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Top 5 Alternative Birthday Cakes to Try in Houston

Every September I am reminded of the fact that a disproportionate number of my friends and family are Virgos. I guess like attracts like, since I am also born under this star sign and almost (one day apart) share a birthday with my husband. In any event, this month is pleasantly riddled with celebrations, and in pursuit of more creative cakes, I've done research into some alternatives. Here are five non-standard birthday cakes to try in Houston:

5. Ice Cream Cake (Amy's Ice Creams). It's unclear why ice cream cakes seem to fade in popularity after one's tenth birthday since most adults, as far as I can tell, still enjoy ice cream. If you're concerned about bland bargain-basement creams, duh, don't buy those generic versions available in your grocery freezer. Amy's Ice Creams offers a range of theme cakes that combine their homemade ice creams (including seasonal flavors) with an assorting of soft and crunchy toppings (e.g., Oreo, peanut butter cup and vanilla cookie).

4. Pumpecapple Pie Cake (Three Brothers Bakery). Though originally designed as a hybrid dessert for the holidays, the pumpecapple pie cake (if they haven't trademarked that amazing portmanteau, they really need to) offers a multitude of autumnal flavors that are perfect for September-December birthday boys and girls. Just one thing: These birthday babies must be hungry because the pumpecapple pie cake (as its name implies) comprises pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice cake, pecan pie, chocolate cake, apple pie, a whole lotta cream cheese frosting, and caramel sauce. Whew.

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Joanna O'Leary