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Happy Birthday to Me! And to you!

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So today is the big day. I turn 21. Okay, that’s a total lie. I’m not 21. I’m 25. Okay, that’s a total lie too. I’ll be absolutely honest here. I’m 45. Yepper, stunning right. That’s a big ass number. But it’s okay, with age comes wisdom and the ability to know yourself well enough to say whatever pops into your mind. Which I do. Way too often.

So how am I celebrating. Well, if all goes well today we’ll be hitting a movie and dinner. Mini-me has school today so we’re doing two days of celebrating. Which I’m going to be honest here, totally rocks. Sunday I hit a flick with hubs, Mini-Me (my daughter) and Boytoy (Mini-Me’s boyfriend). We saw Jack Ryan, which totally rocked. Then hubs grabbed some Swiss Chalet so I didn’t have to cook dinner. Today if all goes well, which is questionable, I’m seeing either The Secret Life of Walter Mitty or Saving Mr. Banks. It’s a toss-up depending on my mood after I grab some much needed sleep. I refuse to cook on my birthday so we’re meeting Mini-me after school (she’s in university so she is in class late every day) for a very late dinner. My birthday is the one day a year I refuse to cook. Or clean. Or basically do anything “grown up” at all.

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Each year I ask one of my BBBF’s to make a cake for me for my birthday. This year I begged my lovely buddy Jenni. She is the genius behind Pastry Chef Online. I adore Miss Jenni. She’s one of my besties and I am so lucky to call her a friend. I had the pleasure of meeting Jenni in person at a food conference called Mixed in 2012. We had a ball hanging out and talking. We’ve become such great friends. 2013 was a hard year for me on a personal level and Jenni stood by me through all of it. She was supportive and kind, it’s just who she is.

I left it completely up to Jenni what to make me. We had a little G+ hangout so we could talk about what we were doing for this post. I told her to make anything she wanted. Then we got to chatting about foods I hate which turned into a hilarious conversation about pickles. So knowing Jenni shares my twisted sense of humour I’m half expecting a pickle shaped cake today. Which would be absolutely hysterical.

Birthday Post Kim and Jenni | $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

As you can see Jenni and I are silly girls. The first photo was of us posing with the Dirty Dancing cutout at the hotel they shot they movie at. I think we may have been cracking up because my hand might have been somewhere inappropriate moments before the photo. In the second one we had promised our friend Becca we would take a pic of us together at the conference missing her because she couldn’t come. We keep our promises. And have no shame when it comes to being silly in public. I love that about Jenni. She makes my heart happy.

Birthday Post Kim and Jenni | $50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

So make sure you head over to Pastry Chef Online to see what mystery cake Jenni made for me. I cannot wait until she unveils it. I’m so excited she agreed to do this for me.

Jenni I adore you woman. You are the wind beneath my wings. Thank you so much for your friendship. You  make all the ups and downs of life seem like a smooth ride. I’m a lucky egg to have you in my life.

Now enough of this touchy feely crap and let’s get on with the giveaway.

Giveaway is now CLOSED. Thanks to everyone who entered. xx

Birthday Giveaway for Cravings of a Lunatic

This giveaway is open to everyone who has access to Amazon. If you can log onto Amazon.com or Amazon.ca to place an order you are eligible. Either of those need to be able to ship to where you live. Any extra shipping costs are on you. The gift card value is $50 and is not redeemable for cash. Winner must be 18 years of age, or older to win. Winner has 72 hours to respond. If they do not respond within 72 hours a new winner will be drawn. Thanks for entering and celebrating my birthday with me!

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*Disclaimer: This giveaway is being sponsored by me personally. Enjoy!*

*Update: Yeah, it was reveal time and Jenni sent me the pic of my cake. Okay so she nailed it. She knows me so well. It’s everything I LOVE rolled into one cake. Someone grab me a huge spoon!*

Turtle S'more Chocolate Cake by Pastry Chef Online | Amazon Giveaway on cravingsofalunatic.com

Another special touchy feely thank you to Jenni for this awesome cake. You went above and beyond. Turtle S’more Chocolate Cake, it’s like you know my true heart. I am so thankful you did this for me Jenni. You rock.

Make sure you check out Pastry Chef Online for the recipe. You’re going to want to make this. Immediately!

Toodles and smoochies! xx

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  1. 1

    Happy Birthday Kim, enjoy your day!!

  2. 3

    Happy Birthday! Love the idea of the mystery cake. On my way to check it out right now . . .

