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What was/is your favorite birthday cake?

The comment about stereotypical birthday cakes in the great thread on "dry" cake got me thinking. Do we each have a different preference for our birthday cake? Does anyone actually prefer the standard white sheet cake with thick frosting? I grew up in a house where everyone's birthday cake was always homemade (mom is a great cook!). My first choice was always either strawberry shortcake or my great-grandmother's recipe for a crumbly chocolate cake with lemon glaze. My brother's was lemon meringue pie. What was yours?

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  1. Cookies n' Cream ice cream cake. with the oreos on top.

    1. I love all cake but BIRTHDAY CAKE is always white with butter/powdered sugar "buttercream". Not to say that you couldn't have a chocolate cake with candles on it on your birthday. It's just not BIRTHDAY CAKE. But that's just me

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      1. re: LisaAZ

        To me, if it's sweet and it has candles in it (and it's someone's birthday), it's definitely birthday cake. Sky's the limit. It's interesting how that particular kind of cake has become the archetypal "birthday cake," though.

      2. When I was little, confetti cake w/ cream cheese icing was the absolute for me. I haven't really had a 'favorite' since then but I am much looking forward to the one thats been picked out for me this year.

        It's called 'Queen D' (appropriate, my last name starts with D and all.. =P)

        It is : Four layers of hazelnut butter cake brushed with a hint of Kahlua, filled with mocha buttercream, bittersweet chocolate, and raspberry preserves, and finished with mocha buttercream and a ribbon of crushed hazelnuts around the sides.

        It's from Blackhound.

        I am sure it could be a favorite, will let you know next month.

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        1. re: andlulu

          I'll tell you from experience, it's a very good cake!

          1. re: andlulu

            This cake completely sucked by the way.. It was dry and sort of just bland.. not worth the price in the least.

            Next year going for the mille crepe from Mackenzie.

          2. My mother is a great baker, but really enjoys baking cookies and cupcakes. So when I was little my birthday cake always came from the local bakery. The most memorable cake, and probably my favorite was the one that was shaped like a hamburger. I don't remember the particulars of the cake but I do remember how everyone enjoyed it.

            1. chocolate cake with buttercream icing---if its homemade it is the only time I will not pass on it when I am watching what I eat...any other type I can talk myself out of. must be homemade though...but that goes for any cake. i can pass storebought or mix any day of the week.

              2nd favorite Lady Baltimore Cake - but it has been forever

              1. My birthday is at the peak of peach season so I almost always have shortcake with bourbon peaches. When I was a kid it was always chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and that's still my younger sister's favorite birthday cake. My older sister does something new every year,I think, since she loves to bake. And my poor husband is still hoping I will make him a decent Boston Cream pie for his birthday. Unfortunately, since I think they're gross, I just can't get one right.

                1. No-one bakes me a cake any more :( but if they did I'd ask for pecan pie. I prefer good pie or any kind of pastry to most cakes. For some reason pecan isn't fashionable so most people don't make it. The bakery version doesn't compare with a good homemade pie.

                  My mother used to bake our birthday cakes when we were kids until we begged her to stop. The cakes were fine but she never got the hang of icing and coloring so we'd get these strange concoctions with icing sliding down the side and puddling on the plate, always in garish colors. I hated all sweet fillings so I used to scrape all the icing off and just eat the cake. That led to a scolding every year on my birthday.

                  1. I am another pie person. There are very few cakes that I will waste my carbs on.

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                    1. Chocolate Sour Cream cake with chocolate icing, usually made by my dad.

                      1. My Mom's homemade chocolate "whacky" cake with chocolate frosting - it never occurred to me until just now as to why it's called whacky cake

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                        1. re: Biggie

                          Do you get whacky from all the sugar in it?

                          1. re: Biggie

                            Was it one of those chocolate cakes without eggs in it--sometimes also called "crazy" cake? Leavening was vinegar reacting with baking soda.

                            1. re: Non Cognomina

                              or sometimes, they're "whacky" if you poke holes in it and then pour a liquid mixture of some sort over it.

                          2. When I was little, my mother always made me a orange cake with orange buttercream icing. February used to be the best month of the year for oranges, you see. Since I was almost born (but for a slight delay from a serious birthing problem) on Washington's Birthday (the real date, not the fake date now observed; in fact, sometimes we celebrated my birthday on that date because it was a holiday), I also associate my birthday with cherry pie; here in New England, there are still some supermarkets that carry on the tradition of cherry pie for Washington's Birthday.

