Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Snowy Mountain Ski Resort Birthday Cake


Today is Ranger's 15th birthday! His birthday celebration started a day early (the ski resort is closed today) with a day trip up the mountain and his very first ski lesson. Today we continued the celebration at home. His cake didn't end up quite like I originally envisioned, but I managed to pull it off despite my pregnancy nausea, and really love how it turned out. So did the birthday boy!

He, and his older brother, also had a blast skiing for the first time! More pictures coming soon. 

Ski Cake

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Directions:

Prepare and bake cakes according to directions. Cool.


Once the cakes have cooled, slice off one edge of each cake as shown in picture.


Frost the bottom of one of the larger cake pieces with 1/2 cup frosting. Top with the second larger cake piece, bottom side onto the frosting. Place these, cut end down, on cake platter or serving tray,  then place one of the smaller cut pieces in front of the two larger pieces, securing with some additional frosting.


Spread a thin layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake to seal crumbs. (Opt: place in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes. This make spreading the final coat of frosting so much easier.) Spread remaining frosting evenly over the sides and top of the cake.


Cut two skier silhouettes from a black Wilton Sugar Sheet and place on cake. You can download the silhouettes I used here.


Decorate the cake with White Sparkling Sugar and Snowflake Sprinkles. I also went around the base of the cake creating dots of frosting with Wilton Decorating Tip, No. 7.


Melt candy melts according to directions. Place melted candy in a disposable decorating bag or baggie and snip off corner.  Using the melted candy, create trees on wax paper. I just made these freehand, starting with the brown tree trunks first on some followed by the white snow covered branches, and then switching it up by starting with the white branches first and then finishing with the brown tree trunks.  I made 15 trees of various sizes. I also added White Sparkling Sugar to some of them for extra sparkle! :)


Once the candy has hardened, carefully arrange the snow covered candy trees on the cake to complete the snowy mountain scene. 


I'll be back soon to share the rest of the 15th birthday ski party pictures! 

You can scroll through all our past birthday cakes and party themes here

19 comments:

  1. WOW! How does a mother of seven - almost EIGHT! - create so many cool-themed fun events??! You never cease to amaze. When I had a LITTLE nausea back in the day, I took to my sofa ;-D There you are going to ski resorts and baking a WORK OF ART! Kudos!

    2017-02-08 18:32:27

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    1. Thank you, Karen! You always leave such sweet comments! Going to the ski resort for the day (watching the boys ski while resting/staying warm in the lodge and having lunch with my husband) has been my "big" outing for the year! I had hoped to go on a road trip with Sean and the boys last weekend but traveling just isn't a prudent decision right now with some current pregnancy complications and I ended up staying home. Thankfully the ski resort is only an hour from our house, with my doctor's office halfway in between! ;) As for the cake, it came together very quickly and I was really excited with how it turned out! I didn't think I'd be able to pull off much right now. I used store bought cake mix and frosting along with what I already had in my decorating stash to keep it "simple." I haven't done much baking at all this pregnancy and what I have managed to do has been documented either here on the blog or over at Instagram! lol I was so grateful that I had a little break from the nausea Mon-Tues. Yesterday ended up being another really rough day that was spent on the couch or in the bathroom... Today is shaping up to be another hard day as well. The nausea seems to come in waves, I'm just so grateful that it's not all the time or as severe like during the first trimester. Lots to offer up this pregnancy for sure!

      2017-02-09 18:36:05

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  2. Ski lessons are a WONDERFUL gift! And...you did a fantastic job on the ski cake!

