Birthday cake for somebody that hates birthday cake

(45 Posts)
utterlyashamedofmyself Sun 01-Sep-13 16:41:47

Its my Db's 18th birthday & I have been tasked with making him a surprise cake .
The only thing is he can't stand birthday cake shock

So im thinking a chocolate cake unless somebody can think of something else as im at a loss .

I'm ok at baking as long as the recipe is easy to follow .


Waswondering Sun 01-Sep-13 16:42:39

Ice cream cake?

WafflyVersatile Sun 01-Sep-13 16:44:22

Doesn't like cake or doesn't like cakes that say happy birthday and have loads of candles?

Or something else? What doesn't he like about birthday cake?

Waswondering Sun 01-Sep-13 16:44:56

For example,

motherinferior Sun 01-Sep-13 16:45:56

Chocolate biscuit cake?

merrymonsters Sun 01-Sep-13 16:47:18


minipie Sun 01-Sep-13 16:50:48

Almond based cake - there are some lovely orange and almond cakes for example.

AnyoneButLulu Sun 01-Sep-13 16:51:28


nocarsgo Sun 01-Sep-13 16:51:43

What do you mean, doesn't like birthday cake? If you mean sponge sandwiched with jam and covered with rolled icing, I don't like that either, it's pretty much the only type of cake I dislike!

But there are a thousand other cakes you can make that are much more delicious than that. I would rather have a nice loaf cake or tray bake or even brownies instead of a traditional birthday cake.

Merrylegs Sun 01-Sep-13 16:54:43

Doesn't. Like. Birthday. Cake.

Nope, sorry. I just don't understand.

How about a virtual cake?

(Actually, ds1, 18 also doesn't eat cake, but that's because he's a bit of a gym slave/healthy eating freak. So perhaps a fruity lemon drizzle or 'healthier' carrot cake?)

Groovee Sun 01-Sep-13 16:55:47

My friend's son doesn't like cake or anything like that Muffins etc.

But he loves cookies, so she gets him a giant cookie from Millie's cookies

motherinferior Sun 01-Sep-13 16:55:55

Actually I'm with Merrylegs. A person who does not like cake is not, well, normal.

utterlyashamedofmyself Sun 01-Sep-13 16:57:07

I presume its the whole Icing/jam/cream thing he doesn't like as I have known him to eat other cakes confused

I can't ask him as its a surprise

I do want it to be an actual cake though

Bluecarrot Sun 01-Sep-13 16:59:06

Rice Krispie "cake"?

Massive cookie?

Bluecarrot Sun 01-Sep-13 17:02:17


BlackMogul Sun 01-Sep-13 17:02:43

For DD's 21st I had a cake of cheese assembled. Cromwell Bishop, Tunworth and a few others arranged as a tiered cake with fresh grapes draped over it. Looked fabulous and the boys at the party loved it. You can find inspiration on the web if there is not an artisan cheese shop near you that can advise on suitable cheeses for each layer. This is a "cake" that lots of people can enjoy who may not want a standard baked cake. It helps if DB likes cheese though!

DeathByTray Sun 01-Sep-13 17:03:31

I don't like cake and have had vienetta or cheesecake with candles in for my birthday.

Iamcountingto3 Sun 01-Sep-13 17:03:46

Pile of choc brownies heaped up with candles in? Nigella recipe is my favourite...

Bluecarrot Sun 01-Sep-13 17:04:45

Could you do a layered cake with one layer regular cake and a "special layer" that's just for the birthday boy made from whatever alternative you chose? That way if its v non-traditional its still cake- like?

Or you know how they make those nappy cake things for baby showers? < shudder> what about a similar thing for your db but with more age appropriate stuff?

Iamcountingto3 Sun 01-Sep-13 17:04:53

Or baked Alaska?

DeathByTray Sun 01-Sep-13 17:05:00

Oh! I like pudding though - like apple crumble or pie. Would that be an option?

