09 August 2008

Birthday Cake Competition Entries

Here's the fantastic birthday cakes that came in for my Cake Competition and Giveaway... 60 in total. It was too hard to decide the winner; I narrowed it down to four finalists with the help of Dash, Princess and Mr G (click here to see them) and then got my readers to vote.

In the end, the winner was Linda's Treasure Chest cake, by only one vote; Amanda's Dinosaur and Elizabeth's Pirate Ship tied for second.

All the cakes were amazing, all made with love. Check them out (you'll get some great ideas!)

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Amanda, from Auckland, New Zealand

Amanda emailed me this right before the cut-off! It's for her son Joshua's birthday party tomorrow, a groovy Dinosaur cake. Fab! (Amanda's other entries are further down)


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Rebecca, from Sydney, Australia
Mum to Miss E (12), J (10), Lij (7) & Choppy (5)

Rebecca says: "Which one do you want for your 'Readers Birthday cakes' Simone?! Is there a quick and easy category :)"

"Remember ths one?! As always with my cake designs: 'A' for effort!!! Mini chocolate rolls (From the supermarket) lined up with a slice cut off each to make the heads."


" 'Rebecca styles' again...I cut out an island, iced it green and plonked some of the boys pirate toys on top!"

"Icecream Cake: Simply turn the Ice-cream carton upside-down...Ha they LOVED it!!"
"We've made this cake a few times. I can't catch the beautiful one Miss E made for Aunty Liv's Birthday the right way up..."



"Rugby ball cake: Miss E made this one too- for J's 9th birthday"

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Sophie, from Sydney, Australia
Mum of Amelie (6) and Carys (4)

Sophie says: "Here's the cake from Carys's 4th birthday. It was a bit of a disaster week for cakes and my first attempt at making a Barbie cake.... Click here for the long version!"
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Debbie, from Invercargill, New Zealand
Debbie says: "I made this cake for our son who just LOVES tractors, he was thrilled with his cake."
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Karen, from Auckland, New Zealand.
Mum to Louis (6), Ruby(4), Jesse (2) and Felix(5 months)
Karen made this Ice Cream cake for Ruby's Icecream Party. The kids played traditional party games and then made their own fancy ice-cream sundaes.
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Vicky, from Auckland New Zealand
Mum to Callum (5) and Myles (4)

Vicky says: "Myles just had his 4th birthday and randomly chose a monkey party. You only have to flick thru the party books to know there aint many monkey cake ideas. The main cake had plastic monkeys from “barrel o monkeys” game and that soft toy on top. Thankfully Donna hay kids party book inspired the cupcakes... All turned out well!"

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Marisa, from California, USA
Marisa had a "Shamu" (orca) Party for her daughter Laurell recently, as Laurell loves Shamu whales. Here's the cake she made - an orca bursting out of the icing!
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Elizabeth, from Manukau, New Zealand
Mum to Felix (4), Darius (3) and Amelie (1)

Elizabeth says: "Hi... a few cakes pics to enter please. There was one more but I can't seem to find it.... Butterfly one my sister made and I made the others."

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Nicole, from Taupo New Zealand
Mum to Aidan (6), Sofia (4) and Hugh (2)

This plane cake was made by Nic for Hugh's 2nd birthday - he loved it. He loves planes. Afterwards the family went up in a plane together for a scenic ride over Lake Taupo. (Nic's other cakes are further down)


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Justine, from Mt Albert, Auckland
Mum of Leila (7), Yasmeen (4) and Carlo (1)

Justine says: "I do have a single close up of this cake coming from a friends camera but in the mean time I thought this might do for your blog comp??"

"This was Yasmeens 3rd birthday cake that I made with my neighbour Katie [she did most of the detail work I must say] Is it ok to enter a combined effort? The idea was from the Crabapple Cupcake Cake Book..."

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Jessica, from North Carolina, USA
Mum of Matthew, Age 2

Jessica says: "I love to decorate cakes. Here are some of my cakes...Matthew's cars cake - I did this for my son's 2nd birthday...it's two layers...the sheet cake & then the cars mold on top..."
"Lee's birthday cake - I made this cake for a friend... he wanted a Guitar Hero cake..."

