Birthday Cakes

During the month of November I had two orders for birthday cakes:

This first one was for a surprise 50th birthday party. The customer requested a zebra-style cake with a pink bow on top. The cake was chocolate with a peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream icing. They were thrilled with both the look of the cake and how it tasted!

(Again, bad lighting and excuse the wax paper in the bow – that’s to hold them open and in place while the fondant dries and until I deliver.)

This next cake was for my cousin’s 40th birthday party. His party invitations were blue and silver with what looked like transparent bubbles, so I tried to stay with that theme and this is where it led me. The bottom cake was a yellow cake with raspberry filling and vanilla buttercream; the top cake was chocolate with peanut butter filling and chocolate buttercream. I’m happy to report that everyone at the party raved about the cake!


27 Responses to “Birthday Cakes”

  1. Melissa on December 3, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Those both look fantastic! I love the zebra stripes!


  2. ashley on December 3, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    these are both absolutely fantastic! great job!


  3. Laura on December 3, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    these look amazing!


  4. Carrie on December 3, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Your cakes look AMAZING!


  5. Melissa on December 3, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Both really great cakes! Try to remember us when you are a famous decorator, ok?! 🙂


  6. Ashleigh on December 3, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    I love them! They look beautiful!


  7. Ashley on December 4, 2008 at 2:27 am

    Wow great job on the cakes! I’m not sure I’ll ever be skilled enough to make a cake that looks like that.


  8. Katie on December 4, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Chelle, I’ve said it before and you are just proving my point – you are RIDICULOUSLY talented! These are gorgeous and so professional!


  9. Amber on December 4, 2008 at 9:17 am

    What beautiful cakes!


  10. Maria on December 4, 2008 at 10:02 am

    The cakes are amazing! What a great way to celebrate!!


  11. Katie on December 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    These cakes are amazing! You are so talented!!!! I love the zebra one especially!


  12. Todd on December 5, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Did you just learn the cake decorating on your own? You said buttercream but they both look like fondant – is it buttercream underneath or don’t I know what I am talking about. I good looking cake is one thing I can’t do.


  13. JMN on December 6, 2008 at 3:21 am

    Yum! They look delicious….


  14. Joanna on December 6, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    you did a fabulous job with these. i love the zebra cake because i’m a huge animal prints person. i bet it was delicious- i don’t know how anyone could turn down choc. and pb cake.


  15. Annie on December 6, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    What great looking cakes! And choc cake with PB filling sounds like the type of cake where once you get a taste you keep eating until the entire cake is gone!


  16. Sarah on December 6, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Wonderful looking cakes! Congratulations and best wishes for your new business.


  17. Ally on December 8, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    Wow Chelley! What a masterpiece, I love it. And congrats on the business, I love the name, suits you well ; )


  18. Bridget on December 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Just found you from Baking Up Chaos. 🙂 Love the cakes…the zebra is my favorite!


  19. Kelsey on December 10, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    These cakes are absolutely gorgeous, Chelle! I especially love the zebra cake.


  20. Jaime on December 30, 2008 at 12:50 am

    wow, beautiful cakes!


  21. Manga on January 15, 2009 at 4:48 am

    […]Thanks for sharing your work with us! Your theme is just awesome![…]


  22. Laura on June 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Do you have any advice on how to stack cakes? I’m making my first two tier cake this weekend for a bridal shower. Thanks so much!


    • Michelle on June 2nd, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Laura, I use wooden dowel rods and usually use 4 or 5 in the bottom cake. If you’re not sure how they’re used, the Wilton website might have diagrams, or you could check YouTube. Have fun decorating!


  23. maddie on March 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Hello beautiful cake, just a quick question how did you get the 40 to stand up on the top of the cake, thanks


    • Michelle on March 10th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Maddie, I used thin wire (found in a craft store near the artificial flower supplies), inserted it into the cake, and then put the numbers on top.


  24. Vanessa on May 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    I love your blog and have bookmarked many of your recipes that I’m dying to try! I’m pretty new to baking and am wondering how you made the batter for your smaller tiered cakeabove as I’ll be attempting a tiered cake this weekend. Is it acceptable to halve cake recipes (e.g., if my recipe makes two 8″ rounds, can I halve it for the 4″ rounds)? Or do I need to make a full recipe and then just deal with the surplus? Thank you!


    • Michelle on May 22nd, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Hi Vanessa, You can definitely halve cake recipes. I would actually recommend referring to Wilton’s suggested batter amounts for different cake pan sizes – those have always been spot-on for me. If you do a quick Google search you’ll be able to find the page on their site.


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