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.



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