Today is my Mom’s Birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!

Last night my brother and his wife cooked dinner for her and i brought the cake. That was find with me, I’ll take baking over dinner cooking any day.

I wanted to try something different so i thought I would do a cake inspired by neapolitan ice cream. While baking and decorating I kept my camera close at hand so I could share my little adventure with you.

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Let’s get baking!

I used boxed cake mixed. Duncan Hines. First up, french vanilla.

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Then strawberry.

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Then chocolate.

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I prepared and baked according the directions the box. I lined my baking pans with parchment paper for extremely easy cake removal.

This gave me six cakes. I was originally planning on using all six, but later realized that was going to be way too tall. I decided to just use one of each and froze the other three to use another time.

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As the cakes cooled, I made the icing. 

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My go-to icing recipe: (this recipe was doubled for this cake)


1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter unsalted)
4 oz cream cheese (use phildelphia, generic cream cheese is a no-no)1/4 teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter)
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-3 tablespoons heavy cream



With an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment; beat butter, salt and cream cheese (on medium speed) until completely smooth
One cup at time, add 2 cups of powdered sugar, beating after each addition.
Add vanilla and about 1 tablespoon of cream, and continue beating. 

Add the remaining 2 cups powdered sugar, one at a time.
Add an additional 1-2 tablespoons cream until desired consistency is reached.  

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Icing done, cakes still cooling, time to whip up some quick decorations for my cake.


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To make the pennants I just cut a diamond shape out of some pretty scraps of fabric. I applied some tacky glue to one side of the diamond, placed a wooden skewer in the middle and folded the other side over. Yep, it’s seriously that easy.


I tied on some scraps of ribbon and rick rack to make it a little more interesting and fun!

For more fun decorations, I found these malted eggs and edible, yep EDIBLE, grass at Joann’s.

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The edible grass is oddly good. It takes like those little flying saucers wafers with a hit of green apple flavor. It’s also available in green and pink.

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After my cakes were cool, it was time to put the cake together.

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I lined my cake plate with some wax paper stripes to prevent it from being complete covered in icing by the time I was finish. Thanks Ina Garten.

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I also cut off the tops of my cake so the layers stacked a little bit nicer.

I am not a cake decorator and don’t want to be. I actually love imperfections in cakes.

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So all you fancy cake deocrators out there can just look the other way.

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Once it was iced it was time for some edible grass and eggs.

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And don’t forget the flags!

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Tada! My spring themed neapolitan birthday cake!

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Pretty stinkin’ cute, right!? Time for a slice.

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And let me tell you, for boxed cake, it was incredibly moist, light and delicious! Neapolitan cake may just be my new favorite.

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I hope you enjoyed my little baking adventure!

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Have a great Monday everyone!  I’m sure my mom will be reading the comments if you want to send her some birthday love.

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  • Patti at

    WOW…you are certainly talented – love the little pennants – so clever – and lucky Mom to have such a talented son

  • Anonymous at

    Happy Birthday, Michael’s Mom! You must be so proud of your son. He is so talented. Enjoy your beautiful cake.
    ~~Lisa

  • Sherry at

    Recipe looks delicious. Frosting recipe great idea & sounds yummee. Pendants and spring nests, eggs & grass, adorable. I am so making this little “charmer” for Easter! Thank you for sharing!

  • Geekwif at

    That has got to be the cutest cake ever! I love the green grass nest. Happy birthday to your Mom! Hope she had a wonderful day.

  • Rebecca G. at

    I don’t know when I’ve seen such a lovely cake! I will definitely be attempting to make at least one of these this spring.

    Michaels Mom: Happy Birthday! I know you’ve had a wonderful day and I wish you many more to come! I just met your precious son a couple of weeks ago through Pinterest and have enjoyed getting to know him through this blog. You did a great job Mom and I know you are so very proud of him!

  • Anonymous at

    New fan here! Im so excited about finding your blog! I almost cried looking at everything. i know thats silly. I look at it and want so badly to be the type of person that can do all of these things. Then I scrolled down on your blog and found a post that said “for what its worth, its never to late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you are proud of and if you find that you’re not, i hope you find the strength to start all over again” what amazing timing. so here to a new start. Thank you again! oh and happy birthday mom!!
    Ashley Hylton
    Ashleyhyltonphoto@yahoo.com

  • Michaels Mom at

    Thanks for all the great Birthday Wishes. And a special thank you to my amazing son for making me feel so loved on my Birthday.

  • Susan and Mark at

    Happy Birthday, Michael’s Mom!
    Bet you loved the cake-it looks yummy.
    Homemade BDC is the only way we do it in our house, too.

    My own mom would have been 82 today…so it was fun to wish someone’s mom a Happy Birthday today- hope it was grand.

    PS- I am a Michael’s mom as well-mine is 26 🙂

  • Monica at

    Happy birthday to Michael’s mom! That cake looks GREAT!

  • Funky Junk Interiors at

    Stop it! You’re killing me here… I need cake! I’m so toast if my son sees this… you’ll turn me into a cook yet I’m fearing. 🙂

    Outstanding presentation! Floored as usual… back to my dusty pallet boards I go. I’m not worthy! 🙂

    Donna

    • Funky Junk Interiors at

      I almost forgot! Happy Birthday Mom! I hope your day was extra special… and an extra cake goes out to you for raising such a cool kid. 🙂

  • Pam @ Frippery at

    Absolutely adorable. Happy birthday mom. You have a talented offspring, of course you already know that.

  • Miss Brenda at

    Happy Birthday to your Mom. Love the cake.

  • Liz at

    Very Nice! Birthday wishes to your mom!

  • Dee at

    A belated happy birthday, Michael’s Mom. Hope you had a wonderful day. I KNOW you had a wonderful cake.

  • Barbara at

    Happy Birthday Michael’s Mom! Michael I cant wait to try that cake it looks amazing!

  • Mary at

    This cake looks delicous and makes me HAPPY! Happy Birthday to your Mom!

  • Amy at

    I love the sweet decorations! So cute.

  • Vicki at

    Happy Birthday Michael’s Mom! Your son is amazing, talented and very cute!! I know you are proud of him. Enjoy your very special day!

  • Ali Richardson at

    Happy happy b-day to your mom!! Mom’s are the BEST, huh!? Your cake is absolutely adorable and looks super yummy too! WOW! I love it!

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