My birthday's in a couple weeks and I definitely plan to make my own cake!!
Why should I suffer with store bought cake when no one else in my family does?? LOL!!
Of course they try to insist that I not make my own cake because I shouldn't have to go to the effort on my own birthday, which is commendable and thoughtful, but then I either suffer with store bought, or I don't have a cake!
There is one bakery that has cake that I actually like, but the flip side to that is unless I go for one of their 'standard' birthday cake designs, then an arm-and-leg price is put on it for custom...that just circles around to, I'm not paying (or having someone in my family pay) so much for something that I can do at home and get it exactly as I want it! (I know, I know, not real supportive of my fellow bakers/decorators, considering I'd charge the same amount...but the point is that I learned the skill to avoid the price for my own cakes! LOL!!!
If it were a formal party or something, then I might opt to have someone else do the cake, but just for my regular 'ole every year birthday?? No way! I'll do it myself and get exactly what I want!!