I try to go all out for making a birthday cake for my kids. In the past I have made a castle, a train, a fish, and of course I have bought a few. The ones that are remembered are the ones I make. So the party I had for my 2 year old was on Friday at 6 pm and Friday about 5 am was when I figured out how to make it interesting. Nothing like the last minute. I was feeding 30 people, so I needed to boxes of mix and 2 frostings. No clever design in the shape, but volia!
This is the best picture that I have. You have got to love my belly in the way. I must obviously be in my third trimester with it that round. So I took 2 confetti cake mixes and dyed on neon green and the other pink. layered them alternating with neon blue frosting. Then did the outside in purple frosting. I found glitter gel stuff at wal-mart and did the number on the top. Cake fed 30 people for about $10.
Here is the fish I did for my daughters birthday, this last fall. I did 4 round cakes cut one up to form the fins. I iced it chocolate and used m&ms. There was some bickering between my honey and me, since I made him sort the m&ms by color. And yes, again I was finishing as guest arrived. Hey, being a mom of 3, soon 4 is rough on the schedule.