My hubby loves apple pie & lemon meringue pie and well, lots of other pies too, but those are his two favorites. His mom is a great pie maker/baker & willingly made him one of each of his favorites for his birthday.
The first year I made my hubby an apple pie instead of a cake (which does not happen often - me baking a pie that is), I put the candles in to the HOT pie. Ooops! I remembered this year & placed them in the lemon meringue. I didn't want to get the smoke detector going, so I only put in eight candles - in a group of 3 & 5. See that makes sense to me.
A willing helper to sit on your lap while everyone sings happy birthday to you helps. And said helper can also help get all those candles to go out!
I'm pretty sure my hubby had a great birthday. He wanted to spend the weekend at Camp in Moosehead - which we did. He wanted apple pie - which he got. He wanted lemon meringue pie too - which he also got. I gave him a Life is Good t-shirt of a guy climbing with his dog. He didn't ask for it, but he liked it. Overall it was a good day. Love you babe!