Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Frugal Fun: Taking the Cake

I always love the double-discovery of finding a thrift item at a garage or an estate sale, and then all of a sudden remember it after its been taken home and put away.

As you know, I love to bake, so for a friend's birthday, I decided to whip up the coconut cake from Magnolia Bakery 's cookbook filled with recipes that for me, always seem to be a success.

But when it came to serving this mound of white goodness, I couldn't decide on the right platter. I had a yellow, ruffled pedestal that I bought at Crate and Barrel several years ago or a plain, clear option, which would have looked nice against the white coconut. I was leaning toward using the my treasured, decoupaged John Derian pedestal, pictured above, until I was struck with an idea.

I remembered a 1970s piece I paid $1 for at an estate sale in Independence, Missouri, that had never been used, and now seemed like the right moment for its inauguration. I especially love how the festive message is slowly revealed as the cake starts to disappear from the platter.

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous,

The Elegant Thrifter


  1. Greetings! I like the white-on-white -- and that one will see the message when the cake is being cut, as you say. And you did a great job on that cake, it looks delicious!

  2. Holy! I can totally relate. I am a prop stylist for food shows. Even with three storage spaces and a barn filled with props I can't stop hitting thrift shops. Often I will find a bag buried deep in one of my spaces filled with cool stuff that I never unwrapped, just sitting there in their newspaper dress just waiting to be on TV. I need to go shopping there!

    Currently working on a dessert show and pulling out all my cake stands so this post is very poignant. I love that happy birthday one, perfect choice!

  3. The cake looks wonderful regardless of which plate you chose! The happy birthday is perfect.

  4. LOVE the MAGIC!!! You are a SWEETIE!and can make me a birthday cake/come to my party, pleaseprettyplease?? Better yet, you can make me a cake and party, lol. You have such a party style, it would be an honor, lol. BTW, I don't have any of the accounts offered, which is why I have to post anonymouly. But I do have a Yahoo account, lol. And I am A FAN.


  6. Little surprises always makes the cake taste better.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting



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