I freely admit it: This cake came straight out of a grocery store box mix. (It was probably Duncan Hines brand). When push comes to shove (i.e., no time to bake from scratch), I will choose a box mix cake over an over priced, but not necessarily any tastier version from the local grocery store bakery section. Sitting on my cook book shelf is a book called The Cake Mix Doctor, which gives you a baziilion ways to modify a cake mix to create special desserts that you would never guess were based on a mix. You can consider this cake my "before" picture, as in "before I read that book and applied one of the techniques." I promise to review future doctored cake mixes here, if and when I get around to it!
Here's Ethan's 17th birthday cake, complete with orange sprinkles on chocolate because he was born two days before Halloween. I remember sitting on the couch with him, barely 48 hours old, cradled in my arms, getting up only to hand out candy to the trick or treaters that year.
Happy birthday to "my little pumpkin!"