Saturday, July 28, 2012

70th Birthday Banner Cake

I wanted to dress up my mom's 70th birthday Angel Lush cake, and was inspired by all the cute cake photos with banners like this one from Technique Tuesday (Not completely sure if this counts as a "paper project," but there is paper on it.) I'm always excited when I can use my stash on things other than cards. Makes me feel like I'm getting my money's worth just a little more : )

It was so quick and easy to do, and Mom was really surprised when she saw it. She loved it.

For the banners I cut a long strip of paper into 2" pieces, and notched the ends with scissors. They're held up with baker's twine tied between two bamboo skewers. For the "70" I glued toothpicks to the back of the die cut numbers so they would stick nicely into the cake.

NOTE, if you try this, be aware of how close your candles are to the PAPER banners!

We had a little extra excitement.

See the smoke coming from the banners? And how the banners were swatted AWAY from the lighted candles? Yep, one caught on fire. My son was impressed.

The cake was also very light and tasty, perfect for summer gatherings. I've had requests for the recipe everywhere I've taken it. Bonus that it's quick to make since you use store bought angel food cake. Here's the recipe from Kraft if you're interested:

Angel Lush Pineapple Cake

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, undrained
1 pkg. (1.5 oz) vanilla instant pudding
1 cup Cool Whip
angel food cake, sliced into 3 layers

Mix pineapple and dry pudding mix. Fold in Cool Whip (the recipe calls for 1 cup, but I use the whole tub.) Place bottom cake layer on plate, spread with 1/3 of the Cool Whip mixture. Repeat two more times. Can add strawberries or other fruit on top, but it's still delicious without it.

Thanks for looking!

Supplies used:
dies:  PTI block lower case alphabet, PTI by the numbers
other: bamboo skewers, baker's twine


  1. Kelly this is so sweet, great job! I'll have to do something like this for my dad next month!!

  2. What a fun, fun cake you made for your mom! It looks fabulous and delicious, too

  3. Kelly, that is the cake I make for my husband's birthday every year!! He always requested it since he was young. I thank his mom every time I make it that she "encouraged" him to like this as his favorite. Now I will need to make this cute banner swag after seeing yours!

  4. Happy birthday to your mom Kelly. Yummy recipe too, love that banner.

  5. Yummy cake and decorations, Kelly! Wonderfully inspired banners!! Happy 70th birthday to your Mom!!

  6. SUPER cute take on the inspiration photo! And wow, 70!!

  7. Happy 70th birthday to ur mom, Kelly! Lovely banner!

  8. Happy birthday to your mom! The banner is so pretty! Everyone needs a little excitement in life ;) although it's too bad you couldn't have saved it for use again. Next time, longer skewers....

  9. Yummy work, literally! Happy Birthday to your Mom~I bet she was impressed.It looks fantastic,Kelly.

  10. This is just darling. What a fun idea. Happy birthday to your mom. And, extra excitement, too.

  11. Hi Kelly. Just got back from vacation . The banner cake you made for your moms 70 birthday is just adorable! Looks like she had a wonderful time. Happy late birthday to her!

  12. it doesn't always have to be about cards does it? cakes work just as well too. great job

  13. That is an awesome idea to make the banner! i love it and it made it very special for the celebration. Thank you for visiting my blog and for the kind words. I love the card you made for the PTI blog hop..the candles out of the numbers was a great idea!

  14. Hey Kelly! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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