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Welcome! I will feature one skill or craft each month to enjoy doing and learning together! Our first skill for September will be Simplified Cake Decorating. I will show you how simple this little “Girlfriend Cake” is to make! And after a year of learning and sharing, you will “graduate” from the Homemaking Academy and earn your Heart & Keeper Home Skills Merit Badge, and I will share your accomplishments here on my website! We are going to have so much fun this year with a new project each month.

Simplified Cake Decorating

For our

Girlfriend Cake

We can all run out and buy all kinds of things to decorate a cake, but why when you don’t have to? I have made this same cake and frosting by scratch and you can get recipes all day long off the internet for that if you’d like. But I’ve decided to make it easy and fun, even simple enough to do with your kids, grandkids, or any little ones in your care. I hope to spark their interest in being creative and to easily finish what they start to give them a sense of accomplishment. Have fun!

What you’ll need:

  • Dessert shells from your grocery bakery (I used two)

  • 1 can vanilla frosting

  • A small cupcake stand (the one pictured is from the Joanna Gaines line)

  • Knife

  • 6 coordinating laces 8 to 9 inches long (I’ve used creams, tans and blush. Tie them together at one end and at the other end cut the ends so they are not the same lengths. Keep one ribbon aside to use to tie your bag with when you’re all done.)

  • Coordinating flowers and leaves.


Place a dab of frosting in the center of your cupcake stand to anchor your first dessert cup. Frost 1 dessert cup then place a second cup on top of that and frost it, I love having some of the cake show through. If there’s lots of crumbs and you want a smooth covered look frost with one coat of icing then let it stand for 10 minutes and then frost a second time.

Using a Q-tip wipe away any frosting that has gotten on the cupcake stand.

Place your ribbon on the left side of the top of the cake, with the knot on top.

Place your flowers and leaves on top pressing slightly into the cake to anchor them.

Carefully put into a cellophane bag making sure the bag is not too small, bigger is better, tie closed with a coordinating ribbon and add a tag. It’s called a Girlfriend Cake but it would make any one feel special! Enjoy!


With a few changes, you can use the same technique to make a fun cake for a special boy in your family or the kids can make this for Dad!

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