                            So, I tend to want orange cake (with chocolate chips, also maybe some finely ground almonds), moistened with a almond-orange syrup (a dash of Grand Marnier is good, but not too much), and a chocolate buttercream or dark chocolate ganache. I worked up a favorite combination from The Cake Bible (Berenbaum).

                            I still love a really good cherry pie, of course...

                            1. The ones you get at the Chinese Bakery. Soft fuffy cake (NOT dry) Whipped Cream frosting, not too sweet, fresh fruit in the middle and on top and the MOST important thing, nuts garnishing the sides... my favorite cake to have for my Birthday! :)


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                              1. re: Dommy

                                That's too funny, Dommy! I was just about to post that the only cake I ever want for my birthday is the strawberry/whipped cream cake from Phoenix Bakery in Chinatown. Great minds think alike, I guess ;-)

                              2. I really don't like cake very much (I'd rather have a rhubarb crisp or a fresh pie any day of the week), but when I was little my mother used to make me a special birthday cake in a lamb mold. If I recall correctly, the cake had crushed pineapple in it, and the frosting had some kind of orange bits (probably canned mandarin oranges) in it. I haven't had it in 20 years, but thinking about it still puts a smile on my face.

                                1. My mom always made a coconut cake using a bundt pan. The reason for the bundt pan was so she could insert a small vase in the center with summer flowers. Was always so beautiful with the white icing & coconut and the contrasting bright flowers. That's birthday cake to me.

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                                  1. re: weez

                                    That's such a good idea! Must have been really pretty. Beats having all the candles.

                                    1. re: viperlush

                                      I do that too - flowers in the middle of the bundt cake - really makes the cake look special, especially if it is glazed and not iced.

                                  2. Chocolate cake w/ chocolate frosting, vanilla ice cream on the side. But I haven't found a bakery that makes a satisfactory c/c cake around here, yet and no one will let me make my own birthday cake, so I usually opt for an ice cream cake.

                                    1. I'm a pie person, too. Or bread pudding! For my son I usually make a cake shaped and frosted to look like something he's into. (A pokemon, sponge bob, a dinosaur) But now he's getting too old for that... My mother hates sweets so once I stuck candles into a wheel of brie. She thought it was cheese cake at first, but was thrilled when she discovered the truth.

                                      1. My childhood birthday cakes were: chocolate cake with strawberries and a whipped cream frosting.

                                        My last birthday cake was a coconut cake with a thin layer of chocolate ganache. And the one before that was a dake chocolate mousse cake. YUM!

                                        Tomorrow I'm baking a red velvet cake for my DH's grandmother along with coconut cupcakes.

                                        1. strawberry shortcake has always been my favourite birthday cake....I have never liked regular birthday cake, especially the chocolate with the plastic icing, yuck

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                                          1. re: pescatarian

                                            Absolutely, strawberry shortcake...real berries, fresh cream...and my dh has gotten smart over the years...he buys the cakes from a diner..piled high with cream..fresh and 4 layers! delicious!

                                          2. Yellow cake with buttercream icing from a bakery in Baltimore called Silber's (long out of businees). I just had a birthday cake from Sugarbakers in Catonsville that was delicious that was yellow cake with the real kind of butter cream (not the confectioner's sugar version)and rasberry preserves between two of the layers. It was fresh, tasty and the icing was not too sweet. On the downside, the decorations were not very pretty. I ordered this cake from this bakery based on a Wedding cake I had just eaten. The cake was pretty. Birthday cake had garish green leaves and bright purple flowers. I think they could have done better. People in the bakery were not real friendly either. I would order from them agian, just would be more specific about decorations.

                                            1. My favorite birthday cake was and still is Lemon Meringue Pie, which is rather appropriate for an August birthday. My grandmother and mother made wonderful pies and the lemon meringue always looked great with the lightly browned meringue piled high and ablaze with candles.

                                              However, the standard B-day cake for the family was always a Miami Beach Cake, which I think was a bake-off winner from some contest in the mid-60s. The from scratch cake is very light chocolate, getting it's hit of chocolate only from 2/3 cup of melted chocolate chips from a small bag of chips. The remaining 1/3 cup of chocolate chips are mixed with softened butter and crushed graham crackers and distributed over the top of the batter just prior to baking. The whole thing was iced with a stablized butter cream icing. 40 years later, this is still one of my favorite cakes of all time :-D

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                                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                                Hi Dining Diva,
                                                I have been looking for the recipe for Miami Beach Birthday Cake forever it seems. A friend Sherrie Lethbridge at the time shared this recipe with me many years ago, and is soon became our family favorite. Some how in the move or construction the recipe disappeared only to be fondly remembered by my oldest son. If you could share the recipe he and I would be most greatful as he is turning 20, Dec 31st and I would love to suprize him with this very special cake.
                                                I look foward to your reply.
                                                Thank you in advance.
                                                Eve Krause

                                              2. When I was growing up, it was always spice cake (boxed mix, I'm afraid) with a white icing.

                                                Now, my birthday dessert of choice is key lime pie.

