I had no intention of posting this cake, ever.

But this I read Bridgets post, I Got Nothin’, and I suddenly had courage.

We have no secrets here friends.  My cake life is an open book! 😉

Coltons Birthday Cake


But.  Before you even think about bustin out some kind compliment in spite of what is before you currently, please, just take a closer look.

Wait, dont.  Just trust me.

And trust me when I say, this is so far from the vision in my head its not even funny.  Its supposed to be a rectangle cake with cake letters spelling out “Happy Birthday”.  The letters were supposed to be upright.

I sorta just threw them on top cause they call were to heavy to stand up.  Its a pile of letters.  Not spelling anything.  Hanging out on top of a cake.  With awkward too-crunchy sprinkles scattered about.

Coltons Birthday Cake


Just look at that awesome attention to detail.  The intricately cracked chocolate, big gaping wholes everywhere, gross un-finished ragged edges, cracked lines around the cake, and I might even be missing the letter “r” in there because it completely disintegrated into the hot chocolate that I melted to drizzle over the letters.

So you can think Bridget for this little glimpse into “How NOT to Decorate a Birthday Cake.”

That being said, my sweet now-eight-year-old loved his cake.  His only request was that it was white cake (he doesnt like chocolate and is the only one on the family who doesnt!) and thankfully the inside is indeed white.  He was happy.

The Best Ever Homemade Chocolate Milk

And he got this super awesome homemade chocolate milk.  And 8 dollars in cash.  And sweet cards from his brothers and sister.  And lots and lots of hugs and kisses.  And one timeout.  I mean, he is an 8-year old boy after all.

I’d say overall, it was a great day. 🙂



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Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. I love the idea of the letters!! How about making them out of cookies instead of cake so they are not that heavy?
    Anyway, I love it and might have to try it out. Thanks for sharing it!! 😀

  2. OMG girl.. you seriously had me cracking up at the beginning of this post!!! I love it. Maybe if the letters are smaller & more carefully placed, it can work another time.. 😉

  3. OK so it might be a hot mess but a tasty hot mess is ALWAYS forgivable! Your’re still batting something like 999 out of 1,000 right? Thanks for sharing the “oopses” with us. 🙂

  4. I’m so gld o know that you guys have mess up too, not just us non bloggers! I still liked your cake , I’ve served a mess o my family too and they loved it.

  5. Thank you for sharing this! It helps to see stuff like this when I have kitchen disasters. Those, of course, are more frequent for me than kitchen conquers! lol Loved the idea you had and could actually see how you could do the letter pile in a cool funky way. I might try it. In chocolate of course! lol

  6. It’s SO refreshing to see this post! So often, we see professional bakers or long-time food bloggers and assume that EVERY SINGLE THING they make is perfect-looking. And even if 10% of my treats are perfect-looking compared to 10% of yours being IMperfect, it’s wonderful too confirm you’re still human too. 🙂

  7. Artists are their own worse critics lol! This is the best faux fail bomb cake I have ever seen! I would have proudly served it with a mischievous smile and my family/friends/fans would have raved about it!

  8. I love this messy unintentionally done idea which I can do with my zero skills in topping and garnishing cakes. And reading hopefully to reach to the recipe and how you made these letters. Buuuuuut I’m disappointed now 😭

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