Birthday cupcake with a single yellow candle

Slacker Mom Guide to Birthday Cake

Birthday parties can be a heck of a lot of work. Which is why I was thrilled when my kid said he didn’t want a big party this year. For his seventh birthday, in lieu of a party, he wanted to take a friend to an all-day outing to a rope-climbing and zip-lining course. His dad and I were psyched! Less work than a party, cheaper than buying all the crap for the party, AND we could zipline ourselves. Slacker parent win!

An hour before we were set to leave, my son said, “But you’re still going to make me a specially designed cake like you always do…right?”

Um, right. Yeah. That was my plan all along, kid. Not to order a brownie with a candle in it at dinner tonight while I sipped an aperitif after zip lining. Nope. I was totally planning to make you a special themed cake RIGHT NOW.

“How about a nice ice cream cake? You can buy those at the store. You love ice cream,” I broached carefully.

“No. I want one of your special cakes. And this year I want it to be about baseball.”

And so my #SlackerMom instincts kicked right in. I loved sharing our Slacker Mom’s Guide to Baking with you. How could I make an easy baseball birthday cake pronto?

I ran to the nearest store, bought a white-frosted pre-made cake and brought it home. With my son filming (excuse the shaky camera) I came up with this masterpiece!

This post originally appeared on Mom Cave TV. It has been reprinted with permission.

Jennifer Weedon Palazzo is the creator/writer/and producer of Mom Cave TV, an online network of comedy shows for moms including Slummy Mummy, Double Leche, Blabbermom, and MomCave LIVE. She’s a working actress in NYC who has appeared in films, commercials, and some very off-off Broadway plays. When she’s not writing about the funny side of being a mom (for blogs like Scary Mommy, Huffington Post, and Mamalode) Jennifer can be found eating Reese’s Cups while furiously bidding on vintage clothing on eBay. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Evan, bandleader of The Hot Sardines, and their son.

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