We all know that a birthday party wouldn’t be the same without a fabulous and delicious birthday cake. But what if your little one doesn’t like cake as much as other desserts, or maybe you just want to try something new and think of different birthday dessert ideas other than cake. There are so many choices when it comes to birthday treats that are just as easy to make and sweet to eat as the typical store-purchased or homemade cake. Take a look at what you should cook up and serve to please your birthday boy or girl, their friends, and your guests!

Donut Cake Tower

Maybe you’re looking for birthday dessert ideas for kids that don’t take a lot of time or effort to make because of a busy schedule. One alternative is to make a cake tower of donuts. There are a number of local donut shops you can run into or cater in that will have tons of flavors at a fair price. Then grab the tiered centerpiece, put the donuts on, and voila! You’ve got yourself a delicious donut tower.

The tower also makes a perfect photo-op to share on social media or your scrapbook. The tower brings a modern twist to the traditional cake and will be the most “Instagram worthy” piece at the celebration.


You may not think of cannolis when you think of birthdays, but they make a festive party dessert. These crunchy and creamy sweets are fun to make and fun to introduce to your guests, as many won’t expect them. You can also add your own twist to the standard cannoli by adding chocolate coating and sprinkles. Best of all, it’s a fairly easy DIY project. Find out how to make a birthday cannoli with this recipe!

Rice Krispies

One of the easiest desserts you and your family can make is a rice krispie treat. Not only are they gooey and delicious, but they’re made with basic ingredients that you may already have around your home. If you’re not sure the simple squares suit your party theme, consider making shapes out of the treats. The marshmallow “glue” helps you to easily turn your dessert into funny animal characters or even letters to spell out the name of your kiddo, a perfect way to customize the dessert, just like you would on a birthday cake.
Rice Krispie treats at BounceU party

Cookie Cake

Not everybody is a fan of the traditional cake, so why don’t you give them a cookie cake? Giant cookies are often the delight of a crowd. If you want just one big cookie, go ahead and pick the most popular flavor that most people love, such as sugar or chocolate chips. If you want a little more variety, bake special flavors but as a smaller portion, so that your guests can pick which cookie they’d like to take.

You can also make a cookie cake part of your birthday party activities by allowing each child to select their favorite kind and then have them decorate their cookie as they like!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

These cupcakes are not average cupcakes. Instead of sticky fingers, cupcake wrappers, and melting ice cream all over your kitchen, why don’t you take the best of both worlds and bring them together? With ice cream cone cupcakes, you’ll get a cupcake and an ice cream cone without a mess. The kids will be able to keep the cupcake without having the icing on their hands and enjoy the delicious cone. To see how these cones come together, check out this guide.

Breakfast for Dessert

Breakfast is not just for the morning, so why not make some dessert pancakes. While pancakes can be easy to mix, they can take a lot of time and effort when cooking, depending on how many pancakes you have to make. Make sure you consider the number of guests coming to the celebration, the age of the kids, your budget and more for this birthday dessert.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches offer a wide range of variations and flavors, making it perfect for a birthday party full of different taste buds. These can be messy, so it may be wise to only do this treat if your kiddo is turning five or older. You don’t want melted ice cream all over the house! Another advantage? They are simple to make. You can go out and buy some of your favorite ice cream flavors and cookies and have your guests create their own sandwich.

Brownie Cake

Brownies are a dessert staple, and they can even be decorated like a birthday cake! Similar to rice krispie dishes or cookies, you can bake brownies in various shapes to suit your party theme. You can find a variety of recipes on the Internet or you can buy brownie mixes at your local grocery store.

Table S’mores

If you’re looking for a fun thing to do with your guests, the s’mores table is a fantastic idea. Once again, be sure to remember the age of your guests with this one, as little ones may not be so careful with flames. You can find a small heater and skewers to roast marshmallows and then set out all the treats you want the kids to try. You may do traditional s’mores or add some frosting and sprinkles to the mix to add a birthday twist.

Cake pops at BounceU birthday party
Cake Pop

Similar to ice cream cone cupcakes, cake pops can be an easy-to-eat and easy-to-clean birthday treat. There are molds that you can purchase to help you make your own, or you can go to a bakery to discuss the various flavors and toppings that you can order. Either way, homemade or in-store, cake pops are a crowd-pleaser.

Finding birthday party dessert ideas can be difficult, but with these top 10 picks, you’ll be sure to have sweet treats that will not only taste amazing but also look great. Visit https://www.bounceu.com for more party ideas and family fun.

"10 Birthday Desserts That Are Not Cake" was last updated October 19th, 2020 by

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