When living on a tight budget, it can be hard to spread the kind of gift lovin’ you wish…like on birthdays.
Often I get creative (in my mind) and hope my thoughtfulness doesn’t come across as a cheap, tacky “why in the F did you give this to me” gift.
I designed the cake below for a former boss and fabulous friend who always used to demand (I kid! I kid! But she doesn’t read this, so I can say what I want) Diet Cokes 14 times per day. Hence the choice of beverage here (of course, if I made one for myself, it would have bottles of wine on the bottom, Captain Morgan bottles in the middle, topped off with vodka – but we’re not talking about me, so I digress).
Here are the ‘ingredients’ for this cake…
1) Start with a 12 pack of the recipient’s favorite beverage (or beer/liquor if money is no object).
2) A fake silver platter (it really fancies up the look overall, yes?).
3) Packing tape, duct tape and your choice of ribbon. (You could skip the duct tape but it really takes cake decorating to a whole new level).
Start by arranging cans on the platter, secure with packing tape.
Continue tiering to desired height, making sure packing tape is all over the place (making it feel more like a gift, for sure).
This cake was going to a gal who loves black and white, hence the zebra print duct tape icing.
This was a perfect way for me to bake. No dirty dishes. No recipe ingredients or steps I couldn’t decipher. And all done in about 20 minutes.
If cake baking isn’t for you, become a jewelry designer (and if you’re lucky, an overnight sensation).
Go to your local hardware store and purchase a plant chain (for around $2) and two plastic numbers (intended for the side of a house). Small string, fishing line or wire will work to attach the number to the chain.
And voila! You’ll have one bewildered, amused (?) and possibly annoyed recipient!
And that’s how you, too, can give a tad on the trashy side gift and still buy groceries for the week (or in my case Teddy’s prescription cat food).