She Gets Older and Smarter...

...and I seem to get older and dumber.

Her grandfather taught her to play chess.
So of course. A chessboard for a cake!

She has found her true love. Dancing.
May she love it well past the boy stage and skip that part altogether!

They will tell you the breakfast in bed thing has been a tradition for birthdays for forever.
But I have the photos to prove that THIS was the first year.
That's it.
ONE year = tradition.
I'm stuck with it for forever or until she turns 18 and moves out right?
Like Mother -Like Daughter.
A purse cake (of course) for 2007.

And....This weekend.
See what I mean?
One time = tradition, chained in for life.
Never let you forget it.

Happy Birthday to my 11yrold. You know this means I AM OLD now.

But the cake?
This year I won.
Instead of the 'traditional ones', I talked her into this awesome 'Ice Cream Sandwich' Cake.
Did you know they make peppermint ice cream sandwiches? AND...oh my gosh!
we saw Eggnog ice cream sandwiches?

I found all sorts of recipes for different versions of This Amazingness.

Here's what we did.

peppermint ice cream sandwiches
vanilla Oreo cookies
one candy cane

1 container vanilla store-bought frosting
1 small package white chocolate pudding mix
1/2 container small whip topping
mix together

unwrap 8 peppermint ice cream sandwiches
lay 4 side by side on piece of parchment paper
cover this layer with frosting mix
crush 5 vanilla Oreo cookies, and sprinkle on this layer

lay 4 more sandwiches on top of frosting cookie layer
frost the whole 'cake' with the rest of the frosting
crush a candy cane and sprinkle on top for Martha effect

put it all in the freezer, and enjoy 2 hours later!

I'm seriously using this frosting for like EVERY other cake I ever make. It was THAT good.



Wendyburd1 said...

That sounds SOOOO good!!MMMM. Happy Birthday to her and you are NOT old!!

Linda S said...

happy birthday! cake looks amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful cakes!!

Monica (on my profile)is the Monica from Friends. I'm a little bit like that. lol.

Anonymous said...

Those cakes rock. And that last one. YUM! That's my kind of cake.

Deb said...

happy birthday to your little (not so little anymore) beauty!

the cake sounds outstanding... esp. the frosting.

i am impressed with your previous masterpieces. girl, you've got talent!

Jillybean said...

That does look delicious!
And I haven't had breakfast yet. That looks like it would be perfect for breakfast.

les_mason_curt said...

Oh man, what a great tradition. You are such a good mommy!

Regarding my post---- nothing special, blogger was not putting anything but the title up, it is fixed noe, should be at least.
Mason's red hair came mostly from his Dad, but after I had him I did some research and found out that both parents have to carry the genitic mutative recessive gene for a child to be born with red hair... I have strawberry blonde hair, so I guess I can take partial credit too! I hope I speled all of that right.


Jillene said...

LOVE all of the cakes! Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwiches? I am SO going to the store today!!

Oh yeah--she looks just like you!!

Joy said...

Wow that does sound good.

This year we did a special breakfast for my little man's bday. Blueberyy pancakes with whip cream and a candle. He was convinced that every kid celebrates their bday at the beach since this is where we had been the last 3 yrs, this yr though his bday was the day before we left.

We don't do regular cake for him he doesn't like it, yes he is weird. so this one may be good I will have to tweak it since I doubt they will have pepermint ice cream sand. in July.

Anonymous said...

Good lord - how do your kids stay so trim and healthy looking??? Must be plenty of sensible, nutritionally balanced meals and lotsa play exercise between birthdays - LOL

Now I gotta craving for a big slice of some decadently rich calories-ladened cake, darn you, Carissa!

Kristina P. said...

She is adorable and looks just like you!

And those cakes are amazing. Good call on telling her which cake to have this year.

Happy birthday!

Jaime said...

Happy birthday! That cake/frosting sounds sooo good! Yum! Now you've got me wanting cake!

Jenni Jiggety said...

I totally made that cake for my son's birthday over the summer! Delish!!!

Happy Birthday to your daughter!

Kaye Butler said...

Wow, she has grown up! I like the fact that you went to Taco Bell for the BDay! Down here everyone tries to outdo each other! This year one of MM's friends had a full blown live band dance at the "Bill Thomas Building"! I know that room rents for at least 500! OMG!!!!

Tell her happy bday from me!


Bonnie the Boss said...

Your cakes are adorable!!! My hubby would really like the peppermint one.

Anonymous said...

What cute kids you have!

Sandy said...

Love the cupcake purse!!

MommyWizdom said...

Did you make all those cakes?! Holy Cow! *closes jaw with hand*

I noticed we were on the same BlogHer network just recently when one of your posts was up. How cool is that?! We're BlogHer buddies!!


BTW, you're older and WISER, not dumber! Silly...

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Happy Birthday! You are the best mom! Those cakes are great!

Jacki said...

And she gets cuter and cuter. :-)

MadWoman said...

Yum. Happy Birthday to your 11 yr old. You're not old, you're experienced. There's a difference.

Awesome pics!

Robin said...

Yum! That does sound fantastic! And so much easier than I would have thought!
Hope she had a great day.

Mikki said...

That cake looks awesome! (well, actually they ALL do--is there no end to your talents?) Peppermint ice cream sandwiches? No, I didn't know that. Now, I might seriously be in some trouble.
Happy belated birthday to your big eleven year old!!! Eeek!

angie said...

Happy Birthday to your older, smarter daughter. I'm pretty sure I get older and dumber, too.

Can I come over for cake? Pretty please?

Anonymous said...

Those are amazing cakes!!! I can't let my kids see them. I've obviously been a bad momma. I'm going to try that peppermint ice-cream cake...can't wait. Thanks for sharing.

beautysecrets1 said...

OMG--you fun mommy you---Adorable...hope it was an awesome bday! That recipe looks fun, will definitely make w/kids and maybe my niece/nephews this weekend!

Tenakim said...

You're such a good mommy!!! I enjoy cake and breakfast in bed- in my next life, I want you as my mom.

Casey's trio said...

Happy belated birthday to your girl!

ParentingPink said...

I've gotta make one of these! Have to! It's a MUST! Thanks for sharing her birthday with us. It's amazing how quickly they grow up! We'll work together on the "boy stage." I've got three of them who have to go through it! Ugh!

Krissy said...

OOoooh ... that icing DOES sound heavenly. Now I need an excuse to make a cake. LOL :D

Oh my heck! I was featured. And it didn't hurt or anything!