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Jul312008

A Very Special Cake Poll and Giveaway: It's Cakespy's Birthday!

It's giveaway time!
Do you remember the day you were born, Cakespy? After all, it was one year ago--on August 1----that we made our inaugural post. How the time has gone! In some ways we can't believe it's been a year, and yet at the same time, it seems inconceivable that it's only been a year. One sugar-filled, dentist's nightmare of a year.

While we could regale you with the story of Cakespy's birth, we thought it would be much funner to have a poll and give away some sweet stuff! In keeping with the birthday theme, our subject is birthday cake. And since it's a special day, there will be not one but four winners! 
  • Winner 1 will get the original painting shown at the top; 
  • Winner 2 will get a Cakespy T-Shirt (Unisex sizes XS-L, winner will be notified and asked for a size; no need to put it in your response); 
  • Winners 3 and 4 will receive a box of 10 assorted Cakespy Notecards!
The fine print: The poll will be closed at 12 noon PST on Wednesday, August 6th; responses may be posted in the comments section or emailed to jessieoleson@gmail.com. As usual, winners will be chosen at random, and will be assigned prizes in the order mentioned above (sorry, no swapping). Entries from the US and beyond are welcome. Your info will never be shared and these questions are solely motivated by our nosy spy tendencies.
Cake Poll: Birthday Cake!
  1. What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
  2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
  3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
  4. Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it?
  5. Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
  6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
  7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
  8. What's the best thing about birthday cake?

Please note--the poll is CLOSED! 

 

 

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What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
cupcakes in ice cream cones

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
Cupcake Cafe flown in from NYC

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
No thanks. I prefer a really good buttercream.

Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it?
Of course! How else do you get them clean?

Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
Disappointment for sure. I don't really want anything in the middle. Just cake.

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
Awesome, but it doesn't count as a "real" cake to me.

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
Yes, I think so!

What's the best thing about birthday cake?
Eating it for breakfast the next morning!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterCallieA

Happy 1st Birthday!!!!

1. What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? - I loved ice cream cakes, even with a winter birthday.

2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? - Either a chocolate chip cookie cake or a giant cupcake.

3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) - Yes, I like the airy nature of it on some cakes, although sometimes it just does not work.

4. Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? - No, simply not that into frosting to bother.

5. Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? - Sweet surprise :)

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? - See #1 ;)

7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? - Neh, whatever floats your boat.

8. What's the best thing about birthday cake? - Sharing it with family and friends!

1. Various themed birthday cakes to go along with my various themed kiddie birthday parties -- usually vanilla with bizarrely colored frosting (T-Rex heads for dino party, prancing pony for western party, etc.)

2. I am so boring - but I love (really good actual) vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. If there are fresh strawberries involved, all the better.

3. No no no

4. Less licking, more sucking nearly swallowing the candles. I have no shame.

5. Fruit filling depends on the fruit and quality of said filling - fresh and lovely, super surprise!! Canned and ew - uhmm... someone hates me.

6. Ice cream cakes are great for hot summer birthdays on the back porch, otherwise just melty and messy.

7. Birthday pie works, although I love me a good birthday fruit tart too.

8. Best thing about birthday cake - the edge pieces with maximum icing effectiveness. And getting someone else to cut it b/c I'm the birthday girl dammit.

August 5 | Unregistered Commenterhappykatie

1. i don't remember what kind of cake but i do remember the little mermaid cake my mom made and the cat cake she made.
2. chocolate chip cake but butterscotch filling and chocolate buttercream, yum.
3. i prefer chocolate buttercream in almost all cases.
4. yes, definitely.
5. usually a sweet surprise...like when it is raspberry.
6. both! they don't satisfy my cake cravings but i do love those crunchy chocolate bits.
7. i always thought my brother was wrong for wanting pie...i am slowly starting to accept this odd way though...
8. sharing it!

August 5 | Unregistered Commenterlauren

1) It was always a shared cake, because my stupid sister had a summer birthday while school was out, so she'd commandeer my birthday, too. Bitter much? Yes, probably.

2) My birthday is in May, so I haven't started planning that far in advance, yet! It will probably be a variation on Dorie's Perfect Party Cake, though. So yummy!

3) Any type of frosting, please!

4) Nope. No candles.

5) Sweet surprise!

6) Cakes made entirely out of ice cream, or with a brownie base, awesome. Dry cardboard cake with a little bit of ice cream on top, awful.

7) No! It's whatever the birthday person wants!

8) Cake for breakfast for the next week!

