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What is the best type of birthday cake?

Asked by Ame_Evil (3051points) August 6th, 2009

Out of all the cake in the world, which cake would you prefer to have for your birthday and why (question mark). Also what type of icing would be ideal for this cake.

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thrice2k3's avatar

Ice Cream Cake!!

DominicX's avatar

Chocolate dream cake:

I never really liked traditional birthday cake, even as a little kid. I hated the frosting, so I would just eat the cake part, especially if it has raspberry filling in the middle or if it was Funfetti cake.

I also like carrot cake. :)

Also, hey. You know who it is. ;)

Deepness's avatar

Totally subject to individual taste buds but my 3 favorite cakes are red velvet, chocolate chip ice cream, and pineapple cakes.

shipwrecks's avatar

Something homemade. I made chocolate fudge with peanut butter icing and chocolate fudge gnash for a friend’s birthday and it was soooo good. Rich, satisfying, indulgent.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

White cake with butter cream icing. Mmmm.

janbb's avatar

My favortie birthday cake was and is a banana layer cake with coffee buttercream icing. It sound weird but it’s really great. My Mom used to make it and now I make it for myself.

chyna's avatar

My favorite is white cake with chocolate icing.

JLeslie's avatar

I love this question, and feel the need to tell a story. My mom used to make me from scratch chocolate cake with Chocolate icing cake for my birthday—she, and her entire family are big time chocoholics. All I wanted was one of thos white icing sheet cakes from the store with Happy Birthday and flowers on it. Now, as an adult, of course I see that her efforts were a labor of love (and selfish, because she wanted the cake) and that the cake was much better. But, if I had kids I would let them pick their cake.

My favorite cake now is the Mounds cake at Too Jays in Florida, it is unbelievable!. Since I can’t get that now, because I don’t live in FL anymore and they won’t ship it (I checked) I would settle for chocolate cake with white icing.

sdeutsch's avatar

Homemade, and decorated by my mom. It doesn’t matter what kind it is – I have so many wonderful memories of cakes that my mom made for me, of all different flavors.

My favorite was the chocolate moose cake – it was a round flourless chocolate cake with mocha frosting. She put an icing face on the cake, and then she made antlers out of dark chocolate and stuck them in the sides. It was adorable! I collected stuffed moose when I was growing up, so it was the perfect cake for me!

ubersiren's avatar

I love chocolate cake with buttercream icing. Because of my synesthesia, the word “birthday” itself tastes like it.

janbb's avatar

@sdeutsch Sounds like a nice Mom!

photographcrash's avatar

Lemon cake with cream cheese frosting. DELICIOUS!

marinelife's avatar

My very favorite is coconut cake with coconut frosting.

casheroo's avatar

Ice cream cake! Love it

I also love moist chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting.

Tink's avatar

Chocolate cake with buttercream icing. (if possible no icing at all)
Ice cream cake (mint chip)

EDIT: Just don’t give me the corner or sides of the cake, I prefer the middle. If you do I will throw it away.

jca's avatar

i like all kinds of cakes, but my favorite that my grandmother used to make was banana cake with strawberries and whipped cream (aka strawberry shortcake). she would put frozen strawberries on top of the bottom cake layer. frozen strawberries are very liquidy, and the liquid would soak into the cake and the second day, the cake was even better. on top of the frozen (thawed) strawberries was whipped cream, and on top of the second cake layer was whipped cream and real strawberries. very good and good memories for me.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Strawberry shortcake with the buttermilk biscuit-type cake. And plenty of whipped cream.

Or a fudge cake with dark chocolate chips in the batter, caramel filling in between the layers and cream cheese frosting topped with strawberries. So I’d keel over from a heart attack after eating it. Big whoop.

Ame_Evil's avatar

So what basically people are saying is that there is no real restrictions to what to have for a birthday cake – anything will do as long as its delicious.

Has anyone actually had a cheesecake as a birthday cake before? I think it would be slightly weird myself to receive that unless if it was one of the best cheesecakes i’ve ever had in my life.

Tink's avatar

@Ame_Evil I have, but it was one of those that had another layer on the bottom of it that was actually cake.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

@Ame_Evil I ask for cheesecake every year.
I’m a birthday pie kinda guy. Birthdays need not be married to cake.

With cake, there’s always waste. No one ever finished an entire cake.
Now with pie, there’s rarely pie left over and if there is it’s never a problem sending someone home with the leftovers.