  3. 5

    Happy Birthday Kim!! Have an amazing day!

  4. 7

    Happy Birthday Kim!! I just had a gigantic slice of Jenni’s Turtle Smore Chocolate Cake.

    It is the perfect cake for this auspicious occasion. It has style, flair and is sweet…just like you!

    • 8
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I wish I was noshing on Jenni’s cake. That woman just amazes me, I love her to bits. I am in awe of how over and above she went.

      And thank you, how sweet are you. I appreciate that. You made my day.

  5. 9

    My birthday cake has to include chocolate for sure, but not all chocolate, cake and icing both – a sure way of making me sick for the rest of the night, ugh. As a kid, my cake was always chocolate with a Queen Elizabeth icing, which is like a sucre à la crème with coconut, hmmmm! But my favorite birthday cake is, of course, one I didn’t have to make myself. I think I need to go cook me a cake right now.

    • 10
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I love chocolate in all forms, and I love with with caramel, or cherries, or marshmallows, or pistachios. Pretty much anything. Lol.

      I’m sitting here imaging Queen Elizabeth icing, I love coconut.

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    YAYYYYYY!!!! HAPPPYYY BIRTHDAYYYY!!! It sounds like its an awesome one-and omg that cake is TOTALLY you to a T! Jenni did a great job!!

    (and my fave birthday cake is chocolatey chocolateynessssss)

  7. 13

    By the way, your cake is killing me. I have to make it. Today. Happy birthday!!!

  8. 15

    I totally could not pickle you because I love you too much! I am thrilled that you love the cake, Kim!

    Love you a ton! xoxo

    • 16
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Ha, I am dying laughing right now. I totally expected a pickle shaped cake after we talked.

      I love you so much Jenni. You always make me smile. I cannot thank you enough for doing this for me. It was the sweetest thing ever. I can’t wait till we can cook together one day. Thank you a million times over for doing this.

      Love you. Oodles and bunches. xx

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    Dee Fedor says:

    I love Angel Food cake for my birthday. Love cake, hate icing!

  10. 19

    Caramel cake……

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    Jaye Lorton says:

    Happy, happy birthday! I’d be happy too if someone made me that delectable cake:-) My favorite cake would have to be homemade hummingbird cake. However, I’m certainly not picky…any cake will do, especially if I don’t have to make it for myself!

    • 22
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thank you. I am a lucky duck to have a friend like Jenni in my life. She makes me so happy.

      I love hummingbird cake. And I’m the same way. My birthday is the one day a year I refuse to cook or bake.

  12. 23

    For birthdays, it’s all about the funfetti!

  13. 25

    Happy Birthday! What a fantastic cake Jenni chose for you!

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    Hippo Birdie Two Ewe, Lunie!! My favorite kind of cake is truly a toss up between double chocolate and cherry cheesecake, so I usually end up making both and smooshing them together into my mouth :)

    I hope this year brings you INCREDIBLE happiness, success, and downright fun!

    • 30
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks lady. Yours is any day now right? Happy early birthday my friend. I hope your day rocks. Mine sucked, I was so sick and overworked. I still need to open my gifts, hoping maybe tomorrow we have time.

      I wish you all those things for yours as well lady. I am so lucky to have foodie friends in my life.

  15. 31

    Happy Birthday Kim!! My favorite birthday cake is Carrot Cake! Nettie <3

  16. 33

    Happy bday, KimBee!
    You rock 45! I’m 43 and you look way younger than me.

    • 34
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks lady, and lol. You look super young. I think I just lucked out in the gene department. My dad’s whole family aged well. It gives me hope.

  17. 35

    Happy Happy Birthday Kim! What a GORGEOUS cake – Jenni is a pastry genius!!!

  18. 37
    Yvonne McGowan says:

    Have a happy birthday!

  19. 39

    Love me some spice cake!

  20. 41

    Hmmm, I love cake so much it’s hard to choose… but I’d say my favorite BIRTHDAY cake is good old fashioned yellow cake with chocolate buttercream. And don’t forget the sprinkles. Happy birthday to you!

  21. 43

    Happy Birthday!! Any kind of caramel cake is the bestest. Or mud cakes….or sponge cakes….Oh I don’t know it’s too hard!!

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    Sheila Torres says:

    Happy Birthday Kim! My favorite birthday cake is German chocolate!

  23. 47
    Donna Jones says:

    My favorite cake is carrot cake with cream cheese icing.

