A stars and stripes cake for a Kiwi-American birthday celebration in good old NZ.  The family provided me with the lovingly baked the fruit cake, which smelled just divine!  My job was to ice it with an American theme.  It had an almond then fondant icing layer with fondant stars and stripes.  Turned out very 4th of July looking.

Stars and stripes birthday cake
American stars and stripes 50th birthday cake


When baking the Kiwi cake I had a quite a bit of leftover fruit cake mix so baked a 6″ round cake with it. I knew that it would get eaten by my colleagues at Monday morning tea (a regular office home baking event).  My sister arrived to ice some cookies, so I piped some daisies while she worked on her fantastic kiwi and NZ cookies.  They dried over night so I was able to stick them on the following day – leftovers suddenly looked quite pretty.

Leftovers never looked so good

Kiwi kid’s cake

This cake was for my nephew, who was back in NZ for a visit.  His request was for a fruit cake and the design he picked out from one of my cake books (Party Cakes for Kiwi Kids by Annette Hislop & Linda Ross).

Kiwi cake (front)
Front view
Back view
Back view

Yes, that’s a kiwi egg nestled in the bushes.