When we first moved to Minnesota and I started working, I had some extra time on my hands. Work wasn't nearly as busy as it is now and Will had just started grad school so I had lots of free time to kill. Cake decorating was always something I wanted to learn so I took the Wilton courses at a local Michaels. I actually got really into cake baking and decorating and even sold a few birthday cakes and 1 wedding cake. Fast forward 6 years, I still love to do cakes - but now I have WAY more hobbies that compete for my time so cake decorating is strictly for "special occasions". Last Saturday was just one of those occasions - my friend Betsy's birthday. She sent out "barrel of monkeys" invites, so I decided to continue the theme and make a really tacky birthday cake. She has a great sense of humor so I knew she would appreciate this masterpiece: It's a spice cake with chocolate frosting (her favorite). I cheated and used Betty Crocker frosting which I have never done before. I would NOT recommend it. As you can see in the picture it started to melt and continued to all night. It still tasted great, but I felt so bad about the melting. I truly believe cakes taste better when they are pretty and I was a little heart broken over this one, but the birthday girl didn't seem to mind.