Let’s Be Pen Pals

What are the chances of having two of your children share a birthday??
Well….if you have 9 children, then I guess your chances are higher than normal.
Three years ago, our Number 2 son turned 10 and our darling daughter Number 5  arrived on the same day!!! She was 14 days overdue and just wanted to hold on until she could share her  birthday with her brother.
Can you believe I still managed to make a cake, even though I was in labour!!?
I will always remember walking out of the kitchen with the birthday cake and  pausing with a contraction before singing ‘Happy Birthday!’
It seems hilarious to think back on it now!!!!

                           The things a mother does for her children!!!!

Last week we celebrated these very special birthdays again.

While I wasn’t entirely happy with these cakes, I decided to share them anyway.
 I ended up being rushed and couldn’t do all I wanted to do…..but then again, I had TWO birthday cakes to make.

 Let me say right up front that it is not easy to combine a birthday for a 13 year old boy and a 3 year old girl!!  It kind of messes with my head actually.

I decided to use the opportunity to practice using FONDANT icing, as I am making a tie dye “1970’s” theme cake for a friend’s 40th soon. I quickly found out how important a practice run is!!
This is my very first fondant cake.

Don’t look too closely. 
While I loved the tie dye look and found it easy to put on the cake, getting it smooth was another story!!
Time was running out and I didn’t know what to do with the cake, so the birthday boy cut stars out of the fondant scraps. 
I didn’t really have anything in mind for this cake either, and as time was short I kept it quite simple. 
I was happy with the result.
Both cakes had fresh cream and strawberries in the middle.
Did I mention that I couldn’t find ANY candles!!!? 
What kind of mother has NO birthday candles in the house???
Apparently this kind! 
Like I said, it was all a bit of a rush.
Ho hum.
I  also whipped up these choc peppermint cupcakes for the birthday boy to take to Taekwondo.
WELL!!!!! These little beauties are nothing short of amazing. 
I would love to take credit for them, but I must admit  that I was  inspired by a fabulously creative woman from glorioustreats.blogspot.com
These are really quite simple to make, and look SO GOOD! 
These cinnamon mini muffins were incredible. Another gem from Glorious Treats. 
They are dipped in melted butter and rolled in cinnamon sugar. 
They taste exactly like donuts. 


  • Anonymous

    WOW…. Alice sure must be, like, AMAZING to make something so AWESOME as that watermelon rice bubble slice! Like, EHEM dude! Trying to steal the praise that was RIGHTFULLY hers were we? Tut tut.

  • Mama Bear

    Thank you Pieces of Sunshine. You can see my new kitchen on my blog. Just click on “My Home” along the top bar. I would love you to see it.

  • Pieces of Sunshine

    You have some wonderful birthday stories and traditions. We should call you the Queen of Cakes! Love the “watermelon” treats. You new kitchen must be a wonderful place to be, it’s certainly well used.

  • Aw, I love those photos of before Mary was born 😀

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