Tuesday, May 24, 2011

11th Birthday Celebrations

This past weekend we had our family over to celebrate Audrey's 11th birthday. We had a great time being together!

For one of Audrey's gifts, I altered a little shopping bag to make it more festive. I used the Fancy Pants Beach Babe line to add some fun embellishments to the bag.

One of my favorite things about the birthday celebration was the cake. We reused the banners from the cupcake tower from her friend party and it worked out great on this round cake. We just made sure to angle the candles away from the paper banner!

I baked the cake on Saturday and put it in the freezer once it cooled so that it would be ready for assembly on Sunday.

On Sunday I sliced each of the 2 cake rounds in half so that I had four cake circles and then layered up the cake with fudge frosting in between the cakes layers.

Right before serving, we topped the cake with fresh whipping cream and raspberries. This could be one of my favorite desserts and luckily it's one of Audrey's favorites too!

Fudge Frosting Recipe

1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup cocoa
4 cups of powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Melt the butter and water in a saucepan. Add cocoa and mix with hand mixer while the saucepan is still on the stove on low. Add powdered sugar 1 cup at a time and the vanilla and beat until smooth. Add a little milk if you want to thin it out just a little bit. Continue cooking on the stove for 2 minutes while you beat with the mixer.

The frosting will be thick and will harden up as it cools. Work quickly while frosting. If frosting cools too much and is difficult to spread, just reheat on the stove and possibly add a little milk to get it back to pouring consistency.


  1. That looks soooo yummy! :) 11 seems so grown up!

  2. Ohhhhhhhh that is sooooooooooooo COOL!!! I love love love love the banners over the cake! WOW! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  3. now I am hungry!! thank you for the recipe!!nice bag and lucky birthday girl!!

  4. the gift bag is so pretty and that cake looks out of this world delicious. happy birthday to your sweet girl!



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