FROM BIRTHDAY CAKES TO CUPCAKES TO COOKIES, THESE DESSERTS ARE SURE TO WOW YOUR GUESTS
What’s your go-to when it comes time to buy a birthday party centerpiece? Do you head to the supermarket and pick up a Happy Birthday sheet cake? Perhaps there’s a local bakery that makes birthday cakes or cupcakes that are especially good.
But at a certain point, doesn’t a run-of-the-mill birthday cake start to sound a little boring, especially if you’re celebrating someone who’s really special to you? Well you’re in luck! You can find some truly stunning, one-of-a-kind birthday cakes. We’ve also got plenty of birthday dessert ideas other than cake and even healthy alternatives to birthday cake, and they’re all shipping straight from America’s best bakeries straight to your loved one’s birthday party!
Jaw-Dropping Birthday Cakes
The Classic: Duff Goldman’s Birthday Cake
If you’ve spent any time watching Food Network over the past decade, then you know Duff Goldman and his legendary cakes! This cake starts with a four-layer golden butter vanilla cake with purple buttercream filling. It’s iced in white buttercream frosting and decorated with purple buttercream dots and black jimmies, and “Happy Birthday” is printed on the top in sugar paper!
A Spark of Color: Over The Rainbow Cakes’ Golden Butter Rainbow Cake
Somewhere over the rainbow… are the most delicious & decadent, out-of-this-world Rainbow Cakes! This Rainbow Cake starts with four layers of moist, tender golden butter cake, with a rainbow of beautiful swirls of buttercream frosting in-between each. This sky-high cake is then coated with vanilla frosting and finished with hundreds of — what else? — rainbow sprinkles!
For Funfetti Lovers: Eli’s Cheesecake Company’s Confetti Cheesecake
After debuting his cheesecake at the Taste of Chicago in 1980, Eli M. Schulman’s cheesecake was quickly declared Chicago’s best. Each Eli’s cheesecake is slow baked in small batches with the finest local ingredients and then topped with hand-decorated designs.
This Confetti Cheesecake has a layer each of housemade yellow confetti cake and birthday cake confetti cheesecake, and it’s topped with hand-piped vanilla mousse and more sprinkles.
For Chocolate Lovers: We Take the Cake’s Chocolate Birthday Cake
The team at We Take the Cake takes pride in mixing the batters and frosting from scratch, using whole milk, fresh eggs and real butter, never a cake mix or commercially made frostings.
This Chocolate Layer Cake is made for chocoholics—dense and rich chocolate buttermilk cake filled and frosted with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Finished with a drizzle of rich chocolate ganache.
Inspired by a Childhood Favorite: Carousel Cakes’ Strawberry Crunch Parfait Cake
Carousel Cakes has been featured by Oprah on her “O” List and by Barbara Walters and friends on “The View.”
This cake has a luscious layer of strawberry cake between two layers of vanilla cake, is frosted and filled with homemade strawberry whipped cream, and surrounded with old-fashioned vanilla and strawberry crunchies.
The Perfect Ice Cream Cake: Jars By Dani’s Cake Batter Ice Cream Cake
Introducing Jars by Dani’s newest creation – ice cream cakes! This cake batter ice cream cake includes layers of Funfetti cake, vanilla ice cream, rainbow sprinkles, cake batter, sugar cookie crumble, and whipped cream.
Birthday Dessert Ideas Other Than Cake
An Italian Classic: Ferrara Bakery’s Tiramisu Birthday Pack
With secret recipes that span three centuries, this fifth generation family-owned bakery continues to handcraft Italian desserts from the same location in NYC’s Little Italy since 1892.
To make this cake-shaped tiramisu, layers of handmade ladyfingers are doused with espresso coffee and coffee liqueur and smothered with a blend of the best mascarpone cheese, fresh cream, and whole eggs. The dessert is then topped with a generous dusting of bittersweet cocoa.
A Taste of Brazil: Kouklet Brazilian Bakehouse’s Birthday Cake Roll
At Kouklet, Brazilian-born pastry chef Mardhory Cepeda has perfected the fine art of the Bolo de Rolo, a sweet cake roll native to the northeastern Brazilian state of Pernambuco. This vanilla birthday cake roll is made with super-thin layers of funfetti butter cake and filled with creamy vanilla brigadeiro frosting.
A St. Louis Icon: Blue Owl Bakery’s Gooey Butter Cake
A true regional classic, this golden buttery yellow cake is Missouri’s absolute must-have dessert, and Blue Owl’s Gooey Butter Cake is one of the finest around. This sweet and dense flat cake is baked until golden brown, features a rich, gooey sweet cream cheese filling, and is topped with powdered sugar.
The Best of Both Worlds: Baked in Color’s Funfetti Cookie Cake
In 2016, Julie Waxman turned her passion for baking rainbow-colored cookies into Baked in Color, a boutique bakery in New York City. To make this Funfetti Cookie Cake, rainbow-colored sprinkles are baked into pink cookie dough, and of course, it’s topped with more sprinkles.Add a few candles for an all-star birthday cake.
Read More: The Best Cookies for Sweet Gifts
Ideal for Breakfast and Dessert: Nene’s Treats’ Birthday Crumb Cake
Marie Felice, better known to the world as Nene (a nickname given to her by her grandson), started baking as a little girl with her mom in the 1930s. She developed her secret crumb cake recipe in her home state of New Jersey over 50 years ago, and it has withstood the test of time. This Birthday Crumb Cake is filled and topped with all-natural sprinkles, and topped with a drizzle of white chocolate.
