When I was a child, my mother would present me with half a cake on my "half" birthday. It was a cute thing she did that I always enjoyed. My yearly birthday cake would usually come from a bakery, but the half birthday cake was something she'd throw together and then freeze the other half. Honestly, I have no idea what happened to the other half-I suspect my dad would finish it off.
I always had a lemon cake for my half birthday (because I liked them), though in later years (once I started school) my mum would skip the cake thing substituting a frozen cupcake. I guess I ought to explain that. In Chicago in the late 1960's-early 1970's there was a company that sold frozen cupcakes. They came in a metal bottomed tin (like a Sara Lee cake) with a cardboard top and there were (I think) six to a package. For frozen cupcakes, they were really delicious and elaborately frosted. I remember there was a coconut topped one, a chocolate, strawberry and of course, lemon. Guess who got the lemon cupcake (I'll give you a hint-it wasn't my sister).
Rather than do the whole bake a cake, slice it in half routine, I decided to make a miniature cake for Danny's half birthday. I cut a 9x13 sheet cake in half and placed them atop one another. Yes, it IS lopsided, though the photograph seems to exaggerate it-the cake looked much better in person.
Do you have any idea how hard it is to draw a tractor in royal icing? No seriously-do you? You'd think living on a farm I'd be able to draw a better tractor.