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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)

Happy 1st Birthday, Cakespy!!

1. I always loved the shaped cake pans when I was little, & I never really had a preference as to which flavor the cake was.
2. Moist Chocolate...there's a bakery in my hometown that makes the most amazing moist chocolate cake.
3. YES...I love whipped cream frosting!!
4. No...I leave that for someone else.
5. Sweet surprise
6. Awful...I don't like to mix my cake with my ice cream.
7. Totally wrong...wrong on every level!
8. That it's for YOU! There's this sweet treat made especially for you.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

1. I'm a summer birthday, so it was always all about the ice cream cakes.
2. Anything chocolate!
3. Eh, no.
4. When no one is looking!
5. Disappointment. Fruit doesn't belong in dessert, chocolate does. :)
6. Awesome.
7. So wrong the presents should be taken away as punishment.
8. Having it around for breakfast the next day. :)

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany

How perfectly timed--today's the august birthday celebration at work! i'm on aug. 28:) and my coworkers have made a variety of delicious cupcakes--chocolate with peanut butter frosting and purple sugar sprinkles, french vanilla with chocolate frosting and somekind of candy treat on top. oh boy.

What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? it was a mix between Molly Brown cake (it's a NY thing i think) and ice cream cake.

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? My boyfriend bakes my b-day cake, i was thinking blackforest...any more summery ideas? last year it was a four-layer red velvet.

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? depends if its good whipped cream frosting.

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

Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? if it's not the fruit with super glumpy syrup, then it's fabulous.

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? they're okay, but i love real cake more.

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? well, boston cream pie solves that dilemma.

What's the best thing about birthday cake? having a slice for breakfast the next day.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterSofia

What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
Some good old German Kuchen. Mom always made the most yummy ones!

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday?
Dark chocolate with either chillies or raspberries

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
No, I'm not a big fan of whipped cream, except for molten in my hot chocolate.

Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it?
I never ever put the candles in the frosting (remembering a birthdaygirl who blew the wax all over the cake...), so no need to lick the frosting off.

Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
Sweet surprise, as long as it's really fruity and not too sweet.

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?
Never had one, but it sounds awesome to me

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
Nope, some pies are about as good as cake :)

What's the best thing about birthday cake?
That it's your birthday and you get to share the cake with loads of lovely people

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterMiri

Happy Birthday, Cakespy!

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

Actually, when I was little, I very rarely had cake for my birthday. That is because my birthday fell during lent (almost ALWAYS) and my family always gave up ice cream. I don't know why we didn't have regular cake instead of the ice cream cake, but every year, I would get a pudding pie. A delicious pudding pie, with a graham cracker crust, chocolate pudding, home made whipped cream, and almonds.

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

Truth be told, we kind of stick with the pudding pie thing for my birthday now - its a tradition! But since I've gotten into cake decorating, I might whip something spiffy up for myself.


3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no?

Well, up until recently, my family either did ice cream cake from carvel, a box mix cake with homemade whipped cream, or a box mix cake with canned frosting. So I am a fan of whipped cream frosting, we make it great here. BUT, I do also like making my own buttercream. Yummy.

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

Guilty as charged.


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

Depends. Strawberries are fantastic, but bananas? Not so much in cake.

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?

Pretty awesome, no lie.

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

Clearly not!

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

Since I usually don't have cake on my birthday, when I have birthday cake, that means its (for me) a random day with cake! And I love cake, so its fabulous.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterGina

1. Carvel ice cream cake
2. Red velvet
3. Whipped cream frosting is yummy!
4. I used to do it, but I'm not sure why I haven't in a while
5. Raspberry filling is the best (especially with chocolate cake!)
6. Love ice cream cakes!
7. It's your birthday. Have pie if you want to!
8. Sharing it with family and friends! =)

August 1 | Unregistered Commentertooshytostop

1. Angelfood cake
2. Icecream cake
3. Sure!
4. No, share that with the littles in our house
5. No thank you, I prefer virgin cake
6. So, awesome
7. There are no rules, though I am not a huge pie fan.
8. Eating leftovers?

Happy Birthday, Cakespy! xoxo

August 1 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer h.

1. A doll cake but not the kind with the Barbie in it. A whole 30 inch long cake in the shape of a doll. There was also a 12 inch version which was always my personal birthday cake. No sharing of cake for this princess!

2. Moist, dark chocolate cake with fresh yummy almond buttercream. Alas, my husband has both chocolate and nut allergies so it will probaly be yellow cake with vanilla buttercream. Which is also delicious.

3. ew NO! Whipped cream frosting tastes metallic to me. I would rather not have any cake at all than have cake with whipped cream frosting.


4. Absolutley.

5. A sweet surprise, but not necessary.

6. Awful. Ice cream cakes usually have whipped icing on top. See my answer for #3.

7. No, as long as it's a delicious pie. And you must put candles in it.

8. The best thing about birthday cake is that you don't have to make it yourself, everyone thinks of you when they eat it, and no one will mind if you east the leftovers for breakfast.

Happy Birthday Cakespy!!!

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

I always had carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. LOVE.

