Since our birthdays are so close to Valentine's Day, Mum always made our cakes (which, as kids, were always on our actual birthdays and not together) in the shape of a heart. Very simple to do with one round cake pan and one square. Just turn the square to look like a diamond, cut the round in half and place one half on each upper side of the diamond and... voila! you have a heart!
Mine is always... always... chocolate. Melissa's is whatever flavour she asks for.... sometimes spice cake with coffee icing, sometimes chocolate, sometimes something else. Mine is, and always will be, chocolate.
So last night I made the cake. Baked from scratch. This morning I iced and decorated it. I personally think it is a lovely looking cake!
The little tubes of decorating icing for the writing were a bit runny, so the letters look somewhat 'soft'? for lack of a better term. I added all the little confetti bits and hearts (and along the outsides there are tiny candy butterflies stuck in the icing) after I iced it.
Blowing out the candles - five for me and four for her (for our respective decades)
Attempting (vainly) to dissipate the smoke so as not to set off the smoke alarms! (Good thing we didn't put more candles on the cake or we would have had the Fire Dept. at the door!)
Opening cards and gifts.