Most children’s birthday parties feature the same fare, including balloons, streamers, and other decorations, as well as games, party favors, and some kind of entertainment. Of course, the piece de résistance of any child’s birthday party is the cake, which comes out laden with candles to the fanfare of the birthday song, after which all the kids get hopped up on sugar before you send them home. But if you’re looking to make your child’s party different this year, you might want to think about taking a new approach to the dessert portion of the festivities. And there is no shortage of alternatives to the traditional birthday cake.
For one thing, you don’t necessarily have to mold your cake batter into the standard, multilayer confection expected. You could make individual desserts instead, such as cupcakes or even cake pops. Although you won’t necessarily be able to do the standard candle-lighting part of the event, offering individual-sized portions can help to limit the amount of cake each child consumes, as well as making it easy to send home any extras with kids as favors of a sort. In addition, ordering from a bakery known for these confections means you can offer different flavors for cake and frosting, ensuring that you have something to suit every guest. You can also display a variety of colors and cake decorations, much to the delight of onlookers.
But if you’re looking for a birthday cake alternative that doesn’t feature cake, you still have plenty of options to consider. For example, you could buy or rent a chocolate fountain. Unlike fondue, you don’t have to worry about kids getting burned. The temperature is so low that the chocolate is merely tepid rather than potentially scalding, so kids can dip their marshmallows, brownie bites, and fruit chunks in without any fear. And kids are sure to appreciate a fountain of pure chocolate. You might also consider setting up a sundae bar. This way kids can select the ice cream and toppings they want for their perfect dessert.
Of course, you may be looking for something that doesn’t send kids into a sugar-induced frenzy after they eat. In this case, you could try a dessert that involves fruit and not processed sugars. You can find all kinds of fun offerings from a vendor like Edible Arrangements, and they even offer chocolate-covered options for extra appeal. Or you could make yogurt and fruit parfaits. The point is that you needn’t necessarily provide cake to make a delicious dessert.
That said, most kids will expect cake. So if you’re just looking to do a little something different this year, cupcakes are probably the easiest option. And with confectioners producing scads of delicious offerings, you can easily create a pyramid of frosted treats that will make every guest at the party want to skip traditional birthday cake when their own special day rolls around.