The Cowboy Cake

Baby Bear turned three (cue sobbing) and we had a Western birthday party since he loves horses and cowboys. I made the cake.

I usually buy my kids birthday cakes. My favorite thing is to have the cake designers at Puffy Muffin match the cake to the invitation.

But this time I just did it myself. I don't know what possessed me.

Cowboy Cake

I was happy with it and Bear loved it. We had a "friend" party in the afternoon and invited just a few of his friends, including a new one named Braden. Then we had a family party in the evening. Since the cake was for the family party, I made sheriff badge cupcakes for the friend party.

Sheriff Badge Cookies

Marble Birthday Cake

The cowboy cake was a two-layer marble cake (the birthday boy was excited!), iced in chocolate frosting. (The chocolate looked too dark, so I mixed in white frosting to lighten the color.) I made the cakes in sheet cake pans so they would be large, and turned them out onto a cake board (you can buy those at WalMart). I covered the cake board in bandana print scrapbooking paper first, which I think added a nice Western touch.


I made sugar cookies in the shape of stars - small and large. The small stars were iced with white frosting and then sprinkled with either red or blue sugar. These were placed around the sides of the cake. The large ones were for the cupcakes (see pic above) - iced red with little silver do-dads on the point of each star. (Then I thought they looked like Christmas ornaments. My mom saved the day by suggesting an "S" for sheriff. Thanks Mom!)

Western Cookies

The icing on these cookies is the bakery kind that hardens so you can stack the cookies (Royal Icing). It's from Betty Crocker, who is now doing Cookie Icing that comes with a tip - super simple and it tastes yummy. The colors are nice and bright.

Cowboy Boot Cookie

It's possible I got excited and made boots too.

Western Cake

The cake is mostly decorated with toys. The boulders are chunks of cake frosted a lighter color (add more white to your chocolate).

Campfire Cake

The campfire is a ring of Raisinets with orange icing piped in. Then take red and yellow icing and using a toothpick comb some in to make the flames look real. I used Raisinets for rocks around the boulders too.

cowboy 2

My little birthday cowboy loved his cake and his cupcakes!

PS: Yes, I realize you can see Bear's real name. But it isn't Googleable, so it's cool.


Rachel said...

He is SO darling and OH MY GOSH.

Look at you Susie Homemaker! ;-)

It all looks amazing! AMAZING.

YUM ;-)

Happy Birthday to Bear and HAppy Birth Day to you, love xoxoxo

Jill said...

That is freaking amazing!!! I want you to make all the cakes and cookies for my boys' birthdays!

Amy said...

Rachel - Thank you!! Can't wait to see you!

Jill - It's a TON of work, but it's also really fun. (And don't think this is SOP for me cause it's totally not!)

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Uh ok MARTHA. You kick cake booty! OMG how awesome.

Happy birthday to your sweet Bear. :)

Amy said...

Jamie - Thanks! It's about the fanciest cake I've ever done. I was honestly just relieved I didn't have a major fail. I purposely completed it the day before, just in case I had to order one from the grocery!!

Meadowlark said...

This is sad, but I realize I mostly come by to see pictures of Bear. Especially with "the big wedding" on SATURDAY it's nice to be reminded of my baby. :(

Love the costume and the cake, btw.

kristi said...

That is so freaking adorable..and how cute is he?

Life As I Know It said...

WOW. I'm impressed. That's an awesome cake!!

Megan {Velveteen Mind} said...

You do the same thing I do with my kids' names. I'm fine sharing as long as they are in a photo and Google can't catch 'em.

You also make birthday parties that feel remarkably similar to our family's. In fact, I felt bad this year for running out of time and buying a cake. I didn't even half-cheat like I usually do and buy a sheet cake that I decorate myself!

Preparing for birthday parties are some of my favorite memories with my kids. Thanks for sharing yours!

(totally delurking, by the way)

Amy said...

Megan - Thanks for de-lurking!Birthday parties are some of my favorite memories too.

See you at Blissdom - yeah!!

De said...

Great job! and also with the step by step in the post! I'm kinda sorta inspired (the monumental fail from last June has faded in my memory).

Lori said...

He's the cutest cowpoke east of the Pecos!

You did an awesome job with the whole thing. I was totally impressed with the two parties in one day.

Amy said...

De - I am the one Googling something like this and squinting at a photo wondering how they did it, so I appreciate anything that is step-by-step!

Lori - The first party was small, and made smaller by the snow!

MollyinMinn said...

Adorable! I am impressed for sure!

Anonymous said...

I'm always anonymous and rarely comment, but I check for updates on your blog daily. :)
I had to laugh bc I read the name on the adorable cake and said aloud, "Who's MATTHEW? Isn't it BEAR'S Birthday!?!?" :D Silly me!

Amy said...

Anonymous - That is so funny!! I figured most people would think - oh no - she forgot to mark his name out!

Thanks for de-lurking and saying hello!!

sheri said...

you are toooo cool for words. that's a great cake. i'm a little jealous. we had a joint bday dinner tonight for Walker and Vance - 2 different dinners in one sitting. i did NOT make the kid cake. however i did make derby pie. it's love handles should go well with my eggnog butt.

Cynthia said...

OMG! You totally rock!

Happy Birthday Bear:)

Rebecca at Toothwhale said...

Both the cake and the cupcakes look fantastic!!! It also seems like you're really getting the hang of your new camera.

mo.stoneskin said...

What a cake. Amazing.

But you never made me a cake?


Amy said...

Rebecca - Thanks, but I've not even read the manual for the camera yet. Urgh. I've been so busy, and not feeling so great, and that combo means I'm just pointing and shooting. I have a class coming up though, and I'll learn a lot faster that way. The manual makes my head hurt.

evenshine said...

SO freakin' cute! My mother always made cakes for us, and it was so incredibly special.

And how adorable is he in his costume???

Rima said...

That is really impressive! And to think that you once posted about not having time to bake as a working mom :)

(And your camera skillz are coming along nicely, too. I think the pic of the star cookies came out awesome.)

Amy said...

evenshine - He loves his chaps and vest and hat, which were Christmas gifts from his Godmother (see my comment Lori - that's her). He got boots and a spring horse as gifts and he loves it!

Rima - The cake took me 3 days. Day 1 after work - the cookies. Day 2 after work - bake the cake and frost it and the cookies. Day 3 - decorate the cake.

It bout killed me.

Burgh Baby said...

There you go, making the rest of us look bad. ;-)

Jordana said...

That's a great cake. You can come decorate one for me, anytime! :)

Lisa Dunick said...

I bow down to your domestic godessness :) Fabulous birthday party duds!

The Urban Cowboy said...

Now that's a birthday party!!

Unknown said...

Awesome cake, Amy!! Love the raisinet rocks and the fire, in particular. :) I mean, after your adorable cowboy, that is.

Sally said...

Totally cute! Love the cookies. Happy Birthday, Bear! I have a three-year old. It's amazing!

Pamela M. Kramer - A Renaissance Woman said...

You are the bomb! Nice cake.

Sondra said...

What a great day! (and all of those wonderful memeories) Yes a bit sentimental, but we at our house still talk about the Toy Story 3rd Birthday party we had for our guy who graduates from High School this Year. Enjoy every minute~

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