Celebrating Mom’s Big Birthday with One Goofy Cake

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This weekend we went upstate to visit my parents and celebrate my mom’s birthday. This Tuesday, she turns the big 7-0, though she certainly doesn’t look it. Come to think of it, she certainly doesn’t act it either.

How many of you have a senior citizen mother who watches Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Doctor Who and even the Lord of the Rings movies? She’s always loved dogs (especially Shih-Tzus), British mysteries, and tea. And the one other big constant in her life since I’ve known her (which I guess would pretty much be my entire life) is that she loves Disney. In particular, she is an enormous fan of Goofy.

Take a visit to her house and besides getting a plate of Magic Cookie Bars, you’ll catch dozens upon dozens of Goofy items around the house. Sure, there’s the T-shirts, sweatshirts and mugs. There’s the figures, the musical giant PEZ dispenser and the gumball bowling machine. There’s even a Goofy back scratcher and teapot.

Just 1 small Goofy shelf in the breakfront.

Just one very small Goofy shelf in the breakfront. That’s a salt & pepper shaker on the left.

Since my mom was having such a big birthday, Allie decided to make her a very special birthday cake. I didn’t think she’d ever be able to top my 40th Birthday Fozzie Bear Cake, but I think this one comes darn close. Yep, she went and made a Goofy cake! And personally, I think it came out pretty darn amazing.

Goofy Cake Disney

Allie made this one without any mold at all. She simply piped it freehand. And as usual, none of that lame, inedible fondant was used. Uh uh. This cake is 100% edible and delicious. Note the blue and brown layer of frosting on the background. My mom’s a big chocolate fan, while Allie and the kids fall on the vanilla side. So this was a pretty good compromise, and actually offered everyone a taste of both delectable worlds.

But how did the Birthday Girl like her cake? Let’s take a look!


Yep, it was the exact level of GASP! that I expected from her, followed by some delightful giggles. Her first words were, “This is too beautiful to eat!”


Like a Vince Lombardi Trophy, we all had to get in line to snap photos of us with the Birthday Girl and her Goofy Cake. First up is me, Allie and mom. This photo’s especially meaningful because in 90% of photos taken of her, my mom has her eyes closed. True story!


A family portrait followed with me and my sister Beth joining mom and dad.


We ended up eating probably half the cake I’d say, doing a good job of eating around Goofy as much as we could.

I don’t have any shots of Jason and Ryan devouring the cake, but I’d lose my Parenting License if I didn’t share any my-kids-are-so-adorable photos with you in this post, so here ya go:

Jason Nintendo 3DS

There was at least 5 minutes this weekend where Jason wasn’t holding his 3Ds.

Ryan smiling

There was at least 5 minutes this weekend where Ryan stopped being a hilarious Mr. Chatterbox.

It was a really fun weekend all around and I just wanted to thank Allie once again for putting in all that effort for my mom’s birthday cake! Happy early birthday to you, mom! Hope there’s still some Goofy cake left for you to enjoy on your actual birthday this Tuesday!

Goofy Disney cake

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42 thoughts on “Celebrating Mom’s Big Birthday with One Goofy Cake

  1. What a great job on the cake! It looked like a really fun birthday party for your mom, I bet she loved it!

  2. Your mom sounds really cool. I hope she had a great birthday, and you should ask if she’s watched any of the Foyle’s War series. It’s a British mystery series about a detective during World War II. I love it.

  3. Your mom sounds like an awesome lady! I love that she has all kinds of Goofy stuff that she likes to collect….and the cake was perfect!

  4. Such an amazing cake! Goofy means a lot to my family as well, it’s really cute to see the same for someone else’s! Adorable pictures, thank you for sharing!

  5. Wow!!! That cake looks amazing, and she piped it freehand. It looks delicious, thank you for sharing. Happy belated birthday to Ellen.

  6. What a great cake! I’m so impressed, and it’s even better that she loved it.

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