Backwards Party

Backwards Birthday Cake


A simple layer cake becomes a backwards joke that will give kids the giggles. Short on time? Use a store-bought cake and put the letters on at home.

Prep and decorating time: 35 minutes

Bake time: 35 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 can (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
  • 1 tube (4.25 oz.) yellow decorating icing, fitted with a star tip
  • 1/3 cup colored sprinkles
  • Candy letter decorations

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare batter and divide in two 80 round cake pans. Sprinkle batter with chocolate chips. Bake according to package directions. Transfer to wire rack and cool 10 minutes; invert and cool completely.
  2. Level cakes. Fill and frost cake layers with vanilla frosting. Make a decorative border around rim with yellow frosting. Press colored sprinkles onto sides of cake. Place letter decorations backwards on top of cake.

Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the May 2000 issue of Parents magazine.

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