Chances are you have a birthday on your summer calendar, which means you may be serving your child cake in the near future. The problem with most store-bought or box cake varieties is that they're packed full of artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and sugar. You can celebrate your favorite people and serve them cake too - just serve a fun, tasty alternative birthday cake that is actually good for them too. Here are my five favorite healthier alternatives to the birthday cake and believe me, your children will devour them.
1. Fruit Torte
Fruit Tortes are perfect for a summer birthday party! They are bright, colorful, refreshing, and fun. And when you an arrangement of fresh, organic fruits that are ripe and juicy, a fruit torte will taste as sweet and yummy as a sugar version. If, you want to add a little topping, I suggest your child’s favorite sugar-free yogurt.
2. Pancake Cake
Who doesn’t love a fresh stack of pancakes? We all remember that unforgettable scene in “Uncle Buck”, where Buck makes a gigantic pancake stack as a birthday breakfast. And when the pancakes are sugar free, stacked up high and topped with fresh fruit, they will not only be devoured by your children – but they most likely will think it is a fantastic birthday cake.
3. Watermelon Masterpiece Cake
Watermelons are a fun fruit that can be carved into fun shapes the same way a pumpkin is at Halloween. Why not carve a watermelon into a shape to match the theme of your child’s birthday party. What child or adult could resist a watermelon shaped like a shark or an owl?
4. Favorite Food Cake
Have a child who prefers a certain type of food? You can transform almost any type of food into a cake shape with a little creativity. For example, if your child loves cheese, why not stack a couple of wheels of their favorite kind and serve with fresh bread and fruit.
5. Veggie Cake
A very popular cake is made from carrots – but you can make a cake from any vegetable that your child loves using a little imagination. Whether you puree the vegetables and add them to the cake batter or make a cake completely out of vegetables, a vegetable cake is a fun, healthy alternative.
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