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What We Keep

Birthday figruine

I have few mementos from when I was a child, but for some reason I’ve held on to this figurine. I believe it’s the cake topper from my 5th birthday cake.

Despite wearing an ill-fitting and worn dress and having no shoes, she looks hopeful and inquisitive. I often wondered if she was poor or just lost—like some fairy tale heroine. She has a doll so she’s not alone.

I wore my hair in two stubby pigtails like her when I was little, and I remember that even though she was a blonde white girl, I identified with her. Maybe she was the closest version of me that my mom could find at the time.

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Amazing Angry Birds cake by Sweet Teeth Bakery

For my husband’s birthday this year, I surprised him with an Angry Birds cake, made by our friend Amelia Franada, who owns Sweet Teeth Custom Cakes & Pastries in Renton, Washington.

Angry Birds birthday cake by Amelia Franada of Sweet Teeth Custom Cakes & Pastries

I’m constantly impressed by Amelia’s artistry and versatility. She can make everything from a kick ass ninja cake to elegant French macaroons. I also love her creative spins on traditional Filipino desserts.

Go ahead, “like” her on Facebook and visit her booth at the Renton Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays. You won’t regret it!

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Happy birthday, dear…panda?

I just saw this photo on the Yahoo! homepage of a panda at a zoo in Taipei, Taiwan eating her birthday cake. Yes, you read that right–birthday cake, not bamboo.

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I wondered if giving zoo animals birthday cakes was a common practice, and thanks to the powers of Internet search, I can tell you that, yes, it is!

The Huffington Post has a slideshow of a hippo, walrus, cheetah and other assorted animals celebrating another year in captivity with cake (or cake subsitute).

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Part of me thinks these photos are really cute, but another part of me is screaming, “Why do we do this?” Stop with the anthropomorphism already. It’s a nice photo op and publicity stunt for zoos, but animals don’t care about their birthdays.

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When cakes go wrong

I recently attended a first birthday party where the cake read, “Happy 1th birthday!”

But this mistake is nothing compared to this completely NON-age appropriate cake for “Lil Derrick” that I saw on Cake Wrecks. This is for a 4-year-old!

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Did they play pimp slap the donkey at this party?

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