When we think of a special cake, we often visualize the bar mitzvah, the sweet sixteen or the wedding cake. Rarely do we think of the regular birthday cake as being that special – but why shouldn’t it be? After all, it is a time for celebration! How often will we celebrate a certain year of our lives? Birthday cakes are just as important as other types of celebratory cakes, and they should be chosen just as carefully as other special event cakes. So how do you go about getting the perfect cake?
# Make the Choice
Well, there are hundreds of different designs out there – and no matter where you go, you’ll find interesting and creative ideas. But that is precisely the problem! Selecting just one of these can be almost impossible, just because there are so many great cake designs out there.
To make the selection process a little easier, you need to figure out your requirements, and the best way to do this is by sitting down with paper and pencil and putting your thoughts down. First, you need to establish who the party is for. Are you having a celebration for an adult or a child, man or woman, professional or fun loving adventurer? Just think about the birthday celebrants personal traits, his sense of humor, likes and dislikes, his hobbies or anything that makes him a little different from any one else.
# Go with the Hobby or Interest
Think of the celebrated person’s interests. Does he play a certain game, enjoy certain foods or like certain vehicles. A person who loves crossword puzzles will love a crossword decorated cake, and a person who likes Chess will be fascinated by a cake fashioned after a Chess playing piece.
# Choose a Theme
If you are still under consideration, choosing the party theme first. Often choosing the perfect birthday cake becomes a natural result of choosing a birthday theme. So if you decide to have a “Black and White” celebration, you know the cake needs to be decorated in black and white. By the same token, if you decide to go with a Disney Character theme, then the cake should be designed with that character. On the other hand, if you are having a Poker Party or a Casino Party, then choose a cake that is decorated in this style.
# Look for Inspiration
When making the birthday cake yourself or requesting a baker to make it, you may need some inspiration. Look in cake making magazines, online and even TV channels like the Food Network where programs like the “Ace of Cakes” demonstrate all the wonderfully artistic cakes you can make for any occasion.
It’s all about what is right for the birthday person. To choose the right design you must take into consideration this person’s tastes, his age, and the occasion for the celebration. Avoid the inappropriate but join in on the “fun” of the celebration. When all else fails, ask for other people’s opinions. Everyone loves to give advice as to the type of birthday cake to make or buy, so go ahead ask away — This way you won’t lose and will pick the winning birthday cake.