Thursday, December 15, 2011

The happy colors of Christmas: hummingbird cake and felted ball garland

Colored lights, 
sparkling balls...

The happy colors of Christmas 
all piled on top of a sweet 3 layer cake

Gold shimmers sprinkled on
peaks of frosting
for extra Christmas spirit

Sitting pretty 
 on a whimsical cake stand
with silver sparkles of tinsel

Hummingbird cake is a dessert staple of the South.  There are several legends about its history.  
The name is said to have come from the sweet nectar that the hummingbird finds. The recipe for Hummingbird cake is one of the most requested dessert recipes of all time and THE most requested recipe in Southern Living Magazine.   Its key ingredients are crushed pineapple and chopped bananas. 

Of course, the primary reason
I was attracted to this cake was because of its 
adorable name! ;) 

I frosted the cake with creamy cream cheese frosting 
and piled on colors and colors of bright ornaments.  
*all ornaments were removed before serving the cake at the party to avoid harm* {wink}

In more colorful fun, the kids and I strung some jewel-toned felted ball garland.  
Remember we do the 25 Days of Christmas ADVENTure calendar?  Creating this garland was one of the holiday projects tucked away in one of the envelopes.  

Simple and fun

Messy hair, holes in jeans, belts around heads (???)
...the Moore boys doing their thing.

These colorful poinsettias are real!  I found them at a local nursery and grabbed some up for gifts.  They are super festive and happy.

Christmas is for kids. 
And adults.  
And anyone who likes to be happy
- those who enrich their years with a colorful ending 
every December. 

This post is linked to: Simply Sweet Home Inspired Room HomeStories Mantels, Holiday Home Link Parties TLCUnder the Table & Dreamin, Think Pink Sundays, Seasonal Sundays, Met Monday, Making the World Cuter, Tuesday Tutorials and Tips, Tasty Tuesday, Tempt My Tummy, Tip Junkie, Get Your Craft On, DIY Design, Works for Me Wednesday, Blue Cricket Design, Transformation Thursday, House of H, Tablescape Thursday, Show off Your Stuff, Strut Your Stuff,   Show and Share Day, Foodie Friday, Frugal Friday, I'm Lovin It, Tickled Pink, Friday Flair, Design Dazzle, Be Different Act Normal, Funky Junk Interiors, Weekend Wrap Up  DIY by Design


Blondie's Journal said...

I have been hearing more and more about this it a Southern tradition at Christmas? It's beautiful and looks delicious!

Your boys look like they are really into making the garland! SO cute!


Anonymous said...

The cake looks delicious..I have never heard of it before..I love your cake stand..And the poinsettias I have never seeen in those colors..They are beautiful..

Lisa Fliehman said...

That cake looks so yummy!! I'm going to have to find teh recipe!! And those poinsettias are just stunning!!!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

What an adorable way to decorate a cake - so festive. Quite clever.


The Tuscan Home said...

I agree, what a clever cake, so festive for the season. I always enjoy your pictures, you are so creative! =) xo ~Liz

WhyCuzICan said...

Very cute and creative use of color. The kids really look like they are having fun too :D

Visiting via: The Shabby Nest linky party,
Suzanne in NW Illinois

Jenny said...

Wow. How gorgeous! I was thinking for a second those ornaments were edible.

My husband would probably try to eat one! ha!

The picture of the boys is really cute! They are getting so big, Lisa!

It's nice to see the start of another lovely holiday here!

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I would never think to use Christmas balls on a cake ... it looks so festive and beautiful. We might try that for our Happy Birthday, Jesus, cake.

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

What a great way to decorate your cake! Love it!

I hope you'll stop by today and link up at our Christmas party!

caveman said...

"Messy hair, holes in jeans, belts around heads (???) ...the Moore boys doing their thing."

I had to laugh when I red this! The funniest part is that I had no idea putting a belt around your head (a common practice of young kung-fu masters) was unusual.

The Arizona Russums said...

i LOVE that you put ornaments on top of the cake. it looks amazing!

Miss Charming said...

Such a beautiful presentation! Now I'm off to find the recipe.

Snap said...

The cake looks so good and the garland is great!

Cottage and Broome said...

I love hummingbird cake, it is a favorite in our family! Your boys are so cute, hope you all leave a great holiday, Laura

Sonny G said...

Your cake is so pretty. I made one last week and its all gone.

Looks like its time to make another:)

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

Yum your cake is beautiful and looks so tasty! Those poinsettias are AMAZING! What a fun twist on from the traditional color :)

Sunflowers With Smiles said...

Your cake looks so delicious! Since I live in the Low Country now, I see a lot of this listed on dessert menus....I must try.....Red Velvet is also popular down South and I love it!

I am one of your new followers, feel free to visit my blog and follow if you wish!