Today is my 38th birthday, so Happy Birthday to me!
Every year for my birthday, my mom would bake me a cake and decorate it herself. One of her favorite things to do was to buy me a toy and stick it directly on top of the cake. I can remember getting many Star Wars toys that way. One year, she made me a strawberry cake with pink icing and on top of it was a Bespin Guard, a Twin Pod Cloud Car Pilot, and a Twin Pod Cloud Car. I don’t know if everybody had this experience, but I have distinct memories of licking icing off of my new Star Wars toys and action figures each year.
I still get Star Wars cakes for my birthday from time to time. Back in the mid-90s when I got married, my sister-in-law continued the tradition by making me my very own Star Wars Groom’s cake. Yes, that’s one of my toys stuck in it (Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter), and yes, I had to lick the icing off of it after it was removed from the cake. Some things never change.
I would really like to pick up a couple of those old Star Wars-shaped cake pans from the 70s and 80s, but they seem to be highly guarded by collectors and fetch a pretty penny. Maybe I will get lucky and get one tonight for my birthday!