Skellig Michael Birthday Cake

Are you sick of hearing about Skellig Michael on my blog yet?  Yes?  Well, too bad!

My mom made another of her amazing cakes for my birthday.  It was a “traditional” Funfetti cake that she decorated to look like Skellig Michael, where the ending scene of The Force Awakens was filmed and which I visited last summer in a very memorable experience.  

She used some small Bundt molds to make the mounds for Skellig Michael (on the right with the puffins and steps) and Little Skellig (on the left with the seals).

Can’t you just see Rey walking up those steps?


She knew I was going to blog about this, so she made sure to put only ecologically accurate animals on (though the proportions are still a bit off…)

We have:

The puffins were hand-made out of marzipan, so they were tasty as well as adorable.  The cake itself was delicious, though the icing made our mouths turn blue.  

I ate some of Skellig Michael with a puffin.


The lettering says “Breithlá Sona” which is apparently an Irish translation of “Happy Birthday” (at least according to Google 😉 ).  



My mom made another awesome cake, this time for my sister’s birthday.

A chocolate cake with Minions on top!  The Minions are made from iced Twinkies, with licorice, Smarties and Mentos as decoration.  Also banana Runts.


The cake was delicious and the blue icing turned my mouth blue.  Good times all around.

Jane Austen Birthday Cake

As I mentioned the other day, my birthday is in late January, so I recently got older.  My mom has made me a birthday cake every year for my whole life, everything from animals to Disney characters to flowers in my favorite colors.  And it’s always Funfetti cake.

This year she really pulled out all the stops on this Jane Austen book cake:

We don’t like using fondant, because while it looks pretty, it doesn’t come close to a good buttercream frosting in terms of taste.  So the inside is box-mix Pillsbury Funfetti cake, the outside is homemade buttercream, and the book titles are fondant cutouts dusted with sparkly colored powder.  I’m trying to convince my mom to do a guest blog post about how she created the whole thing.

She picked these three titles because they are some of the shorter ones in Austen’s published oeuvre, and therefore the easiest to fit on the cake!  “Sense and Sensibility” is not very convenient for this kind of thing…

Of course then I had to tease her because Emma and Mansfield Park are my two least favorite Austen novels.  I jokingly refused to eat the Mansfield Park layer–I guessed that Fanny Price would give me indigestion.