Fun Birthday Cake Alternatives for Your Next Birthday Party

Tired of serving the same, old boring birthday cake? Here are some other tasty options.

The American tradition for a birthday has always been to celebrate the big day with an intricately decorated birthday cake with candles. Of course, there may be times you want an alternative to the birthday cake for a variety of reasons. These may include the expense of a custom make birthday cake or the fact that a birthday cake is not the healthiest of food offerings. There’s also the possibility that you want to celebrate a birthday in a nontraditional, unique way. If so, you’ll want to consider these alternatives to the high calorie, expensive birthday cake:

Birthday cake alternatives: Birthday cupcakes

Homemade birthday cupcakes can be a tasty alternative to the traditional birthday cake. To make your cupcakes more interesting, decorate them with a variety of colors of frosting and arrange them in an interesting design. You can even insert candles into the cupcakes or letters to spell out the name of the birthday person. Try adding pieces of candy or cookie to the tops of the cupcakes or add miniatures in a theme consistent with the person’s interest to the tops of the cupcakes. For a springtime birthday, decorate the cupcake tops with edible flowers.

Birthday cake alternatives: A healthier version of the traditional cake

If the birthday person wants a healthier alternative, why not create a tasty, but less decadent version of the traditional birthday cake? Substitute a low calorie sweetener such as Splenda in place of the sugar and use egg whites as a substitute for the whole eggs. A birthday cake doesn’t have to be unhealthy to taste good.

Birthday cake alternatives: Chocolate fountain

A chocolate fountain can be a fun alternative to a cake at a birthday party. You can rent a chocolate fountain in your area just for the occasion. The fountain when operating has a nice visual appeal to it. It even resembles a three tiered chocolate cake. Arrange a selection of treats to dip into the chocolate such as bananas, strawberries, pineapple slices, pretzels, cookies, cherries, and donut holes. With this birthday treat, no one will ever miss the cake.

Birthday cake alternatives: A giant customized chocolate bar.

There are a variety of places online where you can order a customized candy wrapper to covering a large chocolate candy bar. Use the space on the wrapper to say whatever you’d like to say to the birthday person. You’re limited only by your imagination.

Birthday cake alternatives: A fruit pizza

If you want to forgo the traditional birthday cake for nutritional reasons, how about substituting a fruit pizza instead? You can make your own nutritious crust or buy one ready made. A good fruit pizza recipe can be found on the internet. Be sure to include lots of healthy, delicious fruits such as pineapples, bananas, mango, and papaya to make it more exotic.

Birthday cake alternatives: A birthday trifle

A trifle can be a tasty and decorative dessert for a birthday celebration. Alternate layers of low fat angel food cake, fresh fruit, and low fat vanilla pudding in a large, clear glass bowl. Continue layering until you reach the top of the bowl. Sprinkle a layer of coconut on top and place it in the center of the table. This is another alternative for the health conscious birthday person.

As you can see, there are a variety of delicious ways to celebrate a birthday without buying the traditional birthday cake. Why not consider some of these options for your next birthday party?

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  1. These aren’t alternatives. These are lame lamenesses

  2. i have to agree with cookiemonster. if i made one of these ideas for my child he would be extremely disapointed!!! I have the greatest idea!!! Cover a cake size/shaped round of styrofoam in candy. you are only limited by your imagination. customize it to whatever candy/chocolate bars you like best. its cute and fun and kids will love it!

  3. birthdays are not just about kids. if you are having an adult b-day party w/ wings and beer or cocktails and appetizers…do you really want to break into an \”official\” b-day cake w/ a bottle of beer or a cocktail in the other hand?? sometimes a bday cake just is not appropriate.

  4. A-freaking-men eddr. I am planning a 30th birthday party for my cake hating fiance and most of these ideas would be perfect for it.

  5. The writer of this article certainly has no clue about what is healthy and what is not to write something like this:

    “Substitute a low calorie sweetener such as Splenda in place of the sugar and use egg whites as a substitute for the whole eggs. A birthday cake doesn’t have to be unhealthy to taste good.”

    Splenda is one of the most dangerous things you could put in your body. As bad as sugar is, artificial sweeteners are far worse. Of course, the writer comes from the assumption that what makes things unhealthy is 1) Calories and 2) Fat content. Both assumptions are faulty health/science that should have been thrown out years ago.

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