Category: Birthday Cakes


Pineapples and Palm Trees Third Birthday Beach Brunch

30 September 2017

We went back to the same beach for the little man’s third birthday as for his first.  I had far less lofty aspirations than his Vintage Surf Shack baby luau a couple years ago, but it’s my kid!  There’s got to be a little fuss.  Having learned from that party that all the cute pinteresty decor ideas are no match for sea breezes or trade winds, I knew his party decor this time around had to be flightless birds.  Which meant real pineapples!  Those beasts weren’t going anywhere off the tables until we directed guests to take them.  I didn’t want to do a full tiered cake, but I definitely knew pineapple-shaped cupcakes were the thing.  A pair of cupcakes, a star tip, and a leafy pick?  Done.


Pineapple sugar cookies as favors.  I could have done palm trees, as well, but I am just too enamored of pineapples right now.




Elena of Avalor Second Birthday

18 November 2017

Kinsley was Ready 2 Rule for her second birthday.  I’ve actually never seen Elena of Avalor, but I googled some images and loved the color palette – scarlets, roses, turquoise blues, aztec golds.

Cake was chocolate (a little lighter than my dark-dark chocolate, because kiddos) with vanilla buttercream filling; custom confetti in pink/red/gold/turquoise with vanilla buttercream filling.


Made some rose-topped chocolate cupcakes too because who can resist red roses?  Not my preschooler, that’s for sure.  He made a bee-line to them the second we finished singing “Happy Birthday”.  Yep, that’s my child.


Hibiscus Birthday Cake


Hibiscus 18th Birthday Cake

9 April 2016

Dark Chocolate cake with 60% Cacao Ganache filling

Accompanied by turquoise/orange confetti vanilla cupcakes (not pictured)




This, by far, has been my most meaningful project.  First birthdays are a Big Deal in Hawaii; infant mortality obviously used to be a lot larger – if a child made it to one year old, there was good likelihood they’d survive to adulthood, so that was reason to celebrate.  Even though more babies survive infancy, the tradition has stuck – with some baby luaus being bigger than these keiki’s eventual weddings.  The significance was even greater for this one – my son’s – who was born 14 weeks premature.  He is now thriving and we can’t believe that he has had pretty much no lingering health effects after crashing into our lives in the most dramatic fashion.  Happy birthday, bub.



Frosting shots – because one can never have enough buttercream


Confetti shark cupcakes


Smash cake


Favor bags: surfboard cookies, sugar sand, and a chocolate seashell



Delicate Butterflies


Hand-painted gumpaste butterflies with pearl detail.

Toasted coconut cake, mango filling, coconut buttercream



Purple Plumeria Cake

Purple Plumeria Cake

Purple Plumeria Cake

August 2014

Vanilla Bean Cake (featuring homemade Big Island vanilla extract!) with Mango Curd Filling

I loved making gumpaste plumeria for a birthday cake earlier this year, so when I was called upon to make a friend’s birthday cake – who loves plumeria – my inspiration was obvious.  One of her favorite colors is purple, so I went with a lavender buttercream with white trim.  Classic frangipani colors of white with a yellow interior.  Perfectly tropical!

Purple Plumeria Cake

Purple Plumeria Cake


Sprinkles Overload


Yes, I make my own birthday cakes.  It’s the one time I actually get to exercise complete creative control.  So that’s usually why I wind up with completely over-the-top cakes like this one!



Plumeria Birthday Cake

Plumeria Cake

Plumeria (Frangipani) Birthday Cake

March 2014

Pecan Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream Filling

A rare buttercream cake – I usually prefer the clean lines of fondant, especially in tropical humidity.  But, buttercream was requested – plus, it’s been pretty cool and dry lately, so that eased my mind!