August 5 | Unregistered Commenternaiad-kitty

1. Homemade chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.
2. Caramel Flan Cake (I ruined it on my last birthday!)
3. No, thank you. I prefer cream cheese or chocolate frosting.
4. Every chance I get.
5. A sweet surprise--usually...
6. I only like chocolate with mint chocolate chip ice cream cakes.
7. It's not wrong for someone else to have a birthday pie, but don't give me one unless there's also a cake.
8. The chocolate. Always the chocolate.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany

1.-Almond cake
2.- One that I dont have to bake,jajaja, vanila with frut
3.- sure
4.- Of curse
5.-Super Surprise
6.- Awesome specialy in the summer
7.- Its not wrong, not my style
8.- GHathering the family around the table singing Happy Birthday!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterSusy Q

Really, only one year? Happy birthday Cakespy!
1. those wilton character cakes, most notably strawberry shortcake (with vanilla and chocolate frosting inside)
2. triple chocolate mousse cake
3. no...vegan whipped cream isn't that stable...
4. of course
5. depends on the kind of cake, but yes, usually kind of disappointing
6. awesome!
7. yes, that's just heresy
8. I get the first slice!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterVegan_Noodle

1. Homemade cake from my mom - I liked tomato soup cake with cream cheese frosting the best.

2. I will probably go with my mom's homemade maraschino cherry cake and cherry frosting.

3. No, I like my frosting to be richer and thicker.

4. Yes.

5. A sweet surprise!

6. I'm not a huge fan of ice cream cakes. The frosting just isn't the same.

7. No, not at all. I actually just made my mom a birthday trifle, per her request, a couple weeks ago.

8. You can eat it and not feel bad about the calories - because it's your birthday!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterAimeebee

1. White cake with buttercream frosting.
2.Chocolate cake with buttercream frosting.
3.Doesn`t matter. Any frosting is good frosting!
4.Not since I swallowed a candle!
5.A sweet surprise
6.Awful
7. A birthday pie would be fine, as long as it is Chocolate Pie.
8. The joy in looking at the cake. Tradition. Eating it!!

Cute Poll and contest.

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August 5 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

1. When I was little, I had some mocha flavored cakes and vanilla cakes. I'm not a fan of chocolate so I didn't really have that.
2. For my next birthday, I would love to have a cookies and cream cake (my favorite ice cream flavor!). Or something with lots of bright colored frosting on top would be nice too.
3. I don't think I've had that yet, but it sounds yummy so I would like to try that!
4. Yup, I'm guilty of doing that. It's my cake, right? :]
5. A sweet surprise just as long as it's a fruit flavor that I like. I'm pick with fruits.
6. Awesome! I love those Baskin Robbin and Cold Stone cakes.
7. I think it is. Everyone needs cake.
8. The morning after. I'm notorious for eating cake during breakfast. haha

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
I wanted whatever I was interested in at that time. I had a Wonder Woman cake, PacMan, barbie, etc.

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? my sister made the most awesome cake this year for me so I imagine it's going to be difficult to top.

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
sure. I'm open to all types of frosting.

Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? yes

Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
Fruit filling is gross and disappointing.

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
depends. most commercial ones are awful.

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? For me it's wrong but every person has to decide for themselves. Is there a piespy?

What's the best thing about birthday cake? eating it!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterEdie

1. Yellow cake with chocolate icing.
2. Red velvet cupcakes
3. Yes
4. sometimes
5. I have never had fruit filling.
6. depends on the maker
7. It is only wrong to have something the birthday person doesn't want.
8. Yummy moist cakey-icingy goodness!!!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterMB

1. Carvel ice cream cake. Love those cookie crunchies!

2. Chocolate molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream.

3. Usually I prefer plain whipped cream or buttercream depending on the dessert.

4. Hell yes!

5. A love a raspberry layer on a chocolate cake.

6. Awesome of course(see question1)

7. Never! Birthdays are about no holds barred dessert enjoyment.
Go with what you love.

8. Being the birthday girl means you get to keep the leftovers.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterBeryl

# What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
with an August birthday: always ice cream cake or pineapple upside down cake.
# What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
pineapple ice cream cake!
# Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) no, i'm a traditional frosting gal. i like it dense and sugary.
# Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? why waste perfectly good frosting? of course i do! (even when it's not my cake)
# Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? i'm not a big fan of the fruit filling. cake and frosting are best friends, anything in the middle just gets in the way.
# Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? see above - awesome!
# Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? if it goes with a theme, not at all.
# What's the best thing about birthday cake? everything!

August 5 | Unregistered Commenterbeli:full

1. Yellow box mix cake with chocolate icing. And my dad, not my mom, made it.
2. I don't really know yet.
3. Sometimes. I like that it's light. And if it's a pineapple cake, then I say, "Yes, please"
4. Of course
5. Disappointment in the middle. But I don't mind fruit mixed in or on top.
6. Awesome, if it's not too often.
7. yes
8. Leftovers to eat the next morning.
ConnieC

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterCC

1. several years in a row I had a care bear cake (each year I'd pick a different bear to be featured) a relative of mine was a cake decorator, and she made the best icing.

