(close-up section of larger work on 300 lb. watercolour paper)
The main attraction at childhood birthday parties (next to the gifts of course) is the cake. Dense rich chocolate cake decorated with thick gobs and swirls of brightly coloured icing... the kind of icing that often makes your teeth ache just looking at it. Electric blue lines spelling out the lucky child's name... the same bright blue coating every tongue, staining all the napkins, and most of the party clothes.
If the birthday cake was chocolate and lovingly iced by Mom it probably looked at bit like this 'snippet section' as the spatula started to run out of icing while trying to cover up the broken sections where it stuck to the pan.