This is a re-post from my personal blog from this past March.
I make the cakes for our friends' kids' birthdays. I enjoy making cakes. I don't feel obligated to buy a gift and contribute to the many toys they already own and my friend doesn't have to stress about trying to make a cake or buying one. It works out well.
Here is the most recent cake I made. It is Lightning McQueen from the Disney Cars movie.