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Let me tell you a little story about my oldest son’s first birthday… Maybe you recall the Martha Stewart Baby Magazine? Well, back in the Martha Stewart heyday, it was where all the “cool” moms went for everything baby inspired. You know, back before there was such a thing as Pinterest.
I’d had my eye on the most charming baby birthday cake in the spring issue, and I was dead set on making it for my boy’s birthday party. Never mind that I was 9 months pregnant with my second son, and never mind that I had exactly zero cake-decorating experience. I might add that to call it a cake was a bit of an understatement. It was actually a series of small cakes, decorated like classic wooden baby blocks. Totally adorable! I was smitten — and determined…
My biggest mistake was my decision to forgo the fondant. Surely just frosting each cake block would be quicker and easier, right? And it seemed like a great choice, until I started the detail work and watched my piping slide right off. But I persevered, and literally HOURS later (as my guests were walking in the door), I finished the last cake.
While my cake(s) weren’t quite Martha-worthy, they weren’t awful, either. They were delicious — at least that’s what I recall being told. The details of the actual party are pretty foggy, because I was so completely and utterly exhausted. What I do vividly remember is the tears that started flowing after everyone left. I felt like I’d missed out on everything, and I swore then and there I would leave the cake decorating to the experts and order my kids’ birthday cakes forever more.
I still stand by that declaration all these years later. Ordering a cake is definitely the way to go, and our guests love them! In fact, they’re always asking where they’re from. I think we’ve tried every bakery in town at this point — but we always end up coming back to our local Walmart Bakery.
Are you surprised? If so, you’re not alone… Friends are seriously amazed when I let them in on my super secret source (ha-ha!!!). But honestly, Walmart has never failed me. My cakes are always ready on time, with everything spelled correctly, and frosted to perfection — all at a price that helps me stretch my party budget.
What’s really made Walmart’s cakes stand out for me is the frosting. I’ve been asking for their delicious whipped icing for years, but it wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that I discovered it actually has a name: Bettercreme®. But don’t worry, you don’t have to remember it by name — just Ask for Whipped at your Walmart bakery (or your favorite grocery store), and the baker will know exactly what you’re referring to.
We’re totally in love with the super creamy texture and balanced sweetness (light, fresh, and not-too-sweet), so I was thrilled to learn that it also has less sugar and fewer calories than traditional buttercream icing. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! It comes in a gorgeous rainbow array of colors, and (I didn’t know this until recently) it also comes in a variety of flavors, including Naturally Flavored Lemon, Strawberry, Peanut Butter, Sea Salt Caramel, and loads more. You can perfectly customize any cake by color and flavor.
Actually, you can pretty much personalize your cake any way you wish. My middle daughter turned 12 last weekend, so we hit the Walmart Bakery to order a cake for her party. Nothing in the catalogs really struck her fancy, so we settled on a medium layer cake, piped with lavender and light blue rosettes all over. I really wanted to try a couple of different icing flavors, but Ms. Picky Palate requested a plain vanilla cake with vanilla icing. Of course, I remembered to Ask for Whipped — it’s pretty much irresistible!
She got exactly what she wanted — and I must admit it was both beautiful and delicious. AND I didn’t have to spend 8 hours making it. #momwin