Spring Celebration Cake

filed under: Cakes on January 2, 2010

This Spring Celebration cake holds a very special message among the spring flowers. Happy Birthday! See how I created this unique design and get the perfect Chocolate Cake recipe! If you love cakes, don’t miss my 50 Best Cake Recipes in the World!

Spring Celebration Cake

My MIL graciously told me that I could bring a cake to a family get together this weekend. It just so happens that I know of three ladies celebrating a birthday in the next few days (happy birthday mom!), so I figured a birthday cake would be appropriate.

And since I have had my Dear Husband home this week, I was actually able to make a real cake.

I dread him going back to work.

Anywho, my MIL loves spring colors and flowers and so I thought I would make a Spring Celebration Cake.

That is Gloria holding her/my MIL’s birthday cake. Isn’t she gorgeous?


A sweet little cake with flowing green grass and some colorful flowers to brighten any winter day.

Except I wanted it to be a birthday cake as well…

So I made the grass with all the letters of Happy Birthday.






It was definitely a fun cake to make!

Chocolate Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Total Time
55 mins

A sweet little cake with flowing green grass and some colorful flowers to brighten any winter day.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, Spring Celebration Cake
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee
  1. MAKE THE CAKE: Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter two 8-inch round cake pans and line them with parchment paper; butter the paper.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle, mix the flour with the sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt at low speed.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk with the oil, eggs and vanilla. Slowly beat the buttermilk mixture
  4. into the dry ingredients until just incorporated, then slowly beat in the hot coffee until fully incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean.

  6. Let the cakes cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then invert the cakes onto a rack to cool completely. Peel off the parchment paper.

  7. Set a cake layer on a plate with the flat side facing up. Evenly spread one-third of the frosting over the cake to the edge. Top with the second cake layer, rounded side up. Spread the remaining frosting over the top and side of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before slicing.

Here is the frosting I used:

Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BEST Cream Cheese Frosting
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 2 (8-ounce each) packages cream cheese, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioner’s sugar
  1. Combine all ingredients except the sugar into a large bowl and mix on medium speed until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes.

  2. Reduce the mixer speed to medium low and add the confectioner’s sugar one cup at a time. Scrape down the sides of the bowl often.

  3. Once all sugar is added, beat until fluffy, 3 to 6 minutes.


FYI~ I would probably not use the cream cheese frosting again if I were going to decorate it. I think buttercream works the best for that!

I used royal icing for the decorations which worked beautifully as I had to travel for 3+ hours by car with it on my lap. Since it dries hard it stayed totally in tact!

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  • Aftertheharvest.blogspot.com says:

    That is a gorgeous cake and so creative!

  • Lollipop Events & Designs says:

    This is gorgeous!!!! Absolutely LOVELY!

  • BJ_Mama says:

    What a Unique Idea! BEAUTIFUL!

  • Lollipop Events & Designs says:

    This is gorgeous!!!! Absolutely LOVELY!

  • amy t says:

    Amanda, that is absolutely gorgeous!!! I cannot even imagine the amount of time it must have taken to write happy birthday so many times, but it is just genious!!!

  • Marla says:

    What a steady hand! This cake is creative, gorgeous and I bet it tastes awesome! Great job.

  • jo says:

    This cake is absolutely gorgeous. What’s not to like! The colors are fabulous and love the wordings coming out from the edge of the cake.

  • Ciaochowlinda says:

    I don’t know how you managed to do the writing on the cake in such tiny and perfectly formed letters but it looks fantastic. You have the patience of Job and the steadiness of a surgeon.

  • Memoria says:

    What a cute, cute cake! I love how you did the grass!! Happy belated birthday to your MIL; she is gorgeous.

  • Lisa says:

    I just love this cake, the smile on your MIL’s face says it all. Beautiful job 🙂

  • Dina says:

    that is so unique and so lovely!

  • Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} says:

    LOVE all the detail! You do a fantastic job.

  • Katie says:

    This is so gorgeous! The little letters and flowers are perfect!

  • Jenifer says:

    Oh, wow! Could you teach me how to make a cake like this? Would you mind if I re-posted it and credited and linked back to you? This is simply amazing.

  • grace says:

    ach! the colors! so beautiful! and if i tried to decorate a cake with all those little details, i’d be cross-eyed. that would be bad.

  • Susan says:

    I have to be honest. At first I thought, “Hmmm… I could do that EASILY.” And then I looked closer and saw your amazing Happy Birthday lettering ALL OVER and around and in the shape of blades of grass and whatnot, and then I realized, “Ummm… Yeah… I don’t think anybody will be receiving a cake like that from ME anytime soon!” Ha ha ha.
    It’s really cool Amanda. Your mother in law looks so excited!

  • Jelli Bean says:

    What a cute cake! I love the happy birthday grass. I too, have had my experience decorating with cream cheese icing, and as delicious as it is, it sure is a pain to pipe. Great work!

  • Mr. P says:

    What a great design idea! I love it!
    (You should enter my lamington challenge! http://deliciousdeliciousdelicious.blogspot.com/2010/01/re-inventing-lamington-competition-and.html )

  • ingrid says:

    Love how you did the little flower stems! Very cool!

  • Lindsay B says:

    Adorable cake! Very cool idea with the Happy Birthdays in the grass/stems! I was actually wondering how you got that finish on the detail icing. I love the sheen to it!!! I find that a lot of detail icing looks dull. Can you post the recipe?

  • www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawng5QjohS9kWPPhwWDogVEmW_7HUGjWS14 says:

    Found your website via MckMama. . . want to start baking right now. I am a bit challenged when it comes to baking but everything I see looks beautiful. This cake especially! What a great cake. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mommyrachelle.blogspot.com says:

    Beautiful, intricate addition to the stems. I love the subtle touch that makes this soooo special. Awesome.

  • kelly says:

    *faints* Ok, so I thought the cake was completely adorable from a distance, and then you go and show that the GRASS is really WORDS? *faints again* AH-mazing. SO clever and sooooo cute.

  • Amanda says:

    THAT is truly an amazing work of art!! So gorgeous! Totally genius to use the letters. CLAP CLAP!

  • Katrina says:

    Wow, love the grass lettering! What a great cake!