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Lemon Almond Pound Cake with Almond Flower Glaze

My personal approach to baking has always been simplicity + attention to presentation. I’m not a gourmet cook (at this point in life at least!) and have recently learned to stop apologizing for that… there are only so many things you can devote a big span of your attention to at once. ;)

However, I DO love to dream up and make tasty things that are fuss-free and pretty, which is the perfect description of this Lemon-Almond Pound Cake, created as part of my Baker’s Dozen collaboration with Krusteaz.

Here’s what you need to make it:

Lemon Almond Pound Cake with Almond Flower Glaze

In a nutshell, I added a bit of almond extract to the (already yummy) Krusteaz Meyer Lemon Pound Cake Mix, then baked and glazed the pound cake as directed on the box. The mix for the glaze is also included in the box, and I added a bit of almond extract to that as well.

While the glaze was still wet, I decorated the cake with little “almond flowers” all over the top, using white chocolate chips as the centers and sliced almonds as the petals. Here’s how it turned out:

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PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful tapestry dessert table backdrop with gold framed mermaid sign + ‘jellyfish’ with seashell ‘tentacles’
– Ariel topped fish scale & seashell decorated cake + DIY candy mobile & turquoise cake pops
– Flower, ribbon & lantern decorated swing + bright ribbon adorned tablescapes with mermaid centerpieces
– Amazing under the sea photo booth with clamshell chairs, treasure chests & a ‘sea urchin’ border

Whimsical & Pastel Little Mermaid 1st Birthday Party

Whimsical & Pastel Little Mermaid 1st Birthday Party

Whimsical & Pastel Little Mermaid 1st Birthday Party

Whimsical & Pastel Little Mermaid 1st Birthday Party

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ALOHA! Grab your bathing suits and surfboards because we’re heading down to the beautiful Hawaiian beaches for a “Big Kahuna” Baptism & First Birthday Party that has tons of totally radical ideas. Helena Chaviara of RockPaperScissors Events designed this spectacular event for birthday girl Alex, incorporating creative pineapple centerpieces, beach-friendly desserts & tropical floral arrangements. I’m stoked that this “sunshine soaked” party means that summer is still in full swing and the pineapple trend is still going strong!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative pineapple “palm tree” adult table centerpieces & surfboard silhouette table numbers
– Bright painted pineapple arrangements, sunglasses and piles of colorful pillows at the kids tables!
– Yellow VW van cake by JAR by sweet mates + paper umbrella and fondant shark fin topped cupcakes 
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Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

Hawaiian Surfer Big Kahuna Baptism & First Birthday Party

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P.S. Find more Donut Party Ideas Here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

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Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

Mint & Peach Donut Party {Go Nuts!}

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