6 Quirky Alternatives to Traditional Birthday Cake

Birthdays bring families and friends together to eat good food and celebrate a special day. It marks a significant part of life which warrants a major celebration.

To prevent your birthday celebrations from becoming dull because you serve the same things every year, you can try to mix up some of its elements — particularly, the birthday cake.

As the centerpiece of the festivities, the birthday cake can set the mood for an awesome party. From gourmet desserts and pastries to actual fruit and cheese, you can surprise your guests with quirky cake alternatives that offer the same level of grandeur and a special twist.

1.   Cupcake Cones

Are they cupcakes, or ice cream in cones? Leave your guests wondering about the true nature of these special birthday desserts until they take a bite out of it. Presented with an array of filling and frosting combinations, these cupcake cone cakes will surely become a crowd favorite.

To make these delicious treats, arrange waffle or sugar cones in a cupcake tray and put a scoop of frosting at the bottom. Tap it down to make room for another layer — this time, add cake and pat it down as well. Alternate between the two, adjusting the layer size according to the measurements of the inside of the cone until you fill it up.

Finally, add dome-shaped frosting to mimic an ice cream scoop on the topmost layer of the cupcake. Then, sprinkle it with colorful candies to make it look party-ready.

2.   Multi-Layered Cookie Cake

Cookies are widely considered as comfort food. Take advantage of this fact by serving your birthday party guests a multi-layered giant cookie cake. It looks like a traditional birthday cake, except it isn’t one.

To make a cookie cake, you need at least three different cookie batters. Layer them like you would a traditional birthday cake and don’t forget to add chocolate chips for every single one to complete its natural cookie appeal. Leave it bare and add just a little bit of whipped cream and sprinkles on top, plus some vanilla buttercream in between the layers, and you’re good to go.

3.   Donut Pyramid Cake

If you aren’t much of a cake person and are short on time in preparing a birthday cake, then donuts are definitely a good alternative for you. And it doesn’t matter whether they’re store-bought or homemade.

Simply stack a dozen or two of these sweet fried desserts into a pyramid and add some birthday party embellishments. Make your creativity work when arranging this unique birthday cake alternative. You’ll definitely leave your guests in awe with very little effort and minimal out-of-pocket cost.

4.   Real-Fruit Fruit Cake

When people say fruit cake, the first thing that comes to mind is the traditional baked loaf filled with dried berries and fruits served during Christmas mornings. However, this variation of fruit cake emphasizes the “fruit” by making use of the actual thing.

Composed mainly of watermelon, this fruit cake is covered with whipped cream to achieve that “cake-ish” look. Finish it off by adding berries or grapes on top for a little extra panache.

5.   Actual-Cheese Cheesecake

Straight out from the page of the recipe book of the maker of the real-fruit fruit cake is the actual-cheese cheesecake. As the name suggests, it is made from layers of different kinds of cheese wheels, topped with grapes and some cake accessories to boot.

6.   Crepe Cake

The crepe is probably one of the most versatile of the snacks-slash-desserts ever invented. In fact, it can also serve as a great cake alternative, especially if you have tons of it.

To prepare a crepe cake, you need to fry and flip at least one dozen of this thin pancake variant. Adjust the number depending on their thickness to make sure that you get enough volume for your crepe cake. Then, choose a filling that you will be spreading in between the crepes and top it off with whipped cream or chocolate ganache.

Quick tip: Chocolate goes well with orange slices.

Party On!

Since cakes are traditionally the centerpiece of birthday parties, changing it up with these unique alternatives can definitely make the event a day to remember. Make sure to plan a party your guests will never forget by adding some themed party decorations and these quirky birthday cakes.


Jad Asaad is the Marketing Manager at Horeca Trade LLC with more than eight years of experience in digital, online and offline marketing. He started his career in Beirut working in a creative agency and then moved to Dubai to further expand his career. He created and implemented award-winning high-impact digital and offline marketing campaigns that consistently generated revenue streams and improved performance in targeted segments.

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