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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!

Courtesy Heather Sheire

Cupcake Cone Cake

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

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!


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Courtesy The Sweets Life

Cake Truffles

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

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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