Whenever it was someone's birthday in elementary school they would bring dessert for the whole class to enjoy. The tradition was that whoever's birthday it was always took the first bite. If anyone ever dug in before the birthday girl or boy everyone would go crazy (and not in a good way). Well, it's my birthday today and I've already had the first bite, so you all can feel free to indulge. My mom made me this gluten free mandarin orange cake with fresh whipped cream frosting and it was so special to enjoy it with my parents, aunt and boyfriend. I've been celebrating my birthday since last week and I'm excited to be heading to Santa Barbara tonight for a 3 day birthday weekend!