Two days before the party, I baked the cake (chocolate) and cupcakes (yellow--though I'm not sure how that's a flavor). Frosting is also made ahead of time. I make the standard Wilton buttercream frosting, but I use less vegetable shortening and more butter. It's healthier that way, you know.
The cake and cupcakes were stored covered until Saturday morning when I got around to decorating them. Actually, only the cupcakes came close to being 'decorated,' the chocolate cake experienced more of a smearing on of frosting, so no pictures of that mess.
Notice the smiley face cupcake liners. I chose the smiley faces because the birthday boy, my wonderful husband, is a smiley kind of guy. And I rather like that about him.
Note: the cupcake stand is from Wilton. It may seem silly to own something like this, but I use it several times each year. It is both fancy to look at and easy to use, and that makes it a party must-have for this Martha-wannabe.