2. my dad still bakes a birthday dessert for me every year, when he asks in a few months I'll probably request his Hershey Cake or a chocolate pie

3. Whipped cream is good sometimes, especially for coconut cake.

4. yes

5. disappointment

6. I've only had ice cream cake maybe 2 times...i guess it was pretty okay.

7. of course not! (see my answer to number 2)

8. It's one dessert that you can pick out especially for yourself (regardless of what everyone else wants) and not seem selfish...and it tastes really good!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterJerri

1. What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING
2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
CHOCOLATE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING... SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no?
YES PLEASE
4. Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it?
OF COURSE!
5.Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
A HAPPY HAPPY SURPRISE
6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
AWESOME
7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
WHATEVER MAKES THE BIRTHDAY BOY/GIRL HAPPY!
# What's the best thing about birthday cake?
THE SONG THAT COMES WITH IT

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterMEAGAN

Hmmmmm ...

1 What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?

Always the basic birthday cake (yellow cake with buttercream icing) that a friend of the family made. Always a character cake :)


2 What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?

Petit Fors from a local bakery ... they make the best!!!

3 Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)

NO ... it's just not the same!

4 Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it?

No ... can't stand the wax flavor mixed with the frosting

5 Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?

Disappointment ... I like cakes that are simply cake and frosting ... yummmmm

6 Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?

Awful .... the idea is good, but I have yet to have one that I thought was good

7 Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?

Yes, but to each his own ....

8 What's the best thing about birthday cake?

eating it and not feeling guilty since it's my birthday ;)

~Heather

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

1. Usually chocolate cake/chocolate icing from Harris Teeter store. But when I was 5 my grandmother made these cool ice cream cone cupcakes.
2. Probably a peanut butter-chocolate combination cake.
3. No - lacking in flavor, texture.
4. Yes, of course.
5. No fruit filling for me, thanks.
6. Can be awesome if they're high quality and the cake's not dry.
7. No - not if that's what the birthday girl/boy likes best.
8. The fact that it's once a year, so you feel like you can really treat yourself. And also the friends/family usually involved.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Cakespy, you don't look a day over 11 months! Have a happy birthday and make sure to send out lots of invitations to relatives out of state so you get presents but not have them visit.
Now for my shot at fame...
1) Some sort of frosting star covered animal. Mom had a magic pan that could make the face of anything from a bear to a panda to a koala to a... hey, wait a minute.
2) Ice cream cake with a side of jelly donuts.
3) Blegh. No. What a waste of frosting real estate. Buttercream or bust!
4) Don't stop at licking! I used to bite the candles in half and make mini-nunchucks.
5) Meh, if it's someone else's cake, fine (at least I'm getting some of it). If it's in MY cake... I'll have to use my mini-nunchucks on your face.
6) Awesome. No need to have to portion cake to ice cream so you're not stuck with just cake at the end.
7) No. Everyone probably goes through a rebellious pie phase. As long as it's not rhubarb...
8) When it's at work, usually people order a cake that's too big and then you can be the pig that takes the extra home. Dibs on the blue roses!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterChesher

1. I got to pick what flavor I wanted, and my mom would make something spectacular -- my favorite was a butterfly-shaped cake when I turned 6, or the rainbow-shaped cupcakes for my 3rd b-day.
2. Hmm, it's next week, so I should get on this -- probably something chocolate with something cream cheesy on top
3. Is it wrong to say both?!?
4. Totally
5. A disappointment in the middle -- I'm also against it in doughnuts. I like fruit all on its own, not crammed in stuff.
6. Awful for me, awesome for my hubby.
7. Not if that's what you'd prefer -- it's your day, eat the dessert treat you want most!
8. That it is SO special, you only get ONE a year.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterLaloo

1. My favorite cake was a barbie cake that my mom made me when I was maybe 7 years old with the doll sticking out of the top.

2. My favorite cake is chocolate/white swirl cake with burnt almond frosting.

3. I love whipped cream frosting

4.Of course I lick the frosting, duh!

5. I also love fruit filling -- preferably raspberry!

6. I have to say that I hate ice cream cakes -- I would much rather eat cake than ice cream.

7. I alternate probably every other year with a birthday pie instead of a cake -- I like to mix things up a bit.

8. The best thing by far about birthday cake is the frosting and/or the fruit filling!

Thanks!!!!

August 5 | Unregistered Commenterjenjen

1. It would range, normally a store bought cake that had the typical icing. Sometimes white, sometimes chocolate.

2. A cake. I didn't have one this year (but I did have fondue!).

3. I don't care. I like cream cheese the most, but whipped cream has all the sweet without the sickly that you get with buttercream.

4. Of COURSE.

5. I've never had, so I can't say.

6. I'm pretty laid back about cakes, I enjoy it all.

7. I don't see why it would. I had a birthday fondue this year.

8. Being the first one to get a slice.

On the chance I win, my e-mail is tara.conneally@loop.colum.edu

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterTara Conneally

What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
My mom made me the hugest chocolate-raspberry pink elephant. It was so cool!!

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
Baskin Robbins World Class Chocolate Ice Cream with Chocolate Fudge Cake

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
Yes, only if it is cool outside.

Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it?
Is there anyone that doesn't?

Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
It really depends on the cake and the filling flavors. Sometimes it is really bad.

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
My favorite!!

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
Pie isn't cake..'nuff said.

What's the best thing about birthday cake?

Everything. Cake is the best!!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterAlly
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