Perfect Party Cake for Perfect Parties

Gretchen Noelle

My love of food was cultivated early on by my family but has come alive while living in Peru. During the 12 years of living in Lima, Peru, I have also enjoyed numerous trips to other areas of the country. Here on Provecho Peru you will find Peruvian recipes in English, American favorites prepared overseas, news about Peruvian Cuisine and interesting tidbits about life in Peru.

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91 Responses

  1. Hannah says:

    Oh, fig and orange, what a tasty combination! It’s a shame that it didn’t quite meet your expectations, but I’m sure that it would be gladly devoured at any party. 🙂

  2. Maryann says:

    A very pretty cake, Gretchen! 🙂

  3. CB says:

    I love the sprinkles! Makes your perfect party cake very whimsical. Kudos to you for picking out the “perfect” colors too 😉 Great job!Clara @ I♥food4thought

  4. glamah16 says:

    Fig Jam. Wow. I would definately make this in a sheet form as you did.

  5. Nemmie says:

    Fig jam! You are my hero, Gretchen 🙂 Beautiful, as usual :)I ran out of frosting too, made me sad. Will double the next time. did you have the drinkable yogurt around for your cereal?? I have South American friends who swear by it!

  6. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Gretchen- Your cake looks so festive! I love the colored candies. Believe it or not, my cake is baking in the oven right now. I have been so swamped with work, etc., I am just now getting a chance to make it! Thanks for the heads up on the buttercream. Using 6 sticks of butter will make me cry, but I think I will double the recipe to make sure I have enough. Wish me luck. It will be a loooong night! 😉

  7. Aran says:

    It turned out so good and I love the sprinkle effect. Fun!

  8. Tartelette says:

    Great combination of flavors! I love the idea of fig jam and the sprinkles look wonderful!

  9. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your cake looks very pretty! I love the decoration! Wonderful!Cheers,Rosa

  10. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your cake looks very pretty! I love the decoration! Wonderful!Cheers,Rosa

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your cake looks very pretty! I love the decoration! Wonderful!Cheers,Rosa

  12. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Your cake looks very pretty! I love the decoration! Wonderful!Cheers,Rosa

  13. Ann says:

    Love your flavor combinations!

  14. MyKitchenInHalfCups says:

    Oh figs would be lovely too. And I really think you colorful candies are perfect party decorations!! Great job Gretchen!

  15. Judy @ No Fear Entertaining says:

    Oh…your cake looks so nice with those pretty little sprinkles!

  16. Bake your cake and eat it too says:

    I do agree with you about get togethers with friends. I long for times when it seemed so effortless to come together. Life & responsibilities takes over I suppose. I do love those sprinkles on your frosting. They look so festive!

  17. Tarah says:

    Fig and Orange sound like a wonderful combination. Great job on this months challenge.

  18. slush says:

    Love the orange! And Im with CB, the sprinkles are super cute!

  19. dobetter says:

    Again, lovely photos! Sprinkles really make a cake look like a party!

  20. Engineer Baker says:

    Fig and orange sounds amazing, and I love love love the sprinkles! So cute!

  21. Anne says:

    Lovely photos, great job!

  22. Deborah says:

    I made this cake months ago and ran out of frosting as well. But this time around, I knew that there wasn’t a lot, so I knew to go really thin on the layers. I love the flavors you chose on this, and it looks just wonderful!

  23. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Beautiful read through for a beautiful cake Gretchen. Picking colours out of assorted mixes…good for you! Love the idea of fig jam & orange buttercream. I know the feeling of 3 sticks of butter…impossible to even contemplate a 4th. That’s why I went for whipped cream…GREAT POST!!

  24. Passionate baker...& beyond says:

    Beautiful read through for a beautiful cake Gretchen. Picking colours out of assorted mixes…good for you! Love the idea of fig jam & orange buttercream. I know the feeling of 3 sticks of butter…impossible to even contemplate a 4th. That’s why I went for whipped cream…GREAT POST!!

  25. Karen says:

    The colored sprinkles look very festive and I love the combination of fig and orange. Very nice!

  26. Jerry says:

    I love the sprinkles! You can never go wrong with it!

  27. Jasmine says:

    Fig and oranges, what a great combination of flavours! Your cake looks great with the coloured sprinkles. Congratulations!

  28. RecipeGirl says:

    Kudos to you for doing something different! Your choice in sprinkles made it look ever-so-festive too.

