Last Saturday (August 16th) BigBear turned 30!! For the past few years he’s been dreading this birthday like it was the plague! I personally love having birthdays haha but he just could not get excited about the big 3-0!
Well, I just knew that we had to have a little celebration for this milestone birthday to show him that it wasn’t all that bad and after seeing this Vintage Dude 30th Birthday theme on PartyPail.com I KNEW that this was what we needed for the party!
I think I loved it so much because it reminded me of a Jack Daniels bottle and we’ve had quite a few hilarious stories come up in our life while we were “hanging out” with Jack 😉 I just knew that this theme would just make him smile.
I even found this “Vintage Dude” Flask to match the party!!
The Vintage Dude party supplies with the “30” on them were my favorite!
I set up the desserts and drinks inside and just lined the food up in the kitchen. We kept it pretty simple and served Thomas’ favorites! We had hot dogs, hamburgers, fries, Texas cheese chili dip and of course cake!
Now BigBear ALWAYS asks for some type of peanut butter chocolate dessert for his birthday but this year he totally switched it up on me! He wanted a Peppermint Patty Cake! I searched for the perfect chocolate cake recipe and made up a peppermint frosting for the cake but it needed something else…something to tie it into the Vintage Dude party theme!
Oh, that’s perfect! The top of the cake can match the decorations! 🙂
I used the Icing Transfer method to make the Vintage Dude Design on the cake! I’ve done it quite a few times for holiday cakes, Minnie Mouse cakes and One Direction cakes that I’ve made for the girls!
I’ll do a quick explanation below but I have a ton of photos of the Minnie Mouse cake on the blog too if you want more photo step by step directions on how to make an icing transfer for cakes!
So you’ll want to take your design and flip it so that it’s a mirror image! I made a photo copy of one of the napkins, flipped it to a mirror image using PicMonkey.com and turned it into a black and white photo.
Next you’ll print that out (I normally put my image into something like Microsoft Word and make a bunch of different sizes and print them out). Next cut out the image you want to use on your cake and tape it to a baking sheet. REMEMBER to use the mirror image! Yes it is backwards but once you flip it over onto the cake it will be correct!
Cover the image with wax paper. Tape the wax paper to the baking sheet.
Next, use icing to trace the design! I have used homemade butter creme icing but I do LOVE these little icing tubes from Hobby lobby. I don’t have to color icing and I don’t have to put it in bag etc, etc. I just screw a tip onto the tube of icing and get to work! Now sometimes if it is REALLY hot, I have found that the black will bleed a bit, so just test it out and see how it works for you! I’ve only had it bleed on 2 cakes and those were in the middle of the summer parties haha.
Once you’ve traced the whole image, place the baking sheet into the freezer and let it freeze for a few hours. Remove the baking sheet and cover the design (carefully!) with a layer of white icing (or whatever color your cake will be!) This will make it easier to apply to your cake!
Freeze that for 24 – 48 hours, when it’s time to decorate the cake, icing the cake and before serving, remove the transfer from the freezer. Work quickly but carefully and remove the wax paper from the baking sheet. (I use an old baking sheet for transfers and I use a small knife to cut the design out (well, like a circle or square around the design). Then lift the design up, turn it over onto the cake and peel back the wax paper to reveal the design!
Now the design may be a bit higher than the cake surface so I just take extra icing and fill in around the design and smooth it out with a spatula.
And that’s how I got the cake to match the party theme!
I also went around the cake and piped little icing stars and placed a mini Peppermint Patty on top of each one to finish the cake and pull in the peppermint patty flavor!
I got more compliments on this cake that I have on anything I’ve ever baked in my life!
I hope you’ll give the icing transfer a try! It’s my favorite way to decorate homemade cakes! I don’t have the time or patience for much else when it comes to cakes haha 😉
Happy 30th Birthday BigBear! I hope you loved everything! Love you!
Thank you PartyPail.com for sending over all of the fantastic Vintage Dude Party items for Big Bear’s Birthday! He loved it!
If you’re looking for these Birthday decoration be sure to check them out on PartyPail’s website (oh and don’t worry, they have just the plain “Vintage Dude” theme, one for 30th Birthdays, 40th Birthdays, 50th Birthdays and 60th Birthdays! As well and TONS of other fantastic party decorations!