A cake can make or break your birthday party. When it is your 65th birthday, you will want a spectacular confection that celebrates who you are and what you have experienced in life so far. Making a great looking cake does not have to be difficult; there are many alternatives to a fancy bakery-made cake that will please your palate without breaking your wallet.
Use tips and icing bags full of buttercream icing to pipe dots or simple shapes around the sides and border of the cake. Your cake does not have to be complicated to be beautiful and meaningful.
Cover your cake with fondant and attach simple cutout fondant shapes. Cut fondant ribbons to place around the base for a classic feel.
Choose something that interests you. For example, if you are an avid fisherman, you might consider placing a plastic boat and Lego man with a fishing rod on top of a sheet cake. Colour the icing blue to represent water.
Put a photo on the cake. Many grocery store bakeries will print a photo on edible paper. Just stick it on the cake and dig in! Only deceased presidents are on coins, but with your own image and photo paper you can be too! Tint the icing to match the coin colour, pipe the year of your birth where the year of the coin should be and change the text at the top of the coin to read "Happy Birthday."
Use nontraditional pan shapes like squares or a 3-D pan. It is simple to make a raised circle by baking your cake batter in a Pyrex bowl. This can then be turned into a hill, the moon, a half golf ball, or anything else you can imagine.