Creating a birthday party out of bright, colorful, simple ideas is the best way to do it. Hanging huge circle garland confetti and devouring a tasty coconut birthday cake make for a party scene that will thrill any birthday girl.
Summer is almost here, and I am so excited! I love to slow down and focus more on the simple ideas every summer, while not losing any of my hosting spunk or color. This great party combo is a guaranteed success and comes together quick enough to leave plenty of time for sitting by the pool on an awesome picnic blanket.
The coconut cake is one of my favorite cakes to make. Although on the outside it seems wild the taste is just amazing. A fresh batch of coconut flakes and a little taste of pudding added to our recipe makes the cake wonderfully soft and yummy!
To make the coconut birthday cake you will need:
- 2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups coconut milk + 1 cup for frosting
- 2 packages vanilla pudding mixed
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- ¼ cup coconut flakes
- 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
Coconut Birthday Cake
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Beat the butter on medium speed until fluffy. Add in the sugar and then the eggs one at a time to the mixture. Beat until well combined.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder and ½ tsp salt into the mixture alternating with the coconut milk until combined well.
4. Add in ½ cup vanilla pudding, 1 Tbsp vanilla extract and coconut flakes. Mix until well combined.
5. Place in cake pans and bake for 25-30 minutes
6. Meanwhile mix the frosting by combining 2 cups vanilla pudding 2 cups coconut flakes and 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, confectioners’ sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon vanilla.
7. Once the cakes have cooled layer with the rest of the vanilla pudding mixed with coconut flakes and top with the frosting. Refrigerate until set.
To make the confetti backdrop you will need:
- Card stock in pinks, yellows, and gold
- 1.5″ Circle Punch
- 2″ Circle Punch
- Clear String
Confetti Party Backdrop
1. Punch or cut out lots of circles in 2 different sizes
2. Tape several lines of string on a table, about 5′ long. This will hold the string in place while adding the circles.
3. Slide one circle under the string and tape, then add another circle above, line up, and tape. Place every 6 inches.
4. When repeating on the next string, place the circles 3 inches lower so the circles are off center from the previous string. This will allow the circles to be slightly different heights when hung up.
5. Repeat these steps for all the strings, alternating the circles. I made about 10 strings total.
6. Tape up the backdrop one string at a time, leaving 12″ between each row. (There will be 3 rows).
Combine the two ideas for a party this is quick to pull together and filled with fun summer style.
(Photography ©A Subtle Revelry by Alyson Lott).