Celebrating Mom’s Big Birthday with One Goofy Cake

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!

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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!”

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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!

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

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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

43 Responses
  • Hana
    January 13, 2020

    Heartiest birthday wishes to your mom!! She looks super cute just like the cake. Thanks for sharing such cute and adorable pictures with us!!

  • nicolthepickle
    February 1, 2014

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

  • M.Clark
    January 23, 2014

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

  • Sherri Lewis
    January 17, 2014

    Your mom sounds awesome! She doesn’t act or look her age 🙂

  • Kendra W.
    January 14, 2014

    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!

  • Jackie Reini
    January 8, 2014

    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!

  • Landis Golden
    January 4, 2014

    That’s a unique cake! I have never seen a goofy cake before.

  • Amy M
    December 30, 2013

    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.

  • Tina
    December 29, 2013

    That’s awesome! My mom loves Goofy too haha!
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  • jennay green
    December 28, 2013

    oh my goodness!!! This is such a cute cake!!! your mom looks like she was happy

  • Wanda McHenry
    December 28, 2013

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

  • Gianna
    December 27, 2013

    I love the cake, Happy birthday to her!

  • Gianna
    December 27, 2013

    What an awesome cake!

  • Julie
    December 26, 2013

    Happy belated birthday, Mom! That cake is *amazing* – it looks like a professional decorating job!
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  • Kat B.
    December 26, 2013

    I love Goofy! This looks like a great party. Happy Birthday to your Mom.
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  • Natalie - One Busy WAHM
    December 26, 2013

    What an awesome cake. Happy birthday to your mom!
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  • trisha
    December 26, 2013

    I can tell how sweet she is! Happy birthday to mom!
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  • Melissa
    December 26, 2013

    What an awesome cake! My son loves goofy!
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  • Jenny @ MyLittleMe
    December 26, 2013

    My mom would love that Cake! (She once dated goofy)
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  • Marina
    December 26, 2013

    Your Mom is definitely a fun person! (Love the cake!)
    Happy belated birthday to Mom!! 🙂
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  • Ashley - Embracing Homemaking
    December 25, 2013

    That is a very, very cute! She’s awfully talented!
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  • Digna D.
    December 25, 2013

    My 88 year old mother would love this goofy cake and party. She would also laugh her head off. My favorite Disney character is Mickey and I have a cake pan to prove it. Wow, free hand. She really did a good job, this cake looks awesome, Happy Birthday to your mom!
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  • Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds
    December 25, 2013

    Awww … that is one cool cake! It’s nice to see another fan of Goofy out there. He doesn’t seem to get as much love as Mickey and Minnie.
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  • Donna
    December 25, 2013

    I’m in awe at her artistic abilities! Mine wouldn’t even resemble Goofy if I had a template, much less free hand it. Awesome job! And a gorgeous family you have, Andrew!
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  • HilLesha
    December 25, 2013

    Happy Birthday to your mom! My mom turned the big 7-0 a few months ago. Like your mom, she doesn’t act her age either. ~lol~ 🙂

    By the way, that’s a cute cake!
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  • Tammilee
    December 24, 2013

    Happy Birthday to your Mom! What a wonderful cake!
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  • Amy W.
    December 24, 2013

    Happy Birthday to your mom! The cake is awesome!

  • Jenn
    December 24, 2013

    Love it! Sweet T is crazy about Goofy. I showed her this pic when you posted on Instagram and she wanted it. 🙂
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  • Tonya
    December 24, 2013

    Looks like you had a wonderful celebration and you’re right- your mom doesn’t look 70! The Goofy cake is adorable.
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  • Todd Lovessweeps
    December 24, 2013

    Awesome -love the cake !
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  • Heather Lawrence
    December 24, 2013

    That cake does look too good to eat!
    Did you free hand Goofy or did you find a template?
    We have one last birthday coming up just after Christmas and that would be perfect!
    Love that your mom was excited to see her cake.
    How very special. ;0)

    • Andrew Kardon
      December 24, 2013

      Heather, it was completely done by hand. No template at all.

  • Sara Phillips
    December 24, 2013

    Happy birthday, Ellen!!

    That cake is AWESOME!!
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  • Jeanne
    December 24, 2013

    That is without a doubt the best Goofy Birthday cake I have ever seen. What a great way to celebrate with a great looking family!

  • Carlos Oliva Manzanares
    December 23, 2013

    The cake looks awesome, it must taste delicious too. Happy Birthday to your mother Sir, God bless you and her for being a loving family. 🙂
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  • Mom
    December 23, 2013

    Thanks so much for such a wonderful weekend. I just love it when we’re all together. Thanks Allie for my magnificent cake. We’re still enjoying eating and gazing at it.

    • Andrew Kardon
      December 24, 2013

      I’m so proud of you for figuring out how to comment on a blog post, mom! Happy Birthday! I love you!

  • Sandy Cain
    December 23, 2013

    You have a GORGEOUS family, Andrew, all of them. And there’s no way your mom looks 70. She looks younger than I do! Too cool, that she likes Doctor Who. And the cake came out great!

  • vickie couturier
    December 23, 2013

    your mom looks awesome ,,an I love the cake,,we grandmas still are little kids at heart,,one of my grandsons ask me how old I was when I was born???? an one of my little granddaughters sat in my lap ,,hadn’t put the red color on my hair in a while an she goes Mamaw,,how comes you gots a white halo all around you head? an ran her little finger all around my scalp hair line,,,,,,,,,,,out of the mouths of babes

  • Micki
    December 23, 2013

    What a fabulous way to celebrate you mom’s birthday. I’m sure she appreciated all the effort Allie put into making this beautiful cake. Also, it was a special treat having her whole family around to celebrate with her.

  • Brenda Brown
    December 23, 2013

    the cake is so cute!!!! I would pay her to make me one if you were in Nashville, TN!!!!
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    • Andrew Kardon
      December 23, 2013

      Thanks, Brenda! I keep telling her she should go into business but she refuses, saying if she had to do it for work, it wouldn’t be fun anymore. 🙂

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