Sometimes birthdays occur when it's just not practical or convenient to celebrate with a traditional cake. This can be when you're on the move on vacation or in outdoor situations like the beach or camping. That's why a portable birthday cake comes in handy!
Trying to carry along a traditional cake complete with frosting can be tricky and end up a bit messy too! Also, if you're doing a quick birthday celebration before leaving home on a vacation, it is sad to make a big cake and go away, knowing that the cake will just be stale by the time you return.
We were in this situation last week. Mario's birthday was on Wednesday and at 6am Thursday we were leaving for BlogHer in NYC. Not only that, he worked the full day on Wednesday and played volleyball in the evening meaning there was little time to eat a cake and if we did we would have a couple of slices and the rest would be inedible by the time we got back. Nevertheless, I didn't want his birthday to pass without a cake, so I improvised.
He LOVES SuzyQs, so I decided to buy them as his birthday cake. But a plain ol' box of snack cakes isn't very festive, plus lit candles and bare cardboard don't mix well, so I dressed it up and you can too. Here's what you need and how to do it:
Portable Birthday Cake Supplies:
Box of snack cakes
How to Make a Portable Birthday Cake:
Open one end of the box and remove cakes.
Wrap box with foil, leaving bottom of box exposed and the opened box end slightly loose.
Use the knife to make small X marks where you want the candles positioned.
Put cakes back in box, close end and press foil into place.
Place candles in holes.
When you're ready to celebrate, light the candles!
They look really cool reflecting on the foil.