything from the store. I have pulled together a first birthday cake, a boy birthday cake and a girl birthday cake recipe, made from scratch, that may help cut at least the cake expense!

First Birthday Cake

What you’ll need

  • Oven-safe mug with straight sides
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup of prepared cake batter (depending on the size of your mug)
  • Cooking spray
  • Frosting
  • Candle

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven according to cake recipe directions.
  2. Heavily grease your mug with cooking spray. Pour in your cake batter, filling your mug no more than half full.
  3. Bake for 15-25 minutes, checking occasionally to test for doneness (when a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, it’s done!).
  4. Let cool about 15 minutes, then carefully turn up side down to remove cake. Let cool completely.
  5. Cut the top of the cake off so it’s completely flat, then invert cake and frost.
  6. Stick a candle in the top and serve it up! Happy Birthday!



Little Boys Birthday Cakebirthday-cake-3

What you’ll need

  • 4 (9-inch round) cakes
  • 3 (16-ounce) cans chocolate frosting
  • 7 straws
  • Chocolate wafer cookies, crushed
  • Pretzel rods
  • Chocolate cereal (we used Cocoa Puffs®)
  • Chocolate doughnut holes
  • Green licorice
  • Fruit by the Foot®
  • Thin pretzels
  • Toy dirt bike and rider

How to make it

  1. Trim the cake tops flat. Cut 1 cake in half, and cut one third from another cake.
  2. Assemble the cake as shown, frosting between each layer: Stack the 2 rounds, add the two-thirds section, and insert 3 straws, spacing them about 1-1/2 inches apart. Add 1 cake half (you can save the other for snacking) and insert 2 more straws. Add the cake third and the last 2 straws. Frost the entire cake.
  3. Sprinkle on a cookie dirt trail, then add pretzel rods, cereal, doughnut holes, and licorice for log trail borders, rocks, boulders, and plants.
  4. To make the finish-line banner, cut 2 pennant strips from Fruit by the Foot® and wrap the ends around 2 pretzel rods, pinching them in place. For trail markers, wrap Fruit by the Foot® flags around thin pretzels. Push the banner and flags into the cake, then add a toy dirt bike and rider as shown.


Little Girl Birthday Cake

What you’ll need

  • 2 each: 6-, 8-, and 10-inch round cakes (If using mix, you’ll need 3 boxes: 1 box makes one 6-inch and one 10-inch cake, or two 8-inch cakes.)
  • 3 cups white frosting
  • 6- and 8-inch cardboard cake circles
  • 6 drinking straws
  • 2 cups pink frosting
  • 1 1/2 cups each yellow and green frosting (we used gel food coloring, available at many grocery and craft stores.)
  • 4 pastry bags, with a small star tip and a small round writing tip

birthday-cake-makingHow to make it

  1. If needed, trim the top of one cake of each size with a long serrated knife to make it level. Stack the same-size cakes to make the three layers: spread a thin layer of white frosting on the trimmed side of one cake, then top with the matching cake (flat sides together). For a smooth surface, prepare the cake layers by spreading a thin layer of white frosting around the sides. Put them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
  2. Use the serrated knife to cut each layer of cakes at an angle, as shown. (You can save the scraps for snacking.)
  3. Place the 10-inch layer on a serving platter and place the 8- and 6-inch layers on the cardboard circles. For stability, press 3 straws each down through the centers of the 8-inch and 10-inch layers (a triangle pattern works best) and trim the straws so they’re level with the top. Spread the tops of all three layers with white frosting.


4. Before assembling the cake, cover the sides of each layer with the colored frosting (we show it with only white frosting for clarity). Frost the 10-inch layer with pink, the 8-inch layer with yellow, and the 6-inch layer with green. Spoon the rest of the colored frostings into pastry bags. Stack the 8-inch and 6-inch layers on top of the 10-inch layer so that they are tilted but balanced.

5. Spoon the remaining white frosting (about 3/4 cup) into a pastry bag fitted with the star tip. Pipe a decorative border around the base of each layer. Use the same tip, rinsing after each color, to pipe pink, yellow, and green borders around the top edges of the layers, as shown. Use a small round writing tip to pipe decorative lines, circles, curlicues, and dots. Serves 36.

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  1. Sharron says:

    Wow, these are incredible!

  2. Brittony Faral says:

    How cute! Love the expressions!

  3. i may try to make something like the bottom one next week for my daughter’s birthday :)

  4. Kendall Carpenter says:

    Awesome!!! I hope it goes well :) I’m going to do the dirt bike one for my son… I’m pretty excited about it lol

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