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

Our traditional pancake cake. Cake at 7 a.m. rocks.


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

On pancake cake, of course. My head is spinning just thinking about real whipped cream on pancakes. Swiss buttercream is right up there too.

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

Always, why waste the good stuff?

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

Real fruit, not from a can, sweet surprise. Otherwise, not so much.

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?

Not a big fan.

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

Sweets on your birthday are never wrong.


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

Ummmm, it's cake.:)

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterRobin Rivers

1-My favorite cake was made in a my little pony cake pan and my mom decorated it. It was awesome.

2-I am turning 25 (eek) so something chocolate and decadent

3-Yes, it depends on the cake.

4-Of course, it would make a mess otherwise

5-I think its good in a cupcake or thinly in a layer cake.

6-Yum

7-Yes, although pie is yummy

8-If someone else makes it for you (homemade!)

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterCasasailer

#1 - cherry or strawberry flavored cake with chocolate icing.
#2 - carrot cake!
#3 - Do not waste my time and offend my senses with that junk!
#4 - Only if my kids don't beat me to it.
#5 - a sweet surprise
#6 - Ice cream cakes have their place, just not at my birthday party.
#7 - It should be a punishable offense.
#8 - Having some for breakfast the next day and continuing the celebration!

What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? I have a sweeth tooth, so I had different cakes each year. Some I can remember are cookie cake, lots of chocolate cakes, ice cream cakes and even cheesecake!

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? Hmmm, Cheescake!

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? No thanks!

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

Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle?
Not a huge fruit center fan. But I do like it on ocassion and done well!

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? Awesome occassionally.

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
Nope, it's your birthday!

What's the best thing about birthday cake?
It is calorie free, bc it is your birthday. hahahahah

August 1 | Unregistered Commenterlindsey

Very happy blogbirthday / blogaversary!

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

I always loved mint chip ice cream cake

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

A red velvet cake with cream cheese icing...or angel food cake with chocolate icing (I'm
greedy, I'd like 2!)

3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? no! I like it thick.

4.Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? Of course, of course.

5. Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? a sweet surprise! Strawberry filling is absolutely divine.

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? Awesome, see #1

7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? It's just not quite the same in my opinion.

8. What's the best thing about birthday cake? I don't eat cake all that often ::sigh:: so a birthday cake is a special treat!

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterSharon

Cake Poll: Birthday Cake!

1. What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little?
Chocolate cake (from a box!) slathered and filled with lots and lots of buttercream.
2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? Chocolate cake from the recipe I found, filled with chocolate buttercream with ganache poured over the top to cover the cake. Can you tell I like chocolate?
3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain)
Yes! Or kind of yes! Birthdays never go by without a slice of cake topped with mounds of whipped cream, it's something my mom got me hooked on.
4. Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? Always and forever! I have to fight with my brothers when this stage comes around.
5. Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? Depending on the fruit filling! I'm allergic to bananas but I'm not opposed to a strawberry filling!
6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? Nah, awful. Never been a fan. Not even when all the kids in elementary school would yell with happiness when a parent brought in a cake for their kids birthday. Just never liked them.
7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake?
Yes!!! Well I guess if you don't really like cake......but still. I would be very disappointed if my birthday went by with a pie and no cake.
8. What's the best thing about birthday cake?
It's a cake specific to celebrating the birth of YOU!

1. Usually chocolate....My mom's best friend made me a cabbage Patch Kid cake one year...It even had MY doll on it.
2. My husband make the BEST coconut cake.
3. Eh...Not my Favorite
4. Sometimes I lick, sometimes not so much.
5. Not so much with the fruit filling...Had a great hazelnut cake that was ruined by raspberry filling. The exception being lemon curd in a good lemon cake.
6. Awful. Like them as a kid, not so much now.
7. It's your birthday, you pick the dessert...
8. Not feeling guilty about eating the majority of it all by yourself

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Happy Birthday, Cakespy!

1. What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? A doll cake. The doll had a pink tulle skirt, I can't remember the cake! The other was a gingerbread man cake with candy decorations. That cake was usually a wacky spice cake.
2. What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? I've been eying the chocolate brownie layer cake in the Baking with Julia cookbook!
3. Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) Hm. I've used this frosting on my dad's birthday cake a few years ago, but I thought it was too pedestrian, plus it was just sweetened whipped cream, rather "meh" for a cake frosting.
4. Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? No! But I use my fingers to extinguish the flames!
5. Fruit filling: a sweet surprise, or disappointment in the middle? It largely depends on the flavor scheme of the cake. Mocha with pineapple? Eh.
6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? An Oreo ice cream cake, I love it!
7. Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? I don't think so. If people don't like cake, let them eat pie!
8. What's the best thing about birthday cake? The thought and time that went into making it, and the joy it gives.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

1. Grocery store-bought...usually vanilla on vanilla.
2. Lemon cake with an iced tea buttercream filling with pink lemonade on top (from RETRO BAKERY, of course!)
3. ONLY if it's freshly made...with heavy cream and sugar with a dash of vanilla THAT'S IT! Not from the store and NOT non-dairy.
4. OF COURSE! I'm a frosting girl.
5. I only like lemon...otherwise MORE BUTTERCREAM, please!
6. Love them...from DQ
7. Pie is never wrong
8. You can eat all you want. It's YOUR birthday!

