Birthdays

The Argument for (or Against!) Banning Cupcakes in Schools — Birthday of the Month

I'll never forget the day in second grade when my mom showed up with two giant sheet pans of homemade cinnamon rolls. It was my birthday, and this was her surprise to me — a special treat to share with the whole class. I was genuinely surprised. And also a smidge disappointed that she hadn't shown up with trays of store-bought cupcakes sporting thick swirls of frosting and plastic toppers that said, "YOU'RE RAD!" like the cool kids had brought in on their birthdays. (In addition to my reading and spelling skills in second grade, I was also proficient at ingratitude.)

Needless to say, everybody went gaga over the cinnamon rolls and, thankfully, my class showed all of the appreciation for my mother's efforts that I lacked.

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How I Make My Kids’ School Day Birthdays Feel Extra Special — Birthday of the Month

Celebrating kid birthdays is a pure joy because kids have very few expectations. Once I asked my daughter what she wanted for her birthday party and she said, "balloons, cake, and my friends" — how simple is that?

When your kiddo's birthday falls on a school day, though, celebrating them on the actual day can get tricky. For starters, they are going to spend most of their day away from you in a classroom and then after school you'll still need to stick to your pick-up, dinner, and bedtime routines. No time for special trips to the aquarium or the zoo! Luckily, I've discovered that kids need very little to feel special — here are the five things we do to celebrate every birthday in our house, even on school days.

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Recipe: Easy Rainbow Icebox Cake — Recipes from The Kitchn

I think we can all agree that the rainbow trend reached peak unicorn when Starbucks made a drink based on the popularity of multi-hued foods, but you try explaining this to my 5-year-old.

Looking for a rainy-day baking project, I had a lightbulb recipe moment: We could make a rainbow cake without turning on the oven and using just four ingredients with a classic back-of-the box recipe. And so on this rainy day, a rainbow icebox cake was born.

All the flavors you know and love from icebox cake — soft, chocolatey wafers and cool, lightly sweetened whipped cream — are made more magical with a little food coloring and sprinkles. Here's how to be a rainbow cake hero using just four ingredients.

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I Tried 6 Different Ice Cream Cakes, and Here’s What I Thought — Taste Test

When was the last time you had an ice cream cake? Usually limited to birthdays or other special celebrations, most of us typically only get to enjoy ice cream cake on rare occasions. But as summer ramps up and ice cream cravings inevitably kick in, why not trade in your average cup or cone for a slice of ice cream cake?

I tried cakes from six major ice cream retailers to deliver the scoop on the best ones. Can you guess which one takes the cake?

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How To Make Strawberry Roses — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Strawberry roses are a fun garnish for spring cakes, class cupcakes, or even a bridal shower vase. This knife trick might seem frivolous at first glance, but you'll be glad you mastered it once strawberries hit high season. Here's everything you need to know about making strawberry roses at home with a paring knife.

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7 Cool Treats That Are Better than Birthday Cakes — Birthdays

It's hard to beat a traditional birthday cake. Unless it's an ice cream cake. Or really anything with ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt — especially when you're celebrating a birthday in the summer. If someone you love happens to be turning another year older in the next couple of months, consider making them one of these cool treats.

Yes, it's hard to put candles in some of these, but remember — you'll probably be outside, and sparklers exist for a reason!

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