                                                1. I love chocolate cake, chocolate icing, to me that's the bomb and I know this is ghetto but I love Betty Crocker moist deluxe mix. That's the ultimate to me.

                                                  1. I guess my chowhounding showed up early because I was always asking Mom to do something new and different for my birthday cake. One year she even did Baked Alaska for me. One cake that lasted more than one year was the Strawberry Layer Cake. The filling is whipped cream & strawberries and then it's frosted with strawberry icing. She made it for me three years ago and it was very pink and very sweet.

                                                    The birthday cake I'm dying to have again as an adult is homemade yellow cake with caramel frosting. No one takes the hint though, not my Mom, my mother-in-law or my stepdaughter so I keep ending up with these chocolate based things, which, if anyone paid attention they'd know I'm not really a big chocolate fan. Sigh.

                                                    1. In our family we all got the same cake on our birthdays (unless we requested something else. Sister Steff always wanted Ralph's grocery store cake). The one we all got was called a "super gooey." It's still my favorite. It's really like a Charlotte Russe.

                                                      It was: a springform mold lined with ladyfingers, then layers of chocolate mousse, whipped cream, ladyfingers, pineapple mousse, whipped cream, lady fingers, strawberry mousse, whipped cream. The mousses weren't smooth at all, with chunks of stewed strawberries and canned pineapple in the mousse. We would freeze it and serve it partially defrosted.

                                                      Oh, dang, I need to make one now!

                                                      1. Are all the lemon meringue pie memories from the 60's? That was my birthday request too - my mom's homemade lemon meringue pie.

                                                        1. When I was a kid I invented something calle "Purgatory Cake" and my mom always made it for me on my birthday -- Angel Food top layer, Devils Food bottom layer, chocolate mousse filling and white mountain frosting.

                                                          When I was first married and living across the country from my mom, I made my (adorable but non-baking) husband buy me a cake every year. My favorite was the sour cream chocolate cake from the Buttercup Bakery in NYC -- it was uniced, dense, rich, amazing.

                                                          Last year, being once again able to avail myself of my mother's baking services (albeit somewhat reluctant -- I'm more of a baker than she is) I requested a honey chocolate cake with a honey glaze, from one of the Nigella Lawson books. It was good.

                                                          This year if I have time I might make my own cake. That's half the fun.

                                                          In other words, if it's cake and it's for my birthday, it's birthday cake, but my tastes have changed.
                                                          FTR, my husband's "birthday cake" is pineapple upside down cake.

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                                                          1. re: Amuse Bouches

                                                            Pineapple upsidedown cake has often been my mother's preferred birthday cake. My sister made one for her not long ago and the various brothers-in-law practically went face-first into it.

                                                          2. I love the idea of the Purgatory Cake. So funny. My birthday cake was, is, and always will be red velvet. I love it. My mom used to make it with some sort of boiled icing, but she can't remember where she got the recipe so now we just use cream cheese icing. Maybe I'll post for that icing recipe. I've also made my own birthday cake in the past-- people sometimes find that weird, but I'm always looking for a good excuse to bake!

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                                                            1. re: Procrastibaker

                                                              My daughter always wants Red Velvet Cake for her birthday too! With my mother's old recipe that starts with a heavy white sauce made with 1 cup of milk and 3 T. flour. Cool completely. Cream 1 C. butter with 1 C. plain sugar and 1 t. vanilla until fluffy. Add cooled paste. Beat on medium speed of mixer 10 minutes. Cake must be very cold before frosting.
                                                              Strangest frosting but it works and tastes much better than it sounds.
                                                              I hope this is what you're looking for. Happy Birthday!

                                                            2. A chocolate souffle roll cake filled with a puree of prunes soaked in armagnac and whipped cream.

                                                              1. My Mom used to make our birthday cakes from an old family recipe... jello cheesecakes! A walnut-based crust, cheesecake filling from scratch, multiple layers/colors of jello, topped with disney characters & candles... guests came just for the cake. hmmm... its been several years since she's made it; maybe I can convince her to have one for Thanksgiving (if I promise to help she just might finally hand over the recipe!)

