Kaley Cuoco Throws Her Husband a Surprise Party with a Pop-Up Cake and Real Mermaids

07/14/2014 at 05:13 PM ET

Ryan Sweeting's birthday cake
Courtesy The Butter End/Instagram

Kaley Cuoco, queen of amazing cakes, is back with another one — this time for the surprise birthday party she threw husband Ryan Sweeting on Saturday night.

The Big Bang Theory actress’ secret weapon? L.A. bakery The Butter End Cakery, which also created the couple’s infamous upside-down wedding cake in December.

Owner Kimberly Bailey got the idea for this “pop-up book cake” after Cuoco suggested a sheet cake with pictures of Sweeting on it, which would typically be made by printing photos onto sugar paper.

“I loved the idea of having [Ryan’s] life chronicled on a cake, but photo cakes are flat and sugar paper is nasty to eat,” Bailey tells PEOPLE. “So I thought, how can we incorporate the photos in an artful, fun way that you can see across the room? And then I thought, pop-up book.”

The finished cake — chocolate chocolate chip frosted with vanilla bean buttercream and covered in white roll chocolate — featured shots of Sweeting chilling as a baby, playing tennis as a child and an adult, and posing with Cuoco, as well as photos of all four of the couple’s dogs, all provided by Cuoco with help from Sweeting’s mom.

“Kaley was so excited the whole time,” Bailey says. “She has been sending me pictures for two months!”

Although we can’t imagine anyone as excited as Sweeting himself when Cuoco unveiled the surprise bash:

Dozens of friends and family came to celebrate Sweeting, who turned 27 on Sunday. And we know one thing — no one went hungry!

“It was all what I call ‘dude food,’ says Meg Hall of Made By Meg catering in L.A., who has been working with Cuoco for years. Some highlights: mac ‘n’ cheese poppers stuffed with fresh lobster and topped with bacon and avocado, mini bags of Fritos filled with warm chili and cheddar cheese, and a burger bar with 12 toppings to choose from, including onion rings and ranch dressing.

“Kaley really wanted to make Ryan feel like this was his party, from the food to everything that happened,” Hall tells PEOPLE. “Watching her plan this very thoughtful, really sweet birthday party for him was just such a testament to what a nice person she is. She loves making him feel special.”

“Latergram of one of the most awesomest, most loving birthday parties we’ve yet to cater,” Hall captioned this shot.

Hall also put together a candy station because “Ryan loves candy, he always has candy around,” she says. “Which I think is very sweet, since his last name is Sweeting.”

Guest devoured the sugary buffet — including Big Hunk bars (wink wink), chocolate balls (to represent tennis balls), Hot Tamales and German raspberry candy (two of Sweeting’s faves) — but must have saved room for cake, if Cuoco’s social media accounts are any indication. When half the “book” was gone, Cuoco clustered all of the photos on one side and posted an Instagram, calling it “another perfect cake.”

With a light-up sign that read “Happy Birthday Ryan,” some silly photo booth action and glam L.A. synchronized swimming troupe the Aqualillies “swimming and rockin out to One Direction on the sound system,” according to Cuoco’s Instagram (and dressed as mermaids, according to guests’ photos), it sounds like the whole night — not just the cake — was pretty perfect.

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Guest on

Some things aren’t meant to last.

Ruby on

Nobody cares about Kaley Cuoco as much as people.com does.

Christine on

That is the most sweet, cutest and thoughtful thing I’ve seen in a while. Glad they’re happy together. Sad that some people have to rain on others parade.

lulu on

such negativity on something so sweet, people are weird

JA on

She looks like Robin Wright with that new hair-do. It’s cute. Kaley is cute. Hubby is cute. I’m having sugar withdrawals. Enough said.

Sara on

That cake actually looks pretty amateur for what it probably costs. But I doubt she paid a thing since she is giving the bakery free publicity with her clear deal with People magazine to document every event in her life.

Katie on

I love this idea. You could easily cut out regular picture and tape them to a skewer. My kids have their birthdays back to back in August and this would be a really cute idea to do. My daughter gets her 10th party this year and my son gets a 13th next year so I will have to incorporate this idea. We don’t do a lot of parties because I think doing it every year is too much except a small family one. It’s very cute and personal. I love it.


Note they had to go back to baby pictures to get a shot of Ryan smiling.

The Shadow on

Ruby ,if you do not care about ,why are you clicking the link?

The Shadow on

Sara,it was a fun birthday cake,so what you want an elaborate cake with a dove on it and bows.So what it looks amateurish and no it was donated or she bought it .Yes ,she bought it and no people magazine did not pay for it ,they took it form her instragram account.You like rubey are really not bright are you.

This is your doing ,if you did not notice the website track views and when you view a link ,they think YOU CARE about this person.

The Shadow on

Hey guest ,you know what we honestly do not know if it will not last

Kimberly on

What a great party. I love Kaley and Big Bang Theory…best show ever! Glad to see her so happy, she deserves it! 🙂

Lacey on

Look at me, look at me!

charlotte on

Nice. Seems like she is happy. Would rather read about her than Kimye, Tori and Dean, or Kate Hudson and her ridiculously overpriced fashion line!

Tina on

That’s a sweet surprise.

Robert on

They won’t last 5 years.

no name on

No one cares !

the shadow on

Yes robert thanks for that marriage perdictor.idoit

the shadow on

Lucy she likes taking pictures shut

the shadow on

User name then do not read it simple as that

kaylacassell on

And Rentals Provided by the ever lovely Town & Country Event Rentals
Great job guys!! Everything looks beautiful!

Leonard on

1. Kaley looks like $#!T with that hair
2. Her man couldn’t have handled the surprise more like a g@y dude

the shadow on

Lenord grow up

bigfoot on

she threw a party????? her assistants made phone calls and she showed up……that is what really happened…….

Suzi on

My goodness, people are so rude and negative! Clearly, you were interested enough to read it….so why be mean? It’s cute and unlike a lot of celebrities, you don’t hear anything negative about this couple.

titodelpielago on

There are some lucky guys… I love a lot Kaley!!!

Scott on

Real mermaids, huh? Finally discovered and pulled from the depths of the ocean and the first I hear of it is at Kaley Cuoco’s husband’s birthday? That’s right, I’m not even going to look to see what his name is. Stories like this make me sick. Where’s the good stuff? What the heck is going on with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson? That’s what people want to read about.

Burt Toast on

Kaley is burning through her money so fast on a guy who has not returned any favor to her and he looks sooo Happy NOT !!! Good Luck Kaley you are a good person and I hope you get a new contract for the Big Bang so you can keep this one sideded love affair going !

Scott on


lucasmom on

I hope all this lovey-dovey happiness lasts for them. They haven’t been together very long but seem to be enjoying themselves. Let’s hope real life doesn’t change all this “sweet”ness.

ewfwefew on

I hate everyone.

Christie on

I love Kaley. She has a great personality and you can tell she really loves her new husband. I wish them the best of luck in everything they do.

The Shadow on

Seems you had interest in it scott then why read it .What your stupid Twilight news is gone down lately.

Rob and K stew are totally done so let it go.

The Shadow on

she threw a party????? her assistants made phone calls and she showed up……that is what really happened…….
No she made the arragement herself dumbass

The Shadow on

Then why are your reading it scott,Twilight Couple news stuff died when the series died.

Scott on

The Shadow- it’s called sarcasm. It’s what the interwebs is built on. I read the article because the title mentioned real mermaids. Clearly, there is no such thing and people dressed up as such still don’t make them real. And don’t you EVER talk bad of Robsten, their love is still unbroken!

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