The cakes are now available at a nominal charge. However, if you don't want to buy one, your waiter will put a candle on any of the yummy desserts served that night. On our last cruise, when the cakes were still free, we had one for my husband, but didn't eat it because we wanted a dessert that was on the menu. Anyway, our waiter boxed it up for us, and around 11pm that night, we brought it, along with 5 or 6 forks, to our kids who were with friends at the ping pong tables. Cake was gone in seconds! If it wasn't for them, it would have gone to waste. Just too many other things to eat.