"Dana's cake - I made this for Lee's mother....we had a surprise party for her..let me know what you think!!"

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Karin, from Auckland, New Zealand
Mum of Brian, age 3

Karin says: "Here’s my entry for the Cake competition. It’s my first cake that I’ve ever decorated and was pretty stressful for me! But, Brian loved it. I made it for his third birthday (having successfully dodged making a themed cake for his previous two birthdays)."


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Kate, from Devonport, Auckland.
Mum of three including Bethan and Daniel...

Kate says: "Here's a picture of the only birthday cake I've made that actually looked like it was supposed to (I won't bother entering Bethan's "disco ball" that ended up looking more like R2D2!!)Goes without saying (I hope) that it's a pirate for Daniel's 3rd birthday."

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Vanessa, Brisbane Australia.
Mum to Ella and Larissa.
Vanessa says: "I have just found another birthday cake photo. This one was made by Aunty Tania for Ella – I think her 2nd birthday."

"Here is another one. Made for Larissa by Nana with roman numerals like a clock." (Vanessa's other entries are further down)

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Trish, from Auckland New Zealand
Mum of Daniel, Age 1

Trish says: "We recently had a small birthday lunch for Daniel's 1st birthday which was ANZAC Day 25 April. We didn't have much time to prepare for it but this is the cake Sean made out of Foodtown sponges cut freehand and then iced by himself as well......he did a fantastic job eh!? I think he has really missed his proper vocation!""...{my sister} Jo's little girl Nachalah turned 2 on 29th April and we went down to Papamoa to attend the party Jo had organised for her at the local playcentre. Jo baked the Pooh Bear cake in a moulded cake tin to give it contours and Sean (the magnificent!) iced it. Nashi LOVES Winnie the Pooh and so the cake scored big with her!"

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Nikkey, from Auckland, New Zealand
Mum of two lovely boys, including Lucas who just turned 1.

Nikkey says: "Would like to send in the pic of Lucas’s birthday cake. He loves tigers and lions and cats in general so that was the theme of our cake. It was made by my Mom and older sister Sam with lots of love and creativity as I was not up for much leading up to the party. Pity about the monkey candle on the top… I think its awesome and I’m sure one of many to come from our families."


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Penny from Auckland, New Zealand
Mum to Benjamin, age 1

Penny says: "Hey Simone, It's not the best photo of it but if I don't send it now, I never will!"
Then sister Nikkey came to the rescue: "Just noticed the photo Pen has of her cake and that its quite small – this one may be easier to see all the wonderful detail – my Mom rocks!!"


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Amanda from Auckland, New Zealand.

Mum to Bella (4), Joshua (3) and Amelie (nearly 1) Number One Cake: My first ever attempt at a proper birthday cake. I was so impressed with myself! Thomas Cake: Cake baked and iced by me, hubby did the rest of the decorating. Ladybird Cake: This year Bella was mad about ladybugs..."

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Sonya from Auckland, New Zealand.
Mum of Sanita (12), Malachi (7) and Michael (3)

Sonya says: "I thought I might send in a few photos of cakes I've done... Hope this is what you were after. Take care and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY:):)" 1: Malachi's 4th Birthday: dinosaur, lake/waterfall and volcano. My first themed cake, fun to make, tells a good story and the little guy was impressed.
2: Sanita's 10th birthday: flower: made from 4 heart shaped cakes. Huge cake, heaps to give out at the end and a couple of petals for class the next day.

3: Michael's 3rd Birthday: Trains. Got some ideas off the net including a cool idea to bake some cake mix in a can for the caboose (front train). Older kids decorated the 2 wagons.
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Nicole from Taupo, New Zealand.
Mum of Aidan (6), Sofia (4) and Hugh (2)
This is a First Birthday baked cheesecake topped with mice (of course, what else would be on a CHEESEcake?) Each mouse is half a tinned pear, with currant eyes, almond sliver ears and a sultana nose. The tails are made of thin raspberry liquorice straps.


