Parade of cakes

My sister has four kids, and they all have birthdays in the eight-week span between January 10 and March 6. As if that wasn’t enough celebrating, my sister’s, mom’s, and Granny’s birthdays are in there, too. Seven birthdays in eight weeks. That’s why I specifically didn’t make any New Years resolutions about no sweets or eating healthy.

My sister and her family is living really close-by for a few months, so when birthday season rolled around, I knew we were in for eight straight weeks of my sister’s homemade birthday cakes. When we were growing up, my mom always made delicious, beautiful, homemade cakes for us as kids. My sister and I have done our best to carry on the tradition for our kids. But my sister is raising the bar in the most delicious way.

Each cake, from concept to creation, was homemade. She let the kids pick the theme, and then she went to work doing everything from scratch, including the design. Even though each one was way too pretty to eat, we ate them anyway. And they were so good we didn’t feel bad about it, either.

Gabby Joy’s green and purple horse cake

Purple and green horse cake with chocolate writing

Gabby, who turned two this year, chose the colors and the theme. My sister made the horses using a technique for writing chocolate like this one.

Purple and green horse cake with chocolate writing

Purple and green horse cake with chocolate writing

Purple and green horse cake with chocolate writing

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John Amos’s cow cake

Homemade cow cake with chocolate writing

Homemade cow cake with chocolate writing

Homemade cow cake with chocolate writing

Homemade cow cake with chocolate writing

 

Ellie’s solar system cake

Solar system birthday cake

This one, I think, is especially cool and called for an extra amount of creativity and work on my sister’s part. She made a different size cakes, mixed icing for each planet, and even made a 3-D ring for Saturn. We all got to pick which planet we wanted to eat. I arm-wrestled Ellie for the one with the most icing.

Solar system birthday cake

Saturn cake Solar system birthday cake

Planet cake Solar system birthday cake

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Planet cake Solar system birthday cake

 

Abram’s shark cake

Shark birthday cake

The cake is on a white board, which Abram colored blue, then my sister covered with saran wrap before placing the cake on top.

Shark birthday cake

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Abram is a total goofball who loves to tell jokes and is always, always smiling and trying to make everyone around him smile. But he decided to switch it up for this photo.

Shark birthday cake

 

Want more cakes? Click on…

A bacon-chocolate cake for my mom

Strawberry mousse cupcakes for Mary Virginia’s first birthday

A Lightning McQueen cake for David’s third birthday

A strawberry meringue cake for my mom

A sailboat cake for David’s first birthday

(As I looked through my links, I realized that none of these are for Tom. It’s not because he’s deprived, promise. He just prefers homemade blackberry pie.)

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2 Comments

  1. Kristie March 14, 2015

    (No need to edit.)
    Great title. That is exactly how it feels, like a parade of cakes.

    And for the chocolate: I don’t temper it because I hate candy thermometers and don’t care if it is bendy instead of snappy. I just put some choc chips in a baggie and microwave until it’s mostly melted. Then I snip off the tip of the bag. Also, if you use wax paper you can put your design underneath and trace it. Should I….start blogging again and make a chocolate tutorial? 🙂

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  2. Create With Joy March 22, 2015

    Amanda – these are the cutest cakes ever! Thanks for sharing them with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy – I’m thrilled to share that you are one of our featured guests this week! #168

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