  24. 49

    My favorite (at least for today) would be German Chocolate.

  25. 51

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing the giveaway. My favorite is red velvet with this wonderful cooked butter frosting my friend makes.

  26. 53

    I love red velvet cake!!

  27. 55

    Red velvet cake is my favorite! Happy Birthday!! :)

  28. 57

    My favorite kind of birthday cake is chocolate with chocolate icing. The more chocolate the better!

  29. 59

    I love a chocolate cake for birthdays.

  30. 61

    My favorite birthday cake is carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. Yum!

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  32. 65

    Happy Birthday! I like chocolate cake

  33. 67

    My all time favorite cake is Italian milk sponge cake with rum custard filling and topped with whipped cream frosting! Happy Birthday to you Kim! You and Jenni are amazing people!!!

  34. 69

    I like chocolate cake with chocolate icing.

  35. 71

    happy birthday! I love a gelato cake. so delicious

  36. 73

    Happy Birthday to you!

  37. 75
    Stacy Smith says:

    My favorite cake is Italian Cream Cake. Happy Birthday! I hope it was a great day.

  38. 77
    Sara G Giresi says:

    vanilla cake with buttercream frosting! strawberries inside (or just more butter cream) oh i want cake now!

  39. 79

    Happy Happy Birthday, Kim!

  40. 81

    Happy birthday! My favorite cake is spice cake or maybe really dark brown angel food cake – love to pick that brown part off!

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    Debbie Bray says:

    anything chocolate

  42. 85
    Andrea Ada says:

    Red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting

  43. 87
    Lauren E. says:

    I really love just a good old chocolate cake

  44. 89

    I love Italian Rum Cake

  45. 91

    Happy Birthday, Kim!!! I hope you’re having an enjoyable day with your family! My favorite bday cake…hm, one year my friend made me a cookies and cream cheese cake with Oreo crust. Soooo rich and delicious!

  46. 93

    Chocolate mousse cake.

  47. 95

    pistachio B-day cake

  48. 97

    Happy Birthday!! my fav birthday cake I ever had was the one I made it was a rainbow vanilla skittles cake!

  49. 99

    Mmmm, chocolate with white whippy frosting. And sparkles. And peanut butter. And ice cream. Yep, all that with a candle. Not too many – not as many as my age, I want my wish to come TRUE!

  50. 101

    Happy birthday!

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    I know it is late, but Happy Birthday Lady!!! I know it wasn’t a great day, hopefully the rest of this week will make up for it!!! Enjoy some chocolate cream cake for me (chocolate cake with almond flavored whipped cream frosting)

    • 104
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks Erin, I really appreciate it. I still haven’t opened gifts. Lol. Hopefully tomorrow. It’s been a wild week. I love the idea of almond flavoured whipped cream. Yum.

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    Pauline Gudas says:

    My favorite is chocolate cake with vanilla frosting

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    Jill Hartley says:

    MMMMM red velvet cake!!

  54. 109

    happy birthday!!! I love carrot cake.

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    Tracy Grace says:

    Happy Birthday, Kim! Enjoy your day (or 2) and blessings for a great 2014. So, my favorite birthday cake is some form of yummy chocolate cake!

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    Linda Bragg says:

    Happy Birthday to ya Kim!! Hope u had a terriffic day!!
    My favorite B-day cake is… Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting and baked with walnut or pecans inside. Maybe a little sprinkled on the icing too would also be nice!! yuuummmy!

  57. 115

    Red velvet is my fav

  58. 117

    I was going to say turtle cake. Then I scrolled down and saw your turtle s’mores cake. I may be in love.

  59. 119

    Happy Birthday! I celebrate with yummy red velvet cake.

  60. 121

    Happy birthday to an amazing gal!!! <3

  61. 123

    Oh duh, I’m new at this. I love yellow cake with chocolate buttercream :D

  62. 125

    Carrot cake

  63. 127

    My favorite is Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting!

  64. 129

    Happy Birthday Kim! My favourite cake is the Strawberry Shortcake from Longos.

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    Pam Gurganus says:

    Happy, happy birthday! 45 is awesome! :) My favorite birthday cake is one my Mom makes for me every year…chocolate chip!

  66. 133

    I like cannoli or atomic cake.

  67. 135

    Happy Birthday! I don’t really have a favorite birthday cake. How about Oreo Ice Cream cake or Giant Hostess Cupcake cake?

