I am thoroughly impressed by all the cakes already on this site. I wish I had the time to make some of these extraordinary masterpieces, but usually I end up baking late at night on the birthday's eve, then desperately, right before serving, I try to put something vaguely attractive together while keeping the kids fingers out of the frosting bowl and the dog away from the chocolate crumbs. The results are uneven (literally), but at least it's quite obvious to everyone that these are all home-made cakes....
Here is a selection of snapshots from the past few years which I hope might inspire other last-minute bakers.
If you look closely, you'll see that one of these cakes has been reproduced on paper: I designed a pop-up paper cake slice, which you can download from my website
. Not quite as tasty as the original, but it keeps much longer!