So do you buy a cake or attempt it yourself? This of course is where the frugal find comes into play. Buying a cake from a bakery or private baker can be pricey but often people are willing to spend a little more to play it safe. If you are adventurous or simply compelled by frugality, like myself, making a cake is the way to go. Depending on the size of your cake all you will need is a box of cake mix, some basic frosting ingredients (also available pre-made), a box of food coloring, and any other tools or toppings you need for your specific design.
This past week my husband had a Birthday and I needed a cake. After finding my inspiration for the cake (a board game we enjoy playing called Settlers of Catan), I purchased the few ingredients I did not already have on hand (about $3 worth), and set to work. When it was all said and done not only was I pleased with the cake, but was thrilled to save some money in the process. My husband's Birthday cake is this blog entry's frugal find.
|Tip: First draw your design into the frosting with a toothpick before adding any color or toppings. That way, it is easy to smooth and start over if it doesn't look right.|
|Tip: Keep a picture of your inspiration with you for an easy comparison not only as you design the cake, but as you shop for toppings and match colors as well.|