Shark Fruit Salad - Birthday Cake Alternative Perhaps?

11 April 2012

I've never been a big lover of birthday cake and as we become more and more health conscious, more and more parents are starting to look around for, and offer, alternatives to the traditional birthday cake.

How about a lovely fruit salad? It sounds great to me, but I can guarantee my almost six-year-old son would be LESS than impressed.  UNLESS it was something like this Shark Fruit Salad - which looks properly awesome and, dare I say it, is so cool that kids at a party may even choose it instead of cake!

Okay, so maybe not - but I do think making fruit fun like this will help you if you're having trouble convincing your little one of its healthy merits.  Kids couldn't care less, below a certain age, about healthy - but they love 'COOL!'

I found this on Pintrest - there aren't any instructions, just the picture, but I don't think you're going to need a degree in brain surgery to figure out how to do it; a few practice runs might be required though.

And, you know, you don't even have to have use this as a birthday cake alternative - you could just do this for kicks one day over a weekend or during the school holidays; fruit carving is no longer just for Halloween!

If you have a bash at this, or come up with any other clever ideas, send in some photos - we'd love to see them.

4 comments

  • LynleyOram
    Fabulous shark! Would make a fabulous centrepiece at a party. But replacement/alternative for a birthday cake? Why on earth do we have to make it healthy on their birthday? It is birthday cake fcol! If you want to make them 'healthy' cake, then make it yourself, using fresh, organic ingredients and you can be sure it is free of junk. Nothing wrong at all with sugar and butter when you're a kid on your birthday.
  • sugarsucks
    Fabulous shark! Would make a fabulous centrepiece at a party. But replacement/alternative for a birthday cake? Why on earth do we have to make it healthy on their birthday? It is birthday cake fcol! If you want to make them 'healthy' cake, then make it yourself, using fresh, organic ingredients and you can be sure it is free of junk. Nothing wrong at all with sugar and butter when you're a kid on your birthday.
    actually theres ALOT wrong with sugar and butter. please do some research before you start saying things are fine! this cake is healthy and has NATURAL FRUIT sugar in it, not processed crap that destroys your childs mind!
  • LynleyOram
    hmmm I think that cake on your birthday once a year isn't exactly going to rot anyone's mind, but each to their own.
  • TamsinOxford
    Sugar and butter are not necessarily "processed crap". Sugar is healthier than sweetener and in moderation is, actually, fine. Same goes for real butter. That too is fine. Thing is, how far do you stretch your definition of processed? Butter is hardly processed, but there is a process to make it. There is no research that says sugar and butter will destroy your child's mind. Sorry.A cake on their birthday is hardly the dark path to sugar addiction and madness.

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