Saturday, January 28, 2012

Pat-a-Cake {Quick D.I.Y.Cake}

No need for spendy cakes. I can't think of much else I would rather do than to widdle the morning away making a birthday cake with a little helper...{BTW, Trader Joes has THE.MOST.ADORABLE packaged cake mix boxes that TASTE amazing and the graphics are to.die.for! I think they could sell it to me with pickled pigs feet and I'd still buy it for the box!!}

Here is what you need:

A helper

A cake mix and a few ingredients

Your favorite frosting

Bake Your Cake.

Let it cool.

Wrap it and freeze it. This makes it sooooo easy to frost!

Unwrap the frozen cake and set 1st layer on a serving plate, waxed paper boars, cake plate...

Frost a bit.

Set 2nd layer on top of frosting.

Get a knife or spoon and pat the frosting on the cake in an upward motion, creating little peakes or waves. This takes no skill whatsoever.

Take two lollipop sticks and stick 'em into the cake. Tie twine, ribbon, string or whatever you have {twisties, dental floss :) on one end. Add paper punches of leaves, different shapes, candy corn, Froot Loops etc. Tie to other pole. That is it. Just think. No lines, no ordering, a fun baking day, memory making, and the satisfaction of having saved a bit of money.

Now, I really want to hear from you? Do you bake from scratch or are you okay with buying a box mix? Be honest!!! :) It took me awhile to not hide the box mix under the organic sugar, butter, milk and oats. BUT it saves so much time!

NO need for a cake? What about freezing some cupcakes and frosting them as needed? I think they might just be a darling little four pack that just might be packaged with a white doilie or some crinkle fabric and a tag that says, "Hugs and Kisses", "Sweet One", "XOXOXO", or "Happy Valentine's Day"!

Happy SWEET Saturday!

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  1. Cake mix gal here. They ALWAYS turn out right! What a darling cake-I love it. xo Diana

  2. Your cake is very cute, I love the garland. I have to admit that I bake from scratch, but I have nothing against cake mixes ;-) If I had a Trader Joe's I might change my mind about mixes ~ and I agree with you about loving those pretty boxes!
    Did you see my comment about your biscuits....I made some this week, and we really liked them!
    Blessings, kathy

  3. Cute cake! I use boxed mix and bake from scratch-just depends how much time I have! I'll have to look for those mixes at Trader Joe's.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. Lisa, I was searching through old posts and was hoping to see the photos at this post, but they are not working :( Can you let me know if you get them up again pretty please :)

  5. Hi Lisa... Happy Selah Sunday, dear friend. I'm loving those Trader Joe's came mixes!
    I'm ALL about the packaging! Too cute. I would even display those mixes on open shelving. I even have 5-6 mason jars filled with garden pickles and green beans and SIL gave me... Canned and still sitting on my pantry shelves because they're too pretty to open and they make me smile just looking at them!

    Mostly I like baking from scratch... But my favorite cheater cake mix is a Choc cake mix baked up in a layer cake with chocolate frosting and topped with a can of cherry pie filling. It's so tasty and rich people always comment on it.

    Paula R.

    Plus I usually use cake mixes for trifles... So much easier and for cake pops!

  6. Such an adorable cake, and I would rather make my own than go buy one for my child, it shows so much more love! And I love the garland, I want to do that with my son's cake topper.

  7. Angel, A couple of other people have asked the same thing. I have no idea what the deal is with the pictures. They are gone from my draft, too! I will need to figure it out! Have a great day!

  8. adorable!