Gumpaste plumeria flowers dusted with Cosmos-pink matte dust.  It’s hard to tell from the photographs, but the base buttercream is a slightly more vibrant green than the paler swirls.  I was really quite pleased with how the flowers turned out – and I can’t believe it has taken me this long to make them for the first time.  They’re my favorites, and I foresee many future uses of plumeria on my cakes. 🙂

Plumeria Cake

Plumeria Cake

Boxed and ready to go. I added an extra blossom after the first round of photos. 🙂



Sushi Cupcakes

Trent Birthday

March 2014

Vanilla Bean Cake with Lilikoi Filling

A friend commissioned me to make cake for her husband’s birthday again this year.  It was a dinner at a sushi restaurant in Waikiki, so she asked if I could do some kind of sushi cake.  I quickly realized individual cupcake servings would be perfect.  I started with some round cupcakes (baked without papers), and a few shallow rectangular loaves, which I cut into bricks.  The round ones became maki, with an exterior of black fondant nori, and a variety of candy centers, including some li hing sour apples.  When I was looking for inspiration, I thought I would make some sashimi out of fondant to top a block of coconut “rice”.  I saw a similar cake using Swedish Fish on top, and I couldn’t help but giggle, so I made a few pieces with them.  The salmon roe are tapioca pearls colored red-orange.  I finished off the tray with some gumpaste ginger and buttercream wasabi.

Sushi Cupcakes

Sushi Cupcakes


Kelly-Green Birthday Cake

Kelly Green Birthday Cake

Trish Birthday

June 2011

Bright-green fondant two-layer cake with silk peony topper and dotty white ribbon.



Daisy Birthday Cake

Hillary Sweet-Sixteen Birthday Cake

May 2009

Black and white fondant with yellow and white fondant daisies, brushed with a little yellow lustre dust.  Black/white dotted ribbon and an H topper.

Daisy Birthday Cake Detail


Jennifer's Cakes: Harley-Davidson Flames Cake

60th Birthday Party

August 2013

Toasted Coconut Cake with Mango Filling

Dark Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling

Birthday cake for a Harley-Davidson aficianado.  Fondant flames on black.  Fondant H-D plaque but with a birthday twist.  Cake topper includes fondant tiki torches, gumpaste palm leaves, and a plastic 1953 Harley figurine (same year as the guest of honor’s birth).

Jennifer's Cakes: Harley Davidson Flames Cake

Jennifer's Cakes: Harley Davidson Flames Cake

Palms and tiki torches give it a Hawaiian flair


Atomic Dot Birthday Cake


Troy Birthday

March 2009

Single-layer cake with blue fondant, white fondant circles, wired fondant circles, and paper happy-birthday tag.



Ramona Birthday

March 2007

Lavender fondant with white royal icing dots, gumpaste leaves.



Brian Birthday

May 2009

Milk Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Buttercream and Dark Chocolate Ganache




Yellow Daisy Topsy-Turvy Sweet Sixteen Cake

June 2010

Yellow fondant supported by styrofoam wedges between layers, fondant leaves and daisies with shimmery yellow petal dust centers, K topper on mirror base.


Tuxedo Strawberries, too!






Sweet-Sixteen Birthday Cake

May 2008

The Pink Ladies would be jealous.  Grease-theme party.  Pink and white fondant with black polka-dot ribbon trim and tinsel.  Fondant records with labels “It’s a Record… Hillary is 15!”





Marlena Birthday Cake

July 2007

Lime green fondant with brown fondant rope trim, brown fondant M, white circles, and wired fondant ornaments.






Sweet Sixteen Fit for a Princess

January 2011

Pink and Purple Vanilla Confetti Cake, Pink and Purple Paisley Motif, Sugar Pearls, Wired Gems, and a Silver Fondant Tiara

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Squares and Frames Cake

June 2010

Was given complete liberty with the design of this cake – only guidance was that the birthday boy liked the colors black and blue and that he was a graphic designer.  Decided on rotated-square tiers with a swoop of fondant squares and frames,  loosely informed by Polaroid snapshots.

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Black, White, Red Birthday Cake (#2 of many with that description!)

July 2011

Black fondant, royal icing filigree, painted red gumpaste roses.  Offset stacked square layers.





Black/White/Red Birthday Cake

October 2008

White-on-Black filigree, Black-on-White filigree, silk rose topper.




Musical 30th Birthday Cake



Musical 30th Birthday Cake for Professional Trumpeter

April 2013

Vanilla Bean Cakes with Guava and Lilikoi Fillings




Girl on Fire 40th Birthday Cake

February 2013

Fondant with Abstract Cinnamon-Candy Flames




The Baker’s Own Birthday Cake

June 2009

Pecan Spice Cake

Maple Buttercream