White vanilla birthday cake with burlap banner by Ling Abson

Recently I hosted a really good friend’s 37th birthday party. I wasn’t quite sure what to make for her birthday cake as I usually bake for my kids.

I wanted something more grown-up. Nothing too girly, nothing that looks like a wedding cake. For the first time I wasn’t able to find a lot of inspiration from Pinterest.

So I came up with a simple 6 inch vanilla cake covered with Wilton’s white fondant. I didn’t have a lot of time to make a fancy gum paste flower (plus flowers reminds me of wedding) so I made a banner with burlap that I already have.

Burlap banner on white cake by Ling Abson

How to make the burlap banner

  • I first stamped out a few ‘X’s and ‘O’s to get a few good ones.
  • Cut them out in a triangular shape.
  • Then I used the Ashland brand Burlap Garland I bought from Michaels and lined my stamped letters along the edge.
  • I followed the shape and cut the burlap slightly larger than my paper cut outs,  making sure not to cut the edge as I’m using the edge to link the letters together.
  • I then cut following the edge for about 3-4 inches long on both sides so that I have two tails, one on each side to tie the banner on the skewer.

White vanilla cake for grown ups by Ling Abson

By the way, I used half the width of the burlap and a beautiful teal ribbon for the bottom of the cake. As for the wooden cake stand, I bought that at Michael’s too!

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