29 August 2012

MCT 3-D Wednesday: Birthday Banner Cake

by Veronica

As the resident baker of my friends and family, I love to try fun new ways to 'dress up' my sweet creations. I usually stick to cupcakes: they're quick to bake, easy to frost and yummy to eat! But sometimes, I feel fancy and decide to bake an actual cake.

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This cake was baked with so much love for my best friend, should-a-been-sister, former manager, college lunch mate, maid of honor, Stephanie. She turned the big 2-8 this year and we celebrated in style!

As you've probably noticed, banners are a HUGE trend nowadays. You can find them everywhere - even on baked goods! As I was baking this cake, I knew I'd put a banner on it - there was no question.

After baking and stacking my cake...

Confession time: I use boxed cake. Pretty much always. Ms. Crocker and Mr. Hines have come a long way since I was little. Their cakes are not only delicious, but save me time. I'd rather spend my time decorating than measuring ingredients. I give major kudos to you 'from-scratch' bakers, but I'm not ashamed to admit that I stand behind my boxed-creations. Can I get an 'amen'?

...so, after I baked and stacked my cake, I started frosting. I do make my own frosting, but it's so easy to make that it almost doesn't count as being 'from-scratch' (find recipe below). I knew I didn't want my frosting to be smooth. I wanted more of a homemade/vintage look to the cake. (I also didn't want to end up in tears because I couldn't smooth the frosting well enough - it's happened. *giggle*) Once my cake was frosted and the edges of the cake board were piped, I moved on to making the banner.

The banner flags were cut using My Creative Time's Build A Banner Kit. I stamped the HAPPY letters from Anyday Bingo & Crossword and used pop dots to adhere the banner pieces together. I then stamped "birthday" from the "Happy Happy Birthday" sentiment in Wow So Many Candles and hand-cut it into a trapezoid shape. The top of that shape is adhered to the bottom of the last banner flag.

I used an anywhere hole punch to poke through the top of each banner flag twice and strung linen thread through each hole. The thread is then stuck into slits in the skewers to hold the banner above the cake.

This sweet little banner made a HUGE impact on the cake and Stephanie absolutely loved it!

Pro tip: Be sure to insert your candles in front of the banner so that you don't accidentally end up with a much larger flame than anticipated. You do NOT want to light your banner ablaze!

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Be sure to stop by Emma's blog to be directed to ALL the fabulous projects for today's 3D Wednesday!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

As promised... the homemade frosting recipe (you'll never use another frosting again!).

Easy Vanilla Buttercream

Makes enough frosting for 2 dozen cupcakes
Source: Annie's Eats

20 tablespoons (2-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
2-1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/8 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Beat butter at medium-high speed until smooth. Add sugar and salt and beat at medium-low speed, scraping down sides of bowl. Add vanilla and heavy cream and beat at medium speed until fully incorporated. Increase speed to medium-high until light and fluffy.

...want chocolate frosting? Add some cocoa to the mix! *wink*


  1. What a cute and delicious looking cake!!! I love the idea of putting a banner on top, and that one is ADORABLE!!!

  2. Veronica ~ YUMMY!!! You did it again ~ your post is sooooo TRUE and I totally related! The trend is banner and you did it PERFECTLY! LOVE how you did the "Birthday" sentiment! Oh my a recipe ~ I have to copy and paste this for the future! I hate sotre bought icing ~ YUCK but this looks yummy and easy to make! I bet you Stephanie LOVED it! What a GREAT friend you are and your words and feeling are so sweet!

  3. how sweet of you to bake her a cake! I love the little banner too! from scratch? isn't that what a box is? lol!!!!

  4. Amen to using boxed cake mixes and thanks for the frosting recipe. It sounds delicious. I love the banner. What a sweet birthday cake. Hugs- Glora

  5. How 'sweet' of you!!! The banner is the perfect touch!

  6. This is so sweet!!! I love the cake, it looks so yummy and I love how you dressed up the cake with the banner! It is so bright and festive and just perfect!! I am one who bakes a lot from scratch, but let me tell you when I am short on time I don't mind grabbing a boxed cake mix and making it!!! They are wonderful for a quick cake when time doesn't allow for the "made from scratch" cake and no one is really non the wiser!

  7. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE you my friend!!! Martha has NOTHING on YOU!!! I swear, you can do ANYTHING & I am SO PROUD that you are a part of MY team!!!!;)
    Your cake is AMAZING & THANK YOU for the recipe!!
    Big HUGE hugs,

  8. that cake looks so yummy!!! The banner looks great! Love the fun colors! thanks for the recipe! :)

  9. I love the banner on the cake :D The cake is great...don't feel bad about a boxed cake...only kind I ever make! Great job!
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  10. SUPER CUTE idea Veronica!it looks so YUMMY too,I LOVE the great little banner,SO CUTE! Have a great weekend my friend!!!:)

  11. Your cake looks really good. Thank you for sharing the frosting recipe. I have wanted to try a homemade version for awhile.


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