{Kate’s 4th Birthday Party} The Barbie Cake…Then and Now!

{kim’s 4th birthday ~ 1981}

When I was little, my mom made the most fabulous cakes! I always love going through her photo albums and seeing the beautiful creations she made for my brother & I’s birthday parties. When my own daughter decided on a Barbie party this year, I instantly thought of the doll cake that my mom had made for my own party. Had I seen this picture again before Kate’s party, I think I would have asked Melissa {Decadent Delights} to match the ruffles. Instead, I googled to find some examples of Barbie cakes and found a pretty purple one that inspired this design {source unknown}. The swirls, rhinestones and edible glitter turned out absolutely gorgeous! My mom didn’t have a chance to pull out this photo until after Kate’s party but when she did I was so excited that it happened to also be for my 4th birthday! It just shows how you can pull beautiful memories from the past to inspire new ones!

{kate’s 4th birthday ~ 2011}

Thank you, Mom for making my beautiful cakes and beautiful memories. Love you!


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    Cassandra R. says

    How amazing! Both versions were great. I loved seeing the photos from Kate’s party. Job well done!

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    Brigette says

    I had a Barbie cake that my mom made for my birthday when I was little, too! Your pics brought back good memories!!!

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    Lisa Anderson says

    That has to be one of the most prettiest cakes i have ever seen. I have 4 kids and recently moved toward making their cakes myself every year. I can see the detail that went into the dress. OMG… it is to die for.. Great job!!! My little Chloe is turning 1 in Sept and I hope to pull off as precious of a party as your daughters!! Great job!!

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    Diane says

    This is so awesome! I have a picture from my birthday in 1981 (I turned 5, I’m a year older than you) and I was wearing a smocked dress (but in light blue) and the EXACT same strawberry shortcake pin. How fun to see! You are an awesome party planner but an even more awesome mom!

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    Camille says

    You get your amazingness from your mom! I love that she threw you fabulous parties as well when you were little! Such great memories and pics Im sure =)

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    Melanie Siena-Thomas says

    I had a Barbie cake for my 7th Bday. Can’t wait to have one for my little girl! The one for your daughter’s Bday was gorgeous.

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    TaraRhode says

    Aww, what sweet memories! It brings me back to my 3rd birthday and the doll cakes that my own Mom made for me. 😀

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    Lovely cakes! My mum made me some lovely ones when I was little and I have also been thinking about recreating them for my little girl, I just need to get some practice in first!!

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    autumn says

    I had that same barbie cake when I was little (born in 1980). It is so fun to do the same parties for my own daughter’s now!


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