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Stop torturing yourself Carousel.Smin the kitchen come birthday time, trying to fashion baked goods into the shape of a truck, princess, kitty or other whim of your little one, and delegate the job to I Dream of Cake. If your child can dream it, this North Beach pastry wonderland can make it—if you don’t mind ponying up for it. Got a budding musician on your hands? Request a cake in the voluptuous shape of a violin. Find yourself shuffling from soccer game to tennis court to dance class? Honor a little athlete or dancer with a birthday cake in the shape of a soccer field – complete with players – or a pair of pink ballerina slippers.

Nothing imaginable is beyond your birthday celebrant’s grasp. In fact, the goodies that come out of I Dream of Cake look so good you’ll want to save yours under a glass case rather than slice a knife through, let alone poke it with meddlesome candles! These are no ordinary birthday cakes, but works of art inspired by fashion trends and founder Shinmin Li’s signature style.

Prices begin at $400 for custom cakes, and orders are recommended for as soon as the date is set. Take a look at our favorites in the Children’s Cake Gallery (the storybook, Alice in Wonderland teapot, baby carriage, and Operation board), then let your child’s imagination take control!

Visit idreamofcake.com and make an appointment at 415-989-CAKE to see the gallery in person. 1351 Grant Ave., San Francisco.

—Renee M. Rutledge