Let's Celebrate! 8 Alternatives to Birthday Cake

Let's Celebrate! 8 Alternatives to Birthday Cake

Emma Christensen
May 20, 2011

This might come as a bit of a shock, but not all of us like cake. Yes, we're total weirdos! But this doesn't mean that we don't like a special treat on our special day. Here are some fabulous desserts that we think are worthy of birthdays or any celebration.

Chocolate-Glazed Chocolate Tart from Gourmet - This is truffle meets mousse meets glaze meets chocolate cookies. Don't tell me this ain't show worthy.

Lemon Souffles from Martha Stewart - Lemon-flavored clouds of sheer delight.

Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake from Smitten Kitchen - I think we can all find something to enjoy in this particular cake.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars with Hot Fudge Sauce from Epicurious - Serving this one straight from the freezer is its secret.

Strawberry Mascarpone Tart from Simply Recipes - Think of this as dressed up strawberry shortcake.

Apple Lavender Tarte Tatin from Saveur - Caramelly apples with a crunchy top and hit of lavender? Oh, yes.

Lemon Meringue Blueberry Pie from Bon Appétit - Dramatic wisps of meringue are better than candles on this dessert.

Vanilla Orange Flan from Food & Wine - Simple. Sweet. Perfect.

Any other birthday-worthy desserts to recommend?

Related: Pudding, Mousse, and Fluff: 10 Creamy, No-Bake Desserts

(Image: Martyn Thompson/Gourmet)

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