There’s an age-old question that has been ruining relationships of all sorts for hundreds of years: cake or pie? Both desserts are beautifully sweet, have limitless options for variants and customization, and have their rabid fans. And while we’re not here to tell you which dessert ultimately reigns supreme, we will question one thing: Why is the default birthday party dessert cake?
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This particular annual custom was started by the German “Kinderfeste” and has developed into the sugary, fluffy, icing-topped dessert tradition we have today. But we’re not ones to be held to tradition, and we believe that an incredible, unique pie can beat a boring ol’ chocolate cake with frosting any day.
For those who just don’t like cake or prefer other desserts, know that you don’t have to suffer every birthday. You can have a beautiful pie instead. In honor of this versatile dessert, we rounded up 11 of our favorite pie recipes to make the argument that you can celebrate your birthday however you desire, even if it is with a pie.