The birthday party went well. Because Jon's parents 84th birthdays were only 3 days apart, we celebrated together. We could have had a single cake, but wanted to address each birthday. And besides, Jon's father is a chocolate fiend, while his mother prefers something lighter.
And Ashley bringing her grandmother the birthday cake.
I followed the instructions on onceuponapedestal's blog for making a Polka Dot cake. Her instructions are great and her method, while time consuming, is easy! Bake the spheres of cake in a cake ball pan ahead of time. After they have cooled, you simply bake them in a cake pan, placing cake batter around the cooked spheres. Bake as normal. It came out well and everyone was surprised by the colors.
And here are two slices of cake side by side. I far prefer the pretty polka dot one!