Birthday Cake Roundup

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Today was my first day of senior year of high school, so things may get a little hectic around here. As always, I’ll try my best to post regularly-about every three days- and stay on top of the blogging world. Good luck to all my fellow students!!

ALSO, yesterday was my seventeenth birthday!! I can finally see a rated R movie on my own!!!! Sadly, I can’t drive yet, but my road test’s in a couple of weeks (wish me luck!). On my birthday, I worked for eight hours at the town pool (which was fine because two of my friends also worked there), ran, went out to dinner, and then came back to the pool for a little after-hours swim with the rest of the staff. It was a really fun day, even though I had to worry about waking up early today for school.

As for my birthday cake, I haven’t made it yet! My dinner with friends is tomorrow night, so I’m narrowing down my choices. Here are some cakes that have caught my eye:

Momofuku Milk Bar Birthday Cake from The Baker Chick 

Pumpkin Crunch Cake from Baby Gizmo

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

Hershey’s Decadent Dark Chocolate Cake from Soap Mom’s Kitchen

I also really want to use cannoli cream or graham crust crust in some way…hmmm.


Link Parties:

Homemaker on a Dime Creative Bloggers’ Party and Hop

Sarah Howe’s Random Recipe Roundup

Jam Hands’ Recipe Sharing Monday

Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms’ Melt in Your Mouth Monday

Pint Sized Baker’s Two Cup Tuesdays

Nap Time Creations’ Tasteful Tuesdays

Inside BruCrew Life’s Time to Sparkle

Tasteful Tuesday

A special surprise on Teenage Cakeland today…I’m cohosting Tasteful Tuesdays with Nap-Time Creations! Thanks so much to Emily for the opportunity, and to everyone for linking up! Emily has a ton of beautiful crafts and yummy looking recipes on her site, so be sure to check it out!

Hi Teenage Cakeland readers! I’m Emily and I blog over at Nap-Time Creations. I’m so excited to be hosting my weekly link party with Dru today! {Tasteful Tuesdays}, a link party that runs every week from Monday evening until Friday morning, and every other week the party is also be posted on an additional blog…. so MORE exposure for YOU and your TALENT! We all like more exposure right? So link on up and get your stuff shown on TWO great blogs.

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I post features on Nap-Time Creations each weekend. Usually around a theme… some recent round ups have included:

Red White & Blue


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How to Test a Cake for Doneness

The age old question: How can I tell when my cake is done?

I’ve read up on this a lot over the past couple of years. I’ve found three strategies work best to test for doneness:

  1. Insert a toothpick into the center of the cake. When it comes out clean, it’s done.
  2. Check the sides of the cake. They should be just a tad darker than the center, and slightly pulling away from the sides of the pan. I even nudge the cake away from the pan a bit with my finger to see if it holds its own and comes away cleanly.
  3. Lightly press the top of the cake with your finger. It should feel like cake, and pop up accordingly. It’ll be springy!

Questions? Tips?

Make these cakes:

Red Velvet and Cinnamon Layer Rose Birthday Cake

Red Velvet Cinnamon Layer Rose Cake TidyMom

Six Layer Cake – OMG.

Chocolate Raspberry Ombre Petal Cake (This was my Sweet 16 cake!)

Batter Belly Dough Cake

Finalist 4: Batter Belly Dough Cake

Mary Todd Lincoln’s Vanilla Almond Cake


Happy baking!