Share Your MOMent: Cakes Made by Mom with Love

May 4th, 2016 by Desiree Smith

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we asked Wilton employees to share some special memories and stories. For many of us, our moms – or someone who is like a mom to us – piqued our interest in baking. Who did you learn from? What special memories do you have? Or, are you a mom who enjoys baking with her kids? In this series, we will feature a different story each day. We hope you enjoy reading the stories of those who chose to share their MOMent!


We have all had those moments on our birthdays when the lights are dimmed, the candles on the cake are lit and the people around you are singing, “happy birthday to you”! In those moments, a few thoughts tend to cross our minds such as, “Oh gosh, I hate when the spotlight is on me,” or “I just want to eat some cake already!” Although those thoughts tend to cross my mind while everyone is singing to me on my birthday while gathered around the cake, the biggest thought on my mind is my mom.

My mom has always taken pride in making my birthday cakes as unique and customized as possible. She not only takes on this challenge for me, but for my whole family. I can’t think of many birthdays or family events like baby showers and graduations where my Mom didn’t have a special creation for us. The cake is typically as important as the reason for the celebration (at least in my household!) because everyone knows that my mom has put quite a bit of energy and thought into creating a one of kind cake to fit the person and occasion.

My mom is always the center of our celebrations!

Over the years of my mom’s special creations, I have spent a lot of time watching and learning her cake decorating techniques which stem from the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating. She has taught me everything from buttercream recipes to which cake decorating tips do what, or how to NOT burn out the motor on our cake mixer (which I have done before…). Although I have learned some of these cake decorating techniques from the Wilton Method on my own, the most valuable baking and cake decorating tips have come from my mom, which are tips and tricks that came from her mom.

After learning and growing my cake decorating skills alongside my Mom throughout the years, nothing tops the priceless moments of the smiles she puts on my family members’ faces as we debut the cake of the special occasion. You will see in the pictures below that it’s moments like these that will last a lifetime and are only brought by the beautiful and memorable creations my mom has made.

Chicago Blackhawks Jersey Cake

My Chicago Blackhawks birthday cake. The Indian head is a chocolate chip cookie that was baked, shaped, and decorated by my mom.

Elsa Cake

Elsa from Frozen Doll Cake

University of Illinois Illini Chief Cake

University of Illinois Illini Chief Cake




Desiree Smith Desiree is the Public Relations Manager at Wilton. She spends her days monitoring media opportunities, working with newspaper, magazine and television contacts, collaborating with bloggers and handling a variety of other odds and ends. Desiree has a degree in journalism and experience writing for newspapers and television. Outside of Wilton, she enjoys running and planning outings with friends.

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