Cake. Cake is awesome. Allow me to explain. On November 21 my father turned 49. This means that my father is also one year closer to being fifty, and if there is one thing that could make the consequences of his ensuing midlife crisis any better it is cake, specifically this cake.
3 Layer Chocolate Raspberry Birthday Cake
(Serves 16, adapted from Sky High: Irresistible Triple-Layer Cakes)