Birthday-Flavored Desserts That Aren't Your Basic Cake

As a person who adores all things dessert, there's really no sweet that I would ever turn down. Alas, that doesn't mean all desserts are created equal.

There is a definite ranking system between pies, brownies, cookies and cakes of all kinds. One thing I won'ever turn down, however, is anything "birthday" flavored.

The quintessential birthday cake features lots of rainbow sprinkles on a white or vanilla base, along with a hefty amount of buttercream frosting. It's nostalgic and Instagrammable. Yet some people are a little "meh" on the whole cake thing, calling cake too dry or basic to be worth filling up on post-dinner.

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Yet just because your friends want to pass on the whole "cake" part of birthday cake doesn't mean you can't enjoy the delicious flavor. Behold, these birthday cake-flavored treats you can make without ever whipping out a springform pan.

Cake Batter Blondies

This recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction is part brownie, part birthday cake. It tastes like cake because it'made from cake—the base is a box of yellow or vanilla cake mix—but if the spongey texture of birthday cake isn't your thing, you'll love the dense, fudgy quality of these bars. Go wild with chocolate chips and sprinkles!

Sally's Baking Addiction: Cake Batter Blondies

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Birthday Popcorn

If you love sweet popcorn like kettle corn, you'll love this easy recipe that's as pretty as it is delicious.

Microwave a bag of popcorn, then lay it out flat on a pan with parchment paper. Microwave a cup of white chocolate chips in 10-second intervals, mixing in between each. Once the white chocolate is smooth, pour over the popcorn in lines. Before the white chocolate cools, throw rainbow sprinkles over the chocolate. Let cool, then put the popcorn into a bowl. Garnish with more sprinkles and chocolate chips, and voila—even better than Puppy Chow!


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B'Day Truffles

If you've ever been to Milk Bar, you likely live for their cake truffles…and the B'Day Cake Truffles may be their best. They're slightly crispy on the outside, but soft and dense on the inside. While there are a ton of similar recipes on the internet, the official B'Day Truffle recipe on Milk Bar's website simply cannot be beat. Yes, there are a few steps, but it'oh-so worth it. (Pro tip: Make extra "birthday sand" for ice cream sundaes.)

Milk Bar: B'Day Truffles

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Birthday Cake Cookies

What's not to love about cookies? They're delicious, portable and can be a treat or a daytime snack. This birthday cake cookie recipe from Betty Crocker is perfect for when you have an extra box of mix laying around, but no one's big day to celebrate with an entire cake. One way to get creative? Sandwich vanilla ice cream in between two cookies and roll in sprinkles for an ice cream cake inspired dessert.

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Want to make more desserts? Click HERE to read about things you can make with your leftover Halloween candy.