A child’s birthday only comes ‘round once a year, so parents do their best to make it extra special and memorable. Whether you’re planning a big party or not, a must-have is the birthday cake — there’s nothing like seeing your child’s face light up as you sing her the birthday song and ask her to blow out the candles while making a wish.
But these days, birthday cakes don’t come cheap. And if you want it customized with elaborate designs, you’d need to order it a few months in advance. That’s what Jacque Cruz-Hsu learned while she was planning her daughter Skye’s first birthday party, so she looked for (and discovered!) a hack that would still give her a beautiful, themed cake but without the expensive price tag.
“Nung nag-first birthday si baby sa Jollibee, naka-package na ‘yung cake niya sa party and worth Php900 yun na sobrang simple lang. Sa isip-isip ko, pwede ko pa pagandahin ‘yun pero [mas] mura,” she tells SmartParenting.com.phvia Facebook messenger.
Instead of an expensive custom cake, Jacque discovered a hack that can turn a Goldilocks cake into any themed cake she wanted!
PHOTO BY COURTESY OF JACQUE CRUZ-HSU
Since Jacque loved doing arts and crafts, she took the DIY route for her daughter’s second birthday. And that’s when she discovered the cake hack.
“Bibili na lang sana ako ng cake sa Goldilocks when I asked the crew kung pwedeng magpa-customize ng cake na may white icing lang at pa-sprayan lang ng gusto kong colors,” she shares. The result was a blue and purple cake that was perfect for her child’s “Little Mermaid”-themed birthday party.
To complete the theme, Jacque bought cake toppers from Goldilocks and a party supplies store. She also DIY’d an Ariel figurine by printing a photo of the Disney princess and pasting it on a stick. She added a tutu for the gown.
The total cost? Php510 for the cake and a little more than Php200 for the toppers! She shared her tips on our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village, and many of our village mom and dads were impressed! Here’s her guide to help you out:
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First, pagawa ka sa Goldilocks ng 8 x 12 inches na cake. (Pwede rin mas malaki pa dyan pero may additional fee, siyempre.
“Second, pili ka ng flavor ng cake mo. Mocha or chocolate ang choices. Mocha ang pinili ko at Php490 pesos (mas mahal lang ng kaunti ang choco).
She says the flowers at the sides are included, but you can ask the staff not to put one on the cake if you prefer. You’d also need to order the cake at least week before your party. Jacque says she was able to have one done three days before, but this will still depend if the branch will be able to accommodate the rush order. For crammers, she jokingly says, “Hindi pwede on the same day, bes. Hindi yan magic!”
If your kids love the classic taste of chiffon and boiled icing, then this cake hack will surely be a hit. And it also goes to show just how creative moms can get when on a budget — even if you’re being a little matipid, you don’t need to compromise on the quality. The “DIY” cakes look amazing, after all!