  29. Susan says:

    Fig & orange sounds delicious!I nearly ran out of frosting too, just barely eked out a complete coat.

  30. Suzana says:

    Gretchen, that’s a beautiful cake! Fig & Orange! I love the flavour combo! I can barely believe you picked the candy just to use purple and orange – that’s dedication!! Great job on the challenge. 🙂

  31. L Vanel says:

    Its always nice to have pretty sprinkles like that for a party cake! You made a really good choice there. I love them.

  32. Baking Soda says:

    Mine was orange curd and lemon buttercream but the combination with figs sounds amazing! Well done!

  33. Megan says:

    That looks like a perfect party cake with those sprinkles. Love the fig jam!

  34. Bellini Valli says:

    I’m sure your friends enjoyed this cake immensely Glamah!

  35. breadchick says:

    Gretchen, that sure looks like the perfect cake to have a party with your friends. I like the sprinkled candies!

  36. culinography says:

    Such a pretty cake, Gretchen! I’d have shared my buttercream with you… I had a little extra. 🙂

  37. zorra says:

    I love your cake decoration, well done!

  38. Proud Italian Cook says:

    Fig and orange! An Italian girls dream! Why didn’t I think of that? What a great combo for a cake, mmmmm!!

  39. Caramella Mou says:

    Hi Gretchen, those sprinkles are very beautiful. You’re a star to pick out the right colours. And what a good idea to make individual cakes, shame that didn’t work out, but I think your cake turned out quite beautiful!Caramella from Caramella Cooks

  40. myriam says:

    i love that funky cake deco. good job.

  41. kellypea says:

    A very cheerful looking cake! Fig jam? I’ve not tried it, but the combination of flavors you used intrigues me. Too bad you thought it wasn’t as good as you thought it might be. It certainly sounds delicious to me!

  42. shellyfish says:

    Your flavour choices sound just lovely & it looks so delicious! Beautiful photos & beautiful cake!

  43. Gabi says:

    I love the fig and orange combination and I am impressed at your patience for picking out the orange and purple candies. Whew!It’s a perfect cake from the picture!xoxo

  44. ~Amber~ says:

    Beautiful cake! Great job.

  45. marias23 says:

    Ahhh yea, the passage of time as we get older usually means we have to coordinate our hang-outs more, which is both good and bad, I think. Like you, I also miss the spontaneous get-togethers that seem to crystallize out of thin air, gathering more and more people with the passing hour. But more formal or “organized” get-togethers are no less fun when you get a good group of people together :)Your fig jam idea is brillliant and the orange and purple sprinkles actually remind me of Mardi Gras!

  46. Claire says:

    It does seem that baked goods with citrus lose their flavoronce baked. Zest usually helps but sometimes not. Your cake is beautiful!

  47. Amy says:

    Hi Gretchen – I found the same thing re: flavor of the batter vs. baked cake. Love your idea of individual cakes, and the fig and orange combo was a great idea!

  48. Bridget says:

    The candies are so cute!

  49. Erin says:

    Your cake looks so pretty! What a wonderful way to celebrate birthday parties!

  50. Brilynn says:

    Love the confetti like candy on top!

  51. ioyces says:

    loved how u’ve decorated it!! It’s so dreamily pretty!!

  52. Lesley says:

    I agree, I had JUST enough buttercream. Used the last scrapings of it.Your color scheme is so pretty.

  53. SweetDesigns says:

    Wonderful cake!! I love the sprinkles, it looks like a party just waiting to happen!! Thanks for stopping by!!

  54. Half Baked says:

    Love the sprinkles! The colors are great:) Way to go daring baker subing orange and fig for lemon! Nice job:) Hope you find your perfect party cake!!!

  55. Anne says:

    the cake is simply lovely!…and the sprinklers added a wonderful touch 🙂

  56. Merav says:

    Your cake looks lovely and the orange and fig sounds like an amazing combination!

  57. jasmine says:

    Ooh! I those orange and lavender confetti bits look so happy together!:)j

  58. Rachel says:

    orange and fig sound nice…love the way you rflected the colours on the toppings as well..Neat!

  59. Christina says:

    Gretchen, fig jam must have tasted wonderful! The sprinkles on top make it look very festive. Christina ~ She Runs, She Eats

  60. Mary says:

    I love the colored sprinkles on your cake. It’s very pretty.

