I can't believe I somehow missed the one month 'til my birthday mark! I must've been too distracted with water and my family of hams to realize I'm only 25 for a few more weeks.
So, much to my mother's disbelief -- "You're going to make your own birthday cake?!" -- I am, in fact, planning on making my own birthday cake. Listen, when you enjoy food this much, it's a treat to have a reason to bake a cake of your choosing while everyone around you has no choice but to eat what you've selected :) Plus, I'm pretty picky when it comes to my baked goods, so I can fine tune them to meet my unreasonably high standards. I love the basic yellow and chocolate cakes, but I think I can speak for every baker out there when I say that I welcome a challenge! Something out of the ordinary. With a little bit of flair, danger... what, too much? Fine fine. Anyway, here are some of the finalists in the running for my 26th birthday cake: