As the mom of four small kids, I’ve thrown my share of birthday parties. And as each birthday approaches, you can count on me to be scouring the interwebs, relentlessly looking for ideas that guarantee show-stopping results—while also being realistic and doable. These are some of my favorites.
Pull-Apart Beach Cupcakes (pictured above)
We made this beach scene for a pool party and WHAT A HIT! With cupcakes baked right into the cones, there was no waste, not even a paper liner to toss in the end.
Melting Ice Cream Cone Cake
Look at this cake. It’s so gorgeous and so much simpler than you think. In fact, you’ll get the recipe plus a step-by-step tutorial here.
Did you know a bag of candy-covered chocolates can turn cupcakes into the cutest cupcakes of the summer?
Adorable Dog Cupcakes
Fluffy puppies, pugs, poodles and more … all made with a little frosting. Really!
Mini-Marshmallow Flower Cupcakes
When I tell you my four-year-old made these cupcake decorations herself, you’ll know how simple the whole thing really is.
Strawberry Patch Pull-Apart Cupcakes
This is what happens when chocolate buttercream and a little fondant join together.
Storm Trooper Cupcakes (and Other Star Wars Ideas!)
All you need is a special pen, and bam — Storm Trooper cupcakes in seconds.
Easy Little Lamb Cake
Got a barnyard bash in mind? One package of regular ol’ marshmallows can transform vanilla frosting into the sweetest lamb this side of Charlotte’s Web.
Ina Garten’s 3-Layer Pink Party Cake
Full of vanilla, butter and sour cream, this rich and creamy layer cake is a crowd pleaser — and that’s before we even get to all that hot pink butter icing.
Charity Curley Mathews is the founder of Foodlets.com, a website full of simple family recipes, and the mom of four small kids. Three of them have birthdays within 10 days of each other. So, cake. #birthdayseason