Q: My boyfriend's birthday is quickly approaching and I'm stumped on cake or dessert celebratory birthday recipes. He isn't much of one for sweets but I'd still like to bake some sort of dessert to accompany his birthday dinner. Any suggestions for a baked good that isn't overly sweet yet also appropriate for a birthday party?
Sent by Helena
Editor: Helena, what if you actually look away from the baking realm altogether? What if you made him a big, pretty Jell-O mold out of fruit juice, thickened with plain gelatin? When turned out of the mold it looks like an elaborate cake, like the peach mold pictured above. And since it's just fruit and juice, it's not terribly sweet or rich at all. Here's a recipe for one that uses Jello, but you could adapt to use fruit juice and gelatin.
• Peaches & Cream Jello (with Schnapps)
Another thing to consider is a really nice wheel of cheese.
Readers, what else would you recommend?
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(Image: Victoria Belanger of the Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn)