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Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas For Grown-ups!

Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas For Grown-ups!

Who said fun and creative birthday cakes were only for kids? As adults, we should embrace our inner child when it comes to celebrations and this is especially true on birthdays! If you’re looking for amazing birthday cake ideas for grown-ups, either for yourself or someone else you’re celebrating with, then look no further than these 10 great options below. There’s a little something for everyone here looking to celebrate their birthday with flair and pizazz. Not into baking? See if a local bakery can replicate one of these for you by taking them a photo and bringing them the recipe.

Grab the candles and try one of these amazing birthday cake ideas for grown-ups this year!

1. Frosted Funfetti Later Cake

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    love & olive oil

    How fun does this look? Honestly, it just oozes birthday goodness, and we all know funfetti cake is the best flavor of them all! Try this no-fail recipe from love & olive oil.

    2. Chocolate Oreo Cake

    Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

      Life, Love and Sugar

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      For the no-fuss chocolate lover, Oreo-flavored cake always wins. Oreo cakes are also a great option for large crowds because not many people prefer anything over chocolate (or Oreos for that matter!). Try this light and fluffy Chocolate Oreo Cake by Life, Love and Sugar for a classic chocolate cake mixed with the goodness of a creamy Oreo filling.

      3. Ferrero Rocher Cake

      Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

        Let the Baking Begin!

        If you’re a fan of the classic candy that blends milk chocolate and hazelnuts together, then this cake is a perfect option. It also uses minimal ingredients and is simple to put together. Check out the recipe from Let the Baking Begin, and if you need even more motivation to try this one out, let’s just say that it involves Nutella!

        4. S’mores Cake

        Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

          Liv for Cake

          Have a marshmallow fan you’re baking for? This S’mores Cake by Liv for Cake is definitely one of the most amazing birthday cake ideas for grown-ups you’ll find. It involves graham cracker crumbs, buttermilk, real sugar, and yes, marshmallows too! Because if you’re going to celebrate a birthday, why not celebrate with a little something extra special?

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          5. Chocolate Cake With Raspberry Buttercream

          Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

            Baking a Moment

            You could technically make this with yellow cake just like you could chocolate cake, but raspberries and chocolate truly are an amazing combo. Birthday cakes tend to be pretty straightforward in terms of flavor, so recipes like this one from Baking a Moment are great options to try when you’re looking for something extra special. The sweet and tangy flavor from the raspberries blended with the dense, deep flavors that chocolate yields combine into one perfectly balanced cake that’s not too sweet but just sweet enough. Plus, the decorations on this cake are lovely and easy enough for anyone try their hand at creating!

            6. Ice Cream Sundae Cake

            Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

              Sugar Hero!

              This cake is for the child in all of us as it combines two foods most of us learned to love early on in life: ice cream sundaes and cake. Plus, just look at that filling! Who wouldn’t want to welcome another year in with that sweet goodness? Try out the simple recipe from Sugar Hero!

              7. Naked Birthday Cake

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              Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

                What’s Gaby Cooking

                Don’t let the name fool you, this Naked Birthday Cake recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking might be free from thick layers of frosting, but it’s anything but bare in flavor. It includes traditional cake ingredients like sugar, eggs, and cake flour, along with a special (and non-intimidating) frosting technique. The best part is the decorations, which involve unique items like sparklers and flowers instead of traditional candles. You’ll want to reserve this cake for the birthday honoree who likes to do things a little differently, but who still wants to have their cake and eat it too!

                8. Fresh Strawberry Cake

                Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

                  Yellow Bliss Road

                  Not everyone wants a traditional yellow or chocolate cake with buttercream frosting. This when creamy, whipped cakes like this Fresh Strawberry Cake by Yellow Bliss Road come to the rescue. Adults of all kinds will love this recipe and it’s easy enough so that anyone can make it at home. Besides, it’s really hard to beat the combination of juicy strawberries with fresh whipped cream, right?

                  9. Mint Chocolate Chip Cake

                  Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

                    Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

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                    Okay, I won’t lie. As a mint chocolate chip lover, this cake recipe by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen has to be my top pick of all these amazing birthday cake ideas for grown-ups. It involves Dutch-processed cocoa which has a richer flavor than regular cocoa and the frosting is a bit like buttercream with a twist. Give it a try if you know someone who loves mint chocolate ice cream — they’ll love it!

                    10. Raw Strawberry Lime Macadamia Cheesecake (Vegan and Paleo-friendly)

                    Party Rock! 10 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas for Grown-Ups

                      Unconventional Baker

                      For those that have allergies, food sensitivities, or who prefer something healthier (like myself) on their birthday, this recipe is a win-win. It doesn’t lack aesthetics or real food ingredients, and it packs a wonderfully unique flavor that anyone would love to enjoy on their birthday. The benefits of this cake are that it’s just sweet enough to qualify as cake, and it’s also free of dairy, gluten, eggs, refined sugar, peanuts, and grains — so it’s great for large crowds where dietary needs might come into play. If you have a Paleo, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, grain-free, or raw food advocate you know, give this cake recipe from Unconventional Baker a try. It can also be made vegan by using maple syrup instead of honey.

                      Okay, now it’s time to head in the kitchen or round up your favorite bakers to make one of these amazing birthday cake ideas for grown-ups. For more party recipes, check out these mouthwatering cupcake recipes that will brighten your day. Happy baking!

                      Featured photo credit: What’s Gaby Cooking via whatsgabycooking.com

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                      Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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