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    This Proposal Cake Will Put All Other Proposals To Shame

    It has literal layers of meaning.

    Alex Patterson wanted to orchestrate a meaningful proposal for his boyfriend of two years, Benjamin Mize.

    Nicole Nolan

    He pondered a YouTube-worthy choreographed dance, but when he read a suggestion about pairing a proposal with another event, the lightbulb went on.

    "September 21 is Ben's birthday, so I decided to do a surprise birthday party for him, but I didn't tell everyone coming it would also be a surprise engagement and party," Patterson told BuzzFeed Life.

    Patterson invited their loved ones to Southland Perk, a Lexington, Kentucky, coffee house Mize's uncle owns and that the two of them helped renovate.

    Patterson popped the question after successfully surprising Mize and their guests with this pièce de résistance on Sept. 19.

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    The three-tiered, book- and board game-themed cake features all of their interests. Mary Catherine Reneer, a wife of one of Patterson's medical school classmates who owns Creative Cakes by Catherine, whipped up the confection.

    Every element tells a story about Mize and Patterson as individuals, and as a couple.

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    "We’re both literary minded," Patterson said. "We’ve also developed a shared interest in board games, so I thought about the books and games that are most important to us."

    Harry Potter is a favorite of theirs, and Patterson picked the sixth installment because it has a chapter called "The Unbreakable Vow." It’s also Mize’s favorite book from the series.

    The Iliad and The Odyssey are nods to Mize's job as a Latin teacher. "They're one of the first books he lent to me," Patterson elaborated.

    Pandemic is a cooperative board game in which players work together to save the world from disease — which is fitting, given Patterson's future as a doctor.

    Patterson also incorporated "Amare," the Latin word for love, and a wooden stake as a nod to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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    "We both like The Office, which is why I included the Dunder Mifflin logo, but Ben really likes Buffy," Patterson told BuzzFeed Life. "He introduced me to the show and watching it together has been a big part of our relationship."

    "I felt like I was commissioning a sculpture, not a cake," Patterson said.

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    The bakery created the cake based on a list of things Patterson wanted incorporated into it, including a Rod of Asclepius to symbolize medicine, Patterson's career path. He didn't see the finished product until the baker dropped it off at the proposal site on the big day.

    As if these two can't get any cuter, the story behind the ring is equally awesome.

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    "The diamond is from a ring that my mom gave to my dad early in their marriage," Patterson explains. A jeweler worked it into the band, which Mize will likely wear as his wedding ring. The gold from the ring that the diamond came from will be used to make Patterson's wedding ring.

    As of now, they don't know if — or how — they'll top the meaningful proposal at their wedding.

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