Sofia's 4th Birthday Butterfly Cake; baked in two roasting dishes and then the shapes were cut out; the butter cream icing looks so delicious! When Aidan turned 5, Nicole made him this Soccer Ball Cake. She used a round ceramic mixing bowl lined with baking paper and baked two cake halves, then sandwiched them together and pinned them with skewers. It was iced with butter-cream icing. The grass was made by dying shredded coconut green.

This cake was for their granny's birthday. She had recently bought a poodle so Nicole baked grandma a Poodle Cake for her birthday. The fur is white marshmallows. For Sofia's third birthday Nicole made this delicious Castle. The turrets are ice cream cones upside down and iced.

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Rae Ann from Texas, USA.

Rae Ann says: "I was a complete novice to fancy cakery when I had kids, but I'm a fast learner. It is one of a the few areas that I get all alpha-mom..."
"My first effort was with these pink poodle cupcakes."

"We had a horse themed party for my daughter's third birthday."

"For her fourth birthday, a princess party was in order." "Her brother got to join in the fun with a hard hat cake at his construction party for his second birthday."

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Linda, from Auckland, New Zealand
Mum to Oscar (7), Mariella (4) and Imogen (1)

Linda and her husband James work as a team to make their kids' birthday cakes. Now it seems their son Oscar is picking up the habit...

Linda says: "The one with Oscar is his own design and creation! It is the Grinch, created for the book week at school. The rest are various Mariella and Oscar cakes over the years..."
Oscar and his Grinch Cake
Castle Cake (Oscar's Box Battle Party)
Mariella's Kitty Cat Cake

Oscar's Rocket Ship Cake (Space Party)

Oscar's Treasure Chest (Pirate Party)
Mariella's Flower and BumbleBee Cake (Bug Party)

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Susie from Auckland, New Zealand
Mum to three boys aged 7, 6 and 4 when they made these colourful creations!

Susie says: "My boys had fun making these cakes, buying lollies, and decorating these cakes for their nan's birthday. Don't think they got the concept of "Less is More"... But they were made with lots of love!"


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Kiri, from Auckland, New Zealand.
Mum to son Marika and daughter Kalyah.

Kiri Says: "This Barbie cake was made for Kalyah’s 5th birthday, she loved dolls and it was as easy as baking a cake in a deep tin, shaving off the edges, covering with cream and plonking doll in the middle of it…. The other cake was made by Kalyah’s great nanna. Kalyah loves swimming so she made a ring cake, iced chocolate fingers around the outside, put chopped jelly in the middle and some small plastic dolls inside the pool...."

Barbie Doll Cake

Swimming Pool Cake

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Vanessa, from Brisbane, Australia.
Mum of two girls, Ella and Larissa.

Vanessa says: "Ella's cake (a pinata) was an idea from the Australian Womans Weekly. I had trouble doing the chocolate on the top. Jason's mum gave me a hand cause it set before we had a chance to do the entire mould! When Ella hit it with the plastic hammer the hammer broke and it was like flying shrapnel as the M&Ms hit the kids in the face. No matter how hard Ella tried to smash the choc it wouldn't budge. Fortunately Daddy gave it a whack and cracked it! Larissa's cake is not as flash as Ella's but it's a homemade idea. It’s a Dora Explorer going on an adventure Cake..."

Pinata Cake

Dora Adventure Cake

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Kim from Auckland, New Zealand;
Mum of two wee Girls, Chloe and Claire.

Kim says: "Hey there, Simone, Love your idea for a cake contest! We've just celebrated Claire's first birthday and I was so excited to try out a fondant cake! For their first birthdays, I just made the cake based on the girls' favorite things at the time. Chloe's was balloons and Claire's was elephants, so here goes. Thanks for lookin'! Blessings, Kim"

Chloe's First Birthday Balloon Cake
Claire's First Birthday Elephant Cake

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Which cake is your favourite??



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4 comments:

Kim said...

i like the poodle! how cute!

GB said...

All fabulous!

PaisleyJade said...

Those cakes are so inspiring at amazing!

Becky said...

I like the pink castle cake that Rea Ann from USA made!

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