Over The Hill birthdays give you the opportunity to go over the edge with funny gifts. This is why it’s one of my favorite sections in a party store to look at, because there’s usually something good enough to make me laugh out loud. This cake had the same effect.
Two sisters-in-law and my husband all turned 40 within one month of each other. What’s crazy about this is that my brothers are 6 and 9 years older than me, but we ALL married spouses born within one month of each other. All of them also have dark hair and blue eyes. Weird. Well, we’re weird, so it does make a little bit of sense.
A few days before a dinner gathering around the last birthday, my mom asked if I was available to make a cake. The idea of this cake had actually popped in my head a few days before, thinking of how funny it would be to make this.
Coincidence? I think not.
This cake was meant for my sister-in-law. They’re soulmates.
If she did have a problem with it, we could always use the excuse, “Well, you married Michael, so we knew SOMETHING was wrong with you.”
She’s from New Jersey and is always willing to give you a very honest answer…even if you may not like that answer.
“Tracy, how did you like this dessert?”
“It was cheesecake. Eww.” That’s when I knew something was wrong with her, so I threatened to strap her up in a straightjacket and throw her in a padded room. She shrugged her shoulders and smiled.
Originally, we were going to get together at their house to grill out for dinner, but she preferred to go out to eat. When my brother told me this, I started laughing.
“So, I have to bring the cake in the restaurant?”
“Yeah…is that a problem?” he asked.
“No (starting to laugh hysterically), it’s not a problem.”
He had NO idea what the cake looked like.
“Is it a family friendly cake?” he asked.
I laughed out loud for the next few hours, imagining walking through a very busy local restaurant with this cake. This was going to be fun.
We pulled up in the parking lot, and I turned the cake to face out so everyone could see it clearly. As we were getting out of the car, I saw a couple of ladies with their kids standing on the sidewalk. They were chatting away, until one of them saw the cake. She stopped mid-sentence, “Oh my gosh! Look at that cake! That is hilarious!” The lady she was chatting with turned and starting laughing.
This continued as we walked through the restaurant, and people started taking pictures of it before, during, and after dinner. I saw a few people roll their eyes, but the majority of people enjoyed a good laugh at this crappy cake.
The top tier was made in a doll cake pan, and is a dark chocolate cake packed with mini chocolate chips, covered with chocolate icing (of course). The eyes, mouth, and letters are made out of fondant. The bottom tier was a 2 layer 9 inch pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing. I decided to make two of the birthday girl’s favorite cake flavors since she is officially over the hill.