Works for Me Wednesday: Spicing Up Homemade Cakes

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Today is Josh’s birthday. I can’t believe my boy is 9 years old. The time goes entirely too fast.

He wanted a cookie cake for his birthday party. Being the cheapskate frugal mom that I am — not to mention the fact that I make a pretty tasty pan cookie — I decided to make the cookie cake myself.

However, I wanted it to look more like a cookie cake and less like an ordinary, average pan cookie. So, I pulled out my decorating tips from the one and only Wilton cake decorating class that I took and a tub of Betty Crocker icing that I got for free at Publix and went to work.

First, I added a little confectioner’s sugar to the frosting to make it a little thicker (thanks for the idea, Susan!). Then, I added a border, a birthday message and some little icing stars on which to put the candles (and to fill up the big empty space since I’m spatially-challenged).

Granted, it’s not a professional job and if you look closely (please don’t!), you can see the mistakes, but it was enough to impress Josh and it definitely made the cookie look more special.

cookie cake

I know you can buy the tips and icing bags at many bakeries and even at many mass-retail stores. With a little investment and some practice with the tips, anybody can add a little pizzazz to an ordinary cake and make it look more festive and it can be done very inexpensively. It works for me!

Visit Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer for more Works for Me Wednesday tips.

Happy Birthday, Josh!!! I love you, buddy!

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12 Comments

  1. I love your blog! I am definitely going to be checking you blog out some more πŸ™‚ We plan to homeschool our kids as well… it looks like you have some awesome articles to read πŸ™‚

    Glad I found you one WFMW… and Happy Birthday to your son!

  2. Happy 9th Birthday Josh!! Hope you have a great day!!

    The cookie cake looks absolutely delicious and is enough to make your mouth water. We will definitely be giving it a go. Thanks for the tip.

    Enjoy the holidays
    x

  3. Kris, you did so good! It looks better & I bet tastes better than the one you buy at the store….
    Way to go FRUGAL MOM!

  4. Just joined. You can take a sandwich bag ,putting icing into the corner,clip a small area for icing to come out and you have a decorative tip.
    Lots of tios and good reading here. thanks

  5. Happy Birthday to Josh!! The cake looks great Kris! So, does your mantle! I still don’t have any decorations up! πŸ™

    Donna Scott

  6. Hello Kris and a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOSH! Even though we’re always on the lookout for new competition πŸ™‚ I must say that you did an awesome job! Your cake looks great and I’m sure that it tasted as good as it looks. Here’s to your inventiveness and Can-Do attitude. Have a Great Holiday Season!

    Mitchell Moore
    Vice President
    Nestle Toll House Cafe

  7. @ Mitchell — Oh, it was totally a Nestle Toll House pan cookie, made straight from the recipe off the back of the bag. πŸ˜‰ Really.

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