Although birthday cake is a classic choice for the big day, it’s not the only way to celebrate! Here are our favorite cake and non-cake birthday dessert ideas.

Whether it’s your birthday, a friend’s birthday or a half-birthday, nothing says celebration like a sweet treat! While cake is traditional (and we still can’t say no to birthday cake), we’ve also gathered up a few of our non-cake desserts – for those who are more cookie, donut or candy people.

Sprinkled with jimmies, drizzled with chocolate and coated with candy, these birthday desserts are great for a party of any size!

1. Edible Cookie Dough

This cookie dough is actually meant to be eaten straight from the bowl! Made using butter, brown sugar, milk and vanilla, this dough recipe omits the eggs so you can dive right in after you mix in the chocolate (if you can wait that long!).

2. Delicious Dessert Kabobs

Don’t have time to make a homemade dessert? No worries! With these delicious dessert kabobs, you can use store-bought treats to make tasty snacks that are fun to eat. Drizzle your kabobs with some melted Candy Melts candy and top them with sprinkles for the perfect finishing touch.

3. Rainbow Rice Cereal Treat Pops

The great thing about these pops is that they won’t melt! Made using a simple rice cereal treat recipe, these rainbow bars add a pop of color to your dessert table. You could also wrap them in treat bags and hand them out as party favors.

4. Jumbo Ice Cream Sandwich Cookies

Everyone knows cookies make the best ice cream sandwiches. With this jumbo cookie sandwich recipe, you can make your own ice cream treats that are sure to please party guests of all ages. Use your favorite store-bought vanilla ice cream or create your own fun flavor combinations!

5. Happy Birthday Fault Line Cake

If you don’t want to break from tradition, try giving your birthday cake a makeover! This birthday fault line cake features a rainbow of colorful icings and a sweet message you can actually eat!

6. Bright Neon Party Hat Cupcakes

These cupcakes are all dressed up for birthday fun! Topped with little party hats made from baking cups, these bite-sized treats are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face.

7. Watermelon Ice Cream Cones

Make sugar cones fun to eat with this watermelon ice cream cone project. Decorated using Color Mist food color spray, these cones are a fun and creative way to serve ice cream, sherbet or your favorite frozen treat.

8. Rice Cereal Treat Donuts

‘Do-nut’ feel guilty about diving into these donuts! While these rice cereal treat donuts aren’t quite the real deal, they’re a great substitute for birthday desserts or brunches. Top your treats with icing and your favorite assortment of sprinkles for a fun and colorful sweet!

9. Candy-Covered Apple Lollipops

Here’s a great one for the kids! These candy-covered apple lollipops are decorated with melted Candy Melts candy and topped with a variety of colorful sprinkles. Hand them out as dessert treats or make it a fun activity and let the kids decorate their own.

10. Festive Flamingo Cake

This cake is ready to flamingle! Decked out with a fun party hat, this festive flamingo cake is a great addition to any tropical or animal-themed party. Best of all, no shaped cake pan needed! You can make this one using a standard 9 x 13 in. cake pan.

11. Number 3 Birthday Cake

Celebrate your little one turning 3 with this cute number-shaped cake. Topped with a variety of rosettes, stars and drop flowers, this cake is an easy and fun way to personalize your birthday party. Use the Letters and Numbers cake pan to create a cake in the shape of any letter (A – Z) or any number (0 – 9).

12. Giant Happy Birthday Cookie Cake

More of a cookie person than a cake person? Then you’ll love this giant cookie cake. Pipe a happy birthday message on top, then add a fun boarder for birthday fun done in no time!

13. Easy Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Have your brownie (and your ice cream, too) all in one bite with this 3-layer ice cream cake. A tasty brownie recipe is topped with your favorite store-bought ice cream, then finished off with a layer of whipped cream for a tasty dessert that is great for summer (or any time of year!). Don’t forget the sprinkles!

14. Unicorn Candy Bark

Give party goers a little something magical to nibble on with this unicorn candy bark. Bright White Candy Melts candy is topped with a variety of gold and rainbow sprinkles to create a tasty treat that’s great for snacking or packaging and handing out as party favors.

15. Mini Confetti Angel Food Cakes

Celebrating a birthday earlier in the morning? These little confetti angel food cakes are great to serve after a birthday brunch. Top them with whipped cream and some fresh berries for a sweet treat that’s light and heavenly.

16. Chocolate Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches

If you’re gonna do it, do it right! Sandwich your favorite ice cream between two donut halves for a tasty birthday dessert that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Have fun mixing and matching ice cream flavors for a delicious birthday treat kids (and adults) will love.

17. Retro Donut Cones

What’s better than an ice cream cone? Why, a donut cone, of course! Tasty homemade donuts top these candy-dipped sugar cones. Customize these treats using your favorite colors of Candy Melts candy.

18. Rainbow Sprinkles Anti-Gravity Cake

Shock and amaze your friends with this anti-gravity cake. Using a few tricks and tools, you can make it look like your jar of sprinkles is literally floating in the air! This is one treat your friends and family will never forget!

Which of these birthday desserts are you wishing for this year? Let us know in the comments below, or share a picture of your birthday desserts and tag us on Instagram  @wiltoncakes so we can see them!

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18 Birthday Dessert Ideas

Although birthday cake is a classic choice for the big day, it’s not the only way to celebrate! Here are our favorite cake and non-cake birthday dessert ideas.
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