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterKari Haskell

A VERY Happy Birthday to you Cakespy! Birthday kisses all around! Now on to the poll:

1. My mom's not a baker so usually a store bought sheet cake airbrushed with color and topped with plastic toys.
2. Not a Cat Litter cake (long story)
3. Depends on the cake it's frosting
4. Hells yeah.
5. As long as it's actual fruit and not that radioactive colored jelly.
6. border of awesome
7. Not if you totally dig pie. It's your birthday and you can pie if you want to... pie if you want to...
8. the sugar rush

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterEB

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

Chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Size and shape were irrelevant. I was going for the ultimate choco experience. A chocolate fork to eat it with would have been perfect.

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

The kind with lots of chocolate and no calories.

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

Yes and no. Yes, if no buttercream is available. No, if the reverse is true.

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

Yes; sometimes in the middle of the night.

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

Fruit filling is a downer. Reminds me I should be eating fruit.

6. Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful?

Ice cream cakes that are more cake than ice cream are awesome. Ice cream cakes that are Carvel are doubly so. Awful would describe an all vanilla ice cream cake with fruit in the middle. In high school, I had the honor of crafting Mickey Mouse and Goofy cakes for our local Carvel. Oh my; tricky stuff. Fudgie the Whale was no cake walk, either.

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

Yes.

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

It's made with love.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterAnd One

Happy Birthday! Can't believe it's only been a year!


What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? Angel food with sprinkles.

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? Ice Cream Cake--I haven't had one in forever and love them!

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) I guess...but I prefer a little thicker frosting.

Licking the frosting from the bottom of the candles: do you do it? oh, yes. No wasting frosting!

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

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? Awesome--see above.

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? Maybe ok occasionally, but not every year.

What's the best thing about birthday cake?
Sharing it with those you love.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

# While at school on my birthday, my mom would make a white sheet cake. Then, when I got home from school, we'd ice and decorate it together.
# I'm a big, big fan of ice cream cakes.
# Oh, no thank you! I don't care for whipped cream, so keep it off my cake!
# You better believe it! Still do!
# Disappointment in the middle. Keep it simple, no fillings!
# Completely awesome.
# Not if you've had my mom's apple pie!
# The icing!

1. As a kid, my mom would make a brownie-cake for my birthday--she would use brownie mix but use cake pans instead of a baking dish, then frost it wish chocolate frosting.
2. Flourless chocolate cake. Mmmm
3. No whipped cream frosting! *shakes fist* buttercream or cream cheese or ganache
4. Yes, I don't want any frosting to go to waste!
5. I find it heartbreaking when there is fruit filling in cake. More frosting is always the answer
6. Ice cream cake is pretty good. That said, I haven't had it in like 15 years, so what do I know?
7. No. I love pie. And cake. And cupcakes! I would like birthday cake AND pie
8. The best thing about birthday cake is frosting.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterErin

1. My mom always made that betty crocker white sponge cake with the rainbow sprinkles inside. Sometimes she would put fun things inside like gummy bears or.. money.. which when I got older I thought it was disgusting..

2.I really want to try a Lilac Cake, it sounds so wonderful and pretty

3. Yes! whipped cream makes the world a better place

4. who doesn't?! in my house cake never goes to waste!

5. for a birthday cake its a huge disappointment

6. totall awesome!

7. Its your birthday and you can cry for pie if you want to! If the pie is delicious than theres nothing wrong with that

8. the best thing about birthday cake is that its made just for you and you can take the biggest piece you want!

August 1 | Unregistered Commenterransom

1. Memorable cakes of my childhood: Winnie the Pooh vanilla cake and a Christmas tree cake (I'm a December birthday girl)
2. I'd like a German chocolate cake or chocolate hazelnut cake for my next b'day.
3. Yes, to whipped cream frosting, if it fits the cake. Although, it's not my favorite.
4. Yes, I like the bottom of the candles, despite the waxy aftertaste.
5. Fruit filing usually disappoints.
6. The thought of an ice cream cake is awesome. But, sometimes the cake portion taste frozen.
7. If it's my birthday, I'm having cake. But, my husband wouldn't turn down a b'day pie.
8. If I had to pick one best thing about birthday cakes, it would be cutting it and pulling out that perfect first slice. Second to that is eating the frosting.

August 1 | Unregistered Commentercdg1219

What kind of cake did you have for your birthday when you were little? My birthday is always around easter so I had a bunny cake.

What kind of cake do you want for your next birthday? Any type in the cup form.

Whipped cream frosting: yes or no? (Feel free to explain) No. I can't stand whipped cream.

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

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

Ice cream cakes: awesome or awful? AWESOME! Mint chocolate chip, please.

Is it wrong to have a birthday pie instead of a cake? Nope. And it's not wrong to have wedding pie instead of wedding cake either.

What's the best thing about birthday cake? Taking the first bite.

August 1 | Unregistered CommenterJamie
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