There was no way I was going to bake myself a cake if there was any chance of somebody putting 40 candles on it. So, I came up with the idea of cramming 40 flowers on it, all royal icing and made in advance. I started with the basketweave cake (which is a 13 by 9 stack of three single layer cakes, alternating vanilla and chocolate)…
Wilton Ready-To-Use Decorator Icing green with Leaf Green by AmeriColor:
This color just looked a little too murky for my taste, so I gave it a shot of the green from Duff's Electric Colors set; the difference is shocking:
Well, here's my birthday cake, all fired up. My apologies to all the folks who brought their kids over who got as sugared-up as they did on a school night. A good time was had by all, though, right?