70th Anniversary Number Cake

70th cake 2

It’s a rare accomplishment few people live long enough to see. On December 25, 2010, my parents could start bragging they have been married 70 years. Lest you think they married at 14, let me tell you both of my parents had already graduated from Purdue and were pursuing a career when they decided to marry in 1940. My father was a farmer in Indiana until he retired and moved with my mother to Florida.  About 20 years ago, they moved to Texas where they live today.

I wanted to make a cake to mark this special occasion but I’m a cake decorating klutz. When I saw this idea for a number cake in a Martha Stewart magazine recently, it seemed doable. For the cake itself, I combined a white cake mix and a pound cake mix with extra almond flavoring.  I don’t usually use mixes although I’m not philosophically opposed, (actually, I don’t make many cakes–I’m a pie person) but this party was planned for December 26  after church and I had Christmas at my house on December 25.  It was a practical matter–I’m sure you understand.

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Christmas Day night, my daughter-in-law, Amanda graciously took over the cake project. She was limited by my (poor) selection of tools, and the too small piece of gold foil-covered cardboard under the cake.  My Wilton-trained sister from Denver hollered helpful advice from the sidelines as Amanda fashioned a makeshift pastry bag from parchment paper and did her best to rescue me. Our number cake may not be FoodGawker perfect but it served the purpose and packed a lot of love in all that sugar.

If you decide to adapt the number idea for yourself, you can download patterns from Martha’s website.  Be sure to make a bigger cake platform than I did.  The numbers ended up being so close together we couldn’t frost between them.  Christmas decorations stolen from the dining room table camouflaged the bare spots.

The cake and Grandma’s squash pie (Dad’s favorite) served as dessert for a  low-key celebration held at the retirement center where my parents live.  At 92 and 93 years of age, their stamina isn’t what it used to be.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad. Thanks for your example of an enduring marriage. May God watch over you and bless you.

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mike January 9, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Wow… so wonderful. What a great tribute and a beautiful cake. I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves with the company and the food. Congratulations!!!


Mimi January 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Happy New Year Paula

Congratulations to your parents on 70 years of marriage, a milestone not may people see. The cake is beautiful, both you and Amanda did a beautiful job. How lucky you are that they both with you. I so enjoyed the slide show.
Your grandson is absolutely adorable. My children still love chocolate chip pan cakes and of course they still make sure the chips are not “stale” before I use them.
Wishing you and your family a blessed 2011.


Karen January 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Thank you for sharing your parents’ anniversary party. Your family pics are wonderful. Our family has a legacy of long marriages, too, but not that long! We are so blessed, aren’t we, to have that history for us and our children. Man, those noodles look awful good, kiddo. Your pork/green chile recipe is the same one my MIL gave us over 20 years ago, ‘cept she made it with tenderloin. Congrats on your Sunshine Award from Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen. blessings on your day.


Jane @ Sweet Basil Kitchen January 7, 2011 at 11:30 pm

What a sweet idea! What a testimony of love and faithfulness to celebrate 70 years together! I am sending a Sunshine Award your way because this is one of my favorite blogs! I also appreciate your kind comments when you stop by Sweet Basil Kitchen! God bless your family!


Der January 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

What a wonderful post! And of course I love the pictures!
Tell Amanda she did a beautiful job!!!!
It doesn’t seem like the big 50th anniversary party was 20 years ago!!!!!


Paula January 6, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Wow–20 years! You are right. Doesn’t seem like that long ago.


Suzanne January 6, 2011 at 8:40 am

That is wonderful that your parents celebrated 70 years together. Looks like they really love each other too. We just celebrated with my in-laws 50th right before Christmas and we had a great time too. Great examples of working together through it all because sometimes it isn’t easy but always worth it.


Debbie January 6, 2011 at 6:03 am

Love the beautiful cake. What a great celebration!


Karen January 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

What a wonderful tribute to your parents, Paula! Congratulations on their special anniversary – and hats off to 70 years of marriage. They both look lovely. As does your beautiful cake. You guys did a fantastic job!


Linda January 5, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Your cake is beautiful. I love the idea of combining the two cake mixes–I bet it was delicious. Like you, I bake mostly from scratch but am not opposed to using cake mixes, and I am a pie person. 🙂

How lucky you are to have both your parents, and how lucky they are to still be together and to have you as a daughter.


Paula January 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Another pie person. Yeah Linda.


Paula January 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

You and Amanda did a wonderful job on the cake. I think it is nothing short of amazing in this day and age that their are couples as beautiful as your parents who are together and in love, celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary! Congratulations and best wishes to your Mom and Dad.


Kayte January 5, 2011 at 5:58 am

Yeah, yeah, yeah, the cake is gorgeous, very nice and just right for the occasion…love it. Now, on to the good stuff…what a wonderful celebration…it was such fun to see them and the photo montage…thank you for sharing. I had tears in my eyes at the end and had to watch it all over again…and then I watched it one more time. Beautiful cake, beautiful photos, beautiful marriage, beautiful family!


Betty @ scrambled hen fruit January 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Happy Anniversary to your Mom and Dad- what a milestone! 🙂 Your cake is beautiful too- loved the photos!


Clivia January 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Congratulations to your family! What a wonderful slide show. Thanks for putting it up for us to enjoy. Excellent work on the cake!


rere January 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm

the cake is very beautiful in it’s simplicity!! congratulations to your dad and mom!!


Kathy - Panini Happy January 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

What an incredible milestone and a gorgeous cake to commemorate it. Many congrats to your parents!


Renata January 4, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Gorgeous cake! They deserve it! Happy Anniversary to your parents! Love the slideshow!


ldh January 4, 2011 at 12:43 pm

70 years is a very special milestone! A beautiful cake and a more beautiful celebration of enduring love and commitment! My parents made it to their 60th before my dad passed away.

Amanda did a great job decorating the cake… very elegant!

The slide show is lovely too but the photo of your parents is amazingly beautiful!


pamela January 4, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Wow! Amazing! Congratulations to your lovely parents. This is truly something you do not hear about every day. Beautiful cake!!


Susie January 4, 2011 at 10:13 am

cool photo slideshow! double like!


TheKitchenWitch January 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

WOW. They look great and that cake is a beautiful way to show your love. Happy Anniversary to them!


Karen January 4, 2011 at 9:17 am

Congratulations to your mom and dad! The cake is beautiful. Simple and elegant.


sis January 4, 2011 at 8:28 am

I like the simplicity of the cake, and you shouldn’t have told that the “artifical addition” was not originally intended. :+) Looked great.


Jill January 4, 2011 at 7:40 am

The cake looks fabulous! And the decorations to cover the bald spots add an elegant touch. Wonderful job!


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