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Top 10 Birthday Cakes and Other Special Birthday Desserts

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Not everyone wants a traditional cake for their birthday. I've got a friend who just loves this brownie recipe I make. My mother-in-law would prefer a Pecan Pie and my father-in-law a Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie.

Here are some traditional and not-so-traditional desserts for your birthday celebrations.

1. Traditional Birthday Cakes

Sometimes I think I'm a vampire when it comes to buttercream icing. I can't get enough.
My tastes seem to change every couple of years. For my last few birthdays, I've wanted a traditional birthday cake. To me traditional is a yellow cake iced with a Buttercream Frosting.

2. Checkered Board Cake

Checkerboard Cake Pan Set
This is the cake my daughter made for her own birthday a couple of years ago. It really did come out good.

3. Tunnel of Fudge Cake

Tunnel of Fudge Cake
Photo © 2006 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
I remember for the longest time every homemade cake was made in a Bundt cake pan. This is one of the most popular Bundt cakes.

4. Red Velvet Cake

2009 Red Velvet Cake in Heart Shape Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
2009 Red Velvet Cake in Heart Shape Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com
This is my husband's favorite birthday cake. He'll ask me to make him that "bleeding armadillo cake." The grooms cake in Julia Robert's wedding in the movie Steel Magnolias was a red velvet cake. It was shaped like an armadillo, because the grooms family was hunters.

5. Pig Pickin' Cake a.k.a. Mandarian Orange Cake

It's the perfect birthday cake.
Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
I just made this the other night for a friend of mine. It's a yellow cake mix made with mandarian oranges topped with a pineapple-whipped topping frosting.

6. Swimming Pool Cake

All it takes is a white cake, blue gelatin and fun decorations to make this cake.
Photo © 2006 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This is another one of my daughter's birthday cakes. It's the perfect cake for a child's summer birthday. I think it would also be great at a pool party.

7. Lemon-Poppyseed Cake

This cake is so refreshing.
Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
This is my daughter's best friend's absolute favorite cake. Of course, I make it for her birthday every year.

8. Boozy Brownies

These Boozy Brownies are very rich.
Photo © 2007 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
"Skip the cake and please make me those brownies." That's what I do for my next door neighbor. She doesn't drink and yet she wants, and gets, these brownies each year for her birthday.

9. Pecan Pie

Everyone just loves this pie.
Carroll Pellegrinelli
My mother-in-law doesn't care for desserts, but she does love this pie. I try to make it for all her special occasions.

10. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

This is what happens when you add too many strawberries and too much rhubarb to your pie.
Photo © 2008 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
My father-in-law just loves this pie. In fact, he's been known to hide the pie as to not have to share it. He gets this pie whenever I can make it for him.
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