Ideas for a Light Yet Festive Birthday Cake?

Ideas for a Light Yet Festive Birthday Cake?

Faith Durand
Dec 5, 2011

Q: Besides angel food cake, what are other ideas for a good holiday birthday cake? My daughter turns 1 this Christmas, and as a holiday baby myself, I'm determined that she have a special first birthday cake. But I'd like to make her a less sweet, if not healthy, cake that everyone else will enjoy, too. (Everyone else=people who love chocolate cake with white frosting.)

Sent by Jena

Editor: Jena, I am a big fan of this lemon olive oil cake:

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

It is refreshing and not as heavy as a butter-based cake, and to me it feels very festive — especially if you topped it with some sugared cranberries.

Readers, what else would you suggest?

Related: Recipe: Cuatro Leches Cake - A Birthday Story about Loosening My Grip

(Image: Faith Durand)

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