About that birthday cake ....
No, the many, many candles did not melt all over it. THAT was an exquisite glaze of many tantalizing flavors and textures! The cake began in a bundt pan with lots of ingredients including quite a few white-chocolate chips. When it got dumped out of the pan, quite a bit stayed in, stuck in .. thus the attractive and decorative uneven look. Since I was the designated pan-washer, I ate the stuff still stuck in the pan and enjoyed the white-chocolate chips mixed in .. the whole bit was quite gooey and yummy.
When BL finally served the cake, it was not very gooey and nobody commented on the neato white-chocolate chips in there - in fact BL commented that there did not seem to be ANY. I guess they all had settled to the original bottom of the cake - which got stuck in the pan and thus enjoyed totally by me - as it should have been!!!! W00T!
You guys on the East coast of the US of A where the blizzard rages. Keep Calm and Carry On.