So I have a bit of a dilemma. My mother's birthday is coming up; this is the first time since I started baking that I've been around for her birthday (I lived elsewhere during college) and so I'd love to make her a nice birthday cake! (I'm thinking the classic Orangette/Epicurious chocolate cake with ganache frosting: http://orangette.blogspot.com/2004/09...) However, the only people that will be around for her birthday are myself and my parents. They've never been the type to take sweets to work from home and I'm self-employed, so taking leftovers to work doesn't really seem to be an option.
I'd include my fiance on that list, but his own birthday is coming up very soon after my mother's! (And besides, he's two hours away right now and busy with work - doubtful he'll make it here for her birthday and it's not like we're planning a party.) He probably could take the leftovers of his own cake to work but I'm less concerned in his case, but still, it's worth asking.
How should I scale down the cake recipe to be manageable for the lack of people? I know cupcakes are an option but I would really like to present, you know, a cake with layers and blowing of candles. Any ideas?