Every year I bake my godchild a birthday cake. It's always vanilla cake topped with vanilla buttercream. She's not a risk-taker when it comes to food—just like her godmother used to be. Hopefully she'll grow out of that like I did. This year, she asked for a kitty cake and told me her favorite color was purple. I kept it simple and piped an orange cat with a purple bow with the birthday girl's name on top. The cat's tail cascaded down the side of the cake, which was decorated with a purple star border. She loved it!