Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Birthday Kids

Sometimes it is hard for a grandmother to know what to give her
grandchildren so this year I decided to try something new with
two of my grandchildren who have birthdays on the same day -
money cakes - one for a girl and one for a boy.

I made six inch cakes using three layers in graduating colors and
then frosted them in the appropriate colors.

Before frosting them I covered their money in foil and stuck
the little packages in the cakes.

My youngest daughter has a birthday the day before these two.  Two
years in a row we had someone expecting a baby on her birthday
and both times she said she didn't want anyone born on her birthday
(her birthday is a big deal to her!)  Both babies respected her
request and were born the day after, the little boy born to my
oldest daughter and the little girl born the next year to my oldest

We still laugh at that.

You should have seen how excited they were when they walked in
and saw the two cakes.  They immediately figured out that they
each got their own.

After the candles were lit and the birthday songs sung,
each was so excited to find the surprises grandma
had told them that were hidden in their cakes.

I had envisioned it that they would just make a mess and 
tear the cakes
apart with their hands but grandpa and mom cut the cakes into
slices as they searched for the surprises.  

She came dressed in her new Merida dress from the Disney movie
Brave.  She is licking the cake and frosting off the foil before
she opens it.

They were pretty excited with their money cakes.  The little 7 year
old granddaughter was wondering if she could have a money 
cake for her birthday.  Maybe grandma has started a
new tradition.

Happy birthdays to wonderful grandchildren.


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  1. What an adorable idea! And the cakes look beautiful!

  2. What a fun idea! When I was little, my grandmother would hide a quarter in my birthday cake. She always made certain I got the piece with the quarter which was wrapped in wax paper. ;-) Looks like inflation has made a difference with the money cake concept. LOL
    Beautiful cakes, Jacqueline, and your grands are darling.

  3. What a fun idea! I'll have to borrow that one. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Jacqueline, what a cute idea! I am sure the cakes were a hit! They are absolutely beautiful.

  5. The kids are cute and the cakes look great Jacqueline! I'm sure everyone had a fun time:@)

  6. Owww so sweet !! from

  7. Can you make me a money cake for my birthday? lol

    These are such beautiful cakes & what a fun surprise too!

  8. What a great idea Jacqueline, and the little cakes look so pretty. I think all your family will want a money cake too for their BD.

  9. At our 2 eldest boys bday party.. Amy..gave them $25.00 each..They were excited ..but I know they had no idea how much that real life..
    My best aunt..until the yr she passed..would send me $25.00 for my birthday and for Christmas..I was in my 50's when she passed.
    I bought something special for the family at Christmas..and for me at my birthday..

    The cakes are superb..I tried my hand at those roses..Not so good:)

    Your grandchildren are darling.

  10. What an absolutely fabulous idea! The cakes are drop dead gorgeous, and I don't know who WOULDN'T be thrilled with something like this! Heck, I want a money cake now!!! :-)

  11. I love, love, love this idea. We are constantly trying to come up with ways to surprise the kids with the money we give them for their birthday...This is the perfect way.
    BTW...those cakes are beautiful and your grandkids are precious..
    thanks for sharing...

  12. This was so darling! London felt so special to have her very own birthday cake, it was one of her birthday wishes. They both looked beautiful. I showed London the pictures and she got a big smile on her face and then asked 'did you save any of that cake for me for later.' If only I had, she could eat some for breakfast:) Love you!

  13. What a cute idea. The cakes are so pretty and money in them too, great surprise!


  14. Beautiful cakes and grandchildren! I love this idea, and think I need to try it! What's better than a gorgeous cake? Finding money inside a gorgeous cake! :)

  15. The cakes are so cute and so are the grandchildren. You are the best grandmas, and not too shabby of a sister too! I used to put money in the cake for Dustin and Chris, but somehow other traditions have been left behind. I love the rose cakes in mini. Joni

  16. Jacqueline, beautiful cakes and beautiful children. What a fun idea! I bet this will become a tradition that will live in your grands hearts forever. Very smart grandmother. laurie

  17. What little cutie pies you have, Jacqueline!! I would LOVE a $$$ cake myself. What a great new tradition you started. Btw, the cakes are incredible.

  18. Jacqueline, you are the best grandma ever... know they look forward to every special time with you! Those cakes were pretty enough to be from a bakery, almost too pretty to eat.. almost!!!

  19. How do you decide the amount? If it goes according to how old they are you woulf GO BROKE making me a money cake:):):) They are SO pretty. Your grands are adorable. FUN times. XO, Pinky

  20. I love that idea! And your cakes are just beautiful!!


  21. What a great idea and I'll bet those cuties loved digging into their beautiful cakes. I love how you frosted them!

  22. What a different idea! Your grands are precious. The mini rose cakes are fun!

  23. Hi Jacqueline, You are so clever and the cakes are amazing! But the most beautiful things in this post are those adorable children!!! Happy birthday to them and to your daughter! Linda

  24. What a cute idea!! it would be a great surprise to find two adorable cakes filled with goodies!! I love those intricate roses that you fit onto the cakes. Thanks for sharing!!:)

  25. You are the best grandma! These cakes are gorgeous! What cutie pies! My oldest daughter is turning 5 on the 24th and my littlest will be 2 1/2 on the 16th. I'm thinking about making a half-birthday treat for her :)

  26. Oh my goodness! Your cakes are gorgeous!!


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