Cupcake's avatar

3 words – German. Chocolate. Cake. Mmmmmmmm… :)

AstroChuck's avatar

Free cake.

buster's avatar

The cake at Chucky Cheese birthday parties is the shizznit.

samanthabarnum's avatar

For my birthday, and it was divine, I made a chai cake with a honey ginger cream cheese frosting. It was amazing.

Chocolate cake with chocolate icing and vanilla ice cream is always scrumptious too, though.

Allie's avatar

Strawberry cheesecake!
Or… lemon cake with lemon icing. (This is one of the few types of actual cake that I’ll eat.)

Zendo's avatar

Pineapple Upside Down cake.

Supacase's avatar

I love the traditional white cake with butter cream icing. I look forward to it at birthday parties and admit I am disappointed when someone does something more original.

When I was young, I asked my grandma for a confetti angel food cake with cherry icing drizzled on it several years in a row so I guess I was pretty fond of it. In fact, it does sound good now.

Now I usually ask my mom for her pineapple upside down cake. She uses a cast iron skillet to get the butter, sugar and pineapple going, the pours the cake batter on top of it and puts it in the oven to bake. Delicious.

AstroChuck's avatar

Rum cake is mighty nice too.

shipwrecks's avatar

@samanthabarnum do you have a recipe you could share? My boyfriend loves chai :)

samanthabarnum's avatar

@shipwrecks Here it is: makes an 8-inch triple layer cake

1 and ⅓ cups of milk
6 chai tea bags, without added sweetner, such as Tazo
4 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 and ¾ cups of cake flour
2 cups of sugar
4 and ½ teaspoons of baking powder
¾ teaspoons of ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ground cardamom
½ teaspoon of salt
8 ounces of unsalted butter at room temp.

Preheat the oven to 350 Degrees F. Grease the bottom and sides of the pans and line with parchment paper. Grease the paper as well.

In a small saucepan bring the milk to a simmer over low med-low heat. Add the tea bags, careful not to let the paper tag fall into the milk. Remove from heat and allow the tea to steep for 5 minutes. Remove the teabags and squeeze out the milk. Let the chai milk cool completely.

In a medium bowl mix the eggs, egg yolks, vanilla, and ⅓ cup of the chai milk. Whisk together.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and salt in the bowl of a mixer. Beat on low for 30 seconds. Add the butter and the remaining chai milk, on med-low speed.

Raise the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy. Add the egg mixture in three additions scraping the between additions. Divide the batter evenly among the pans.

Bake the cakes for 26–28 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes.Remove cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Cool completely.

Honey ginger cream cheese frosting:
2 and ½ cups of confectioners sugar
6 ounces of cream cheese at room temp.
6 tablespoons of unsalted butter at room temp.
½ cup of honey (any kind as long as liquid)
½ teaspoon of fresh grated ginger

Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse to blend together, then scrape the sides of the bowl and pulse until smooth.

Saturated_Brain's avatar

Top two for me are ice-cream cake and carrot cake.

Velkum sir

Allie's avatar

@AstroChuck I have a good story that involves a rum cake.

shipwrecks's avatar

@samanthabarnum Thank you soooo much. I wish I could give you more lurve!!! :)

Aethelwine's avatar

My oldest son always asks for strawberry cheesecake on his birthday.

I’m with @Allie, I love lemon cake. It really depends on my mood though. Sometimes I want chocolate, other times my parents have brought me coffee cake for my birthday.

Now I’m hungry! :)

marinelife's avatar

@Ame_Evil My sister only has cheescake for her birthday. It’s her favorite.

jca's avatar

Rum cake is excellent, and pineapple upside down cake is too. i wonder about rum cake with upside down pineapples and coconut – maybe would be like a good, tropical drink!!

littlewesternwoman's avatar

@Ame Evil – I once had a chocolate cheesecake for my birthday, and it was rather awesome (if you like the combination)

Wouldn’t turn down a Boston Cream Pie, a Lemon Meringue Pie – or a good, old-fashioned white cake with white butter cream frosting and a few butter cream roses for good measure…

jca's avatar

choc cake with whip cream is good – the whip cream cuts the sweetness.

Psychedelic_Zebra's avatar

As long as it isn’t this one, it’s okay by me.

StevenSmith's avatar

According to me that cake is best whose design as well as taste is just amazing and awesome. My favorite cake is combination of strawberry and vanilla cake. I love it because my sister had made it on my birthday.

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