  61. Cakelaw says:

    Orange and fig sounds great Gretchen! Your patience in picking out the purple and orange candies was rewarded – the end result is very pretty and colourful.

  62. coco says:

    I love the decoration@ Purple and orange! two of my favourite colours 😀

  63. ruthEbabes says:

    Hey Gretchen! Your cake sounds fab!!! It looks so pretty too!!!

  64. Andrea says:

    Great flavor combination you chose, and I like the square shape! Great job!

  65. Julie says:

    Hi Gretchen,Great job on the challenge! I love the colored decorations and the fig idea sounds wonderful.

  66. Cristina says:

    Hi Gretchen, I love your blog, it’s amazing, I live in Ecuador so it’s great that you mention the substitutes, because here is also very difficult to find speciality goods…The cake looke amazing and i’m going to try it

  67. Sheltie Girl says:

    You did a fabulous job on your cake. I love all the sprinkles.Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

  68. TERESA says:

    Beautiful Cake¡¡¡¡¡¡I love this colors which has choosed. Teresa

  69. Kevin says:

    Nice looking cake!

  70. Annemarie says:

    It’s very fun and happy looking, so I hope it was a happy cake on that front. I know what you mean about not being blown away by the taste. Those layers are so thin yet perfect – you must have a surgeon’s steady hand!

  71. Texana says:

    How festive! Your flavors sound scrumptuous too! Congrats on a beautiful result.

  72. Cookie baker Lynn says:

    Your sprinkles say happy to me. What a great flavor combination you came up with. You truly are a daring baker!

  73. michelle @ TNS says:

    fig and orange are so wonderful together and your sprinkles are so cute, i’m sorry it wasn’t as good as you’d hoped!i did a mango-lime curd in mine with some lime oil in the batter, and it was fan-fricking-tastic. so definitely give it another go!

  74. Jenny says:

    You are probably right about the lack of extract making a difference. I never have lemon extract but instead use a bit of lemon juice in its place and find that works out well.I like the square – I think yours is the first square one I’ve seen so far!

  75. Jessy and her dog Winnie says:

    Pretty cake! I love the sprinkles!

  76. Laurie says:

    This is beautiful and I love the colored candies on top..:)

  77. Peabody says:

    The sprinkles make it extra festive. I love your flavor combos! Excellent.

  78. Princess of the kitchen says:

    how pretty. Love the sprinkles. well done

  79. ChichaJo says:

    Your cake looks fantastic! I love frosting slathered on and sprinkles…just right for a party 🙂

  80. kimberleyblue says:

    MMM! Love the idea of fig jam – must’ve been fantastic with the orange buttercream.Really cute cake – excellent job!

  81. Madelyn says:

    Super cute cake… I need to take some cake decorating clases with you. Hermoso!!!

  82. Jenny says:

    I love how the sprinkle colors reflect the fig and orange flavors! Perfect!

  83. bbaking says:

    I love that you did something so vibrant and colourful! It looks gorgeous, I am also salivating from the chocolate puddings above! yummy!

  84. KayKat says:

    I lloovvveee those sprinkles! Your cake looks so alive and happy 🙂

  85. creampuff says:

    Such a very pretty cake!

  86. Dana McCauley says:

    I love your nostaligic opening notes. A few years ago I realized how much I missed my university and high school social dynamic where people just hung out for no reason. Now it seems like you have to have an occasion, a men. a hostess gift and new shirt for any social gathering…why is that?Like the confetti sprinkles on your cake, too – very festive.

  87. familiabencomo says:

    I love the color-combo of purple & orange – so happy & festive. Sorry to hear it wasn’t as “grand” of a party cake as you would have liked. I love the square shape & would have been over-the-moon if you had baked this for my birthday – what a great friend you are!xoxox Amy

  88. Kristen says:

    I lvoe the candy on top of your cake and can’t believe that you picked them all out by hand! The fig and orange sounds delicious!

  89. Anonymous says:

    Love the combination of fig and orange! It reminds me of cuccidati, those yummy fig and orange jam italian cookies 🙂 The sprinkles look very sweet and festive too!

  90. Renee says:

    Your cake is so festive!! It looks great. I love the idea of figs.

  91. Jaime says:

    sorry you weren’t in love w/this cake – i thought it was perfect 😉 definitely try it again w/some other variations! i love the sprinkled candies you put on top!

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