Pretty. Cool. Cakes. E-book Giveaway

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 12, 2009

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Winners announced shortly!!!

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I am bound and determined to make Bubby’s birthday cake this year!  His birthday is on Tuesday…and we are having a small gathering to celebrate!  

I’m a wee bit nervous about making his cake this year. 

It’s not that I haven’t had luck with cakes in the past. 

I have. 

The probelm is that he asked for a “Super Why!” theme to his birthday.  And there are no “cake pans” with detailed instructions for making Super Why! cakes, like there are for Spiderman and other cartoons.  There are no “decorations” or “party hats” in the Super Why! theme, as it is such a young show!  We will have to make do…and hope for the best! 

I WILL, however, make him the best cake that I can…and in order to do that…I turned to the mama with 6 kids who has made a few cakes in her days, Jessica from Life As Mom!  She does a Birthday Cake Roundup a few times a year for others to show off their homemade birthday cakes…and there just so happens to be one later this week!

She has also put together an e-book about cakes…She explains in more detail about her Pretty. Cool. Cakes. E-book

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I’m no expert, believe me. I’m just a mom who likes to make cool cakes for her kids. When they told me that I couldn’t make them pie for their birthdays, I had to get creative. My basic formula is to take what interests my kids, find toys and candy to go with the theme and then create a scene on top of a cake. Think third grade diorama and make it edible. It’s pretty much what the bakery does, only

  1. My kids have a lot of creative license in choosing a theme. The sky’s the limit in terms of themes.
  2. The birthday child gets to keep an entertaining functioning toy rather than a useless, plastic cake topper.
  3. I don’t pay a small fortune to celebrate with a festive cake.

Still not convinced you can do it? Then buy this book! (or sign up for the giveaway!)

This 34-page book includes photographs step-by-step instructions of thirteen different birthday cakes. Each one is based on a theme chosen by real live kids infatuated with fantasy heroes and storybook characters, just like every other child. Each cake can easily be adapted to your own child’s interests if ours aren’t his favorite. The many ideas represented here range from Star Wars to the Rainforest to Fancy Nancy as well as a few that will please older children, college students, and adults. But the best part of this book is the encouragement and inspiration it imparts.

You will see that it really isn’t difficult to create a festive, fun, and frugal birthday cake to celebrate the milestones in your family’s lives.

Jessica has graciously offered to GIVE AWAY 5 e-books…1 each to 5 lucky winners…details below!

AND…stay tuned, as she’s got some great surprises up her sleeve for later in the week…and I’ll fill you in on Wednesday night when I post the winners!

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Giveaway Details

1. Contest ends Wednesday, July 15th at 5 pm EST. Winners will be announced back here on this post, and notified via email with further instructions.

2. Entry #1: Leave a comment just saying you want to win.

3. Entry #2: Leave a SEPARATE comment telling me in what way you promoted this contest (i.e., posting it in a forum, posting about it on your blog, Tweet about it, emailing all your friends, and/or subscribe to my feed by email or in a reader).

4. Entry #3: In another separate comment, let me know what kind of cake or what theme cake you’ve made (or attempted to make) for your kiddo’s birthday!  Any tips or pointers would be helpful as well!!!

5. Winner will be selected by Random.org.

**NOTE: If you receive the email newsletter and wish to enter this giveaway, click on the title of this giveaway to get to the site and leave a comment on the site with your name and email address to be entered!

*Disclosure: I did receive a copy of the e-book in conjunction with this giveaway.  I have found it super helpful and full of great ideas, tips and tricks!

{ 259 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina Burrell July 13, 2009 at 10:02 pm

I would love to win this book-I love to create creative cakes.

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Michelle in NJ July 13, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Entry #2

I’ve emailed your site to my couponing and budgeting friends before but will again so my chances at winning are higher!

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Christina Burrell July 13, 2009 at 10:04 pm

I have made cookie monster cupcakes for my little guy as well as an elmo cake, a cowboy boot cake, and a BOZ the Big Green Bear ( A Christian cartoon) cake.

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Amanda July 13, 2009 at 10:22 pm

I’d love to win. Making cakes is so fun. My son still talks about his cake from almost a year ago!

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Julie B. July 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I would LOVE to win this book!

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Julie B. July 13, 2009 at 10:34 pm

I’ve made (with hubby’s assistance!) a Darth Vader cake and an Elmo cake…they turned out pretty good…but would love to learn more tips!

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Heather July 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Oh, pick me! Pick me!! Oh, oh, oh!!!

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Crista July 13, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I want to win, lol! (#1)

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Heather July 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I subscribe via email!!!

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Crista July 13, 2009 at 10:47 pm

I’ve made a few not-so-fancy cakes for my kids. I have every intention of making each one a “fancy” cake for the rest of their lives, lol! I just have to get better at it! (#2)

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Heather July 13, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I started to do an Elmo cake for my eldest daughter’s birthday, but I just couldn’t do it. I wanted it to be sweet and special…not the cake disaster my family talked about for years to come. So I bought last minute…and have bought a cake ever since. I think it would be fun to try…I’ve gotten better at cakes and cupcakes over the years. I’m confident in my cake…not so about my frosting/icing/decorating. I need the book!!!

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Lisa Peterson July 13, 2009 at 11:09 pm

This sounds amazing. I’m always looking for an easy way to make a cool cake. I usually chicken out and buy one at the last minute! No more. Pick me!

