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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! 

 

 

Reader Comments (277)

1.Bakery cake, usually white/yellow cake with buttercream frosting and cherry & pineapple filling between the layers.
2. Well, yesterday was my birthday, so I guess I have a whole year to think about it! At dinner out last night, four of us shared three desserts: white chocolate cake with passionfruit mousse on top, a nut pie (like pecan, but with a variety of nuts), and a chocolate volcano cake.
3. Whipped cream is fine, but buttercream is where it's at.
4. Of course; who wouldn't?!
5. Actually, I like fruit filling if it's that good fake fruit filling (like the canned pie fillings)!
6. Not as good as real cake, but I wouldn't turn it down
7. Highly unorthodox, but on your birthday you should get what you want!
8. Everything is "the best;" can you name one BAD thing about birthday cake?!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterLisaJoffe

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

Pepperidge Farm frozen vanilla 3-layer cake.

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

Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla frosting, maybe from Teacakes Bakeshop.

3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no?

Yum.

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?

You never know, but one of my favorite kinds of cupcakes are chocolate raspberry.

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?

Eh.

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

Go for it. I predict that pie is the new black.

8. What's the best thing about birthday cake?

Cold the next day for breakfast.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterBritt Bravo

I remember having a teddy bear cake and a doll cake.

Vanilla cake with either vanilla frosting or chocolate ganache.


Buttercream is really the only frosting. Whipped cream is gross. I remember going to a bday party as a kid and being psyched about the thick frosting. Then one bite and patooey! Whipped cream. What a rip off.

Licking the candles? no Licking the beaters? yes Spoon? yes

Fruit filling is nice in wedding cakes, but not at home for bday cakes.

My boys love ice cream cakes. I only like the blizzard cakes from DQ or a choc chip cake from Baskin Robbins. Usually I'll pick cake, no ice cream.

Why would anyone choose pie over cake? really!

The best thing about MY cake - (1) the frosting and (2) I don't have to cut and serve the dang thing!

mb32 at comcast dot net

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

1. Several, my mom was really into tier cakes... my favorite would have to be the circus cake on my 5th birthday!
2. Chocolate Wasabi!
3. Asparagus milkshake sound good? That's about how appealing Whipped cream frosting is.
4. OF COURSE! Waste not, want not.
5. I enjoy it occasionally. Kind of like sometimes you might just have a hankerin' for a jelly doughnut.
6. My last birthday cake was an ice cream cake, and it was a slight disappointment ( as a child, I loved it!)
7. Anything celebrating your birth is a good thing!
8. It's cake!

Happy birthday, Cakespy!

August 5 | Unregistered Commenterhmm_i_see

1. Usually an animal themed cake.

2. My birthday is this Saturday, and I actually don't want a cake-I want a Key Lime Pie, piled high with meringue.

3. Hmmm....on a white cake, yes. On a chocolate one, no.

4. Yep. The wax makes it taste even better.

5.Depending on how sweet. I despise those sickeningly sweet fruit fillings...

6. If I make them, awesome. Yes, I know I am biased. ;-)

7. Not in my book....see #2 above *grin*

8. You can make the cake to fit the recipient's own unique personality, style, and, of course, taste. :-)

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterMKW89

1. A random box cake at my mother's discretion.
2. A chocolate, chocolate,
chocolate, chocolate, chocolate,
chocolate cake (and if I could add more chocolate, I would)!
3. Yes to the whipped cream.
4. Is there any other way to clean those darn candles?
5. A disappointment unfortunately.
6. Ice cream!!! Enough said. (awesome just in case)
7. Not wrong, just sad.
8. You really get to enjoy it guilt free(if it's your own) since the diet and everything else goes out the window that day.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterSugarCrush

1. My mom would make a sort of a dulce de leche type cake with lemon. Yummy!
2. My mom's specialty: drunken cherry cake. And since my birthday is on Friday, I know I'm getting it too!
3. Oh yes. It's light and cool and refreshing.
4. Usually in the kitchen where no one will see :)
5. I like a thin layer of fruit inside, it offsets the sweetness and adds to the flavor, so yes!
6. This really depends. I like all homemade icecream cakes, but store bought are hit or miss.
7. I wouldn't say it's wrong, but I want my cake please.
8. Um...usually it means it's someones birthday. I just love the excitement on everyone's faces as the cake is brought out. Oh yeah, and the frosting :)

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Happy birthday Cakespy!

1. chocolate
2. chocolate
3. yes
4. yes
5. a disappointment in the middle
6. awesome
7. no
8. the combination of cake and icing-yummy!

Cake Poll: Birthday Cake!

1. What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? my mom would make funfetti cake, two layers with strawberries in between, and homemade whipped cream frosting....yum!!

2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? exactly what i ate as a little kid

3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)YES! especially the kind my mom had made all these years. It's not too sweet, unique, and theres always leftovers to eat later

4. Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? Sometimes...depends how much the wax had melted down the sides

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

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? awesome but not for me

7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? No!

