Monday, January 25, 2010

All Hail The Birthday Girl, The Maker of Wishes, The Opener of Presents...

And here is the Birthday Girl, I bet you couldn't tell that from the picture.
This is from her 3rd birthday. It's funny, every past picture you look at of your kids you say,

"They were so little back then!"

You can't help yourself, it just comes out!

So let me get to the point of this post...drum roll please!
Here is the princess crown birthday cake I made for her last year,

and when I say "I", of course I mean "my husband and I".
I saw it in the Family Fun Magazine and knew I had to do it for her. What I didn't know was the amount of work that it was going to take. They make it sound so easy, "just do this and that, use this and that...blah, blah, blah", and I admit, the concept is "easy", reality is a little different.

It's a simple, two layer cake from a box (don't judge me, I wanted to keep it as simple as possible) frosted with canned frosting, that was the easy part. Then you take a roll of sugar cookie dough and using a template from their website you cut out the pieces of the crown. Here is where I spent hours trying to get the perfect cookies. They spread and I had to re-cut the hearts out of the middle AGAIN and trim the sides so they would be straight. Some of them weren't hard enough to stand up, some ended up crumbling, I was getting frustrated. But eventually, after the help of my wonderful husband, I had enough cookies to finish the cake and I could calm down. It turned out cute but boy, was it a pain! At least we have some good pictures of it and more importantly, my daughter LOVED it.

And one more picture, I just had to throw it in, my husband Jason and my son.
Thanks honey, couldn't have done it without you!


  1. That cake looks amazing! I'm so impressed!
    Also, the picture of the guys makes me laugh, because like all dads on a birthday or Christmas or holiday involving toys, he is holding batteries! Hahaha... I think my dad was always holding batteries and a pocket knife on those days! :)

  2. HA! You're funny for noticing that! It's just a kind of unspoken rule, the men are in charge of supplying and distributing batteries as needed. I think it's in the marriage contract. Thanks for the kind words, I just have to say that this goes to show you that if I can do it, anyone can!

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  4. This cake was beautiful and you did a great job, Dear. Sarah has overstated my role. She did all of the planning, and prep, and baking, and frosting, and decorating, and clean up. I just offered some engineering assistance when the cookies started to become uncooperative. All in all, this was about a 6-7 hour endeavor. Sarah is a fantastic mom-- and wife

  5. Pretty!! If I tried making something like that for my daughter (don't worry I don't have one), it would be her worst birthday ever.

  6. Gina, if you made ANYTHING for your daughter (when you have one), she would know that you loved her enough to try no matter how it turned out :) BTW, I enjoy reading your blog but I can't comment on it for some reason.

  7. Haha, sure ;) Thanks so much for reading! The comments won't work for some odd reason, when I was at school Amanda tried to help me with it but it just doesn't want to work sadly.