PeanutPatty Sun 01-Sep-13 17:08:18

A massive Brownie?

stealthsquiggle Sun 01-Sep-13 17:13:57

I have done cheesecake for a birthday, and mars bar krispie cake. I don't believe any bloke would say no to Mars bar krispie cake.

DeathByTray Sun 01-Sep-13 17:16:57

Make a dummy cake. Ice a cake box to look like a birthday cake but fill it with his favourite goodies.

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 17:19:07

Blondies are good, gooey and easy to make. Nigellas white chocolate and macadamia ones are good. But as with all Nigella recipes they need longer in the oven than she thinks!

Also, cheesecake is good and easy!

A masshooove pork pie wink

utterlyashamedofmyself Sun 01-Sep-13 17:39:51

Mmm Blondies I love them grin

Thanks for all the fantastic ideas cake

I've managed to find out he will eat chocolate cake so I think I'll make him one of them though with a twist iyswim

Last question I promise

Does anybody have a nice recipe for like a chilli chocolate cake or something along those lines

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 18:07:00

No,but I do have the best brownie recipe, ever! It's the Linda McCartney one she gave to Green and Blacks, and you could defo use chilli chocolate instead if regular.

Will look for the link if you want it?

solveproblem Sun 01-Sep-13 18:09:46

Savoury sandwich cake!

Damnautocorrect Sun 01-Sep-13 18:14:38

You can get three tiered 'cakes' that are cheese.

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Sun 01-Sep-13 18:19:11

I don't like birthday cake (sponge of any kind) so would appreciate the following:

1. Chocolate cake
2. Fruit cake
3. Cake of Cheese (like below but not so expensive!!)

DeathByTray Sun 01-Sep-13 18:20:51

I would love a cake of cheese but would resent sharing it grin

I don't like cake, so I always have candles in a large round of Camembert or Brie for my birthday!

WafflyVersatile Sun 01-Sep-13 19:23:40

guiness cake.

iamaredsmartie Sun 01-Sep-13 19:26:52

i went to a wedding recently where the wedding cake wasn't a cake at all, but made up of tiers of truckles of different cheeses. Real cheese, draped with leaves and flowers. Very pretty.

Later in the evening lots of crackers were brought out and it was all munched up.

unlucky83 Sun 01-Sep-13 19:41:10

Chocolate truffle cake ...thin layer of chocolate sponge/crunchy biscuit base and chocolate do white chocolate ganache too and make it a marbled effect ...
Can decorate with white chocolate ...
Should use spoon for eating though [blush - I have eaten with fingers!) and in theory need a smaller size as really rich...hmm I would need a normal birthday size though...grin
(mouth watering at thought)
Needs keeping in fridge though - not good for hiding?

somewheresomehow Sun 01-Sep-13 20:02:16

how about a cookie cake one huge cookie with candles

DoItTooJulia Sun 01-Sep-13 20:30:59

Oh and the coke cakes are good too. There are loads of recipes online, but I have always used Nigella. Again cook for longer than she suggests!

heidihole Sun 01-Sep-13 20:41:19

cheesecake! yum!

I would stick a candle in something he does like (scotch egg, pork pie or similar for my DH!), you could still make the cake for those guests who do like cake of course!

LadyMilfordHaven Sun 01-Sep-13 20:48:29


LadyMilfordHaven Sun 01-Sep-13 20:48:46

OR Choc brownies

or an ice cream sandwich

utterlyashamedofmyself Sun 01-Sep-13 23:24:48

I only started baking recently so not able to do anything to wow iyswim blush

Definitely has to be a cake though as he hasn't had a cake since he was 4 sad

Anywho thanks for all the amazing suggestions my mouth is watering now as they all sound so good

I will have a look at some of the ideas suggested on here tomorrow

thanks wine cake brew

JonesH Tue 17-Sep-13 16:35:20

i went to a birthday party recently where the girl had profiterole tower, it just had a sugar icing plaque at the front saying happy birthday and was drizzled with choc sauce.

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