When considering birthday celebrations, a remarkable cake always goes down well. It's a good way of showing someone you love them - and also a great way to impress the family and friends. With more and much more specialty cake bakeries opening all the time - is it worth making a birthday cake, or is it easier to simply buy one.
The Huge Benefits
If you're able to bake, and have skills in cake making - the advantage of making your own cake is that you could really create something unique and personal. It may also impress family and friends if you're able to state that you made the astonishing cake. It could even get you requests from other guests. Making a cake can be a long process - if you do not own all of the needed equipment, ingredients, colors, etc, it is usually expensive. Not as expensive as buying a custom cake from a dedicated cake bakery, but at least buy purchasing a cake; you know it will be perfect.
The main downside to baking a cake is the time it will take you - and if your skills are actually up to the standard you think they're. Your guests could be just as impressed with a ready-made cake.
Many large shopping stores now offer a large range of budget cakes, that although do not offer the designs of the cakes so you see on television - could be better suited to your budget. An easy way of impressing family is a cake with an fondant photo on top - available in most stores. You take in a picture, and they print it on fondant or rice paper using food colors. This would be impossible to replicate at home.
With the availability of cheap cakes in stores - making a small cake is hardly worth the time. Features such as the fondant printing are unavailable at home, and if you want a luxury unique cake - the buying of the specialty tools, may mean it is still cheaper to use a dedicated cake store. However, if you are skilled, and have the tools and ingredients, you will be able to offer something unique to your loved one.