On Friday, Jacqueline Halasz and her two children met at a bakery in Los Angeles and decorated an elaborate birthday cake, writing the recipient's name in frosting and topping it with a single candle.
Afterward, they returned to Halasz's nearby apartment, where they treated themselves to a single slice.
Then they stuck the rest of the cake in the freezer, where it will live indefinitely.
The cake's recipient was Marc Cross, Halasz's ex-husband, who disappeared a year ago apparently while kayaking in Newport Harbor. July 27 was — or would have been — Cross' 54th birthday, and Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of the day he was last seen.
Until he arrives home safely, the cake will remain in the freezer.
"I hope to find him and give him the biggest hug in the world," Halasz said.
Perhaps you recall the stories we ran about Cross a year ago. The Huntington Beach resident, a former lifeguard and middle school teacher, went missing after he told family members he was taking his kayak out to paddle around the harbor. When he hadn't returned by the next morning, his family called the police.