One is never too old for birthday cake. And I mean real birthday cake — the thick, sugary kind with buttercream piping and colorful flowers made of frosting. On Wednesday I turn 34, and I fully intend to indulge my inner-child — who is already Googling cake images in anticipation of the big day. It was through this research that I uncovered the answer to a question I never asked: What do birthday cakes look like in other countries?
This is what I found:
The French prefer fruit tarts, adorned with whole nuts and served with chocolate and fresh whipped cream, to America’s sugary-sweet frosted treats.
The people of Chile often serve a custard-like cake filled with pineapple and whipped cream.
Meanwhile, Indians offer the birthday guy or gal “dudh pakh,” a dessert similar to rice pudding, blended with spices and topped with raisins and pistachios.
A common confection in China is the “longevity bun,” a peach-shaped dumpling filled with subtly sweet red bean paste.
Indonesia’s “nasi tumpeng” makes a real statement; the celebratory dish features an impressive tower of savory rice, vegetable cakes and meat.
Considering I’d try any one of those treats, maybe it’s time I redefine what “real birthday cake” means.
Happy birthday to me!