A Smacking Good Birthday

This is a cake that requires a sense of humor...

A regular customer of mine ordered this pink buttercream cake to serve at a birthday dinner to celebrate two of her girlfriends. Apparently, there is an inside joke among these women, and the cake needed to represent the birthday spanking that each of the birthday girls ought to receive, and which they probably would not. So, here's to a friendly slap-on-the-bottom, and a birthday party full of giggles and good cheer!  (Oh, and here's to delicious cake, too!)

Three layers of dark chocolate sponge, filled with sweet cream cheese, strawberry preserve and fresh chopped strawberries, and frosted with vanilla Swiss meringue buttercream tinted pink. Handcut gumpaste handprints dusted with pale plum-colored powdered pigment.