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Pinay Mom Discovered a Cake Hack that Lets You 'Customize' a Cake Under Php800!

All you need is a little creativity and cake toppers to complete the look.
PHOTO BYcourtesy of Jacque Cruz-Hsu

A child’s birthday only comes ‘round once a year, so parents do their best to make it extra special and memorable. Whether you’re planning a big party or not, a must-have is the birthday cake — there’s nothing like seeing your child’s face light up as you sing her the birthday song and ask her to blow out the candles while making a wish.

But these days, birthday cakes don’t come cheap. And if you want it customized with elaborate designs, you’d need to order it a few months in advance. That’s what Jacque Cruz-Hsu learned while she was planning her daughter Skye’s first birthday party, so she looked for (and discovered!) a hack that would still give her a beautiful, themed cake but without the expensive price tag.

“Nung nag-first birthday si baby sa Jollibee, naka-package na ‘yung cake niya sa party and worth Php900 yun na sobrang simple lang. Sa isip-isip ko, pwede ko pa pagandahin ‘yun pero [mas] mura,” she tells SmartParenting.com.ph via Facebook messenger.

Instead of an expensive custom cake, Jacque discovered a hack that can turn a Goldilocks cake into any themed cake she wanted!
 PHOTO BY COURTESY OF JACQUE CRUZ-HSU

Since Jacque loved doing arts and crafts, she took the DIY route for her daughter’s second birthday. And that’s when she discovered the cake hack.

“Bibili na lang sana ako ng cake sa Goldilocks when I asked the crew kung pwedeng magpa-customize ng cake na may white icing lang at pa-sprayan lang ng gusto kong colors,” she shares. The result was a blue and purple cake that was perfect for her child’s “Little Mermaid”-themed birthday party.

To complete the theme, Jacque bought cake toppers from Goldilocks and a party supplies store. She also DIY’d an Ariel figurine by printing a photo of the Disney princess and pasting it on a stick. She added a tutu for the gown.

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Jacque with her three-year-old daughter Skye. 
PHOTO BY COURTESY OF JACQUE CRUZ-HSU

The total cost? Php510 for the cake and a little more than Php200 for the toppers! She shared her tips on our Facebook group, Smart Parenting Village, and many of our village mom and dads were impressed! Here’s her guide to help you out:

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This is what Skye's bare Snow White cake looks like. For Php20, you can decorate the cake with icing of different colors.
PHOTO BY courtesy of Jacque Cruz-Hsu

First, pagawa ka sa Goldilocks ng 8 x 12 inches na cake. (Pwede rin mas malaki pa dyan pero may additional fee, siyempre.

“Second, pili ka ng flavor ng cake mo. Mocha or chocolate ang choices. Mocha ang pinili ko at Php490 pesos (mas mahal lang ng kaunti ang choco).

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Jacque decorated Skye's Snow White cake with figurines she spotted at a bakery and Nips chocolates!
PHOTO BY courtesy of Jacque Cruz-Hsu

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