Some people love to make a big deal out of their birthdays, and others don’t. I, personally, am one of the former. I don’t mind getting older. As my grandfather used to say: “Getting older isn’t really the problem. It’s when you STOP getting older that you’ve got an issue.”
I’m definitely on board with that statement, and never really get too wound up about “milestone” birthdays. This week sees such a milestone, as I am officially “Over the Hill”. Of course, we also hear that 50 is the new 30 (or 80 is the new 63 or whatever), so it seems that tradition and marketing have yet to co-ordinate their efforts!
To celebrate my birthday, my very talented brother and sister-in-law (both of whom also build models – as you will soon see) decided to make me a cake that was a different take on the “over the hill” mentality. When you talk to someone who loves military history about hills and the like, one of the first thing that comes to mind (at least mine) is a firebase! Clearly, my brother and I think far, far too much alike, and that was the idea he and his wife came up with as well.
Check out the awesome cake/diorama that awaited me to help me celebrate the next 40 years! If this isn’t a diorama that is literally a case of having your cake and eating it too, I don’t know what is!
Yes, you’re seeing it correctly. The entire cake was a firebase, complete with a gun. However, it wasn’t just any dollar store cheapo howitzer, the cannon in this base is the Dinky #692 5.5 Medium Gun! How awesome is that, to get a vintage Dinky Army piece on your cake? The question answers itself. It goes without saying that getting icing on a 60 year old toy is not so smart, so if you look carefully, you can see that the gun is sitting on a piece of Saran. THAT’S detail-oriented!
Underneath all the rubble, craters and the cannon itself was a multi-layered chocolate cake with chocolate and vanilla icing between the various layers. One of those interlayer junctions also sported a tangy layer of marmelade, to add a bit of extra kick to the flavour! It seemed like a shame to cut into it, but at the same time, it would have been a shame not to. Now, all that’s left of the firebase is the gun, on permanent display on my Dinky Army shelf.
I hope that you all get as big a kick out of this very inventive cake as I did. Of course, I got to eat it, and I have a cool souvenir 5.5 Medium Gun, so I probably enjoyed it more, but then again, I had to get older to get it. 🙂