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What is your most popular homemade birthday dessert?

I have a B'day coming up and although it sounds a little weird, I need some help in deciding what to make for a birthday dessert. Nothing in my usual list of goodies sounds particularly exciting.

What is your go to homemade birthday dessert that always gets raves? There is one condition: Please no desserts made with cake mix! Thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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  1. I had my birthday last week....and it's been a birthday orgy for the last two weeks. Between friends and family I've enjoyed:

    A coconut cake
    A cherry clafouti
    Mixed berry pocket pies
    A peach and blackberry pie
    Peach sorbet with blackberry sauce
    a rhubarb upside down cake
    a rhubarb fool(both these rhubarb items were actually served at one dinner, the hostess was ambitious)
    root beer cake(this was actually at a restaurant and not homemade, still interesting)

    They were all delicious but I've spent a lot of time in the gym trying to work all that off! LOL

    They also all held up a candle well, even the pocket pie. :)

    1. Is this for you or are you making for someone else?

      Recently I made a basic jelly roll, filled it with lemon curd, dusted with powdered sugar, served with blueberry sauce on the side. It was for a lemon/blueberry fanatic, and she totally got it.

      Would you consider something frozen? In warm weather, an unusual ice cream bombe might be fun. Personally, I would serve a selection of ice cream sandwiches without hesitation.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I love a very tart key lime pie or key lime cheesecake.

          My favorite dessert is a dense and spicy bread pudding with a bourbon sauce.

        2. Chocolate cake with cocoa powder and hot water, from a long-ago recipe on the back of a hersey's cocoa tin.

          Made in an angel food tube pan, dusted with powdered sugar in lieu of icing, and served with chocolate or vanilla ice cream.

          1. It varies depending on the crowd but two that are always hits are tres leches cake (served with fresh berries in the summer) and the Elvis cake. With the Elvis cake, I use cream cheese in the pb frosting.

            http://www.foodaphilia.com/2007/07/el...