Home & Garden Home What Is the Flavor of Birthday Cake? By Robin Shreeves Writer Cairn University Rowan University Wine School of Philadelphia Robin Shreeves is a freelance writer who focuses on sustainability, wine, travel, food, parenting, and spirituality. our editorial process Robin Shreeves Updated November 15, 2020 Photo by Shutterstock. Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home & Garden Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating I pay attention to food trends because I write about food, but they don’t affect my food choices. Some trends are unsurprising, like the bacon fanaticism of the past few years. Some are incredibly surprising, like the growing trend in the U.S. to eat guinea pig. Today I read that birthday cake is the biggest trend in food flavoring at the moment, and I’m confused. What is the flavor of birthday cake? The taste is popping up in yogurt, popcorn, candy, iced tea, and a soon-to-be released M&M; flavor. There’s even a birthday cake flavored vodka. (Can we stop adulterating vodka, please?) But who decided what the flavor of birthday cake is so that it can be added to all of these non-cake items? The taste of bacon? It’s pretty clear what that is, but birthday cake? My birthday cakes growing up were always chocolate – Dunkin Hines Devil’s Food to be exact. My kids’ cakes are chocolate, too, but I make them from scratch. Two of my best friends from my childhood who had birthdays just days apart always had Italian Rum Cake as their birthday cake when we would celebrate. I did a quick survey on Facebook and asked my friends what the flavor of birthday cake is for them. Here are some of the responses. Wide Variety of Birthday Cakes Strawberry shortcakeMint chocolate chip ice cream cake,Chocolate on chocolate with "puddin in the mix"ChocolateYellow cake with vanilla icingAngel food cake, with fruit & real whipped cream on the sideChocolate cake with chocolate icingChocolate cake with butter cream icingYellow cake with whipped cream icingIce Cream Cake... Carvel of courseYellow cake with chocolate icingCherry chip cake with cherry icingChocolate/chocolateDevils food with chocolate frosting Vanilla Cake Flavor What I see here is a vanilla-flavored cake trend, not a birthday-cake flavored trend. The flavor of birthday cake, I think, is whatever your favorite birthday cake is, not what someone says it is. Now that I have you thinking about who gets to be the final authority on what birthday cake tastes like, I’ll leave you with two other burning questions. What is the difference between icing and frosting? Is there a difference? Are those hard crunchy things sprinkles, jimmies or funfetti?