Happy Birthday Mom – Dad and Daughters Decorate a Sweet Surprise!

May 6th, 2011 by Paula Ivancicts

As a special birthday surprise, my husband and daughters presented me with a cake they created using Wilton’s new Punch. Cut. Decorate! tools. Not only did they create a beautiful cake, they created beautiful memories. I wanted to share their experience with you in a post written by my husband.

I have to admit that when Paula and I got married and she brought her boxes of Wilton pans, candy molds, and supplies, I voiced my opinion on why anyone would need so many things. Over the years, I saw her make many different treats for family, friends, and our own household for special occasions and heard the ooohs and aaahs with the compliments she received. I never understood how the things were made, but always admired the beautiful, tasty concoctions.

As youngsters, our daughters played in the kitchen with their Mom who started them out with play dough and Wilton cookie cutters, eventually moving up to real cookie dough.

I vividly remember the year my girls wanted to make their Mom a birthday cake. They begged, coaxed, and batted their little eyelashes in harmony as they said, “Dad, we want to make Mom a birthday cake this year.” How could I look at those beautiful faces and admit to them that I’ve never baked a cake before in my life?!

That first cake, many years ago, was a little crunchy due to the few eggshells scattered throughout! But they were hidden behind my wife’s favorite flavor…chocolate. The cake was a little lopsided, but it was baked and decorated with a whole lot of love! My wife was totally touched by the fact that her family kept her out of the kitchen while they worked together and prepared their delicious surprise. We had a lot of fun among the many, many dirty dishes and the mess we had created and can still laugh about the memories we had created.

Recently, my wife came home raving about some new products Wilton was releasing. She said they made cake decorating very easy, even for the beginner. My girls joked that maybe even I could use them! Being up for a challenge like most, I agreed that maybe I would be able to decorate a cake! The girls chimed in, how about for Mom’s birthday? Sure, I said, hesitantly.

I knew they had decorated cakes before with my wife and even knew they had decorated their own cakes with fondant. Okay, I admit, I didn’t even know what fondant was the first time they excitedly told me they used it to decorate their own cakes.

So, we baked the cakes, this time eggshell-free! After letting them cool, the girls explained what a cake leveler was and we got to using it to level our cakes. Level cakes…check.

We placed one cake on a cake board and then put some chocolate icing into a disposable bag and cut the end of the bag off. We then piped (as I’m told is the terminology) chocolate icing on the bottom layer and put the top layer over the icing. We then got to work on icing the sides of the cake with a spatula. I have to say that we did a good job on that! Iced cake…check.

Chocolate Iced Cake

Okay, so now was the fondant part. We took it out of the box and got to knead it until it was able to be rolled. We dusted the counter and rolling pin with confectioner’s sugar and started to roll out the fondant. It took a little while to get it nice and smooth. We rolled, pushed out the lumps, and continued until we had a nice big smooth piece of fondant. Using the rolling pin, we draped the fondant over the chocolate iced cake. We took the fondant smoother and used it to work on the fondant to get a nice covered cake and trimmed the excess with the fondant cutter. Fondant covered cake…check.

Rolling Fondant

Now came the fun part!!! Punch. Cut. Decorate! It made cake decorating look so easy, but I was still skeptical! We started by using the Alphabet Sugar Sheets Apply Letters to decorate the cake. It was super easy! We opened the package, peeled off the letters, laid them on the cake, and decided how to arrange them. We chose to stagger where we put them. Once we were ready, we took piping gel and a decorator brush and brushed a little on the backs of the letters. It was that easy! We put them on the cake and had the words “Happy Birthday Mom” on within minutes! Yes, minutes!

The girls liked the Butterfly Cutting Insert, so we dipped the pieces in confectioner’s sugar and put that in the Punch Set. We opened another package of Sugar Sheets, peeled off the plastic and punched out butterflies, in yellow, blue, and pink. We took a little extra chocolate icing and brushed that on the centers of the butterflies. Using piping gel, we decorated the butterflies with Confetti Sprinkles and hearts from the Chocolate Hearts Sprinkles.

Using the Flower Chain Border Cutting Insert, we dipped that in confectioner’s sugar and put that in the Border Punch Set. Again, we took to punching out pink flower borders. We then took the piping gel, put a little on the center of the flowers using the decorator brush again and put a white confetti sprinkle in the center of each. After we completed enough flower borders, we applied piping gel to the backs of the borders and attached them to the cake. That also, was that easy!

Flower Border

We took a little white Decorator Icing, put it in a Disposable Decorating Bag, snipped off the end and piped a little under the wings of our butterflies when we arranged them on the cake.

We stepped back and looked at our cake! Wow!!!! I couldn’t believe that my daughters and I had made such a professional looking cake! Remember me saying our first cake was lopsided and contained eggshells? Well, this one definitely did not look like that one! This one looked like one we would see in a bakery!

Happy Birthday Mom Cake

We were proud of our work and knew that their Mom was going to be surprised and amazed! Punch. Cut. Decorate! was very easy and quick to use! For a beginner like me and my younger cake decorators, these products helped to create, decorate, and soon celebrate a special person’s birthday!

I am now convinced this is the way to decorate a cake! It was easy to use, clean up was a snap, and we achieved awesome results! This time, we just threw out the disposable decorator bags, washed our supplies, and we were done! Yes, again, it was that easy!

With Mother’s Day around the corner, I can definitely see using these products to make another cake! The girls and I had a great time! Maybe next time we will forgo the fondant and just place them on our iced cake! And maybe the girls will remember Father’s Day and how much I enjoy a German Chocolate Cake!

And, I must also admit, I can now understand that a person can never have too many Wilton products, as these new ones will be an invaluable asset to decorating for beginners and even professionals!

Paula Ivancicts Paula's love of creating things and using Wilton products started in high school when she began making candy. She even made a speech on cake decorating! Paula enjoys candy making, baking, cooking, crafting, and sharing her interests with her two daughters and her grill-master husband. Paula's favorite part of candy making and baking is sharing her treats with friends, family and co-workers and believes chocolate makes everything better! Paula is a Wilton Customer Service Key Account Rep.

17 Replies

  1. What a cute cake! They did a great job!!!

  2. Sylvia says:

    Your family did a great job on your cake. You must be very proud.

  3. Patrice Lindsey says:

    Your cake turned out really nicely. Tell the girls their aunt would like one just like it next year. :)

  4. Paula Ivancicts says:

    Hi Tree!
    I loved it! It was very tasty too! I will tell them to mark their calendar for next year! hehe

  5. Laura says:

    Love the cake! The girls and your husband did a great job!

  6. What a sweet cake! The ones made with so much love are the best!

  7. mike g says:

    Paula , I can see that your enthusiasms has infected your whole family, job well done

  8. ROSE says:

    wow, awesome! I love the butterflies!!! The girls are as crafty as you!!!

  9. Ann says:

    That is a great cake! I knew the punch cut decorate stuff would be great for kids. You get such professional results without having to work too hard.

  10. Benita Wheeler says:

    I love it. 1-2-3 which always my baking and cooking philosophy. Easy.
    Baking has come a long way when you need a lot of tips to make a cake.

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