Jeremy Piven Did NOT Jump Out of My Sister’s Birthday Cake.

We invited Julesie over today for a late birthday celebration, which meant one thing: Rainbow Cake! I make rainbow cake for all of our special family occasions; it’s a family tradition that our mom started when we were little ones. One of the most memorable cakes our mom ever made was for Julesie’s third (we think) birthday: it was Cookie Monster. The reason we (and some of our relatives) still talk about that cake today is because all of that dark blue icing made the entire insides of our mouths, our tongues, and our lips blue for the rest of the day. It was quite comical.

I have made Julesie a rainbow cake almost every year that she has lived in the same city/area that we do. The fun challenge for me is to figure out what shape/theme to go with for her. My goal is to make something memorable, without all the dark-blueness. Two years ago, I went with plain and simple:

PA090188 The “Purvis” business? I’ll tell you where that comes from. For years, the 17-year-old refused to believe that this guy:

is named Grimace. No way, no how. He always insisted that his name was Purvis. (and in fact, he might still believe that; I haven’t asked him lately.) Where he got that, I have no idea. But the name stuck.

Last year, I went with a funkalow cake. The story on that is here, but I brought the photo to this post for your convenience.

This year? I was wracking my brain yesterday, trying to figure out what to do, when I started to think about what cake pans I have that aren’t getting used much. That’s when I remembered about good old Harry Potter.

Right after I found the Harry Potter pan that I used ONE TIME, who should ring my doorbell? Jeremy Piven*!!!!

Unfortunately, though I greased and floured the pan like I always do, the cake was especially difficult to extract from said pan, and Jeremy turned out to be a hot mess.

Luckily, that’s what a heavy layer of frosting is for: to make him pretty on the outside even if the inside isn’t squeaky clean. I decided to go ahead and go with Cookie Monster blue (almost) frosting, because, well, why not?

Here’s Jeremy after his makeover:

And with the candles? He sorta looks like an angel, don’t you think? Cue Beyonce!

I could go in all sorts of dirty directions when I tell you how Jeremy tasted, but I’ll just say that the cake was YUMMY. I’ll quit while I’m ahead.

Happy Birthday (again!) Julesie!

*Not really. I printed his picture from the internet, but it’s nearly the same thing. In my head.



  • The Microblogologist

    You are so awesome! What a perfect cake for you sister, her fiance looks great in cake form 😉

  • Heather

    Are you taking orders for May 30th? Cause, umm, I'd REALLY love a Mariska Hargitay cake 😉


    I'll also refrain from blow, eat, and blue references.


  • surprised mom

    If I don't make any references at all, would you PLEASE make me a rainbow cake? Her cakes look so yummy. Did you save me a slice?

  • Kat

    Woman, you are blowing my socks off and I don't even want to know how you come to own a Harry Potter cake pan. That cake rocks. You're the best sister anyone could ask for.

    Happy Birthday Jules.

  • sandra


    1)My bday is in Dec.
    2)You made a HP cake? LOL
    3)My brothers and I could never remember Grimace so we called (and still call) him 'the McDonalds Barney'…don't judge.

  • WeaselMomma

    You are hysterical. Did you know that you can take a pic into a bakery and have them make it into and edible photo to but on the cake?

  • Anonymous

    You did great, I'm so glad I started this, but I do miss on getting some when you make it. It is a outstanding cake. Love Jeremy.
    Grandma W

  • Michelle

    Love the Jeremy Piven cake. And the blue. Blue is ummm a scary frosting color to me. Along with red and black. Bad bad experiences. But happy birthday to Julesie!