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
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 – Yep, it’s made out of actual jello!
Lemon Charlotte – Made with ladyfingers, this is basically a lemon tiramisu. Yum!
Layered Cookie Birthday Cake – That’s not cake…it’s big cookies!
Watermelon and Fruit in a Cake Shape – It looks like a cake but instead, it is healthy and delicious fruit.
Peanut Butter Popcorn Cake – This would be a HUGE hit at our house. We love popcorn in any shape or form. Yum!
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 – It’s like a giant ice cream sandwich with SPRINKLES! Yes, please!
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 – Brownies and ice cream come together deliciously.
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 – Yummy big cookie with frosting!
Chocolate Lasagna – Layers of chocolate pudding, chocolate cookies and cream.
Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats – All the fun and the sprinkles without the cake.
Cookie Dough Pops – Little blobs of cookie dough covered in chocolate. Delicious!
Easy Banana Pudding Bars – Easy peasy and perfect for a party.
Other DIY Birthday Cake Alternatives
How about an Ice Cream Sundae Bar? Check out this fun, dinosaur themed ice cream bar!
Vegan Dirt Cups – Easy, delicious and cute.
Peach Cobbler – A Southern favourite for any occasion.
Banana Pudding for a Crowd – Perfect if you are having a big party!
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 – Not an inexpensive option but macaron towers are gorgeous. Here is a great macaron tower tutorial if you want to make your own.
- Cannolis – Our favourites are from Sweet Capone’s in Lacombe, Alberta.
Whip up a selection of our The Best Ever No-Bake Mini Desserts!