Growing up I had the same cake almost every year for my birthday and still do to this day. Poppy seed cake is just a given for that special day in our household. However, although I love the tradition, that doesn't mean I wouldn't like something different or even more modern in flavor and decoration.
In my household my parents (yes, Mom and Dad both) were always in charge of the cake baking, but in many homes across the country store bought cakes were the way to go. When you're throwing a bash, it's easy to stop and pick one up instead of making your own, so we're curious:
What's your birthday cake style? Does it stem from your childhood traditions or have you started to make your own? Are you a sucker for thickly slathered frosting or do you relish in modern techniques from a local bakery? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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