My husband’s and son’s birthdays are two of my favorite days of the year (along with Valentine’s). I have so much fun planning their birthdays that I’ve been known to start the planning months in advance just to prolong the joy it brings me. This year, he wanted a more low-key day, so the planning for this pink donut cake birthday celebration commenced only a week or so ago.
I saw this donut cake on one of the blogs I read (although when I went back to link it, I couldn’t find it! So if you saw the post, please forward), and wanted to try it. My husband also requested strawberry shortcake for his birthday dessert, so Judah and I did both.
The day ended up working out best with two dessert options, because while this cake is gorgeous, it’s difficult to cut into slices and structurally slightly worrisome. I thought for sure the cake was a goner when I went to bed and it was leaning at a 45 degree angle. But, it endured.
To make it , I used a vanilla donut recipe and progressive amounts of red food coloring for each donut. I then skewered the donuts together into a cake and poured icing on top. (I didn’t realize how fast donut icing dried and so there was no time for sprinkles.)
All of the decorations for the birthday were recycled from past events and mostly from Judah’s 1st ball-themed birthday. The only new addition was a half dozen or so brightly-colored paper airplanes that Judah and I folded the day before, which we also used as Judah’s card to his daddy. The kids had fun flying them at the party, the colors brightened up the tablescape, and it gave me a much needed break from having to do another 2 year old card (between the end of the school year, father’s day, and mother’s day, I’m running out of storage space for cards depicting my 2 year old’s hand).
By next year, I think it’s going to be time to update my Happy Birthday sign and give it a fresh look…
Lastly, I’ve been experimenting lately with (what was formerly) my husband’s scotch ice cube tray. As it turns out, I’ve yet to taste a drink that isn’t improved with scotch ice cubes, and they are also especially conducive to making your own decorative/party ice. These ice cubes had blueberries, basil, and raspberries in them, and I added a slice of lemon for extra color.
As you can tell, my husband enjoyed the festivities and all the birthday efforts.
See you next post!