Vegan MoFo Day 17: A Long Absence and Another Cake!

Ugh…this past week proved to be more complicated for me than I anticiapted. I wanted to make a post everyday during the week and take the weekends to cook up some of my recipes and take photos of them. Well that did not happen as I had planned for it to. My mom, sister and I spent last week trying to get everything in order for my brother and husband’s 30th birthday party, so the party preparations took up more time than I had expected.

I spent most of my week trying to make my husband’s birthday cake, which had me pulling my hair out in frustration. For some odd reason the cake recipes that I have depended on did not want to cooperate with me and I ended up remaking the cake six times! Everything that could go wrong with the cake went wrong. Once I was happy with how the cakes turned out and was ready to decorate it things started to go wrong with that. I couldn’t get my fondant to the color I needed it to be, but in the end he really enjoyed his cake and seemed to love it.


My husband was a Marine and there is no doubt that every Marine who wears this uniform absolutely loves it, so I thought that it would be special to make this cake for my him because he had loved being a Marine. I am always reminded by him that “Once a Marine, always a Marine!”, so there are no former Marines.

The bottom tier is a chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream with chopped homemade peanut butter cups mixed in. The top tier is a pineapple coconut cake with a pineapple coconut cream cheese filling. Everything on the cake is edible and vegan except for the cover. We had a little bit of difficulty with trying to make the cover from crispy rice cereal and Dandies, so I ended up using his actual cover for the cake. I was going to try and make it out of cake and cover it in fondant, but I ran out of time.  For those of you not familiar with the Marine Corps they call their “hats” covers. I was quickly corrected when my husband and I first started dating when I called his cover a hat, ha!


I was pretty happy with how this cake turned out and I was really happy to see the look on my husband’s face when he saw it. Everyone at the party seemed to really enjoy it also. I am still trying to improve on my decorating skills and I am starting to see improvement which has me really excited! I love edible works of art, especially when they are vegan!


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13 responses to “Vegan MoFo Day 17: A Long Absence and Another Cake!

  1. Ty

    My goodness, this is such an awesome cake. Cool.

  2. Jes

    Wow, that birthday cake is amazing! You have some really rockin’ skills in cake decorating–love it!

  3. Wow, you are super talented at cake decorating, that looks amazing!

  4. It looks awesome. I just made a silar cake for USMC birthday. I, too, had a hard time with the cake (had to remake it twice) and the hat, oops I meant cover, fell apart.

  5. Oops I meant to say “similar”

  6. Ashleigh

    First off i love this cake! second i want to know how you made the imprints of the eagle globe and achor on the buttons and belt plate? my boyfriend leaves in 30 days adn i want to make this cake (or something similar to) for his going away party. if you could help me out thatd be awesome!

    • Hi Ashleigh! Thank you so much for the compliment. I made the buttons and belt buckle by making moulds of some extra buttons my husband had lying around. I used a mould putty that I purchased at Hobby Lobby, but if you don’t have one where you Michael’s also carries it. I hope this helps!

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