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10 Cute, Creative Birthday Cake Alternatives

Instead of blowing out the candles on a traditional birthday cake this year, why not celebrate with these deliciously fun (and unexpected) desserts!

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Courtesy Heather Sheire

Cupcake Cone Cake

These sweet treats from Living the Pie Life are an impressive crowd pleaser.

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Courtesy Living Better Together

Sprinkle Pudding Cookies

Craving the sweet flavor of vanilla cake? Make a batch of these birthday pudding cookies by Living Better Together. Go heavy on the sprinkles!

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Oreo Cheesecake Bars

You can’t really go wrong by putting “oreo” and “cheesecake” into the same recipe. Here, Delicious by Dre transforms these dessert staples into a fantastic birthday cake alternative.

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Courtesy Carrie Sellman for

Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake

The only thing better than a cake made from giant chocolate chip cookies? Smooth buttercream between each of the 12 layers, as done here by The Cake Blog. You’re going to need a cold glass of milk to wash this one down.

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Courtesy 1 Fine Cookie

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Attention Cinnabon fans! For a birthday indulgence, layer these cinnamon buns with cream cheese frosting like 1 Fine Cookie does here.

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Funfetti Donuts

It may be hard to believe, but these are made with some healthy ingredients. Kate from i heart eating includes ingredients like Greek yogurt and low-fat milk to cut some calories.

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Courtesy Take a Mega Bite

Crepe Cake

You may not be able to wait until your next birthday to make Take a Megabite’s incredible crepe cake. Feeling creative? Add a layer for each year older you are.

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Courtesy Sallys Baking Addiction

Sugar Cookie Cake

Sally’s Baking Addiction shows how to transform a simple sugar cookie recipe into a delicious, colorful cake.

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Courtesy The Sweets Life

Cake Truffles

These small treats pack a powerful punch. Here, The Sweets Life takes you through the simple steps.

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Courtesy Cookies & Cups

Whoopie Pies

Cookies & Cups takes the word “fun” to a whole new level with these tempting whoopie pies. Whether for a kid’s party or a gathering of friends, these small pies are sure to please.

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