Celebrating a 50th Birthday can be hard. If you’re buying a birthday present for a young person, then there’s no shortage of options. They don’t have the resources to buy the things that they really want themselves, and you can buy something extraordinary without bankrupting yourself.
But this isn’t so much the case if you’re buying for a parent or grandparent. In this case, it’s better to show your appreciation by putting together something bespoke and handmade. A homemade birthday cake, into which you’ve put time and attention, is something sure to be appreciated.
If you happen to know what their favorite kind of cake is, then you might have a go at making it yourself. Ideally, it’ll be something that they don’t bake themselves too often – that way, your effort isn’t going to compare unfavorably.
Gin and Tonic Cake
This is a little bit on the exotic side, but it’s a perfect solution for someone with a penchant for quality G&T. You can use a high-quality London Dry gin, and keep the rest of the bottle to enjoy alongside it (or to save it for later).
Not only is this a fragrant and tasty way to celebrate a birthday, but it’s also something that might benefit your health. Lavender can have relaxing properties, and it’s often used as a folk treatment for depression, insomnia and anxiety.
Condensed Milk Custard Cake
You’ll find condensed milk in a lot of south-asian desserts. You might therefore find it, tinned, in the World Foods aisle of your local supermarket. Super-sweet and thick, it makes for a great custard.
Golden Syrup Slab Cake
This was a favourite in school canteens for decades before it was retired on account of its effect on children’s teeth and waistlines. Serve it up to someone of a certain age, and it’s likely to provoke a lot of nostalgia – especially if you get the recipe right. You can find more old-school recipes online.
If you’re looking for something a little fruiter, then the classic apricot cake is a sure-fire winner. Pick up dried apricots – you can use them in savoury dishes, and snack on them, too.
Peach Cheesecake and Syrup
Peach isn’t an ingredient that’s commonly incorporated into a cheesecake. As such, when it is, you can be sure that it’ll be a memorable occasion! Pair it with some peach syrup for best results.
Celebrating a 50th Birthday doesn’t have to be difficult, and these sweets will go a long way to showing your love.