Oftentimes, when I bake large layer cakes, I'll set aside a little bit of the cake batter to make myself a few treats, as a reward. I fill up a couple of slots in my mini-cupcake pan, sprinkle on a topping of choice for the day, and stick them in the oven. They're usually done a lot sooner than the cake layers, so I nibble on these as I wait. It's a good way to taste for anything inconsistent in your cake batter as well.
Toppings in the past have included mini chocolate chips, fresh sliced apples and peaches, leftover streusal topping, and cut-up candy bars. Today, I made a quick cinnamon-sugar, using equal parts of both, and generously sprinkled the tops of my mini cakes with the mixture. As soon as they were ready, I rolled them warm, in the remaining mixture for some added sweetness.
Lesson of the day: from one baker to another- don't ever forget to treat yourself first!