My son celebrated his 5th birthday a couple weeks ago. Baking our own cakes is a great way to save a little money on birthdays. You figure a store bought cake will cost you around $15 or so. This homemade cake cost me about $2. While frugal, it has also become a fun tradition and the kids look forward to their cakes each year.
His cake request was a teddy bear with a blue shirt (his favorite color) and chocolate chip eyes and nose. Here is what I came up with.I checked out the cake tin from the library and then just used chocolate frosting for most of it. The blue was done in vanilla frosting colored with dye. He was very pleased!