We all know a birthday party wouldn’t be the same without a fabulous and tasty birthday cake. But what if your little one doesn’t love 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 options when it comes to birthday treats that are just as easy to make and yummy to eat as the traditional store-bought or homemade cake. Let’s take a look at what you can whip up and serve to please your birthday boy or girl, their friends, and your guests!

Rice Krispie Treats

One of the easiest desserts you and the family can make are rice krispie treats. Not only are they gooey and delicious, but they are made with simple ingredients you may already have around your house. If you aren’t sure plain squares fit your party theme, try to make the treats into shapes. The marshmallow glue allows you to easily shape your dessert into fun animal characters or even letters to spell out your kiddo’s name, a great way to personalize the dessert just as you would on a birthday cake.

Rice Krispie Treats at Pump It Up Party
Cookie Cake

Not all people are a fan of a traditional cake, so why not give them a cookie cake? Giant cookies are always a crowd-pleaser that is fun and unique. If you want just one big cookie, go ahead and choose a more popular flavor that most people will enjoy, like sugar or chocolate chip. If you want some more variety, bake special flavors but as a smaller “cake” so that your guests can pick and choose which cookie they would like to eat.

You can also make the cookie cake a part of your birthday party activities by having each child pick their favorite flavor and then having them decorate their cookie however they please!

Donut Tower

Maybe you are looking for birthday party dessert ideas for kids that aren’t going to take a lot of time or effort to make, due to a busy schedule. One solution is to create a donut cake tower. There are plenty of local donut shops you can run into or order delivery from that will have dozens of flavors at a reasonable price. Then grab a tiered centerpiece, place the donuts, and voila! You have yourself a delicious donut tower.

Not only will this please your guests, but the tower makes for a great photo-op to share on social media or your scrapbook. The tower adds a modern twist on a traditional cake and will be the most “Instagram worthy” piece of your party.

Birthday Cannoli

You may not think of cannolis when you think of birthdays, but they make for a festive party dessert. These crunchy and creamy sweets are fun to make and fun to present to your guests, as many won’t expect them as your dessert. You can even add your own twist on the traditional cannoli by adding chocolate coating and sprinkles. The best is they are a fairly simple DIY project. Find out how to make a birthday cannoli with this recipe!

Ice cream cone cake
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

These cupcakes are no average cupcakes. Instead of having sticky fingers, cupcake wrappers, and melting ice cream all over your home, why not take the best of both worlds and put them together! With ice cream cone cupcakes you get the cupcake and ice cream cone without the mess. This way the children will easily be able to hold the cupcake without getting icing all over their hands. Follow this guide to put these cones together.


Breakfast isn’t only for the morning, so why not make some pancakes for dessert. Although pancakes can be simple to mix up, they can take up a lot of time and effort while baking, depending on the number of pancakes you have to make. For the birthday dessert, make sure you consider the number of guests coming to the party, the children’s age, your budget, and more.

Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice cream sandwiches offer a wide variety of combinations and flavors, making it great for a birthday party full of different taste buds. These can be messy so it may be best to consider if your kiddo is turning five or older. That way you don’t have melted ice cream all over the house! Another perk? Easy to make. Just go out and buy some of your favorite ice cream flavors and cookies and have the guests put their dessert together.


Brownies are always a crowd pleaser and can still be decorated like a birthday cake! Similar to rice krispie treats or cookies, you can bake brownies into different shapes to fit your party theme. Several recipes can be found on the internet or you can buy mixes at any local grocery store.

S’mores Table

If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your child’s guests, a s’mores table is a great idea. Once again, make sure to consider the age of your guests with this one as little ones may not be so careful with fire. You can find a small heater and skewers to roast marshmallows with and then lay out all the goodies you want for the kids to try. You can do traditional s’mores or add some frosting and sprinkles to the mix, to add a birthday twist.
Cake Pops at Pump It Up Party

Cake Pops

Similar to the ice cream cone cupcakes, cake pops can be an easy to eat and easy to clean-up birthday dessert. There are molds you can buy to help you make your own or you can go to a bakeshop to discuss different flavors and toppings you can order. Either way, homemade or store-bought, cake pops are a fan favorite.

Finding birthday party dessert ideas can be tough, but with these top 10 options, you will be sure to have sweet treats that will not only taste great but look great too. For more party ideas and family fun, visit https://www.pumpitupparty.com/

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

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