As far as desserts go, cake is probably a number 5 or 6 seed for me. When someone has a birthday (usually thinking about my kids' birthdays) and it's time to eat cake, we all get our own piece and sure the icing is exciting and sweet, but usually the cake itself is kinda blah. Yeah it's moist and spongy and all but it's also boring. Maybe it's just the texture or something, but I don't really get all excited about eating cake.
That being said, I do find myself an ice cream cake aficionado. It looks like cake, has some icing like cake but inside is some damn tasty frozen creamy goodness. Sure, you're basically eating ice cream at this point, but there's something about consuming ice cream that looks like cake that makes it taste better than regular ice cream. To be honest, I get more excited to devour a nice big piece of ice cream cake than I do when I'm about to eat a cup of Ben & Jerry's.
Maybe I'm just weird and strange in this assessment, but for me, a birthday or event is taken to that next level when someone busts out Fudgy the Whale or other type of ice cream cake. I know the foodies that read this (i.e. my Dad) will probably defend traditional cake as it's more of a gourmet experience. I say tradition be-damned!