Act Your Age Cupcakes

No time or money for a fancy, professional birthday cake?  No worries.  Fancy cakes may impress, but so do easy, frugal cupcakes!  Kids are hooked on these sweet, easy-to-grab treats, and anything with sprinkles makes the world go round, so why not?!

Using my chocolate sheet cake recipe, I fashioned these homemade cupcakes into my birthday girl’s new age.  Slapped some clearance wrapping paper over a sheet cake pan for presentation, and we’re all set for the birthday party.  She’s thrilled, and that’s the only thing that matters.  Yet another way to celebrate big without spending big.

(Be sure to check out Joy’s cupcake-cake, too!)


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  1. What an awesome idea! I will definitely be using that one!

  2. Great idea! I am so not a cake decorator, but this I could manage!

  3. More cupcakes. Everybody loves them, right?

  4. Now there’s a slap-yourself-in-the-head kind of moment! I have slaved away baking a huge cake, then gingerly cutting it out in the shape of a number…DUH. Never again! Love your super simple idea!


  5. I have seen such creative ideas with cupcakes lately. Very clever!

  6. Great idea! I don’t know if my extended family would go for the idea, but I typically make cupcakes for birthdays, too. (We celebrate with the immediate family on the actual birthday, then have a party for extended family on the weekend. So I make cupcakes for immediate family and save the big cake for the party.)

  7. Clever, clever, clever. I totally love this birthday solution! Trouble is, all but one of my kids has hit double digits, and that’s a LOT of cupcakes.

  8. I love the idea of arranging the cupcakes in the shape of their age! Besides, it is so true that it is the thought that counts, not the amount spent!

  9. Awesome idea! I’m hooked on cupcakes right now too. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Very creative cake 🙂 And best of all, no fighting over who gets the corner piece with all the icing!! 🙂

    Kelly @ DesignTies

  11. Very cute!


  12. Love it! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Cute idea!

  14. I agree! Cupcakes can be easier at a kids’ party, too, because all you have to do is hand them out (no cake cutting, no kids shouting, “I want the corner piece with the flower!”). We used cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday party last week, in fact!

    Thanks for joining my blog party. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, Amy! 🙂

  15. This is the cutest idea!

  16. Oh my! This is so darn cute! I will have to try this sometime with my kids!

  17. After holidays, sprinkles often go on clearance. That’s when I get sprinkles–and you’re right: everythig is better with sprinkles in the children’s eyes!

  18. I LOVE cupcakes! Just did a few posts recently on those little lovelies~

  19. What a simple, fun, wonderful idea!

    And kids love cupcakes so this is perfect!

    Actually, I love cupcakes too. 😉

  20. Thanks for linking to Cupcake Tuesday! I remember when you posted this before, in fact I see my other comment. How funny!

  21. Love that you shaped the cupcakes into a giant “6”…cute idea!

  22. this is a great idea!!

  23. My 5 y.o. LOVES cupcakes! For her “little house” themed birthday party next week (age 6), I will do this one (great pic!), or, if anyone can give me an idea – how to stack and decorate a “house” or “cabin” out of cupcakes, that would be wonderful too! Jina – Kalama, WA


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