                                                                1. My grandmother's sunshine cake. I haven't had it since I was a kid, but it was spongy white-yellow cake with creamy white icing, rolled in walnuts.

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                                                                  1. re: MuppetGrrl

                                                                    That sounds delightful. Would you have a recipe for it?

                                                                  2. These all sound amazing! I have to expand my cake-baking repertoire.

                                                                    1. I love dark chocolate cake with whipped cream and strawberries in the middle, covered with a dark chocolate ganache.

                                                                      My husband is the total opposite, it HAS to be white cake with white frosting for him!!

                                                                      1. When I was little my mother made me yellow butter cake with chocolate cocoa buttercream for my birthday. She made it in a 2-layer 8" round with a domed top--not trimmed to be flat like they do in professional bakeries. To this day I love it on my birthday.

                                                                        My favorite day-after-my-birthday breakfast is a fat slice of that cake with an fried egg--sunny side up. I lay the cake down on the side, put the egg right on top, salt it a little and break the yolk. On paper it sounds so gross, but I wait for that one breakfast all year. It brings back such memories, and I can't justify that combination on any other day of the year!

                                                                        1. Everyone in my family always asks for an Atomic Cake. Not too many places make them. It has a chocolate layer, vanilla layer, bananna layer, cherry layerand a few more I think topped by whipped craem in 5 peaks with a cherry on each. As with the whackey cakeabove, I never wondered why it is called Atomic Cake.

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                                                                          1. re: fryrose

                                                                            goodness. without moderation, one's weight scale will go kaboom.

                                                                          2. When I was a kid, it was boxed Devil's food with chocolate glaze. I thought Devil's food was more exotic than regular chocolate.

                                                                            An ex-boyfriend bought me a full Chocolate Malt cake from TGI Fridays for 6 or 7 years in a row, which I loved. Eventually, I started making it for myself.

                                                                            My last few birthday cakes have been Vegan Chocolate Cake with Chocolate frosting that I make for myself. No one bakes cakes for me anymore.

                                                                            1. I was never a big cake person - I prefer quickbreads - so my birthday treats have changed over the years. As a kid, I got dense, brownie-like chocolate cake; ice cream cake; or even banana bread (in a bundt pan with a glaze, to make it more special).

                                                                              No icing, ever. Thank goodness.

                                                                              Recently, I've gotten fruit tart; pavlova; cream puffs; or angelfood cake. But I'd still take my mom's banana bread over any of those.

                                                                              1. Does DIVAMAC have the recipe for the choclate malt cake? I would love to have it.

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                                                                                1. re: oldone

                                                                                  I'll take a look through my recipes and post on the Home Cooking board when I find it.

                                                                                  1. My mom was a great cook and cakes were always from scratch. Mine was always a German chocolate cake. My brother's was devil's food if I recall correctly. For my sisters, when they were little girls, she would make a doll cake. Probably white cake kind of tall with a hollowed out spot in the middle that allowed her to insert a barbie-type doll. It was iced with 7 minute icing and decorated to look like a formal gown.

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                                                                                    1. re: Wineman

                                                                                      I second the german chocolate... and that's about as untraditional as possible

                                                                                    2. Hey, no one's mentioned Carvel ice cream cake. Ever since I discovered it when I was a child, I've had it every year, except twice - once for my sweet sixteen (had a real cake for the party and I didn't eat it at all) and once when we tried a Baskin Robbin cake (the cake part was dry, and there wasn't enough ice cream) - two very big mistakes. The chocolate crunchies in the middle are what keeps me coming back very year, especially since I can buy extra crunchies and sprinkle (ok, actually it's "pour") them on top. Amazing.

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                                                                                      1. re: AlisaKrisa

                                                                                        I always had Carvel ice cream cake as a kid, because I didn't like cake. Now I do like cake, or at least some cakes - orange-almond cake or dark chocolate cake with whipped cream and raspberries. Unfortunately, these are complicated cakes, and if I were going to have them for my birthday, I would have to make them myself. I still hate traditional "birthday cake" - white or yellow or chocolate cake, white frosting. Bleah. I often make myself bread pudding. Less hassle, and I love it just as much.

