The Birthday Burn was born of spite. Sitting around after an Art of Burning Man community event, Sara Barger began to vocalize dreams of a Tidewater regional burn. Imaginations soared and ideas sparkled, but Klaus Gaba rolled his eyes and insisted, "You're all talk. It's never gonna happen." Less than a month later, a 24-foot-tall cake was loaded with pyrotechnics and set ablaze - and the rest is Tidewater Burners history. Designed by architect Thom White and built by the crew at Norfolk's 757 Makerspace, the Birthday Cake was the first project that set Piece of Cake Productions on the path to the Playa.