From low-sugar options to decadent cakes sure to make any sweet tooth swoon, here are some of FN Dish and Foodlets’ favorite ways to celebrate a child’s birthday in spring.
Rainbow Four-Layer Cake from Food Network Magazine (pictured above): Spring showers bring rainbows to mind and with one color per layer, this dessert makes cutting a cake even more fun. Kids can choose the colors they want, or you can make it a surprise.
Tie-Dyed Cupcakes: Sandra Lee brings a burst of color to this batch of bright and cheery cupcakes.
Billie’s Italian Cream Cake with Fresh Blueberries: When it comes to decadent dishes, Ree Drummond doesn’t mess around, and her four-layer cake studded with fresh blueberries is no exception. Any blueberry lover would be thrilled to blow out candles on top of this one.
Lower-Sugar Banana Cake Pops: Starting with homemade banana cake, these cake pops are still as scrumptious as can be, especially after they’re rolled in melted chocolate. We love them for two reasons: Bananas are always available in stores and the portion size is just right for even the youngest birthday girl or boy.
Low-Sugar “Dirt” Cups: Bursting with cheerful flowers on top, these terra cotta pots are filled with homemade pudding and from-scratch brownies. Because they’re low in sugar, these “dirt” cups are a great fit for toddler parties this season.
Banana-Coconut Layer Cake: Got a monkey-themed event coming up? This rich and tasty cake is perfect for any jungle-, tropical- or circus-themed party.
Black Forest Cupcakes: Oozing with pretty pink frosting, not to mention a cherry on top, Sandra Lee’s sweet treats will be a hit with any birthday girl this year.
No-Sugar Chocolate Cake: Another great idea for anyone celebrating a first or second birthday this spring, this chocolate layer cake is sweetened with 100 percent maple syrup and still delicious for grownups too.
Dinosaur-Themed Cake and Cupcakes: Want ideas for a birthday dinosaur dig? This one’s complete with a dinosaur cake, plus all the snacks little explorers could hope for.
Chocolate Cupcake “Sandwiches” with Easy Chocolate Mousse: Before the weather begs for ice cream cakes, try these chocolate mousse sandwich cupcakes. Full of rich, creamy chocolate, they’re just right for spring.
Charity Curley Mathews dreams of raising kids who eat (and enjoy) real food. A former VP at MarthaStewart.com, she’s a contributor to The Huffington Post and heads up Foodlets.com: Mini Foodies in the Making…Maybe. Together with her husband and three small children, she now cooks in North Carolina.