Cakes for every occasion. Sneeze? Go buy a cake in the shape of a big nose. Over the years, I have noticed that most folks do not care for the texture of the fondant covering, so they leave it on their plate. Last March when my daughter had the birthday party for my 75th, I told her absolutely no fondant. She got a simple one layer cake with buttercream frosting. A simple "Happy 75th Birthday" and a small music box inside the cake that played Happy Birthday as you were cutting it. All of the cake went.
This country has been blighted with the "one upmanship" disease. If I have Happy Birthday on my cake, my neighbor has to have the Declaration of Independence written of theirs. A whole industry of "out of this world" decorations for a cake has risen. Folks go to culinary school to learn all this and it can take a few years to learn.
I think the most disgusting cake I have ever seen was in the shape of the bottom of a woman's anatomy with the legs spread apart, with the crown of the baby's head exiting. The cake was for a baby shower and went uneaten. The woman who was throwing the shower thought it was cute and very funny!
She was the only one.