I made this for a work shout for my birthday.
It said in memory of my lost youth!
- Not the sort of thing you can make for anyone else!
My birthday is in a couple of days. I haven't even started to work on a cake. My parents are working so hard at trying to have a party. I don't want one, well just not yet. It would mean I have to do a lot of work and I would just love to relax. Take me to dinner, buy a cake, any cake will do. you know... its the thought.
But I think you should make yours. Make yourself happy because its what you want. Happy Birthday!
For my BIG 30th birthday my Best friend baked 3 8' rounds and as my present I got to spend the day helping my girls decorate the cakes! They Had a blast as did I --and as an added bonus my "best" friend made sure each cake had 10 candles on it for my to blow out! Thought I was gonna need the fire department!! HAHA It is one of my favorite memories and the Best birthday I have ever had!
Thank you Kazita, Since I posted my daughter and cousin called to talk about this party, AARRGGHH. With Mother's Day around the corner I don't want to be making another cake. I was beginning to feel blue thinking about it but all your funny comments and stories cheered me up again. But now I'm wondering what to do for a cake. My problem is I like to do things big. Sigh.. I'll post a pic.
This is the cake I made almost 3 years ago...
I *think* this is the only one I've made for myself... my nephew's birthday is the same day as mine so I usually make him a cake!
And this is the one my children and husband decorated for me (I baked it!!! And the pink and white balls around the base were some left-overs from an earlier order!)
I made this cake for my birthday last year, just after really getting into cake decorating by reading Jessicakes' blog. She taught me so much, although on reflection, trying a new cake recipe, a new buttercream recipe, and using ganache and modelling chocolate for the first time, all on the same cake, was a bit of an over-reach! I really liked how it turned out, though. This year's cake will have hand painted flowers on it and lacy trim.
For my 48th birthday, before I started baking cakes, I just added "48" to a single-layer round from the grocer.
49 (spice cake):
50 (strawberry marble):
51 will be another spice cake, but that's not until next month.
I made my birthday cake a couple years back, of course at the time I didn't know it was MY birthday cake. My daughter called my husband saying that she wanted to have a surprise birthday party for me because of all the help we had given her and her now hubby when they were getting married. She wasn't sure how to pull of getting me to make the cake but me not finding out it was for me. He told her to order it a couple weeks in advance and say it was for a friend at work. He even told her how to freeze it for the two weeks. I worked hard for more that a week and work late the night it was due. She was wanting to take it to work the next day. I felt so bad because I didn't get it to them until about 10 pm. They were very understanding and just had to take pictures of it. Her hubby worked for the bakery department of a local grocery store and told me that I didn't charge near enough for the cake. It was for my daughter, but she insisted in paying.
On the day of my birthday we were on the way out for dinner. According to my hubby we were going to a favorite place out of town, but first needed to stop by my daughters house on the way because they needed to borrow something. When we arrived everyone was there, the grill was going and we had a great time. As we were setting around enjoying each other company my daughter came up behind me and said "happy birthday Mom". When I turned around she was standing behind me, grinning from ear to ear, holding the cake I HAD MADE for her to give to a friend at work. Everyone had a great laugh and we all enjoyed the cake.
This is what it had created for myself without even knowing it. She froze it with the gumpaste flowers still attached and you couldn't tell it when we ate it two weeks later. She did a great job wrapping and protecting it when she put it in the freezer.
A couple months later, she came to me to ask me about a cake that she could take to work for HER birthday as they always took a treat in for their own birthdays. I agreed, payback is all I will say at the moment.
The whole story is here:
I was told later that she was having such a hard time cutting the "fake" cake and couldn't figure out why because she had had so many of my cakes. One of her co-workers was watching her "try" to cut the cake and laughing so hard she could hardly take pictures, which was probably getting to Bobbi even more. After about 5 minutes of trying to cut it she finally forced the knife down into it and that when she finally saw the sand and the joke was revealed. She through the cake across the room because "she had her mouth set for cake". Her co-worker quickly left the room and returned with the "real" cake. I just wish they had gotten it all on video. I am sure I could have won America's Greatest Home Video.