Monday, January 30, 2012

Dad's Birthday Cake

I am not a cake baking/decorating expert, but I do enjoy the creative process of making cakes on special occasions. I shared with you the sea turtle cake I made for my sister in September. 

This weekend we had a small celebration at our house to celebrate Dad’s birthday, which is today. He is a big fan of chocolate so I made him a two layered chocolate cake with chocolate and vanilla frosting.

I used one tub of Market Pantry chocolate frosting from Target to frost the sides of the cake and in between the layers. Being a fan of chocolate myself, I really like this frosting. 

These are my two sneaky ingredients. Target often sells seasonal frosting and then puts it on clearance after the holiday. I like to stock up on this cheap frosting. It usually does not expire for a year after I purchase it.

Unfortunately store bought frosting is not as stiff as regular decorator’s icing.  A professional cake decorator told me to simply mix in some corn starch to the store bought frosting to thicken it up. 

I do not have a measurement for how much corn starch I use. I just keep adding and mixing until the frosting transforms into the desired consistency.

For Dad’s cake I used a Wilton 1M tip to make swirls all over the top. I am happy I decided not swirl the sides, which would have resulted in frosting overload. The top swirls alone used an entire tub of frosting. 

The giant birthday candles are menorah candles that I bought 90% off at Target.

Grandma also attended the birthday celebration. She was quite tickled by my rotary dial phone that is just like hers. 


  1. I love what you did to the cake and how it turned out!!! I am so bad with that utensil, the frosting thingy...!
    Your dad is so precious! Glad you shared this...!

  2. The cake looks incredible. The swirls are so professional.

  3. Oh my! Your grandma is so adorable and that is a wonderful picture of her!! It makes me miss my grandmas.

  4. I'm not a big baker either, so this gives me hope. I love how you decorated the cake and looks so cute with the banner. Your Dad and Grams are so cute. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Party! PS - now you 80th follower!


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