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Two Easy Cakes for Mom

By: Pfoinkle

One pattern makes both of these "MOM" cakes. Kids can help make these cakes perfect for Mom's birthday or a fabulous Mother's Day Celebration.

One pattern makes both of these MOM cakes. Kids can help make these cakes perfect for Mom's birthday or a fabulous Mother's Day Celebration.

These two cakes were designed for the dads and kids who don’t know a lot about baking or decorating cakes, but who want to make a special cake for Mother’s Day or mom’s birthday.

The first cake is super easy, decorated right in the pan with a simple Cool Whip frosting, and topped off with children’s cereal or mom’s favorite colorful candy. The second cake is a bit more work, but older kids will have fun with the buttercream frosting and sugar pressed decorations.

MOM Cake Supplies

  • 13″ x 9″ pan
  • One box mix cake (plus required ingredients listed on the back of box — usually eggs and oil or butter)
  • Pattern for cut outs
    For “cake in pan” only

  • 1-8oz container of thawed Cool Whip topping
  • 1 package of instant pudding or 4 individual servings of prepared pudding (“Pudding Packs” work fine)
  • Children’s cereal (such as Trix) or colorful candies
    For “cut-out cake” only

  • Buttercream frosting
  • Food coloring (found in the “baking supplies” aisle of most grocery stores)
  • Pressed Sugar Decorations
  • Assorted “sprinkles” for decoration (found in the “baking supplies” aisle of most grocery stores)


Super-Easy MOM Cake Instructions

MOM pan cake.

MOM pan cake.

Super-easy (and just a little bit messy), Mom will love this cake prepared by Dad and the little ones.

Make sure you have all the supplies listed above (including the downloadable cake pattern) and start by baking your cake. While the cake is baking, prepare the pudding and place it in the refrigerator. Once the cake is baked and cooled (make sure it has cooled), the fun starts.

Place paper pattern on top of cake.

Place paper pattern on top of cake.

Print out the downloadable cake pattern and cut out the grey shapes — if the kids are old enough to be trusted with scissors, this is a great task for them. Once all the pieces are cut out, place them on the cake as shown. It’s easier to get the correct placement if you first measure the cake and lightly mark three equal sections (the three letters) on the cake.


Score MOM pattern in cake.

Score MOM pattern in cake.

Following the patterns, use a sharp knife to score the cake — cut about half-way into the cake (precision is not important).


Remove a layer of cake from scored areas.

Remove a layer of cake from scored areas.

Use a fork to “flake out” the cake in the areas previously covered by the pattern. Remove about half the cake in each pattern piece. If you remove too much, don’t worry — just stuff some cake back in the hole. :D


Frost cake while still in the pan.

Frost cake while still in the pan.


In large bowl, fold (gently mix) pudding with thawed Cool Whip. Once mixed, spread the frosting over the entire cake (still in the pan). This is a fun step for the kids to do. Don’t worry about “messy” or about filling up the holes you just made — it’s easier to remove some frosting than to avoid the holes while frosting.

Once frosted, refrigerate the cake for twenty minutes.

Once the cake is chilled, use a spoon to scoop out any excess frosting that filled in the holes.

MOM pan cake.

MOM pan cake.

Fill the holes with colored cereal or candies. The cake is easier to “read” if you only use one or two colors for filling. Sorting the cereal or candies is a great “helper task” for little hands. Use the same decorations to make two “lines” separating the letters.

This cake is naturally “messy” and won’t look like it came from a professional bakery. But Mom will know it was baked and decorated by the ones she loves — and that makes it perfect.

Easy Buttercream MOM Cake Instructions

Cut out Mom cake.

Cut out Mom cake.

This cake starts with the same pattern as the Super-easy cake, but it takes a bit more effort to get the spruced up look.

If you want to use Pressed Sugar Decorations, it’s best to prepare these ahead of time to give them time to dry (the yellow stars on the pictured cake are pressed sugar). These decorations are a great project for kids: they look great, they’re simple to make, and require getting your hands covered in colored sugar — what could be better?

Or, for an easier decoration, pick up an assortment of candies to put on the cake. Less messy fun, but easier to do last minute. ;)

Start by baking your cake mix in a 13″x9″ cake pan. Once baked, allow the cake to cool for ten minutes and then remove it from the pan. Allow cake to finish cooling.

Cut out the cake using the downloadable cake pattern.

When it comes to frosting, you have three options:

  1. Buttercream frosting: the most work, but the best results. Here’s a recipe for a great tasting buttercream frosting. Go here for directions on coloring frosting.
  2. Canned Frosting: if you go this route, I recommend on of the “whipped” frostings. They’re easier to spread and that’s important when you’re frosting a cake that has been cut up. Plan on using a minimum of two cans of frosting.
  3. “Cool Whip” frosting: read the recipe above in the Super-easy cake instructions. Please note, this is the messiest option and will not make for a “tidy” finished cake. However, if you go the Cool Whip frosting route you can also use liquid food coloring (available in most grocery stores) to color the frosting.

Once you’ve frosted the cake, decorate it with pressed sugar decorations and lots of sprinkles (this is the easy part and a great job to hand over to the kids). Be sure to get lots of sprinkles on the serving plate around the cake.

Mom is gonna love it!

Download a PDF file of the MOM cake cut outs.

Download a PDF file of the MOM cake cut outs.


Download the MOM Cake Pattern (the pattern is a .PDF file which requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader).

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