Elora’s Spring Flowers Birthday Cake

Last December, we celebrated Elora’s 5th birthday in Los Angeles, so while this springtime cake may not seem like an obvious choice for a winter birthday, it was actually perfect. 😉

easter dessertsThis Jelly Belly Flower Cake from the always fabulous Glorious Treats has been in my mind since I saw it, and Elora loved it to too, so that’s what I planned. I ordered the Jewel Collection Jelly Bellies before we left for California, and also packed my trusty cake turntable, angled spatula, and Wilton gel colors (they add color without watering down the frosting, which regular food coloring tends to do). (Thank goodness for free checked bags!)

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My secret to making very decorative cakes a do-able endeavor is to — gasp! — use a cake mix. Honestly, no one’s paying that much attention to the cake itself, and if they were, cake mixes are tasty, and if nothing else, predictable in terms of texture, etc.

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easter dessertsI will say that slicing over half a pound of tiny Jelly Bellies was a labor of love. Dear helped, and when we ended up with more Jelly Belly flowers than absolutely necessary, I simply slapped more flowers on the cake. Why not, right?

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We all enjoyed it, and, most importantly, my little birthday girl was celebrated with the cake she’d anticipated and talked about for so long.

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Hop on over to Glorious Treats for full instructions.

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8 Gorgeous Cake Stands Under $40

cake stands We have certain family traditions, which happened unwittingly, involving cakes. I always make this one for Dear for our anniversary, and this one for @JHCre8tive for her birthday. The kids get special cakes for their birthdays, like this, this, and this one. Maybe making cakes is one of the love languages I speak. Anyway, I do have a cake stand, but I’m not… inspired by it. Here are some beautiful ones I’d love even more to put a cake atop.

1. Gracie China, Victorian Rose Collection, 8-Inch Skirted Cake Stand, White Fine Porcelain, $17.50.
2. Loire Glass Square Cake Stand – Blue, $22.22.
3. Antique Silver Beaded Small Cake Stand, $34.99.
4. Savoie Glass Round Cake Stand, Green, $27.78.
5. Flowerburst Green Glass Cake Stand 12-inch ~ Beautiful Footed Party Centerpiece Dessert Serving Dish, $19.99.
6. Cake Boss Novelty Serveware Cake Stand, 12-Inch “Icing”, $34.99.
7. White Scalloped Cake Plate, $11.96.
8. 10″FTD PLATE BOXED PINK, $13.18.

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Frosting Recipe and Stars-on-a-Cloud Birthday Cake: Zeko Turns One

My baby turned one! We celebrated with lots of stars.

birthday cake with stars

I used the garland left over from Danny’s birthday and cut out stars from the left over paper to make a hanging star centerpiece and a star backdrop behind the birthday boy.

star decorations for birthday

To make the star garland on the cake, I just cut out some smaller stars, sewed them together and strung them between these convenient orange sticks we had around. Haha, do you recognize them? They are Tinker Toys sticks. 😉
birthday cake with star garland

Watching a one-year-old devour his birthday cake is the best.

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Really, Mommy? Is this whole thing for me?

baby eating birthday cakeWell, thank you! Don’t mind if I do. 

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baby boy eating birthday cake

baby and sister on first birthday

baby eating birthday cake

Wheee!!! I love cake. 

baby boy eating birthday cakeEat ALL THE CAKE

baby boy with frosting on faceWhat’s a sugar high?

baby boy with family on birthday

I love you guys. 

(Special thanks to @jhcre8tive for some of the fantastic captures!)

Fluffy Frosting

Fluffy Frosting


  • cream cheese frosting
  • 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ cup butter, softened but still cool
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, cold if you want a stiffer frosting
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 to 4 Tablespoons cream, depending on how loose you want your frosting


  1. Whip the whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
  2. Add the whipped cream to the cream cheese frosting and fold gently into the frosting with a spatula.
  3. To frost a cake or cupcakes, use and offset spatula and gentle freehand upward movements. Don't overwork.




Lego Birthday for Danny Boy

We celebrated Danny’s birthday (a couple months ago) with a lego birthday cake that featured two of his favorite things: legos… and something special hidden inside.

cake decorated with legos

I decorated with primary yellow, red, green, and blue to echo the colors of the legos and M&Ms. I’ve always wanted to make one of these garlands and it was so easy and I loved them!

Just use a paper cutter in the shape you desire and then get your sewing machine humming. Feed the paper shapes through, leaving some “empty” thread running in between the paper pieces. I found it easier to do several strands of garland, rather than one longer strand, which can get very tangled, very quickly.

The paper globes were also super quick and easy. You just cut strips, punch holes in the ends and secure with brads. Pull the strips apart and around and somehow you get these balls. I still cannot quite wrap my mind around how that works, but they sure are fun!

birthday decorations -- circle garland and paper globes

I used paper scraps left over from punching the circles under the plates, and they conveniently looked lego-y, yay!

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For the cake, I used a box mix, cut two round cakes in half  for a total of four layers, and layered cake, raspberry jelly, cake, frosting, cake, frosting, cake. I used cream cheese frosting, which I smoothed out a bit by pressing gently with paper towels after the frosting had “crusted” a bit in the fridge.

When the cake was sufficiently chilled, I gently pressed the lego pieces into the cake and added a little tractor toy and a lego man.

lego birthday cake

The surprise of the cake (often called a pinata cake) was the avalanche of mini M&Ms that poured out when we cut into the cake! To make the hole in the center for the M&Ms (or whatever you’d want to put in there, you just cut a hole out of the three bottom cake layers before you stack them and then fill up the hole with the treats before you top with the final cake layer and frost. A lot less complicated than it seems.

pinata cake filled with m and m's

slice of pinata cake

lego birthday party birthday boyOhhh, look at his still-baby cherub cheeks and perky little nose… 

boy looking at pinata birthday cake

Three, as I suspected, is the perfect age for wonderment at such a spectacle. :)

lego birthday cake with familyAnd that made Mommy happy.