It’s the night before Chloe’s Birthday celebration and I’m ready to fall asleep. This has been a week of careful planning. For events like these, I make a list of things that need to get done, then I work backwards. 
This week was full of fun stuff.

  1. Annual stop at Party City for essentials.
  2. Looking for cake ideas and baking our own.
  3. Copious amounts of YouTube videos.
  4. Nut free food ideas.
  5. Building our own pinata.
  6. Choosing the birthday outfit 
  7. Decorating the kitchen.
  8. Creating favor bags.
  9. Finalizing plans at the venue.
  10. Choosing classroom snack.

We built a cake today and here’s what we did!

For the cake we used (7 boxes) Betty Crocker Devils Food Chocolate box mix. 
For the frosting:
Buttercream (I used 16 cups of frosting)

  • 1 cup room temp unsalted butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract 
  • 4-6 TBSP milk
  • Combine in mixer

We can’t use most toppings/sprinkles/letters or icing from the grocery store, so I used ribbon instead. Plus, we can recycle it, Chloe can use it for her Barbie or something.
Is the cake a little over the top? Yes. She will never have a “cool” Birthday cake, so I work my ass off to make whatever she dreams up each year. Bing nut-free already sucks, it shouldn’t have to on your birthday.
The decorations for the cake we found at Michaels craft store, and the Elena doll is part of a gift she got at Christmas. The cake board is Amazon Prime and so are the cake dowels. This cake is 6 layers, thus it weighs a ton, so these dowels help support each layer of the cake. This cake has 7 woodens dowels for support. You can find these at any craft store.
Tomorrow’s the day – hoping everything goes well and most importantly, she has FUN with friends. So happy for my little lady.