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Fun Birthday Cake Alternatives for Your Next Party

Blowing the candles out on a birthday cake is an iconic part of birthday parties. But, what if you don’t LIKE cake? Or what if you’re just tired of cake? Well, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to have a cake if you don’t want to! Here are some fun and delicious birthday cake alternatives to consider for your next party.

Fun Birthday Cake Alternatives

And no, we’re not talking about cupcakes. Though we have lots of those if you like that idea. Maybe Creeper cupcakes or Pokeball cupcakes or just plain chocolate cupcakes.

Looks Like a Cake but Isn’t

The shape LOOKS like a cake but you won’t find any cake here. How cool is that!

strawberry jello cake Birthday Cake Alternatives

Strawberry Jello Cake – Yep, it’s made out of actual jello!

Lemon charlotte Birthday Cake Alternatives

Lemon Charlotte – Made with ladyfingers, this is basically a lemon tiramisu. Yum!

layered cookie birthday cake Birthday Cake Alternatives

Layered Cookie Birthday Cake – That’s not cake…it’s big cookies!

watermelon cake that can be a Birthday Cake Alternatives

Watermelon and Fruit in a Cake Shape – It looks like a cake but instead, it is healthy and delicious fruit.

popcorn cake Birthday Cake Alternatives

Peanut Butter Popcorn Cake – This would be a HUGE hit at our house. We love popcorn in any shape or form. Yum!

jello shot cake Birthday Cake Alternatives

Rainbow Jello Shot Cake – An adults-only option (though you could totally make it without alcohol if you like). I love that it is a rainbow!

Ice Cream Cakes

ice cream sandwich cake Birthday Cake Alternatives

Ice Cream Sandwich Cake – It’s like a giant ice cream sandwich with SPRINKLES! Yes, please!

s'mores ice cream cake Birthday Cake Alternatives

S’mores Ice Cream Cake – Ice cream cakes are Evan’s favourite. Who knew you can easily make one at home.

brownie ice cream cake

Brownie Ice Cream Cake – Brownies and ice cream come together deliciously.

oreo ice cream cake

Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Cake – Oreos, cookies and cream ice cream and chocolate ice cream…oh my!

Kit Kat Ice Cream Cake – Candy bars and ice cream? I’m IN!

Cookies and Squares

frosted big cookie cake, a great birthday cake alternative

Frosted Big Cookie Cake – Yummy big cookie with frosting!

chocolate lasagna

Chocolate Lasagna – Layers of chocolate pudding, chocolate cookies and cream.

cake batter rice krispies treats

Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats – All the fun and the sprinkles without the cake.

cookie dough pops

Cookie Dough Pops – Little blobs of cookie dough covered in chocolate. Delicious!

banana pudding squares

Easy Banana Pudding Bars – Easy peasy and perfect for a party.

Other DIY Birthday Cake Alternatives

dino themed sundae bar

How about an Ice Cream Sundae Bar? Check out this fun, dinosaur themed ice cream bar!

vegan dirt cups

Vegan Dirt Cups – Easy, delicious and cute.

peach cobbler-6-1

Peach Cobbler – A Southern favourite for any occasion.

Southern Banana Pudding for a crowd

Banana Pudding for a Crowd – Perfect if you are having a big party!

chocolate fondue
chocolate fondue with fruits

Chocolate Fondue – Easy peasy and delicious!

Store Bought Alternatives

  • Frozen cream puffs from Costco – You get a ton and they are delicious frozen or thawed. Why yes, we do have these in our freezer every day.
  • Donuts – Everyone loves donuts and you can find them at every price point.
macaron tower as a birthday cake alternative
  • Macaron tower – Not an inexpensive option but macaron towers are gorgeous. Here is a great macaron tower tutorial if you want to make your own.
Sweet Capones Cannoli
  • Cannolis – Our favourites are from Sweet Capone’s in Lacombe, Alberta.
A collage of no-bake mini desserts that make for the best sweets to serve at your next dinner party

Whip up a selection of our The Best Ever No-Bake Mini Desserts!

25 Birthday Cake Alternatives
25 Birthday Cake Alternatives

Angie Agerter

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

My gosh, so many different ways for Birthday "cake". I'll have a watermelon one, please. Yum yum! I could eat watermelon every day if someone would cut it for me lol

Merry Kuchle

Wednesday 22nd of May 2019

Me too!