12 Birthday Cakes for Every Quarantine Mood
Birthday parties may be canceled during quarantine, but birthday cakes can not, will not, shall not ever be canceled. And here are a few other quarantine birthday rules we feel everyone should be aware of: You get to stay the same age as you were in 2019, you can choose to celebrate your birthday any dang day you want to this year (maybe you have three birthdays this year — we'll allow it!), and calories do not exist on your birthday in 2020 — for reals. And most importantly, whatever your mood is on your birthday, you should embrace it...through your birthday cake. Read on to find the perfect birthday cake to match your mood(s) this year.
Mood: It's my dang birthday, gimme more
This recipe for Rainbow Pinata Cake is for all those who simply will not settle for a slice of mere birthday cake. No, you require edible confetti and prizes to spill from a multi-colored, multi-layered center. Nothing with less flair will do!
Mood: Extreme chocolate cravings
It's your birthday. In the middle of a freakin' pandemic. So you're gonna eat. The chocolate. Cake. And it's going to be extra chocolate-y. And you'll share if you feel like it. Happy day to you!
Mood: I can't remember stuff and I'm okay with that
This recipe for One-Two-Three-Four Cake is perfect if you can't actually remember how old your kid is turning. Or how many cocktails you've had since noon. One? Two? Three? Four??! Who can say. And also, who can blame you — "quarantine brain" is real, folks. Have some birthday cake.
Mood: Don't wanna think about anything but unicorns
Okay, unicorns and cake. But, that's it. We get it — you don't want to hear anything about anything else, and this recipe will oblige. This finished cake will serve up a circle of sweet unicorn faces staring back at you, so you can have your cake and live in a fantasy world, too.
Mood: I need a project
Need some kitchen therapy? This classic tiramisu recipe takes five hours — just what you need to make an afternoon of it and focus quarantine birthday blues into creating something delicious. Also, there's booze in it, so that's fun.
To take on this baking project, you're going to need a 9-inch springform pan (like this best-seller from Amazon) to hold the tiramisu and its signature border of ladyfinger cookies.
Mood: I'll never be done playing video games
That's okay — it's your birthday, after all! This Minecraft Cake recipe will bring the video game to the birthday cake for a delicious compromise.
Mood: Happy-happy, joy-joy
Even quarantine can't get you down — it's your gosh darn birthday and you're going to eat a rainbow cake! And maybe even do a little dance. (The dance is TBD and will mostly depend on how many slices of birthday cake you eat.)
Mood: Cake is just a vehicle for icing
If you're thinking frosting, frosting, and more frosting for your birthday, this is the recipe for you. I mean, yeah, throw some cake in there just for the heck of it, but we love the idea of a "cake optional" birthday treat.
There is no such thing as too much of a good thing on a quarantine birthday. You want ALL the good things: cake, funfetti, Champs — and you'll take it all wrapped up in cake form, please. Keep those slices of Champagne Funfetti Ice Cream Cake comin'.
Mood: Dark — extra-dark
Every once in a while you gotta really get into it, right? Cut yourself an extra big slice of this super-duper dark chocolate cake, and just go there — be one with the cake.
Mood: Bumming, but open to some dark humor
We have got you! This recipe is called Sad Cake, and while that's super on the nose, it's not even the thing we love the most about it. It gets it's "sadness" because of how it falls during baking, making it moist, chewy, and sweet — sounds like a cookie and a cake! Really not so sad after all, we think.
Mood: I believe in magic
Indulge in the power of chocolate and magical thinking. This Chocolate Magic Cake is sure to transport you to a sparkly place where you can make all your worries disappear.