This year we did a Tie-Dye Cake.
And here's a Sunflower Peeps Cake my sweet girls and I made together - one of the rare times we just made a cake for no reason.
This year's cake for my chocolate lovin' Baby - really fun and SOOOO many things you could do with this. Change up colors and candy bars to personalize. I blogged about her party here.
I really love this Dora Cake too. I found the original instructions from Nick Jr's website. This link has a great sheetcake recipe, easy to cut for shaped cakes. I added the fruity pebbles shirt myself. The pictures from this year have a bunch of wet cousins running around the backyard having a ball. Makes me smile remembering.
I don't have a great picture of this cake, but this it's still a great EASY idea! I ordered the stripes from Oriental Trading, they have some fun ones.....I just cut to fit and stuck the sugar paper to the icing. Wilton makes some called Sugar Sheets now. You can buy them readily from Hobby Lobby or Walmart (we used them this year for the zebra stripes).
This one is an all-time favorite! For months before my baby's third birthday she would ask me EVERY DAY for a worm cake like the one Max makes on Max and Ruby. I made a dome-shaped cake baked in a batter bowl and then iced and covered with crushed oreos. This cake went straight onto a plastic tablecloth in the middle of the dining room table - complete with oreo dirt spread all over the tablecloth. TIP - crushed oreos make good dirt, crushed cinnamon graham crackers make good sand. The rocks are halved coconut covered marshmallows. This one was fun. One of the best parts of this cake was the fluffy pudding frosting, you can find the recipe here on allrecipes, perfect for a summer birthday.
And for my son's camping birthday a few years ago I made dirt cupcakes (same idea as the worm cake) - I put Swedish fish on top of some too.
A few years ago I found this wonderful recipe in a Southern Living magazine. This completely from scratch Turtle Cake is completely wonderful. It's lots of work, but so delicious and so beautiful. This one is a great grown-up cake.
So there are a few of my favorites. Maybe someday I'll pull out pics of my Pink Pony Cake and my Firetruck Cake....maybe.