What’s with all the birthday cake bashing?
So apparently, like the smash cakes I talked about in a recent post, birthday fruit platters are a ‘thing’. Sometimes I’m grateful I miss these trends while I’m busy in the Anges bubble making cakes for days… Because seriously, you couldn’t make this stuff up.
I think fruit and cake make a brilliant partnership- the raspberries in our Berry Peanut Buttercup Cake or the banana in our Banoffee Milkshake Cupcakes are perfect examples- but surely taking the cake bit out of it leaves you with… normal boring fruit?!
On her 38th birthday, Victoria Beckham tweeted a pic of a birthday fruit platter- complete with fancy writing in chocolate around the plate a la restaurant dessert- and the tabloids went crazy for it. I mean this was seriously newsworthy stuff as you can imagine, so it’s not surprising that articles popped up all over the place pondering her choice of birthday dessert.
Some nosey parker at the same restaurant as VB even told US Weekly: "All I saw her eat was arugula- not even any salad dressing!"
You’re not fooling me with those tiers of watermelon | Pic via Pepperscraps
And it seems that a plate of chopped up fruit is becoming a bit of a food trend amongst refined sugar phobics and the strange breed of individuals who don’t actually like cake. (I know, they should wear a badge or something so we know not to sit next to them.)
Naturally with most trends, the interwebs picks it up and runs off with it. Which is probably how fruit ‘cakes’ came into existence. These stacks of fruit are carefully carved and put together to look just like a birthday cake- complete with birthday candles.
Pretty! Still not a cake though | Pic via Weelicious
Fans of this fruit/cake mashup say it’s the perfect alternative to sugary cake at a kid’s birthday party. And, according to Apartment Therapy: “would they really notice if this large fruit rainbow was there instead?”
Mummy, where’s my birthday cake? | Pic via Momstown
Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand how hard it is to celebrate occasions when you have food intolerances or a restrictive diet. And trying to control how much your sugar your kids consume is an uphill struggle. But can we remember the joyful, sweet sentiment of the birthday cake for a moment?
It’s just once a year that you get to have a cake made specially for you. You can have your favourite flavours, your favourite colours, whatever you want. If fruit is your thang, then by all means have a bucket load of the stuff. But if you’re craving a super special slice of birthday cake, then go for it!
What fresh hell is this? Raw vegetables are NOT birthday cake material! | Pic via The Running Nutritionist
Birthday cake is not inherently evil. Eating cake every day won’t do wonders for your beach bod or the enamel on your teeth, but you know that. In an age of information overload and healthy gurus nibbling their activated buckwheat groats on Instagram, don’t we all just need to learn the art of balance in our lives? Passing up cake on your birthday purely because you’re trying to be ‘good’ is just madness.
But then, I’m just a mad cake lady so what do I know?
Allow me to tempt you with one of our delicious birthday cakes... and if all this talk of fruit has got you craving a proper fruity tasting cake, we’ve crammed a load of lemons into our Triple Decker Lemon Sunshine Cake- check it out!