This year my baby girl turned eight years old. We let them choose their birthday theme and I do my best to create a cake that reflects what they choose. One year she wanted butterflies, one year she wanted a cake from the Disney movie Brave. My son wanted a Lego cake and he wanted to dress up like Emmet. Check out this no sew Emmet costume. I also made Lego head marshmallow pops for everyone to take home. They were a big hit! (ps they have been pinned on Pinterest over 10K times!)
But this year she wanted a garden themed party. She loved running around outside, digging in the dirt, finding worms, all things involving butterflies and purple flowers. She wanted the cake to be a basket of flowers. I have a baking and pastry arts degree so I am capable to hand making sugar flowers.
Roses, lilies, daisies, ivy, mums.
All these flowers.
But all these flowers take time to create and one thing I don’t have a lot of these days is TIME. So I did the best best thing!
I used live flowers that I purchased at the grocery store to create a flower basket cake.
I baked 2 cake mixes and stacked them with icing in-between. (don’t forget to slice off the ‘hump’ of the cake to keep everything level) It is 4 layers high! That is how I got the basket part of the cake to look in proportion to the flowers.
I make chocolate icing and did a simple basket weave around the sides of the cake.
My oldest daughter wanted to add green vines, so I let her do that.
I purchased a bundle of daisies and cut them off the stem with a few inches to stick into the top of the cake. I did this about 15 minutes before the guests arrived so that they didn’t wilt too quickly. I am sure the would have been fine for several hours but I was taking extra persuasions for the sake of photos.
It is not picture perfect but it is what my daughter wanted. She was happy because she got her flower basket cake and I was happy because I didn’t have to hand make individual flowers!
When it came to blow out candles I removed the flowers from the center and placed her 8 candles in the center.
No, she is not smacking her sister in the face. They have a friendly rivalry in trying to blow out each others birthday candles and she is attempting to keep her away.
I used the Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes Purple Rain cake mix (2 of them!) to give her the purple cake that she wanted. This is what it looked like when it sliced.
Don’t forget to take out the flowers when you serve the cake. Or at least tell your guests not to eat them!