  68. 137

    Happy birthday hun!! My favorite kind of birthday cake is vanilla… a wonderfully light and moist vanilla cake!

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    Mandy Shannon says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Today is my oldest son’s sweet 16, and I made him a tres leches cake for his day :) one of my faves and probably most favorite would be german chocolate, in many layers with lots of coconut Pecan goodness between each one! !

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    Gloria R. says:

    Happy Birthday Kim!!! Just remember, age is only a state of mind. I’ll be 39 forever (me and Jack Benny).
    Now my favorite birthday cake is almost a cake. Is by looks but not by name. I love a Boston Cream Pie. Served nice and cold with steaming hot coffee. Ahhhh, heaven. :)

  71. 143

    My favorite birthday cake is red velvet.

  72. 145

    Happy Birthday! What a yummy cake. How blessed are you to have such wonderful friends :)

  73. 147

    I love my mom’s cheesecake with strawberries. To me that is the best birthday cake ever.

  74. 149

    I love yellow cake with chocolate frosting! :)

  75. 151

    This cake looks so delicious! I don’t have a favorite but anything with real fruit or chocolate would be lovely. (:

  76. 153

    That cake looks amazing! My favorite cake would have to be chocolate cake with peanut butter (oh no wait, almond butter!) filling and frosting on top. Decadent!

    • 154
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Jenni did an amazing job, I’m so lucky to have such an amazing friend.

      PB and chocolate sounds delightful.

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    Wendy Rusch says:

    My favorite cake would be a Decadent Black Forest Cake with Lots of Whipped Cream!!! mmmmmmm Happy Birthday!!!

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    Wendy Rusch says:

    Happy Birthday Again and I loved my slice of Kim’s Turtle Cake!!! YUM

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    Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love ice cream cake.

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    Pam Sohan says:

    My favorite cake on the planet earth is a carrot cake cheesecake that I had at The Cheesecake Factory in Baltimore. Shortly thereafter I joined Weight Watchers and haven’t seen the inside of a Cheesecake Factory since. LOL

  81. 163

    Happy Birthday Kim!!! My favorite cake is coconut! My grandmother made the best!!!!!

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    kiki corcoran says:

    Happy birthday, Kim! May you have a great day and terrific year. I love a homemade yellow layer cake with homemade peanut butter frosting. Worth the increase in number every year just to enjoy the tasty deliciousness!

  83. 167

    Have a wonderful birthday – any age is a great age to be! My favorite cake is German Chocolate. Enjoy your celebrations!

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    Georgette Helton says:

    butter cake chocolate icing

  85. 171
    Georgette Helton says:

    Happy Birthday . My favorite cake is butter cake chocolate Icing

  86. 173

    Happy Birthday to You; Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday Dear Kim and wishing you many more.

  87. 175

    Happy Birthday! I love a dark chocolate cake with lots of vanilla buttercream on top.

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    stephanie says:

    I love ice cream cake with salted caramel swirls and chunks of brownie!

  89. 179

    Happy Belated Birthday! I love caramel cake!!!!!

  90. 181

    Happy Happy Birthday! My favorite cake is vanilla cake with chocolate chips and chocolate frosting.

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    jodi schulman says:

    Fave cake is carrot cake or vanilla with chocolate frosting and a jam layer

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    Thomas Murphy says:

    I like vanilla birthday cake.

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    Barbara Mc/Whenihave Time says:

    My favorite is an old fashioned pound cake with lots of buttercream with beautiful roses.

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    My favorite birthday cake is anything with fresh fruit or has a gooey icing on top. I think I’ll go make one now. :) Happy Birthday!

    I agree about how fantastic Jenni is!

    • 190
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      I love cake with fruit in it. Thanks Maureen, you are so sweet.

      She is such an amazing person. I adore her.

  95. 191

    Wowzers….that cake looks decadent! I love Chocolate Kahlua Cake, especially for birthdays. :)

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    Sally Tews says:

    Poppy seed with custard filling

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    Happy belated birthday, Kim! I hope you had a fabulous few days of celebrating, doing nothing except eating and relaxing, and being pampered! What a fabulous friendship you have with Jenni and the cake she made for you is a total stunner.

    • 196
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks Nancy. I was actually sick all week so it’s been interesting. Almost better now. Hoping to open gifts tomorrow.

      I adore Jenni, she makes me so happy.

