I don't know as I could count the number of cakes I've made over the years. For family, for friends, for weddings, for gender reveals, for vow renewals; for so many different occasions. But I have to admit, this one was the most special. Our Livie's 1st birthday cake. From a technical standpoint it's not the most difficult cake I've ever made - not even close. It's straight up buttercream, some piping, some gold sprinkles and some careful placement. Many people have asked what the pictures are made from, and as much as I wish I could say they're gum paste shapes I've laboriously spent hours hand painting to look identical to the illustrations in the book...I can't. My nose would grow so long my in-laws could use it as a foot bridge from England. The truth is far more simple. I clipped chosen pictures from an old used and abused Where The Wild Things Are book I purchased for .63 on Amazon and laminated them. Yup, it's really that easy. Easy, but effective. My whole intention for this cake was to make it feel like a book. A pop up book. And I really feel as though I achieved that. Best part? I cleaned up the laminated cut outs and glued popsicle sticks to the back. In a few months I'll pass them to Olivia and she'll have some bad ass puppets. It's a win-win.