Yes, you read that right. I'd of course use a cake mix, because I absolutely fail at baking without the boxed stuff. And even then I typically find a way to have a wet middle and a burnt outside. But I figure if I practice enough and can get ahold of something like this or this, I may be able to pull it off. However in the end it may be a better idea to just buy a cake from Winn-Dixie...we'll have to see.
This site has given me good ideas for her party. I think I can finally (somewhat) relax about it--now we just have to wait and see if the hubs gets his leave chit approved!