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Top 11 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

Birthday cake
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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. Banana Pudding

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Photo by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Yes, you can choose banana pudding as your special birthday treat. That's what my daughter did this year. This banana pudding is a step above the other banana puddings out there. Check-out the recipe to see the differences.
Favorite Banana Pudding

3. 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.
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cake

4. 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.
Checkerboard Cake

5. 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.
Tunnel of Fudge

6. 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.

7. 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 mandarin oranges topped with a pineapple-whipped topping frosting.
Pig Pickin' Cake

8. 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.
Swimming Pool Cake

9. 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.
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake

10. 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.
Boozy Brownies

11. Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Photo (c) by 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.
Pecan Pie
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