This might be unconventional, but nearly every year someone in our house has this pumpkin cake for their birthday! It's an amazing cake: moist and spongey, spicy and sweet, with a creamy homemade frosting spread on top.
If you're starting with fresh pumpkins, this cake will take some time start-to-finish, but if you've already got some canned or frozen pumpkin puree, it's a snap to mix up this cake and frosting!
I made pumpkin cake last year for Ruth's birthday -- and then Moshe was born ON her birthday, so their first shared birthday and cake was pumpkin sheet cake! This year, I used my last pumpkin to again make them some pumpkin birthday cake. :)
Ruth's birthday gift was a cupcake decorating set! We visited some friends last fall who had this same toy, and all of our children loved it and played with it nearly the entire time we were visiting them.
So when in December, MoneySavingMom.com posted about some Melissa & Doug toys that were 50% off at Amazon.com and I saw the cupcake set was one of them, we bought it and saved it for Ruth's birthday. She was surprised and extremely excited! :) Nearly a week has passed and the cupcakes are still being used daily by the children. It's so cute to see Ruth presenting a cupcake to her doll and singing "Happy Birthday"! :)
Ruth wasn't the only recipient of a 50% off Melissa & Doug toy. ;) Moshe's gift was this shape sorting clock. While Moshe has played with it some, I think it will be most useful as an addition to our preschool "school" supplies. :)
We celebrated the birthdays with a family brunch at our house, ending with cake, songs, and candles! Ruth turned 3 and Moshe turned 1. :)