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


  1. Wow, that looks great! I bet it tasted good, too!

  2. Oh that cake is adorable! You know, I tried stencils once like that and after I had been careful and dusted the powdered sugar over it oh so carefully....my sleeve caught the end of the stencil and just smeared it all. I never used stencils again but yours looks great!

  3. You have some great ideas on here! The frame on the mirror looks wonderful...I just did a wreath on my mirror and of course thought I was a genius. Should have come here first to see how good your frame looks! I also love the cake stencils. I am going to have to look for those! Thanks for visiting me!

  4. I've seen those stencils before and always thought they were so pretty...but like you...I L-O-V-E the frosting. I generally scrape the frosting off of my cake and save it for last to eat bc it is the best part. May be gross to look at...but oh so yummy!! Thank you so much for showing how to make the frosting and powdered sugar work together! Seriously, that so works and looks so amazingly good! And the tip about not using the sandwich bag...I need to know stuff like that. I'm such a novice at sometimes!

    I loved that Woody Allen quote. :) Priceless!

  5. Found you through Imperfectly Beautiful and LOVE your site!

  6. Those stencils are great! But, I'm with you...frosting all the way! That was brilliant to put it in the middle of the cake & around the bottom edge. It turned out very pretty & I bet it was yummy!

  7. I love cake stencils. The cake you made is gorgeous!

  8. Cute cake ideas! And, amen, to the Buddha quote! Too funny.

  9. Looks great! Those stencils are so neat.

  10. Oh! I love those!


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