Birthdays

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

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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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Recipe: Towering Strawberry Shortcake — Stylish Layer Cakes from Tessa Huff

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Strawberry shortcake is the ambassador of summer, showing off juicy berries like jewels. It's usually a humble dessert built on a biscuit, but here we turn it into a towering showstopper of cake, whipped cream, and fresh strawberries. Yet it brings drama without fuss; this is layer cake the easy way.

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Recipe: Very Berry 4th of July Cupcakes — Recipes from The Kitchn

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Ever since I started baking in my awkward tween years, I declared that every Fourth of July barbecue my family hosted needed a red, white, and blue dessert in order to be at its most festive. I scoured cookbooks and the internet to churn out things like flag cakes, berry pies, star-shaped fruit tarts, and layered fruit salads. Years later, I haven't strayed from my declaration. This is my contribution this year.

These cupcakes are as celebratory as ever: Red raspberries, white cake and buttercream, and blueberries ensure the color scheme is taken care of. Seeing as we are in the heart of berry season, the fruit lends the cupcakes the sweet juiciness that only feels right this time of year. Plus, the spike of lemon in the buttercream gives the baked treats an extra zip for good measure.

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