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Christine July 13, 2009 at 11:39 pm

I want to win! I need all of the help I can get when baking a cake – especially for one as important as my child’s birthday!

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Christine July 13, 2009 at 11:44 pm

I just posted a link to this on my Facebook wall

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Amanda July 14, 2009 at 12:29 am

I would love to win. I myself am not very creative.

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Stephanie July 14, 2009 at 7:46 am

I want to win!

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Stephanie July 14, 2009 at 7:47 am

I’ve bought everything to make a luau themed 1st birthday cake for my now 3 year old. I chickened out at the last minute and bought one from Walmart! Arrgghh!

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Stephanie July 14, 2009 at 7:48 am

I heard about this on facebook!

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Phylis Reilly July 14, 2009 at 7:52 am

I would love to win this book!

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Phylis Reilly July 14, 2009 at 7:54 am

I’m entering this giveaway because I love to make fun cakes. Why make one normal when, with a little effort, you can make a really fun cake that everyone will love.

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Phylis Reilly July 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

When I became a SAHM 11 years ago I started making all my own Birthday cakes. Some of my coolest ones have been a pirate ship, light saber,wrestling ring, giant sun, butterfly, crown, hot tub, beach and many more. With this little thing called the internet I can pretty much find out how to make any cake I want. I’m going to make a flip flop cake this weekend and I found everything I need to do it at the Betty Crocker site. I love this site because it has how to videos.

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Marianne July 14, 2009 at 8:18 am

I really would like to win. This would go great with the cake pan giveaway at Bakerella.

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Heather July 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

I have 2 birthdays in the next 3 weeks, I need ideas!

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Heather July 14, 2009 at 8:40 am

I have 3 kids and make all of their cakes. I have made race cars, 4 wheeler tracks, Barbies, treasure chest, boat, guitars, dinosaurs, flip-flops, butterflies. I just love doing it, it makes me sad to think that they will not want me to make them cute cakes in a few more years (they will be 9, 8, 7 in a few weeks :( )

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Sara July 14, 2009 at 12:31 pm

My son’s 4th birthday is coming up, and he wants a Batman cake! This sure would come in handy!

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Jami July 14, 2009 at 12:32 pm

I really want to win! Making my kids’ B-Day cakes is one of the things I look forward to every year!!!

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Sara July 14, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Last year I attempted to make a Backyardigans cake. I put Pablo and Uniqua up on top, and my son was happy as a clam. But, he was 3. This year the stakes are higher! ;)

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darci July 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

I would love to win this, mostly for the pictures!!

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darci July 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I twittered/facebook about your giveaway!

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Jami July 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm
Jami July 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Email subscriber! jadco123 @ hot mail .com

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Jami July 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

For my kid’s double b-day party just last week I made a Spongebob cake, Patrick Star cake, and little Plankton cakes. They were a huge hit!!!

TIP: Make sure to give yourself plenty of time, preferably having the cakes done by the day before. *Patrick ended up being “naked” because I didn’t have time to do his swim trunks…lol.

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Denese July 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm

I would love to win one of these ebooks.
Thank you for the opportunity. :)

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Denese July 14, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Denese July 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Here is a cake baking tip for anyone without a regular oven:
You can bake a cake in a toaster oven or “table-top oven” -you just have to bake it in layers (an 8 in cake pan works well),or as cupcakes, and make sure the rack is as close to the middle as possible.

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michelle July 14, 2009 at 3:13 pm

i would love to win i am not creative

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masha July 14, 2009 at 4:09 pm

I would love to win this!

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Launa July 14, 2009 at 4:24 pm

I would love to win this e-book!

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Launa July 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I have made a candyland cake, strawberry shortcake, winnie the pooh, abbey cadabby, #1 cake, and a princess doll cake. I love to make theme cakes for my 3 girls. They are now 5, 3 and 10 months. What will I come up with next.

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Launa July 14, 2009 at 4:28 pm

i will post the contest on my facebook page!

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Michelle July 14, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Count me in I have 3 children all under the age of 13. What a great help this would be and also I do love to cook… :)

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Melissa Miller July 14, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I would love to win!!! The cakes look like fun to make.

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Monica July 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I would love to win. I made my son a pirate cake for his birthday last year and would love more ideas.

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Donna July 14, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I would love to learn how to create these cakes…I will post a link on my facebook page.

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Tiffany July 14, 2009 at 8:32 pm

For my son’s 5th birthday he wanted a matchbox car theme. I took two 10″ cake pans made a figure 8. Make a track around the figure with crushed oreos, put green icning on for the grass and placed cars on the track. Placed on a large sheet of cardboard and drew a “croud” on the cardboard to appear like they were watching the race. He loved it.

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Susan July 14, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Erin~ i would just love to win the e-book. i have 4 kids (for now) and birthdays happen quite often around here.

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Glenda July 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Pick me – pick me! Love to bake some of these cakes : -)

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Amy Sp July 15, 2009 at 9:59 am

I would love to win the book!

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Sandy July 15, 2009 at 10:22 am

I would love to add this book to my collection. I have also forwarded this to many of my friends (maybe one of us will win it). I have made several cakes for my growing son. One was a basket ball and net. Using a sheet cake I baked a half a cake in a oven proof bowl for the basketball and then used thick white icing to drape the strings of the net over the ball. It feeds alot of people and turned out great.

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Janet July 15, 2009 at 11:38 am

I am a grandma now. I still make birthday cakes for my grandchildren and my grown children. I am in need of new ideas, so I would like to win this contest.

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