Alternatives to Having Cake for Birthdays

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Birthday cupcakes!
Birthday cupcakes! | Source

The History of Serving Birthday Cake

While it's not a requirement to have cake on your birthday, it's a tradition that goes back to the ancient Greeks, some say. It is also said that a sweet kind of bread was given to commemorate the birth of the baby Jesus. According to Tokenz:The Gift Shop, there are different theories for the round shape that birthday cakes often take.

One theory is that many cakes were made by hand before being put in the oven and naturally fell into that shape. Other researches speculate that, in ancient times, the round shape represented the circular motion of life, the sun, and the moon. And why candles on a cake? This practice is credited to the Greeks, too, who, it is said, put them on cakes to give them a glow, like the moon. They would take cakes to honor the Goddess of the moon. Some believed, much like today, that the smoke from the candles would carry wishes made to the gods in the sky. So, that's a little bit of the history of the birthday cake. For more details, you'll enjoy Tokenz: The Gift Shop.


Sure, birthday cake has a lot of tradition, but not everyone likes cake, and there are plenty of alternatives to cake. There's no reason to feel locked into it. Cupcakes are a big thing for birthdays right now. I've seen a small round cake in the middle surrounded by cupcakes. There are even more alternatives to cake. Be creative! Think about what the person might want, and go from there.


Watermelon Instead of Cake for Birthday

My brother's July birthday with candle in a watermelon
My brother's July birthday with candle in a watermelon | Source

Alternatives for Summer Birthdays? How About Frozen Pies?

One of my brothers has a summer birthday in July. Often, that time of year around here is sizzling hot. And since he isn't a huge fan of cake, my family has come up with some alternatives to cake for his birthday.

My brother does like traditional birthday cake all right, but it isn't his favorite thing for dessert. For his hot, summer birthdays, we have had cool cakes, such as Pepperidge Farm, or ice cream type pies from the freezer section.

A homemade no bake chocolate pudding peanut butter pie with Oreo crust and whipped topping is also a nice birthday cake alternative for summer! Nice and cool--perfect for the hot month of July.

One of our family July baby's favorite for birthdays is watermelon. It's light, cool, and refreshing. Cut in half, a watermelon holds a birthday candle or two (or more!) just fine. No traditional birthday cake needed!



Hot cherry pie with ice cream
Hot cherry pie with ice cream | Source

...and Warm Pies for Winter!

For the colder months, try a warm pie, and don't leave off the ice cream. If you are so inclined, you can make a homemade chocolate, cherry, or apple pie, and warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave before adding the ice cream. What a treat! Or buy a frozen pie and do the same thing. Warm pie is a nice alternative to cake and will leave you warm and fuzzy inside and in need of a nap.

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Try colorful fruit pizza for birthdays!

Another option is a fruit pizza, with a sugar cookie crust and fruit on top. Spread out your cookie dough on a pizza pan and bake it. After it cools, spread on your choice of frosting (such as cream cheese frosting!) and slices of any type of fruit of your choosing. This birthday option is cool and refreshing, while offering healthy and colorful servings of fruit.

Another option is picking up a decadent dessert pizza from your favorite pizza joint. One year, my family picked up a chocolate pizza from CiCi's pizza. Being the chocoholic who loves pizza that I am, this was a perfect choice for my birthday. I also recently made a really good chocolate pizza at home.

Now that is one fancy birthday watermelon!
Now that is one fancy birthday watermelon! | Source

What about refreshing fruit?

Another great idea for birthdays is fruit. Push that birthday cake aside and opt for fruit salad! For our family's summer birthdays, we have often bought a watermelon and stuck a candle in it. Especially in the heat, watermelon and other fruit really hit the spot. If your birthday person is health-conscious, he or she might appreciate this birthday alternative whatever time of year.

Branch out for birthdays. The birthday cake, rich in tradition, taste, and calories, is always an option, but there are more options. It's a birthday! A party! Have fun with what you choose!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Another one of those great "evergreen" hubs that will garner like 50,000 views and make you number one once again, all designed to make me green with envy and wallowing in self-pity because my stupid little reflective hubs aren't read by anyone.

:) Seriously, great job, well-written, lovely suggestions from a very good writer.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Aw, Bill. Don't be green. We love your reflective hubs! You make people stop and think. What you share is great, much better than birthday party ideas. :-) I do hope you're right about the 50,000 views. I'll let you know. hahaha. Thanks for the comments. Always appreciated. You're the best.