8. What's the best thing about birthday cake? eating it with good friends and family! No one should have to eat cake alone

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

1. I always had a chocolate cake, from a mix, with white frosting which was homemade. It was always my favorite.
2. My birthday is the 7th, so I've been thinking about this! I think I'm going to go for a cupcake. Not sure what flavor yet, I'll see what I'm in the mood for then.
3. Any frosting is good in my book, including whipped cream frosting.
4. I do lick the frosting from the candles---and from the knife and the cake server, too.
5. When fruit filling is good, it's great, but most of the time, it's a disappointment.
6. No ice cream cakes for me, but I'll take some ice cream on the side of my cake.
7. My dad was a lover of pies, so he always had a birthday pie, in his honor I say yes to birthday pies.
8. Cake is always good, but when it's enjoyed to celebrate someone special, it's even better.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterLouisa

1. I believe it was mostly Baskin Robbins ice cream cake. Chocolate cake, chocolate chip ice cream.
2. Chocolate of course.
3. Yes, whipped. Really anything over cream cheese.
4. Of course, Yummy!
5. Depends on my mood and the kind of fruit it is.
6. Awesome, see #1 answer : )
7. Most definetly, who wants a pie for their bday.
8. The yumminess of it. Nice moist cake with just the right amount of frosting.

Fingers crossed, hope I win.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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

My favorite birthday cakes were strawberry cakes! Soft cakes, tons of cream and tons of strawberries!

2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
I want a tart lemon cake with kiwis.

3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
Hmmm, I never feel like its thick enough. So no.

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 sweet surprise.

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
I love it! I want to make ice cream cupcakes.

7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
Naw, anything goes.

8. What's the best thing about birthday cake?
Making wishes, having cake fights and eating the mess.

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterAra

#1-store bought, with the yucky frosting. all of them. Guess my mom was a bit burned out by the time she had me?
#2-green tea cupcakes!
#3-It can be a yes, but this time of year where I live? NONONONO! It's toooo hot.
#4-What kind of frosting wasting sicko doesn't lick it off of the candles? I don't get to, the kids get to them too quickly.
#5-Fruit filling: a sweet surprise. Fruit colored high-fructose corn syrup filling: ick no.
#6-Ice cream cakes: awesome if it's from DQ and has that amazing crunchy layer of chocolate bits and fudge. No thanks on the cakes from...other ice cream places...that are ice cream layered on frozen/soggy cakes.
#7-You're going to tell the birthday girl what she can and can't have? Good luck with that! My aunt has a birthday watermelon!
#8-Um, decorating them. No wait, the eating it. No! making everyone wait til I take the 1st bite....Scratch that! The birthday WISH! I <3 anything that's a venue for a wish!

August 5 | Unregistered CommenterLeigh

1. Vanilla on vanilla. I was not a chocolate girl. For my 12th birthday I had a cake that looked like a hamburger, which makes for quite the iconic photo in my family now that I am vegan.
2. My birthday is next week and I have already picked out a recipe for cherry vanilla cupcakes.
3. No - whipped cream is not much of an option on a vegan cake.
4. Absolutely. Why waste good frosting?
5. Depends upon the fruit.
6. Soy ice cream cakes: awesome.
7. No. When it's your birthday, it's all about you. Go with it.
8. It's all about you, baby.

August 6 | Unregistered Commentergail

1. The first cake I had was, like Katie, a kitty cake! My mum made it, and (for some reason) the grey fur icing turned green! So I had a green cat!! :P
Since then, she hasn't made a cake for me...we've had the store-bought ones...usually a cheesecake of some sort. Or a Black Forest Cake...yum!

2. Well, seeing as my birthday is on Sunday, I would like a strawberry cheesecake. Haven't had cheesecake in a while, so I really want one!! :)

3. Hmm..that's a hard one. I think I'll have to put my answer as...as long as it's sweet frosting that compliments the cake, I will eat it! :)

4. Nah...don't like wax-flavoured frosting! :)

5. I guess it depends on the cake in question - for example, if you're told that it's just a plain chocolate cake (no fancy fillings or anything), and find that it has fruit in it, then I'd be a bit disappointed. But if I was told that I was getting a vanilla sponge cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries in the middle, then I'd love it! :)

6. They can be good, as long as they aren't a melted mess by the time you get a slice...that's happened to me in the past. I felt like I needed a straw in order to enjoy it!! :)

7. It's not really 'wrong'...it's just not normal! :P

8. Getting to eat it!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterLiv

1. My mom didn't bake, I only remember various years with pizzas with candles. I'm sure store-bought was in there somewhere. It was a complicated childhood, trust me.

2. Frankly, if I don't have to make it myself, that would be thoughtful; hasn't happened yet. A truly kick*** red velvet would be lovely, or the moistest chocolate cake. Made myself some mad festive cupcakes this year.

