Two birthday cakes

by Suzanne on March 18, 2013

in Sweet Things, Tidbits & Miscellaneous

Coles 12 bdayMy little boy is 12! I can hardly believe he is that old and I hate that he is growing up so fast. Funny, with my daughter the first child, I could hardly wait for her to do most things and experience all life has to offer. Now, I know it’s the baby and their isn’t another to follow so excitement turns to preservation of all the milestones. He just lost his last baby tooth last month, and the tooth fairy sadly paid a large sum of money to help solidify the happy memory of loosing baby teeth and wishing on fairies. As this birthday has come and gone, I find that I’m remembering more about my daughter’s past birthdays and wishing I felt as melancholy with her at the time, but I was too busy it seemed keeping up with a 5 year younger child. Although, turning 12 hasn’t changed him overnight, I know it’s only a matter of time before singing before bedtime will disappear, along with Legos, Pokemon, Yug-io and other such child like toys will find more dust than use in his room. Asking mom and dad to play with him will be replaced with friends. I can’t help but remember when our daughter began giving up all her childhood toys for an iPod  then cell phone. People say childhood is a fleeting moment, and it really is now that I see it disappearing before my eyes. I  wonder how my parents felt as I met all those milestones since I am one of two children also. As soon as I hit 14 I was off and running to young adulthood. If I only knew what I know now, I would have slowed my pace. Childhood should be enjoyed with vigor and memories preserved for a lifetime. I now wish we had more than two children but that is what we were blessed with. Reflections like these help me put things into perspective but have me wishing for re-do’s on so many things. Since I can’t go back in time and change how I acted or reacted all I can do is make today count and everyday after.

I absolutely love the picture above of our son and his cake because it totally captures his personality. He is full of life. His party was a success, we had a Survivor party that was a blast for the kids and us.  If you are interested in doing a cake like the one I did you need to check out pinterest where I found the idea.  I basically just winged it and did it all free hand using writing tips for the outlining #4, 5.  I also used star tip #16 for the yellow squiggly lines at the top, and leaf tip #70 for the bottom border and blue lines of frosting at the top and bottom. The mouth is small marshmallows cut in half, and the nose is made from tootsie rolls just molded by hand.   I find lots of mistakes in the cakes I decorate and things I would do different, but the kids thought it was fantastic and that is all that counts.  I also found ideas online for how to throw a party like the  show Survivor and fun games that a scout pack put together that I used.

hellokittycakeAnother Birthday cake just a week later but (secretly) more fun for me to do because I used to love “Hello Kitty” as kid. Our foreign exchange student from Germany turned 17 and requested that I make her a “Hello Kitty” cake.  I made a chocolate cake frosted with Swiss meringue buttercream (recipe found at Martha Stewart), it was so delicious. We didn’t have a party for Michelle, she decide she wanted to go out with her girl friends for dinner. It was great to be able to celebrate with Michelle by baking her cake for her birthday.  Michelle has been in our home since August and we get to have her until June.  We really enjoy her and learning more about her German culture, and her learning about our American culture.  It’s interesting to learn that some things about our cultures are the same like singing “happy birthday” in English.

If you are interested in making the “Hello Kitty” cake I just pinned a few photos on pinterest and then drew a picture of Hello Kitty’s face, cut it out, outlined the top of the cake with a tooth pick then filled it in with frosting.  I used small star tip #16, for the white face and bow and writing tips #4, 5, for the outlining and whiskers.  The eyes, nose and dots on the cake are a large circle tips #10,12 then smoothed out with the back of a small spatula.   For the bottom border around both cakes I used a leaf tip #70.michelle17bday I also wanted to announce the winner of the cookie cookbook and decorating supplies giveaway~ it was Adrienne! Thank you to all who read my recipes and those that participated in the giveaway.

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1 CCU March 18, 2013 at 5:02 am

Awwww happy birthday to your awesome kids my friend 😀
They are so lucky to have such a brilliant chef! These cakes are wonderful 🙂

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2 Suzanne March 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thank you dear, it was fun making them 🙂

3 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 18, 2013 at 5:09 am

Happy Bday to your son and your student. My 6 yr old daughter would go NUTS for that cake! It’s fabulous. Amazing work on both cakes!

4 Suzanne March 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Thank you, Averie. You should try making the hello kitty cake for your daughter.

5 Laura Dembowski March 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm

Love both of those cakes. I’m a big fan of both Survivor and Hello Kitty. I agree that childhood should be treasured and made to last as long as possible. There are some really special things about being young that vanish as soon as one hits adulthood.

6 Suzanne March 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Thank you, Laura so glad you stopped by.

7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Your cakes turned out great! I especially love the Hello Kitty cake – you did a beautiful job with the frosting detail :).

8 Suzanne March 19, 2013 at 2:14 am

Thanks you Laura 🙂

9 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust March 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

Happy Birthday to them! Those cakes are gorgeous!

10 Suzanne March 19, 2013 at 2:13 am

thanks Dorthy 🙂

11 Reeni March 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Aww what a sweet post! Your cakes are beautiful! I love the Survivor theme! So fun.

12 Suzanne March 19, 2013 at 2:15 am

thanks Reeni:) glad you stopped by it’s been a while since we connected!

13 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction March 19, 2013 at 12:49 pm

You did an amazing job on these cakes! They are gorgeous!

14 Suzanne March 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Thanks so much Jess 🙂

15 Carol | a cup of mascarpone March 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful cakes, Suzanne! My granddaughters would love me forever for the Hello Kitty cake!!!

16 Suzanne March 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Thank you Carol, you should try the hello kitty cake.

17 Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

What a lucky birthday boy and girl — the cakes are so cute! Happy Birthday to them both.

18 Suzanne March 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

Thank you Nancy 🙂

19 Kiran @ March 20, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Happy Birthday to your son and Michelle! Y’all are a great host to her 🙂

20 Suzanne March 22, 2013 at 12:43 am

Thank you Kiran 🙂

21 Patty March 22, 2013 at 11:49 am

Love both these cakes Suzanne and your party ideas! I’m so busy pinning recipes I never think to look at all the other ideas Pinterest has to offer-like the party ideas! Yes, you’re so right about how fast our children grow up right before our eyes! I’m blessed with 3 grandchildren and I am so appreciative of the time I spend with them but raising your own children feels like a whirlwind sometimes! I try to take advantage of everything grand-parenting has to offer (especially the hugs!) and you just do the best you can to take it all in- the years we have young children at home are so precious-that’s for sure!

22 Suzanne March 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Thank you Patty, pinterest is definitely my go to first these days. I know grand-children are going to be so much fun someday but I can wait. I hope it will be a long time before my daughter gets married 🙂

23 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

Happy birthday to your son and Michelle! The details of both cakes are AMAZING!!! I can keep looking at those beautiful cakes…

24 Jen Laceda @ Tartine and Apron Strings April 1, 2013 at 1:30 am

You are the best host Mom there is! To bake a Hello Kitty cake – I can’t even do that for my own kids!!! LOL! The “Idol” cake is pretty fun, too, especially because I am a huge fan of Survivor! Greatest reality tv show on earth! LOL…

25 Suzanne April 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Thanks Jen, we love Survivor here too and Hello Kitty!

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