    2017-02-08 20:02:00

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie! As the boys get older it's been fun to give them new experiences for gifts rather than more stuff! I've been wanting to take them skiing for years, but either I've been pregnant/nursing or the ski resort has been closed due to lack of snow. We talked about a "ski" birthday last year, before I knew we'd be expecting another one, and I'm so glad we were able to make it happen anyway. The boys LOVED it and I'm hoping we can eventually take the younger kids up for lessons too. Maybe next year (or the year after?) I'll be able to join them! It's been awhile... I haven't skied since I was single! :)

      2017-02-09 18:42:08

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    2. I agree with experiences as gifts too! My mother recently paid for my eldest daughters to do "worship" dance classes and they love it! We did homeschool ski lessons when we lived in Alaska, we were so spoiled, and I have to tell you that we made it work with our large family by being aggressive with used skis and helmets and boots. We would buy it all up in the off season and then siblings would get things passed down. Yes, $20 skis aren't fancy but I mean...we do it to be outside and in God's beauty! I was able to ski a little with my girls between pregnancies before we moved from Alaska and it felt like PLAYING with them, we enjoyed it so much..I can't wait to see your first picture on the slopes when the time comes! I am due with our sixth, our fifth daughter, in June...God Bless You!

      2017-02-09 19:43:09

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RANGER Wishing you a day of joy and a year of happiness. Marilyn

    2017-02-08 20:57:34

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  4. Ranger have a great birthday and a year of everything nice. Enjoy the cake. It looks delicious. HAPPY BIRTHDAY RANGER Marion

    2017-02-08 20:58:59

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  5. Good afternoon! Thank you for your wholesome and God filled family blog :D On a side note have you ever heard of Dr. Hilgers out of Nebraska? He specializes in female health-kind of a functional doctor at heart. Anyhow I currently work for a Catholic-Prolife MD who specializes in hormone health (studied under Dr. H). She's well know in the south for doing abortion reversals. Anyhow you mentioned cramping going on while you've been pregnant. Have you had your progesterone levels tested? Many times your levels can be low and all you need is a boost in your levels. That's the method we use at our clinic to save babies. We administer concentrated sources of yam based progesterone shots. You might want to look in that.

    2017-02-08 21:25:26

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    1. I have! In fact I've considered trying to schedule a long-distance appointment with him the past couple years, but ended up trying a couple different local doctors first, before finding out I was expecting. For this pregnancy I had hoped to see a local Naturopathic Doctor & Midwife, but our insurance wouldn't cover it and I have always had high-risk pregnancies, so I am seeing the specialist she referred me to instead. She did test my progesterone at the beginning of my pregnancy and put me on a prescription since my levels were in the "grey" area. She took me off when I made it to the second trimester and just retested my levels a couple weeks ago and they were still fine. She plans to continue monitoring them along with my cervix (due to past pre-term labor, my body has always wanted to start contracting at this point) and the placenta (which is currently low-lying). I have another ultrasound next week. I will be sure to look into the yam based progesterone shots you mentioned. Thank you for the recommendation!

      2017-02-09 18:49:15

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  6. Wow! This cake looks amazing. And it looks so simple to do. I hope I can get to baking soon. I have 4 littles 5, 3,2, 7 months and a 5th little on the way. Will be praying for you and your lovely family and that your nausea goes away soon.

    2017-02-08 22:05:36

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    1. Thank you, Annette! It really was simple to decorate! Congratulations on your new little one on the way! Our oldest was 6 when our number 5 arrived :) -- I started blogging just before he was born!

      2017-02-09 18:53:04

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  7. This is a wonderful Birth Day cake for your 15 year old son! Love those yummy trees and skiers. You are so Creative Jessica...and accomplishing all this when you are not feeling quite so well during your pregnancy. You are a true blessing to your birthday son!

    2017-02-09 02:36:32

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    1. Thank you, Debbie! ❤ I really love making special cakes for their birthdays!

      2017-02-09 19:00:15

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  8. You are officially the coolest mom ever!! Happy birthday! God's joyous blessings!!

    2017-02-11 18:42:20

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  9. My friend is turning 40 and loves to ski. i have been searching for a cute cake design that I could make for her - and this is the winner! I know she will love it. Thanks for sharing your design and the step by step how to. :)

    2019-09-15 15:06:43

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  10. Hello the cake looks great! My question is ...it says to use 2- 9in cakes but the photo only shows 1...... not sure am i missing something?

    2021-01-19 01:52:56

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    1. The two rounds are stacked in the picture. I used both of the larger pieces and one of the smaller pieces after cutting them.

      2021-01-19 15:30:14

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