Party Cake Basics



People will actually eat your cake so it must be enjoyably edible. Most versions of chocolate are usually safe for both cake and icing, followed by yellow and white. But once you start veering into the realms of cocoanut, almond chips, and carrots, you may exclude some of guests from enjoying this party highlight. So show off somewhere else and make sure you serve the kind of cake that most people want to eat.


A party is not a good place to ration food so make enough cake for everyone to have a big slice, and for the kids and piggies to have seconds. A backup auxiliary cake (or cupcakes) heavier on bulk and taste than Over the Hill concept can help smooth out the allocations.


A good Over the Hill cake will feature structural integrity, a reasonably professional application of icing, messages that are not misspelled or missing words, and a lack of whole eggs still in their shell. We assume that you followed “How to Bake an Over The Hill Party Cake” carefully for proper methods.

Presentationally appealing

Just like a blind date, you’ve got about three seconds to impress people with your cake before they start asking why they didn’t put Martha in charge of this important task instead. Make those three seconds count. Here’s where the time you spent on the concept pays off. Instead of “What?” or “Oh my God!” plan for peals of laughter and actual applause. 

Keep the cake out of sight until the big reveal, and then deliver a cake that has what reality show experts call the Wow Factor. Your cake is big, colorful, well-decorated, a fun shape, and features some quirkiness (but no shit!), and a real feel for what makes the guest of honor special. 

Get lost, Martha. Looks like they picked the right person for this job after all.

How to Bake an Over the Hill Party Cake

Step 10: Midway between the minimum and maximum baking times, remove cake from the oven and test for doneness by inserting a toothpick. 

If the toothpick is clean when you pull it out, the center of the cake is “done.” Or if there are bits of wet cake on the toothpick and you forgot to close the oven door, it’s also “done.”

Step 11: After letting the cake cool, remove it (and the toothpick) from the pan and begin spreading icing on the top and sides. What, no icing? Check the cupboards. OK, forget it. Now you’re stuck with Over the Hill cupake/bundt cake monstrosities. Maybe the kids will eat them and stay away from the toilet cake you’ll need to make early tomorrow.

Step 12: View actual and awesome Over the Hill cakes, and learn how to make them, at Over the