3. I'm not much for the wc frosting...oh, I'll eat it, don't get me wrong, but I like the basic stuff.

4. Doesn't everyone lick the candles?

5. Generally Fruit filling proves to be a disappointment

6. Ice cream cakes: I'll have some, but I prefer the real deal.

7. Wrong

8. The moist cake-y goodness in your mouth. Yum!

1 What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? Plain old vanilla
2 What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? I'm pretty sure I always want Red Velvet ;)
3 Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) I think its great but I'd rather have some thick sugary goodness.
4 Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? yep
5 Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? Depends on what type of cake it is, generally I prefer frosting in the middle!
6 Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? I don't like ice cream =/
7 Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? not at all!
8 What's the best thing about birthday cake? Its a reason to eat all the cake you want!!!!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

1. Always asked for Confetti Cake with 7 Minute Frosting, but always got German Chocolate.
2. Most definately dark chocolate with cherry filling and boiled icing! MMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....
3. I do like whipped cream, but absolutely despise it on a cake when it starts to lose it's "lift".
4. Oh yes!
5. Fruit filling - yes, but jam filling is a giant no-no. UGH. (Visions of getting sick over jam filling on my sister's 5th brithday....)
6. Delicious, if bought at Annabelle's IceCream in Portsmouth NH! :)
7. Any dessert on a birthday is great if a candle is stuck in it!
8. The festivity of candles of course!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterVerbenabeth

1. anything baked by mom
2. red velvet cupcakes
3. buttercream yes, whipped cream...no
4. no but husband does
5. fresh fruit filling yes, jams or compotes..no
6. ice cream and cake together..yes!
7. some type of sweet on your b-day is a good thing.
8. sharing it with those you love.

Happy Birthday, Cakespy!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterK and S

!. yellow cake mix with butter cream frosting
2. chocolate with mint icing
3No, I'm a traditional kind of girl
4. no
5. no
6. awful,
7. yes
8. It's yours to enjoy!!
Theresa N
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August 6 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa N.

1. Lots of different kinds, my parents owned a bakery.
2. Right now I want an opera cake, however I've got eight months to change my mine!
3. Sometimes, it really depends on the cake. Something light & fruity goes well with whipped cream frosting.
4.I'm not sure I trust those who don't.
5. Mostly a sweet surprise.
6. Generally awesome, though I've had a couple of bad ones.
7. Not at all.
8. Licking the bowl! Or that it's all yours!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

1. Rainbow Brite!! my mom really rocked it out, but with the yucky wilton artificial food coloring/ decorators icing for rainbow and her friends. the cake was super cool, but the frosting was super sweet and gross and tasted like tons of food coloring. but the cake inside was good and chocolatey
2. Wall-e and eve! i already bought the wall-e pan for my boyf, his bday is 2 days before me and im going to carve eve from a sheet cake.
3. yes, if its homemade... artificial flavors or preservatives gross me out.
4. yes! dont waste good frosting!
5. yes, depends on the cake, sometimes if it gets room temp. sometimes the filling makes the cake soggy. :(
6. i love me some ice cream cake!
7. nope. you can have whatever you want.
8. going back for leftovers at midnite and pretending there were no leftovers, u only had that one slice at the party, remember? birthday pounds dont count. ;)

August 6 | Unregistered Commentercupcakewatson

#1 What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? My Dad made me a REALLY COOL Raggedy Anne Cake one year and I was SO excited because he made it JUST FOR ME! (I'm a Daddy's girl to this day!)
#2 What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? I am thinking an ice cream cake - vanilla - with a cool whip frosting that has great color to it!
#3 Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) ABSOLUTELY! It's my favorite, actually!
#4 Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? I haven't had candles in a really long time, but I totally would! LOL!
#5 Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? Depends on the fruit! If it's raspberry - I'm in heaven!
#6 Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? AWESOME! I live for ice cream!
#7 Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? Nope. Or, in my husbands case, sometimes a Cheesecake is in order!
#8 What's the best thing about birthday cake? The ice cream that goes with it!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterJingle

1. The one I remember the most is a Raggedy Ann cake my mom made for me. Vanilla cake, vanilla icing.
2. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
3. No. Cream cheese or buttercream only.
4. YES. Can't let good frosting go to waste!
5. Sweet surprise
6. awful.
7. wrong? no. weird? yes!
8. birthday cake calories don't count!!!

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterAllie

Cake Poll: Birthday Cake!

1. My mom would make two carrot cakes and cut one in half and place the halves at the top of the first cake-- and we'd decorate it like a bunny with ears. ^__^

2. After have a cupcake cake at my sweet sixteen last month, I can't think of any better for next year.

3. Naw. I like buttercream frosting much better... I like the density, and it usually has more flavor.

4. Sure-- but I'm more interested in the cake.

5. I don't usually care for fruit fillings. Usually makes the cake soggy...

6. I've always hated ice cream cake... it's not cake, so it's always a disappointment.

7. I have nothing against birthday pie. My dad can't abide by cake (I know) so we always have pie on his birthday.

8. Finishing it off when no one is looking. ^w^

August 6 | Unregistered CommenterPink Eraser
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