                                                                                      2. I always asked for Poppyseed Cake, which I thought was a recipe from my Great Aunt Vivian, who was very much the Southern lady and a fabulous cook. She passed away at age 90 earlier this year and I discovered, in conversation with her daughter, that the recipe is German. Apparently Aunt Vivian formed a dear, and most unlikely, friendship with a loud, fast-talking Yankee of German descent named Gert. Poppyseed Cake was a tradition in her German family and this was one of the many recipes from her that Aunt Vivian became "famous" for after Gert died of a heart attack at her husband's funeral some 40 years ago. Interesting story and GREAT cake!

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                                                                                        1. re: pammy

                                                                                          Wow, great story -- I'd love to see that recipe...

                                                                                        2. I like to make my own birthday cake; no one does it better. My favourite (from Chocolatier magazine) is: dried figs simmered in cognac, then combined with butter, sugar, eggs, hazelnuts, dark chocolate, and breadcrumbs, then baked. The glaze is whipping cream, dark chocolate, and hazelnut praline.

                                                                                          1. Ours was the 1-2-3-4 cake with mace for the girls and w/o the mace for boys. The w/mace one had a meringue (sp?) icing. The boys got a choc. buttercream w/o mace. It was great when the meringue got a bit crusty on top!

                                                                                            1. mine was boxed spice cake with vanilla frosting....
                                                                                              then poppyseed cake with whipped cream and fresh berries
                                                                                              now its princess cake...yum!

                                                                                              but in all honesty.. i like ALL cake (when its done well)
                                                                                              i'd just be happy someone made me or bought me one ;)

                                                                                              1. I make my own, if there is one, and it's almost always been a nice gooey gingerbread with whipped cream on top, though I have also done fruit upside-down cakes. This year I kinda did both: baked apples, butter and brown sugar in the baking dish, then poured gingerbread batter over that. I think I'm gonna make that my Official Cake...

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                                                                                                1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                  my childhood b-day teat was my mom's wonderful lemon chiffon pie. She'd make a lemon pie filling (from the box) but mix in whipped cream and then chill it. Served with home made whipped cream, and made with lost of juice and zest from our Meyer lemon tree.

                                                                                                  Nowday's it's Chef Rick's Coconut cake or my current obsession, Tres Leches. Going out now to get a piece!

                                                                                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                                                                                    Oh delicious. I'm thinking this year of making a chocolate guinness gingerbread cake with cream cheese frosting.

                                                                                                  2. Chocolate cake w/chocolate frosting from a boxed mix and frosting that came out of a can. Made lovingly by my mother every year. Thanks mom!!!!

                                                                                                    My husband has a unique one that I have yet to replicate succesfully....chocolate carrot cake. It's ridiculously complicated and to make matters worse, it's a bundt cake. I've tried twice and failed miserably (my words, not his-bless his heart)on both occassions. The recipe card hand written by his mom is still wedged in our Joy of Cooking, falling out on a regular basis to remind me of my failed attempts to replicate his childhood birthday treat.

                                                                                                    As for what is my current favorite...any desert at a restaurant.

                                                                                                    1. Mine: Princess cake or lemon meringue pie.

                                                                                                      Hubby's: Banana cream pie (perfectly ghastly, even when I make every component from scratch).

                                                                                                      Dad's: cheesecake.

                                                                                                      Daughter's: "Max's Ultimate Dream Cake" - chocolate genoise dome filled with layers of chocolate mousse and cookies N cream ice cream, covered with ganache, then frosted with marshmallows which are then caramelized by a blowtorch. She created this cake by asking me to combine all of her favorite elements from cakes I've made in the past (buche de noel, ice cream cake, and Baked Alaska).

                                                                                                      1. Strawberry torte (apparently a Swedish thing) -- a layered cake with almond flavoring, a meringue layer on top and strawberries and whipped cream between the layers. The only time my mom and grandmother actually whip cream, in my memory -- vs using Cool Whip ;-)

                                                                                                        1. strawberry shortcake--mine too-I didn't realize so many people loved it-brings back sweet memories-

                                                                                                          1. Oh make mine Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting!
                                                                                                            A super moist and spicy cake with big fat plump raisins.
                                                                                                            I love it!Soooo goood.

                                                                                                            MY husband's very favorite is Boston Cream...

                                                                                                            1. The traditional birthday cake in my family is angel food with whipped cream. Now that I'm grown up, I prefer red velvet.

                                                                                                              1. Growing up it was always Enteman's Blackout Cake - nobody in my family baked from scratch. I bet I wouldn't like it anymore - they probably use all kinds of fake ingredients in them now. But if someone wanted to make me something from scratch these days, I probably still prefer something dark chocolate and fudgy.

