Birthday Cakes Not Made out of Cake

Of course you can whip up a chocolate layer cake with some killer buttercream frosting and deck it out with sprinkles, but wouldn't you love to wow the birthday girl or boy with a really creative birthday cake that has no cake in it at all? 

OK, so I'm thinking a bit outside the box here, but stay with me. Think along the lines of brownies, Rice Krispies and even birthday cake flavored shots. There are so many other ways to enjoy a birthday cake! 

Scroll through the gallery and check out these awesome birthday cake recipes that have zero cake in them. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!


  • A cake on a stick is the ultimate birthday treat, but the cool thing about these little guys are that they are mini brownie dipped in chocolate. Munchkin Munchies had the bright idea of then decorating the outside of the brownie with royal icing to make it look like a cake. 

  • A pie made of Oreo cookies? I'm so there. What's even better about this little slice of birthday heaven is that it is made with Golden Birthday Cake Oreo cookies. Wine and Glue mixed up this insanely sweet birthday cake pie or all of us who would prefer our cake in pie form.

  • Who wouldn't love to celebrate their birthday with a bite of these mini birthday cake cookies? Made with a hint of vanilla and lots of colorful sprinkles, these birthday cake cookie sandwiches are stuffed with a sweet buttercream filling so you won't miss out on any of that birthday frosting!

  • Whoever said you couldn't turn waffles into a birthday cake lied to you. Buns in my Oven has a serious handle on how to make a funfetti waffle cake. Drizzle some chocolate syrup and add a scoop of ice cream or too for a true birthday cake in waffle form. 

    Check out the Celebrations version made with Funfetti Glaze!

  • An ice cream cake might not seem so out-of-the-box, but this recipe from Family Spice really speaks to the candy lover deep down inside me. Keep the ice cream held together with a row of Kit Kat bars that surround your layers of ice cream and top it all off with a mix of your favorite types of candy.

  • This recipe does call for some dry cake mix, but there is absolutely no baking involved. Sweet Anna's made her own version of a birthday cake, but in rice krispie treat form. Simply make your krispies as you normally would with the addition of a little cake mix. Then just pop it in a cake pan and wait for it to set.

    Check out our gluten free recipe here!

  • Yes technically these are just stacked pancakes, but whisked together with yellow cake mix, Dinners, Dishes and Desserts takes a birthday breakfast to a whole new level.

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