Let Them Eat Cake: A Guide to Making Birthdays Sweeter (Family Bites)


  • Welcome! I'm Jan, a Canadian food writer & party planner with a specialty in celebrations for kids. I'm the Food Editor for SavvyMom Media & a contributor to several other family-focused publications. I live in Toronto with my husband and our two tween sons.

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Looking forward to this series! My mom always made our birthday cakes (and still does). They were generally boxed cakes but she'd usually try and pretty them up. I specifically remember a "Hickory Dickory Dock" cake she made that I loved.

For Maren's 1st & 2nd birthdays I made cakes from scratch and they were both a big hit! This year we did a DIY sundae bar so a cake wasn't necessary.


So far, I've stuck to cupcakes because cakes make me nervous - but I'm working up to it. The next kid birthday at our house is in March and maybe by then I'll feel brave enough to tackle a real cake. Thank you so much for this helpful post - I'll be referring back to it!


This is awesome!!! My girl's first birthday is coming up and I can't wait to bake her very first cake.

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