As many cake shops are going online with websites that offer secure ordering facilities, personalisation for celebrations like birthdays is becoming very popular. When ordering a birthday cake online, the choices can be potentially endless.
There is of course the age old inscription "Happy Birthday" or some variation with the birthday boy or girl's name written in icing. Many professionally made birthday cakes can be made in various shapes, where some are quite complicated and intricate in detail.
Ordering a birthday cake from a web page offers a new dimension to personalisation in the form of image cakes. Image cakes are cakes that have an edible image, say, of your childs favourite cartoon character printed on top of the cake with a special machine. Where you would normally need to go to the shop's physical location, browse through a catalogue of images and order it over the counter, from a website all the images can be viewed and one can be selected with your online order any time of the day.
Using ecommerce website technology today, this option can be expanded further to include image uploads. By this I mean that a birthday cake can now have any image you want printed on the cake. You simply upload or email the image you want on the cake when ordering and it could be printed on that cake! While the technology of being able to upload images to a website is not new, the application of this to providing the ultimately personalised birthday cake is slowly being taken up by cake vendors. It's not only birthdays that could be celebrated in this way. Company promotional cakes sporting logos, sports teams and other clubs, there is no end to the ideas for personalised cakes.
How much further can birthday cake technology go? I wouldn't mind seeing an animated birthday cake that had a video screen on the top that showed lovely looping graphics. Perhaps that winning goal of the season could be shown on the teams cake with converted video footage, or slidng images of your childs life moments on his/her 21st birthday cake. I suspect that such technology is a ways off unfortunately, and even then I don't know how safe it would be to put a knife through it!