Instead, we received photos of wildly intricate cake fortresses, animals, trains, pirates ships and more.
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Ahead of your kid's next birthday, here's all the inspiration you need.
From mind-blowing masterpieces to a few hilarious fails, here are just some of the birthday cakes the Mamamia community created.
"I just made this one last weekend for my son's fifth birthday. He loves to pick a really difficult cake for me to make each year!"