                                                                                                                1. Hi, today is my birthday, so I thought I would revive this thread.

                                                                                                                  When I was a kid, we went to a Michigan chain called Bill Knapp's for a free birthday cake. It was chocolate (I think they made a white one, but we never ordered it) with a chocolate icing. Everyone who celebrated a birthday got a little cake and the percentage of their birthday off the bill.

                                                                                                                  One year, a baker friend made me a gorgeous midnight cake, with 7 minute frosting, chocolate drizzled down the edges, whipped cream between the layers and dense moist chocolate cake.

                                                                                                                  This year, I'm having a chocolate cake with midnight icing, a sheet cake because I'm giving a brunch. I also am really partial to pie instead of cake on birthdays, and love lemon meringue and key lime,

                                                                                                                  Happy birthday to any fellow Leos!

                                                                                                                  1. My favorite cake growing up was Boston cream pie. It was all box mixes and stuff, but it was my favorite.

                                                                                                                    My sister's birthday came two weeks after mine, and whatever kind of cake she got, my mom would make one just like it in a little pan for a mentally challenged fellow who worked fro my dad, who didn't have any family and whose birthday was the same day.

                                                                                                                    She usually would make some kind of decorated cake (always chocolate) for my dad, and my uncle Barry always got a pineapple upside down cake, baked in a cast iron skillet.

                                                                                                                    1. My mother used to make a wonderful chocolate cake (recipe from TJoC -- can't say which edition), which had a very distinctive flavor due to the inclusion of brown as well as white sugars. She topped it with an excellent butter frosting that still makes my mouth water whe I think of it.

                                                                                                                      1. My favorite and the one i had every year was tomato soup cake with cream cheese icing. My mom made it for me every year we were together and this past year (my birthday is in October) my mom was dying and my most thoughtfull friend in the world baked it for me since she knew my mom could not. I think it was the most touching thing anyone had ever done for me. (and if you are reading this Dayna, thank you once again for something I will never ever forget)

                                                                                                                        1. My Mom always made me a four layer chocolate mayonaise cake with chocolate cream cheese icing. It was soooo rich. Wish I had piece right now.

                                                                                                                          1. for my 8th birthday party, my dad bought an italian rum cake. not exactly appropriate for a group of 8 year olds. i loved it. all the kids hated it. i don't think my dad really thought that one through before purchasing.

                                                                                                                            i wonder if the people at the bakery thought it was strange to write "happy 8th birthday!" on a rum cake?

                                                                                                                            1. My mother's homemade carrot cake with pineapple, with storebought vanilla frosting. And red hots on top. :P

                                                                                                                              1. When I was a little girl, my grandpa use to buy a sheet cake for our birthdays from Queen's Bakery in Chinatown, when my uncle use to own it. I always wanted the one with fresh strawberries, but since my birthday is in December, I would opt for bananas. I love Chinese cakes, light and moist with whipped cream frosting.

                                                                                                                                Nowadays, I still prefer Chinese cakes OR Hawaiian cakes. The cake itself is similar in texture and not too sweet, but love the fruit puree on top...yummy!

                                                                                                                                1. Mine - Strawberry Cake (yes it was a Betty Crocker cake mix) with that marshmallowy frosting.
                                                                                                                                  My brother - cherry pie pars... just like a pie, but baked on a sheet pan, with canned cherry pie filling
                                                                                                                                  My sister - "Cheese Breeze" - graham cracker crust with a sour cream/cream cheese filling and topped with (again) canned cherry pie filling.

                                                                                                                                  1. I don't like cake. At least not the stuff most people call cake - devil's food, yellow cake, angel food, german chocolate, etc. Can't stand the stuff. I do like ice cream cake and cheesecake, and would welcome either at my birthday. In fact, I might get a Ben & Jerry's catering cart for my wedding instead of cake!

                                                                                                                                    1. I love cakes. As a child my birthday cakes were either homemade German chocolate or devil's food with mint icing. I still enjoy those, and so many others! (Candy's Chocolate Poundcake and a certain hazelnut & chocolate cake have been high on my list lately, but not for birthdays.) Love an angel food piled high with lots of fresh whipped cream and berries and/or other fruits like nectarines. There are many more I like but these are the cakes I usually have for birthdays.

                                                                                                                                      This has been fun to read. Makes me want to bake but not til things cool down outside!

                                                                                                                                      Hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Brendastarlet!