Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Perfectly Pinterest: Mini Typography Anniversary Cakes

by Darla

Let me tell you a little something about these cakes: they were a true labor of love. These are the cakes that I made, and the Hubster and I shared, for our tenth anniversary.

Here’s a fun fact about the Hubster: he loves vintage typewriters. Not like, old 80s electric typewriters, but very old, clickety-clackety ones. He’s a gifted creative writer, and he’s loved using old typewriters for as long as I’ve known him. We even have a small collection of them, my favorite being a vintage Underwood No. 5 from the early 1900s.

Knowing that, I was thrilled when I found a great stamp that was all about love, but had a nice “typed” look to it. It was perfect for these cakes!

You may remember that I got some truly gorgeous and thoughtful anniversary gifts from the Hubster, but I never shared his gifts with you. That’s because they were a little different. You see, he’s still stationed overseas, and won’t be officially transferred stateside until this summer. I decided to save up every penny I could bake and sew, and I flew him up to spend a few days together for our anniversary, then drive across country and help find our new home. It’s not as tangible and blingy as the gifts he got me, but it was so important to us to be able to spend our tenth anniversary together, and it meant so much that he was a part of finding our new home.

I did give him a real life, gift wrapped gift, too, though…inspired by pinterest, of course. You can click through to the original art on Etsy from seller Domestic Notions, which is beautiful, but I wanted something truly personal. I wrote him a love letter, cut it into hearts, and arranged them on a double matted frame. The single red heart has our initials and the date of our marriage on it.

When the Hubster saw his art, he was touched that it was done in my own handwriting, and handmade by me. When he saw his cakes, he loved the typed font look. :) I was so happy that I was able to give him two very “me” gifts that were also very “him.”

These sweet little cakes make such a beautiful statement, but they are so very simple to make. All you need, aside from some delicious cakes, is fondant, a stamp with lettering, and a black food writer. Oh yeah…and a mini heart cutter.

Color the writing on the stamp and stamp the fondant until it’s covered.

Use the mini heart cutter (this one is from Duff) to cut out several hearts.

Stick the hearts on the sides of the cakes.

That’s it.

Seriously.

I told you they were easy.

I also added some sweet, little red hearts to the tippy tops to give that splash of color that you see in my anniversary art. I kept these simple, too, and just wrote our initials on them. ♥

I truly adore how our wee anniversary cakes turned out. From top to bottom, they look just like I hoped they would. If you need an easy to do, but beautiful to look at idea for a cake, this technique makes an impact, without taking tons of time and training to do. Enjoy!

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Caroline @ chocolate & carrots April 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

Seriously precious! :D What a great anniversary gift!

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2 Rosa April 3, 2012 at 9:38 am

A touching, sweet, and super-cute gift! So glad you’re back! :-)

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3 Laura April 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

This is the cutest idea ever. I love it!

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4 Dahveed April 3, 2012 at 9:45 am

Wow, creative and simple to do. Very cool.

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5 heather April 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

I squee’d a little just now. Okay, a lot. Really beautiful and touching!

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6 Rachel April 3, 2012 at 10:12 am

I love the cakes and the art. There’s nothing like a handwritten love letter, and to memorialize it so creatively is a great idea! Filing this one away for future reference…

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7 shelly (cookies and cups) April 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

What sweet cakes! He’s a lucky guy :)

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8 Circe April 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

This is just too cute! Great job!!!

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9 Tina@flourtrader April 3, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Whoa the stamp thing has reached a whole new level with these Anniversary Cakes! Your cakes as well as the framed art took some thought as well as time. I am sure your anniversary celebration was very memorable. I think that gifts that are hand made are so much better than store bought and are definitely more thoughtful. Well done!

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10 michelle April 3, 2012 at 1:31 pm

omgosh so amazingly cute and pretty! happy 10 years, it goes by fast right??

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11 Lauren April 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

This is the cutest thing ever!!

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12 Hayley Callaway April 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

OMG! YOUR A GENIUS! Thats seriously, the cutest idea I have ever seen!!!

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13 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Homemade gifts are truly the best kind. Your cakes are so adorable!

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14 Sonia of Simple Treats.CT April 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

I was thinking of a similar idea this morning for a cake I was conceptualizing. Thank you very much for sharing this!!!! – luv it ….

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15 Shauna April 3, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I love these mini cakes. They are absolutely adorable.

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16 Becca - Cookie Jar Treats April 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm

This is such a sweet/cute/romantic thing to do for your husband. I would feel like the luckiest man alive if you did this more me (well if I were a guy that happened to be married to you that is).

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17 Katira April 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm

What a sweet idea! I love the black and white with a little pop of red too. What a lucky hubby you have :)

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18 Lizy b April 4, 2012 at 7:14 am

These are lovely! My honey always loves homemade gifts the best too!

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19 Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more April 4, 2012 at 9:06 am

oh I love it, what a cute story to go with those adorable cakes.

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20 Annette Gonzalez April 4, 2012 at 11:51 am

Adorable! And happy anniversary!

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21 Raquel April 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I like it very much!! The power of imagination!!
Raquel

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22 jen May 1, 2012 at 9:08 am

I love these! This colour combination is one of my favourites and I definitely want to try the stamp effect. Happy anniversary!

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23 marla May 19, 2012 at 5:23 am

Seriously the cutest little cakes ever!! Love the typography :)

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24 Ratna June 4, 2012 at 6:58 am

Wow….. I like it so muchhhh

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