Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated his 55th birthday (or, as his brother, Chris, might say: “double nickels”) with a low-key private celebration last night at which a cake in the shape of the New York State seal was served.

We know this because Doe Fund founder George McDonald, a Democrat-turned-Republican who is running for NYC mayor next year, tweeted a photo of the governor with said cake, and a message that he had “a wonderful time” celebrating with Cuomo last night. (UPDATED: Good thing we grabbed that photo when we did, because it looks like McDonald’s tweet has been deleted).

Incidentally, this isn’t the first time the governor has been feted on his birthday with a New York-themed cake.

When he turned 53 in 2010 – about one month after his successful gubernatorial campaign, Cuomo was presented with a cake shaped like the state of which he was about to take control.

That cake was decorated with images of iconic buildings, landmarks and the state’s bird and flower.

Originally, there were plans to mark Cuomo’s birthday in the traditional way – with a fund-raiser. Usually, this is the biggest event of the year for the governor, who, by the way, was sitting on close to $20 million worth of campaign cash as of mid-July.

Cuomo’s 52nd birthday fund-raiser, which took place when he was still attorney general and gearing up for his 2010 run for governor, featured Jon Bon Jovi and a surprise visit from then-Gov. David Paterson, whom it appeared at the time Cuomo would have to primary the following year. (Paterson ended up dropping out of the race).

His 54th event was held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in Manhattan and featured a performance by Mary J. Blige.

Tickets for the 54th birthday gala started at $100 for individuals and ran to $100,000. The event caused some controversy after the New York Times reported some museum trustees were pressuring the rest of the board to contribute.

The party came at a time when museum officials were trying to persuade the state to allow the construction of a building on a lot across the West Side Highway from the aircraft carrier to house the space shuttle Enterprise.

This year’s birthday bash for Cuomo was pushed back a month, thanks to Hurricane Sandy.

The event will now be held on Jan. 7 at the Waldorf-Astoria, with tickets ranging from $1,500 for a single person to attend to $25,000 for hosts and $50,000 for chairs.

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