Quick Cake

I made a cake yesterday for my Aunt's birthday. Our family mainly consists of aunts, uncles, and cousins. So in a way she is like a super cool young grandma! I made it spur of the moment and all that was in the cabinet was a carrot cake mix and cream cheese frosting...perfect. ;) I have had these Martha Stewart cake stencils (from Macy's) for a few months but always forget to use them. Plus I really like frosting so the thought of a frostless cake makes me sad! But I found a way to compromise using powdered sugar and frosting...

My happy birthday stencil.

All you do is place the stencil over the cake and dust with powdered sugar. The cake is two layers so there is frosting in between plus I piped frosting around the edge for extra sugar and pretty-ness! For piping around the cake I used a star metal tip in a ziploc freezer bag (I have tried sandwich bags but the tip always pops out because the bag is not as thick). And for the N I used the regular tip. The N was not perfect at first so I just went over it a few times until it got the right look. You could even try practicing your letter on a plate before if you are nervous about messing up the cake.
With the holidays coming and working a little more the past few weeks, I really have not had the time for projects or blogging. In a few weeks I will be back on top of things and hopefully sharing some festive Christmas ideas. :)
Hope you all have a thankful thanksgiving!

"It isn't what you have in your pocket that makes you thankful, but what you have in your heart."

"I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose." -Woody Allen

"Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed." -Mark Twain

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful." -Buddha