      • 197

        Uuuuugggghhhh that’s the worst! Was it the flu? I’ve been suffering from the most horrible flu ever these past two weeks. I could barely get out of bed for an entire week. Whatever it was, I hope you fully recover soon and can have belated birthday gorging now ;)

        • 198
          Kim Beaulieu says:

          Started as a cold, then I got the flu, then ended up dehydrated and need a trip to the doc. Wild week. Now I’m down with a pinched nerve. I feel a bit cursed right now, lol. I’m hopeful to make up for my lack of birthday foodie shenanigans this week. I start a new workout routine once the pinched nerve heals so I figure I have at least a couple of days to make up for lost time and get a cake.

          Hope you’re doing better. Nothing worse than the flu. I hate that bedridden thing. Although nowadays at least we can all curl up and watch tv on laptops in there. I watched all seasons of Felicity in about a week or so. Sad state of affairs.

          At some point this year I want to email you about FBC, I’m assuming you’re going this year, it’s near you right? I’m going to start reaching out to sponsors next week and hope for the best. That’ll be an expensive trip but if I can finagle it I’m going to try. I thought I’d fly in for the conference then make a pit stop in Alberta for a few days to see my son on the way home. We’ll see if I can work it all out.

  98. 199

    Happy Birthday,,,late. Life starts at 40,,,it’s all practice up until then. My fave birthday cake is a devil’s food cake with 7 minute frosting. Reminds me of being a kid.

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    Oh, yum to that cake. Happy birthday, Kim, for your 45th. I should think you don’t have to cook on your birthday. I hope you had a great day.

    • 202
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Jenni really did it up right. Love her. Thanks so much Suzanne. I had a rough birthday, worked and got sick. Long week. Glad it’s over now. lol

  100. 203

    Happy Belated Birthday! Your cake looks awesome. My favorite is just a plain old chocolate cake with white icing. :)

    • 204
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Thanks Debbie. Jenni did an amazing job. I love plain, it’s the classics that are the most requested.

  101. 205

    Wishing all the best for your birthday and year ahead!!

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    Lynn Decker says:

    Happy birthday! I’ll be turning 45 this December, so I’m with you!

    Best wishes!

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    My favorite birthday cake is dark chocolate cake with chocolate icing

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    My favorite birthday cake is my mother’s chocolate-zucchini cake with chocolate ganache glaze.

    Happy Birthday!

    • 212
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      That just sounds amazing. There’s something about that combo that gets me every time.

      Thanks so much Dani.

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    Tracy Spangler says:

    Chocolate with chocolate buttercream frosting. Simple and delicious!

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    Tracy Spangler says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Kim! Hugs!

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    Lisa Brown says:

    my favorite is italian rum birthday cakes

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    Brittany Koelmel says:

    icecream cake!

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    rachelcartucci says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! With sprinkles on TOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like Italian creme cake….oooh…yum! I’m 35 but I feel 15….I don’t care for numbers…they have done nothing for me in life. I refuse to believe numbers exist. They troubled me in school,in my bank account,on the scales,and trying to cause me trouble with my youth. I stopped believing in numbers!

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    I’m with you Kim, anything Turtle has got my vote. Again, wishing you a happy birthday! Too bad we don’t live close to chat or catch up…lol…the wind could blow me there right about now!

    • 224
      Kim Beaulieu says:

      Love turtles. Way too much. And lol, no kidding right, tonight too, it could blow you across the street. So over this weather.

  111. 225

    Happy Birthday!!
    My favorite cake is Caramel Cake with Caramel icing!

  112. 227

    White Cake with Italian Buttercream Frosting. Happy Birthday!

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    Wild Orchid says:

    I love vanilla cake with chocolate buttercream frosting.

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  114. 231

    I love red velvet cake for my birthday!


  115. 233

    Happy Birthday!
    I’m converting to the turtle cake!
    OMG! That caramel and pecans…..This cake is my dream!!!

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    Christy Spurlock says:

    I like Ice Cream Cake!

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    Patrick Siu says:

    Chestnut and fruit cake

  118. 240

    I love Black Forest Cake

  119. 242

    My favorite kind of birthday cake is Red Velvet – the kind my mother used to make for all my birthdays.

  120. 244

    Happy Birthday! Enjoy your cake :)

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    Starla Bates says:

    Happy Birthday!! I really love plain old vanilla cake with a good chocolate icing. That cake looks delicious!

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    Amy stonger says:

    I love carvel ice cream cake for my birthday!

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    I love chocolate with chocolate and more chocolate!

    Happy belated birthday!

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    Sandy Headtke says:

    My favorite is coconut and lemon

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