I think I’ve mentioned in the past that mine and Hubs’ birthdays are super close together. His is a matter of days before mine. Early in our marriage, we would just combine birthdays.
Later, after the kids came along and I started decorating cakes, I would make him a cake and usually just have leftover cake for mine or maybe go out for ice cream. After a couple years, I realized that made me sad.
Then I started a new trend - I started making a mini cheesecake for Hubs (cheesecake is one of his favorites), and then a mini cake for myself a few days later.
It might seem weird to make myself a cake, but I actually love it. It gives me a chance to try out fun techniques that I might not otherwise get to try!
For the mini cake, I typically take one batch of Rich Chocolate Cake and bake it into two 6-inch rounds and three 4-inch rounds. I use whichever will be best for my design (usually the 4’s) then triple wrap and freeze the leftovers for later (Rich Chocolate Cake freezes and thaws amazingly well. I wrap it in cling wrap, aluminum foil, and then put it in a freezer bag).
One year, I made a Geode Cake for myself. This year I made a cartoon cake! My family all agreed that it looked like a Dr. Seuss cake and I totally agreed! It was very fun to make a 2D cake and I’m glad I gave myself the chance to make it!
For this particular cake, I took three 4-inch cakes, frosted them and covered them in fondant. Next, I added fondant decorations (all 3D, not flat). Next I took black frosting (the cake was decorated in dark chocolate frosting, so I didn’t even need to tint mine black), and outlined the cake on one side to create a 2D look. It was so fun!