12 Birthday Treats That Aren't a Frosted Cake
Don't like birthday cake with layers of frosting? No problem, try these non-cake celebration options. Explore these dozen recipes including fun choices like layered rainbow gelatin or a giant cookie. From seasonal flavors to international dessert delights, you can satisfy your sweet tooth and the milestone without a mile-high cake.
Seven Layer Gelatin Salad
The nostalgia of a gelatin mold dessert gets a modern update in this birthday cake alternative. With seven rainbow layers, this salad is a fun and festive way to set the birthday table.
Funfetti® Gooey Bars
Get a little gooey with these Funfetti bars. Made with a simple cake mix, treats put the celebration on the inside with melty white chocolate and rainbow sprinkles. Recipe creator Christina Salinas suggests eating these straight out of the pan. It's your birthday, go for it!
Funfetti® Cake Batter Rice Krispies® Treats
Bring a little birthday fun with these Funfetti Cake Batter Rice Krispies Treats. Cake batter candy bits add fun color while a bit of bourbon brings unexpected adult flavor to this familiar treat. Take a pan of these to work when a sliced cake isn't the best option, great for break room birthdays too.
Chef John's Lemon Bars
The perennial favorite lemon bar is a great birthday cake alternative that is less sweet. Chef's John describes his lemon bar recipe as "closer to a pie than a cookie."
Strawberry Cream Roll
This roll can be a lovely spring birthday option. From the sweet strawberries and cream to the light cake roll, this recipe creates a pretty roll for candles. Sing "Happy Birthday" and then easily slice it up.
Venetians bar cookies add international flair to birthday festivities. With their familiar green, pink, white, and chocolate layers, these bar cookies feature subtle almond and chocolate flavors combined with sweet apricot jam layers. While there may not be many leftovers of these yummy layered bars, they make great next day dessert treats.
Cream Filled Cupcakes
A chocolate cupcake filled with cream and decorated with more chocolate and sprinkles? Yes, please! Reminiscent of packaged chocolate cupcakes, these are a great option when a full cake is too big. Add cute cupcake wrappers and a candle and you're ready to party.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake
This recipe takes the best of cake (layered with a chocolate frosting) and a chocolate chip cookie to make a great birthday cake alternative. Serve warm with ice cream and a candle!
Peanut Candy Bar Cake
If you're nuts for nuts, this Peanut Candy Bar Cake is a great choice. Made with a combination of cake, Rice Krispies Treat, mini marshmallows, and salted peanuts, this bar cookie is a little bit candy bar and a lot birthday-party-worty.
Maple-Pumpkin Pie Bars
When everyone is craving their first pumpkin spice latte of the season, fall birthdays can celebrate with Maple Pumpkin Pie Bars. These creamy bars feature maple flavor, cake, whipped topping, and toasted pecans.
Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert
This creamy layered bar has a yummy timesaver: crescent rolls! With just the right amount of cinnamon and an almond crunch, add your lighted candle to this decadent dessert.
Best Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce
Sometimes a gooey, warm comfort food is what we crave on birthdays. This Best Bread Pudding has all the elements of a homey bread pudding: eggs, cinnamon, bread, and a warm sauce. This unconventional birthday dessert option may just become your new favorite!