a birthday cake is my fave

May 10, 2013

Today is my birthday so the coolest cake maker in all the land, Lyndsay Sung of Coco Cake Land, whipped up this masterpiece.

I’ve really been inspired by fast and easy (but still cute!) parties lately. Make a few decorations, throw them up on the wall, blow up a balloon, frost a cake and then sit down and eat from a giant bowl of chips. Simple! Easy! Cute! Maybe a bit lazy! Who’s with me?

Of course, the insane-in-the-membrane stacked party tables and decorated to the max 1st birthdays are still super fun. I’m constantly dazzled by such parties and dreaming of stuffing my face with all the fancy snacks. But hey, how about a cute party with a mellow little theme, such as sailing? Tie it together with some blue, red and white, a dash of stripes and some cute wavy ocean buttercream. Then, take seven minutes and make this super easy cupcake liner garland.

It’s that easy. Promise.

You will need:

1. One 7 inch layer cake, baked and cooled and ready to frost.

2. Four cups of vanilla buttercream tinted with a bit of gel food colouring. I used ⅛ teaspoon of Sky Blue and a toothpick dab of Leaf Green. Need a recipe? My friend Rosie has lots of wonderful ones, including this one.

3. A piping bag fitted with an open star 4B tip.

4. Craft paper, scissors and a few wooden skewers to make your sailboat toppers.

5. Two dozen or so mini cupcake liners, a few feet of string and clear tape to make your garland.

To make the garland:

1. Squash a bunch of mini cupcake liners so they become flat paper circles. I used this cute stripey pattern, which happens to have a white circle on the bottom, giving it a floral look. I used 24 liners for my garland.

2. Tape one side of the flat cupcake liner to your piece of string. Tape the next one beside it, and so on and so forth. DONE.

To make the sailboat toppers:

1. Cut out sailboat shapes using scissors. Tape to a wooden skewer.

2. Cut out a round sun or moon. Or, how about a grey cloud? Tape to wooden skewer.

3. Cut out another shape for a Happy Birthday topper, if you so wish.

3. If you want to get wild, tape some Japanese washi tape around a wooden skewer for some matching mini cupcakes or to plunk into the cake too. DONE.

To frost the cake:

1. Frost and fill your cake as you normally would. If you’ve never done that before, visit here for a great step by step tutorial.

2. Now, take your piping bag… do a few practice swirlies on a paper towel or a plate if you like. Then, start creating some wavy swirls in any fashion you fancy until the whole top of the cake is covered!

Pipe away! Don’t be shy! Ocean waves aren’t perfect!

All done!

Hang up your garland using some tape. Plunk your cake toppers into your wavy ocean buttercream. Put your feet up and have a snooze before your guests arrive. Or, have a slice while you wait for your party to start…

Cake, photos and styling by Lyndsay Sung. Check out this amazing hamburger cake she just featured.


  • On May 10, 2013 , corey said:

    happiest of days to you today, friend! make it a good one! maybe eat too much, wear your red glasses, and take some photo-booth pics with your jolly son. i mean, really go crazy :) and this cake is amazing and i plan on making 10. yes! xo <3

  • On May 10, 2013 , Laura said:

    Happy, happy birthday, Melanie! It’s a good week for a birthday! (I should know!) I hope you splurge and go to Frappuccino Happy Hour!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Jana @ 365 Hand Lettering Project said:

    I love the perfectly imperfectness of this cake!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Riikka Sisustus-Inredning said:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELANIE!! You have been my fave for a long long time 😀

    I loved the garland and the cake! If you have time, please check out what I made with some cupcake liners for our son´s 4th birthday:


    Love, Riikka from Finland

  • On May 10, 2013 , Kate said:

    Happy Birthday! Today is my birthday too! Hooray for us!!! :)

  • On May 10, 2013 , lyndsay said:

    happy birthday melanie!! woohoo!!! one of my fave blogs ever! so pumped to make a cake for you! ^__^

    xo lyndsay

  • On May 10, 2013 , Amie said:

    Happy Birthday!!

  • On May 10, 2013 , alli said:

    This cake is awesome — I love the color & those little toppers. Happy Birthday!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Meg said:

    Happy birthday!
    Your cake is too cute!


  • On May 10, 2013 , Kristina B said:

    That cake looks AMAZING!!!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Tan of Squirrelly Minds said:

    Too cute! I love the colour of that icing.
    Happy birthday Melanie!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Lena said:

    Happy birthday–what a perfect cake to celebrate with!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Melissa said:

    Happy Birthday, Melanie! Adorable cake! And I agree, simple parties are where it’s at.

  • On May 10, 2013 , Lexie said:

    Happy birthday, Melanie!

  • On May 10, 2013 , Jenn said:

    Happy birthday, you fine lady, you! Hope you have an amazing birthday AND Mother’s Day weekend. xo

  • On May 10, 2013 , Megan Lane said:

    That is probably the prettiest cake I’ve ever seen. Happy birthday!!

  • On May 11, 2013 , sevda said:

    happy birthday! i’m a bit late, but still.. i love your blog, please keep up the good work! hugs and kisses from Bulgaria,


  • On May 11, 2013 , Kathleen said:

    Happy birthday Melanie! And I’m loving the texture of this cake – so pretty!

  • On May 11, 2013 , Kate said:

    Happy Birthday! And many, many more!

  • On May 12, 2013 , Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said:

    Oh it’s so gorgeous!!!

  • On May 14, 2013 , Audrey - This Little Street said:

    Gorgeous! Happy belated birthday :)

  • On May 15, 2013 , darcy said:

    happy birthday (a little late!) this is so fun! i love the cake! and all the little extras!

  • On May 16, 2013 , domestikate said:

    Happy birthday! And I love these ideas; the cake is adorable!

  • On May 20, 2013 , Lisette said:

    Love the waves!

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