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SmartAndFun 4 years ago from Texas

Fun hub! My husband is really into my Ooey Gooey Chocolate Marshmallow cake at the moment, but for a long time he always requested hot apple pie with ice cream on his birthday. This hub also makes me think of the BBQ joint here in my town that will bring out a huge schooner of cold beer with a lit birthday candle floating on top, sticking up out of a piece of beer-ice. You've picked a great idea for an article!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

SmartAndFun--That's cool about the beer with the candle! Neat! Thanks for the input. Love your comments!


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Excellent topic Dear Victoria! We love cakes in all shapes and tastes, except for the icing and extra sweet. Fruits are wonferful and do the body better. Nice pics and phenomenal reading. We felt your heart poured in this hub and we loved it. The history part was awesome as well.

LORD


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Great topic for a hub! As I mentioned in HH, I am not a big fan of cake and often opt for other birthday desserts. I made a chocolate cream pie this year. Thanks for the great suggestions and photos and again, for linking to my hub!


kelleyward 4 years ago

As many have said before me this is a great topic for a hub and you did a great job keeping me interested in everything you said! Well written and very informative! Take care, Kelley


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

But, my lord, I LOVE the icing on the cake--my favorite part! There are alternatives, though! Thanks for your lovely comments!!!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I would love the cherry pie with ice cream for my birthday instead of the usual chocolate cake. Growing up, my sister always had strawberry shortcake for her birthday which really doesn't resemble cake at all. Great ideas.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

random--Yummy chocolate cream pie. That's something I would love! Thanks for the comments. You are welcome for the link.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

My first thought was, what can you have instead of cake? I like your ideas, especially the simple fruit and pizza idea. I could go for some of that warm pie right now.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, kelley! Much appreciated. Have a great weekend!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

ktrapp--Strawberry shortcake is a great idea! Yummy!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

V....such unique, cute ideas......I can't make up my mind, so I guess for my next birthday, I'll have to have them ALL!!!!

Interesting and fun HUB!! UP!!!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, teaches! There are a lot of options!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Effer!! We have lots of family birthdays, so it's fun to come up with something different. Have them all--it's your birthday, and you'll eat if you want to, eat if you want to....:-)


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

you would eat too...if it happened to you...bumbumbumbumbabum! Altogether now girls!!!


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noenhulk 4 years ago

Oh I love cakes! Most birthdays aren't complete without these delicious yummy cakes on the table. Even without birthdays, just a slice would satisfy my day if there is one in the ref.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Perfect, Effer!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

noenhulk--I do love cakes, too. Sometimes my sister-in-law makes me a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting on my birthday. My fave! with lots of frosting! Sometimes, though, we opt for a change. :-)


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

i would say, this is absolutely yummy hub, and the ideas are brilliant, keep writing


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

girishpuri--Thanks so much. I appreciate what you say! I WILL keep writing; that is for certain!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

great ideas, Vicki.

The watermelon thing is so good and healthy. Although I doubt my kid would like it...lol

I force him to have at least 2 serving of fruit each day...can't torture him on his b'day.

voted up indeed as useful and interesting. sharing it across!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Cup cakes are becoming more popular as an alternative to cakes. fruits can be a unique alternative though. Love the watermelon with candles. lol


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ruchira, you're right in that the fruit option may not work well for young kids! LOL. Thanks for reading and sharing!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

jpcmc--Yes, cupcakes are really becoming popular. We do use fruit sometimes though. Thanks for reading!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Alternatives to cakes are a great idea for birthdays! Fruit in cupcake cups might give kids a delightful change. Each one could have a candy candle in it.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RTalloni--Great idea about fruit in cupcake cups! Thanks!


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eatforcheaper 4 years ago from London

Interesting topic indeed! We once got a guy at work some quiche because he didn't like sweet things. We got one ham and cheese quiche and one broccoli and cheese. Was a great idea and delicious!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

eatforcheaper--Quiche is a great idea. Easy to put candles in!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Victoria Lynn, these are wonderful ideas! Voted across and shared everywhere. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, TTombs for voting and sharing!


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

MMMMM, fruit, cupcakes, pies, oh my! Now you've really done it! I'm having serious sweet cravings. It doesn't help that I'm writing a Mexican dessert recipes hub right now, that I'll have to link this hub to, but this hub looks good enough to eat, Sis. Pardon me while I go satisfy my sweet tooth. ;)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--Hope you satisfied your sweet tooth. Looking forward to seeing your Mexican dessert recipes hub! :-)


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Little Grandmommy 3 years ago from Small Town Tennessee

My favorite is the "Birthday Watermelon. Sooooo cute! Great hub, thumbs up!


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Little Grandmommy. I'm glad you like these ideas!


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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Fun and helpful hub! Birthday watermelon is a fab and clever idea. Thanks for posting! Up, useful, awesome.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

vibesites--Thanks for reading and commenting! Watermelon is perfect for my brother's summer birthday!

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