This Citrus Layer Cake with vanilla, lemon and orange layers is colorfully decorated and made even more special adorned with helium-filled balloons from Balloon Time. It’s a fun and colorful birthday cake!
I’ve always enjoyed celebrating birthdays.
Especially when they’re mine. 😉
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However, one special lady in our family will be celebrating her 25th in just a few weeks.
How am I old enough to have a daughter that old?? Seriously??
I feel just 25 myself at times. Ok, 28. I hated turning 25.
Yet, it seems like yesterday she was a toddler coaxing her baby sister as she would the cat – bending down, rubbing her fingers together, and clicking her tongue. “Here, Emma, Emma.”
Granted she’d seen me call the cat that way, but I never used that method on any of my children.
Then there was the day she grabbed our Jeep exhaust pipe after we’d come home from shopping. Yeah, that wasn’t fun. I took her out of the car, and was taking the groceries into the house when I heard her scream. That darn shiny pipe on our new car smack dab at her eye level was just too good to not reach for. Doggone it!
She’s not scarred and fortunately, that’s the extent of her childhood trauma.
In August, my baby leaves for Germany to become an au pair.
She’s excited and I’m extremely excited for her. It’s time for her to fly and spread her wings.
I know this is a great opportunity and something she is very much looking forward to. It truly is the chance of a lifetime and I’m so excited that she’s going for it.
To celebrate her and because the two of us won’t be home for her birthday (more on that to come!), I decided of course, to make her a cake. Yet, I couldn’t choose between this one of Oreos, this yummy cinnamon one, the Easy Tiramisu Poke Cake that we all really liked, or one of chocolate. Decisions, decisions.
I’d never made an ombre cake and wanted her cake to have all the colors, so to this Citrus Layer Cake I added the lemon and orange to match the hues.
Lately, I’ve had the urge to roll a cake in rainbow nonpareils and when you have that urge, you just sort of go with it. I used this frosting recipe entirely with shortening because I knew it would be perfectly white, but you can use the combination of butter if you don’t mind slightly yellow tint.
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Also, balloons. You certainly can’t celebrate a birthday without balloons no matter how old you are. Am I right? They just make it more fun and festive, so I purchased a Balloon Time Helium Tank.
It comes with a small, lightweight pink tank filled with helium, 30 9-inch latex balloons and ribbon. Absolutely perfect for what I needed and the balloons were so easy to fill, too! All you have to do is twist the green knob at the top, place a balloon over the black nozzle and press down.
Voila! 30 helium balloons filled in a matter of minutes, adorned with ribbon and ready to go.
Just note to self for next time, turn the ceiling fans OFF before you let the balloons drift to the ceiling. Things could certainly become a little precarious.
I also decided that since the cake was so colorful that it only made sense to attach the balloons to it. How much fun is a cake that has balloons on top of it? SO much fun!! All of the colors just went perfectly with the sprinkles and candies I’d decorated it with and it made the cake look like it was going to float away. Reminded me of the movie, “Up”. I loved that film.
To hold the balloons securely to the top of the cake, I cut small pieces of white floral wire. I tied the ribbon to it as you can see above, folded the edges down and inserted it into the cake. I used 5 balloons for the cake and then placed the rest of the around the room. It was so cool and such a fun presentation for her birthday cake and celebration.
Just remember to remove the balloons from the cake before lighting any candles!
To decorate the Citrus Layer Cake, I used
different sized offset spatulas – made for easy spreading of the frosting
rainbow nonpareils around the outside of the cake. I gently poured them onto a rimmed baking sheet so they wouldn’t fly all over my kitchen.
8-inch cardboard rounds to hold the both the top and bottom of the cake as I rolled it in the sprinkles. They worked like a charm!
Your next birthday celebration will be that much more special when you make this Citrus Layer Cake and use a Balloon Time Helium Tank. Kids and adults will enjoy the fun and added excitement it brings to the party!
Take a look at these fun videos of kids with birthday cakes…
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