Let Them Eat Cake!


Whether it’s a birthday party, a baby shower or a ballgame tailgate, it seems like the most common go-to celebratory creation is CAKE! The possibilities are endless, and it’s the perfect way to get creative and make something that fits in with whatever theme you’re going for. A few years ago, for my son’s 3rd birthday party, I thought I’d try my hand at making a “bow cake” to go with his party theme. I wanted to keep things simple, without too many cartoon faces all over every little thing, so I thought this was a nice compromise. I think it worked out pretty well, and if you’re looking for a way to combine the tasty goodness from your local bakery with your own creative touches, look no further!

What you’ll need:

A cake

Different colored fondant or icing

Ribbon with wire, color to match

I’m going to start off with one of my most favorite shortcuts/secrets—let Food City do the baking for you! I usually get their 2-layer round or square cake, with plain white icing. This saves me hours in the kitchen so I can just focus on the fun part—decorating! First, you’re going to cut 2 strands of the ribbon—a little bit longer than the width/length of the cake. Use more of the ribbon to make a bow. (This part can be done in many different ways—I usually just fold the ribbon over, back and forth about 6 times and tie a piece of ribbon around the middle. Then pull the ‘loops’ apart, shape them up a bit, and there you go!) Take one strand and place it across the middle of the cake and gently tuck the ends underneath the bottom of the cake between it and the platter. Criss-cross the other piece of ribbon the other way, and secure it, too. (See the video below—it’ll make more sense.) Place the bow on top, securing it with either a toothpick or a dab of icing. Then decorate around the ribbon as you see fit—either with different sized fondant circles or icing polka dots or swirls.

This is a great way to save some time, and you can still get creative and put your personal touch on the party’s centerpiece. Trust me—it’ll be one of the best presents at the party! 😉