Number “8” Birthday Cake

I already posted a blog here on Emma’s recent birthday.

I finally have the cake post ready!

I have been making my kids’ birthday cakes for a few years now. They certainly don’t look professional by any means, but they mean a lot to them (I hope!) and are fun.

This year I made a number “8” cake for Emma.

I used 2 boxes of cake mix, and 2 cans of frosting (probably could’ve used 3 frostings to be honest)…CHOCOLATE for both of course! There is no white cake mix in this house! 🙂 And don’t ask why the bananas are in this picture…this is just where they sit on the counter and they happened to be there when I was getting ready to bake the cake. ha ha!

I used 9 inch cake pans and baked 4 cakes (yes I had to use them twice since I only have 2, but they cooled pretty quickly in between).

I love this extra large 15 x 20 cutting board that I found at Walmart. I bought it for the sole purpose of setting up cakes because I needed something big enough to display them on.

This number cake is the first one I’ve ever made, and I’m glad that I chose an easy number for my first one.

Steps:

First I used the size of a small cup to cut out a circle in the center of each cake.

Then lightly frosted all 4 cakes.

Then I stacked them 2 cakes high (2 on 2).

Then all I had to do was cut off a little bit off the edge of each cake and smoosh them together to form the shape. (see picture) You can do whatever you want with these “cake scraps” since you don’t need them. I gave Laila a small pile of m&m s and let her decorate them. This kept her busy enough to leave the main cake alone while I finished it. It took me about 30 min to add all the m & m s.

Then frost all over and cover the top with M & M s!

If you are interested in baking a numbered cake, check out this link for how-to’s on cutting and piecing cakes to create numbered cakes.

Those goofy girls really enjoyed the cake after some swimming!

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Another January Birthday

Yes our family has a few January birthdays, 5, to be exact. But this person is getting spoiled the most…my husband!

He does so much for our little family so he deserves only the best. We went on a fun family outing on Sunday. Then yesterday my girls and I put on our aprons and got to work! Since he is a sports fanatic, I decided to make a football cake. This was actually very simple – no rearranging cake pieces, no fancy decorating tips, only 2 colors of icing and I didn’t even need food coloring since I just needed the basic chocolate and vanilla!

Here is the football cake:

 

And here is a picture of him with our girls; they are so lucky to have him for a Daddy!

 

 

I am trying out a few new recipes this week and so far I’m 2 for 2! Tonight I made Slowcooker Cashew Chicken from  {http://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/2009/12/day-336-cashew-chicken.html} and it was delicious! I will share the others as soon as I try them all out. But tonight’s homemade Chinese was a hit!

Happy Birthday Honey!!

We also celebrated our youngest’s first day of preschool today. She fit right in and did great and told her teacher “I’ll come back tomorrow, okay?” so I think that means she loves it. We’re a little sad now that both girls are at “school” for atleast a couple hours during the day, but it gives me just enough free time to explore more thrifty crafty ideas, and more time to spend on my blog.

Here is a picture of her this morning all ready to go: