I made this Retirement Garden Cake for Teacher for a long time staff member who was retiring from the daycare center where my children went. I chose a garden theme because she enjoys gardening and I felt that gardening was symbolic of how our children grow. I used 6, 8 and 10 inch pans for the cake.

I used two Duncan Hines yellow cake mixes, following the directions on the box. Then I separated the batter into 6 different bowls dying each one a different color. 6 inch pans takes 2 cups of batter. 8 inch pan takes 4 cups. 10 inch pan takes 6 cups. I poured the batter into the pans starting with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. I baked the cakes, cooled, removed from pans and froze overnight.

I made a double batch of Wilton’s butter cream frosting (thin). I frosted each cake separately and stacked them together lining them up in the back so that I would have room to write on the cake. I put green colored sugar sprinkles on bottom cake. I used tip 233 for the grass. Tip 3 for writing the words. I used tip 1A to pipe body for child. Heads are sold by Wilton in a 4 pack. I got the saying “Inch by Inch, Row by Row, You Helped Our Children Grow” from the “Garden Song” that my children listen to on “That Baby” CD.