I Knew You Were Coming So I Baked a [Fast! Easy!] Birthday Cake

Everyone should feel good on his or her birthday. Here are some quick and easy ideas for busy people who love to say, “Hey! We are glad you were born!”

Recipe for Success: The rich Reese’s Peanut Butter Cake pictured above was a simple feat. Bake a white cake in two layer pans. Mix one can of milk chocolate frosting with one cup of smooth peanut butter. Spread frosting in the middle layer and on top. Decorate with chunks of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Reese’s baking chips. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

 Keep a Well-Stocked Birthday-Ready Pantry for Minimal Effort and Big Impact

Gather these items over time. Many of them can be found in the dollar, grocery, or craft stores..

  • Cake mixes
  • Brownie mixes
  • Frosting variety — canned, tubes, etc.
  • Cupcake papers of all colors and designs
  • Piping tubes for frosting. (Can purchase disposable bags and tips at Michaels or buy frosting in a can with decorating tips)
  • Toppings — sprinkles of all colors and shapes, candies, chocolate/white/peanut butter/toffee chips
  • Variety of birthday candles — numbers/candles/sparklers
  • Ribbons, table cloths, fabric remnants, burlap, candles, foil wrapping paper, colored tissue paper
  • Inexpensive trays
  • Silk flowers — standard white and a few brightly colored flowers
  • Chalkboard and colored chalk — stand-up easel style (Michaels), or  a small whiteboard with colored markers

Here are some birthday ideas I’ve done over the last year — all simple and fast!

Cupcakes decorated with Gummy Life Savers, candles. Put on a cake plate and accent with blue rafia.

Cupcakes decorated with Gummy Life Savers, sprinkles and colored candles. Arrange on a cake plate and accent with blue rafia and more gummies. 

 

For a fast, festive table use a chalkboard easel, a store-bought cake and candles.  For a fall birthday add gourds and fall colors.

For a fast, festive table use a chalkboard easel to send a message, a store-bought cake (pick his favorite flavor) and candles. For a fall birthday, add gourds and fall colors.

Cupcakes always work. Make them colorful and arrange on foil wrapping paper accented with ribbon.

Cupcakes always work. Make them colorful and arrange on foil wrapping paper accented with ribbon.

Bake brownies, sprinkle with powdered sugar, dot with colored frosting and sugar pearls. Accent with strawberries and add the numbers.

“29 Again?” Bake brownies, arrange on platter, sprinkle with powdered sugar, dot with colored frosting and sugar pearls. Accent with strawberries and add the numbers.

There's nothing like a birthday breakfast in bed!

There’s nothing like a birthday breakfast in bed to make someone feel special!

For a birthday sleepover, buy donuts and arrange in a festive way.

For a kids’ birthday sleepover, buy donuts and arrange in a festive way for the breakfast table.

This all started with a black and white store-bought cake.  The chalkboard easel appears again with candles, presents wrapped in black and white paper white flowers (silk), polka dot fabric remnant, and green accents with fabric and tissue paper.

This all started with a black and white store-bought cake. The chalkboard easel appears again along with candles, presents wrapped in black and white paper ,white flowers (silk), polka dot fabric remnant, and green accents with sheer green fabric and tissue paper. The number candles come in handy once again. (Always reusable.)

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