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Do you have a nostalgic birthday cake?

My birthday is coming up and I am trying to come up with an idea for a cake. In the last few years I have Branched out and made some weird, but yummy, birthday cakes (snickers tiramisu anyone?), but this year I am feeling a bit nostalgic and contemplating making the cake my father made for me pretty much every year until I started making my own cakes, a choc-banana cake, possibly shaped into the number 19, as my dad always made number cakes.

So, does anyone else have birthday cake traditions in their family? A specific flavour, a specific way of presenting it? Or do you just remember a really awesome birthday cake you, or someone you know, had that you have always wanted to have again?

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