Nice topic! While growing up, my mother always made one of my two favorites, Mandarin Chicken or Beef Stroganoff. Since my birthday was within days of both my father’s and sister’s birthdays, the whole family was sick of birthday cake by then. So in lieu of the traditional cake, she always made a Pineapple Upside Down Cake or my favorite, Spice Cake with Chocolate icing.
As an adult (at least chronologically), I like to eat out on my birthday and usually get Thai food, which I love. Even though I am 44 now, my mother still makes me the Spice Cake and sends it over. Aren’t moms the best?