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Blonde Designs is an inspirational blog focused on invitations, parties, and good design. We are Angie Gubler and Kristin Rees, best friends, graphic designers and moms.
We are both former art directors at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings, respectively. 
We own Blonde Designs, an invitation and stationery company.

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Wednesday
Sep092009

the cake(s)

Bea's cake for her actual birthday was a honey lemon beehive cake made from a vintage Williams-Sonoma pan.  I bought this a few years ago for no particular reason other than I thought it was cute.  So glad it is finally getting some use!

For the actual party, I decided to make a "B" cake.  Rather than buy a special pan for the "B", I made a double-batch of my favorite homemade classic yellow cake and baked it in a cookie sheet (bake for about 15 minutes, until just barely beginning to brown).  I made the cake way in advance, wrapped it in Saran Wrap and then aluminum foil (to prevent freezer burn) and stuck it in the freezer.

 

The morning of the party, I printed out an oversize letter "B", cut it out and placed it on my frozen cake.  I then carefully traced around the paper "B" with a toothpick, making a small indentation, in case I made a mistake. 

 

Satisfied, with my handiwork, I then cut the cake out with a knife.  Next, the cake was frosted with my favorite cream cheese frosting (1 lb. softened cream cheese, 1 stick softened butter, 1 t. vanilla, a ton of powdered sugar – about 3 cups).  The trick with the exposed sides of the cake is to crumb coat it first with frosting.  This sounds much fancier than it is.  Basically, you just spread a thin layer of frosting on the cake to seal in stray crumbs.  Then, you spread a much thicker layer of frosting on top.

 

Finally, I piped white frosting using a star tip around the bottom of the cake and then threw on a few extra bumblebee cookies on top.  Bea wasn't so into the actual eating of the cake (she'd prefer a piece of watermelon instead) but everyone else seemed to enjoy it!

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Reader Comments (13)

Oh Angie...maybe it is a good thing you live too far for us to get together often. If my girls were a part of all this goodness, they would realize how drab I really am. I'm thinking of a joint carousel party for the girls this year...happen to have a vintage William Sonoma carousel cake pan handy?

xoxo- Ali

09.9 | Unregistered CommenterAli

Yes, I was wondering if you are planning on selling your B letter cake template. If so, does it come in S?

so cute! Love that cake pan.

09.10 | Unregistered CommenterAimee

love your work. i can see that you guys have such open generous hearts, thank you for sharing your ideas with the public. it sparks more creativity in people like me. thank again.

09.10 | Unregistered Commenteresskayelle

Both cakes look yummy and beautiful! What a lucky girl!
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09.10 | Unregistered CommenterNeva

I am in awe of the cakes. The whole party seems quite brilliant.

09.12 | Unregistered Commenterpaula

totally lovely blog. will use your letter cake idea soon, as i love to bake and have four kids! thx, lynn-anne

09.13 | Unregistered Commenterlynn-anne

Wow! i amazing the design is so innovative,i like it. Keep posting!

winnie

01.13 | Unregistered Commentercatering

wow...its really a great idea...nice cake

Merci pour cette bonne idée !
Céline

07.26 | Unregistered CommenterCéline

wow...yummy cake

This is one great party cake idea! The cake surely looks delicious.

It sure looks beautiful.


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