A Totally Unique Treat: Shortbread Society’s Birthday Buttercream Shortbread
Founded by Chef “Scottish Francis” Legge (who starred on season 5 of “Masterchef”) and his wife Christine, Shortbread Society is creating shortbread like you’ve never seen before. Starting with Legge’s Granny Pearl’s treasured Scottish shortbread recipe. This “Birthday Baby” buttercream shortbread loads up a thick layer of that shortbread with buttercream, and tops it with classic pink almond buttercream.
What is a Healthy Alternative to a Birthday Cake?
Healthy(ish): Erin McKenna’s Vegan & Gluten-Free Birthday Cake
Since opening in New York’s Lower East Side in 2005, Erin McKenna’s Bakery has established itself as one of America‘s top destinations for drool-worthy vegan and gluten-free baked goods. This Vegan & Gluten-Free Birthday Cake is stuffed with sprinkles that will practically explode with excitement when you cut into it. Choose from Vanilla or Brownie Chocolate!
Organic & Delicious: Sweet Laurel Bakery’s Paleo Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake
Using only organic, grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free ingredients, Sweet Laurel’s Paleo and gluten-free sweets are indulgent, yet healthful. Rich, decadent, and wholesome, their Chocolate Caramel Cake is drizzled with vegan caramel and layered with dark almond fudge frosting.
The Original: Forty Carrots at Bloomingdale’s Frozen Yogurt
Bloomingdale’s opened Forty Carrots in 1975 to appeal to its NYC flagship’s fashion-conscious customers. In 1978 they unveiled a new dessert that had yet to catch on in New York: frozen yogurt. It was an instant hit, and it remains the restaurant’s top-selling item to this day. It’s made with Grade A nonfat milk, contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, is gluten free, and contains roughly 23 calories per ounce.
An Elegant Option: Cheeseboarder’s Birthday Bundle Cheese & Charcuterie Board
CheeseBoarder founders Aaron & Julie Menitoff have more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, and over those years they’ve built relationships with cheesemongers and charcutiers from around the world. They source the highest-quality ingredients from these artisan small-batch producers, and artfully present them in a tapestry of colors on a reusable wooden board.
The Birthday Bundle features 15 pre-cut and arranged cheeses, meats, dried fruits, nuts, chocolates and olives, crackers, and birthday candles.
Fresh & Seasonal: Frog Hollow Farm’s Organic Mixed Fruit & Cheese Box
Farmer Al Courchesne has been growing organic farm-to-table fruit and making baked goods at the 280-acre Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood, California, since 1976. The Organic Mixed Fruit & Cheese Box is brimming with a hand-picked selection of the farm’s seasonal fruits along with creamy artisan Carmody cheese and the award-winning Original Blue from Point Reyes Farmstead.
A Literal Cheesecake: Cypress Grove’s Celebration Cheese “Cake”
Now THIS is what we call a cheesecake! Since its founding in 1983, Cypress Grove has gone on to become one of the most famous and award-winning cheese producers in America.
This is a trio of two of their most iconic cheeses. Humboldt Fog (a soft-ripened goat cheese with a distinctive ribbon of vegetable ash) and Truffle Termor (bloomy-rind goat cheese infused with truffle) – ready to be stacked up like a birthday cake.
Delicious Birthday Treat Ideas
Say it with Donuts: Angel Food Bakery’s Happy Birthday Donuts
Founded by Katy Gerdes in 2012, Angel Food Bakery produces comically decadent sweets including their famous Happy Birthday Donuts. They fry up these yeast-raised donuts fresh each morning and top them in an assortment of their most popular flavors:
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Fruity Pebbles
- Vanilla sprinkles
- Orange blossom
- Raspberry chocolate chip
A Twist on Jewish Classics: Jake Cohen’s Birthday Cake Babka and Black & Whites
Social media star Jake Cohen is one of the food world’s brightest stars, and he’s renowned for putting a modern, fun spin on classic Jewish foods. Case in point: this combo pack of Birthday Cake Babka and rainbow sprinkle-topped Black & White Cookies!
Read More: Jake Cohen’s “Jew-ish” Baked Goods
The Perfect Cupcake: Georgetown Cupcake’s Happy Birthday Cupcakes
At Washington, DC’s Georgetown Cupcake, sisters Katherine Kallinis Berman and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne are baking up classic cupcakes using only the finest ingredients. This pack contains Chocolate, Vanilla, Milk Chocolate, and Double Milk Chocolate cupcakes, each topped with a yellow “Happy Birthday” fondant circle.
Crisp & Gooey: Cravory Cookies’ Birthday Cake Cookies
Cravory Cookies are made with the finest available ingredients and have a uniquely crisp exterior and indulgently gooey interior. Funfetti is just the beginning for this perfect sugar cookie, mixed with loads of sprinkles and white chocolate chips.
An Edible Activity: Smoreology’s Birthday S’Mores Kit
S’moreology was launched in 2018 as a pop-up dessert stand in LA. S’moreology takes the tried-and-true s’more formula and gussies it up, making both the cookies and marshmallows by hand, from scratch, using only the highest quality ingredients.
This Birthday S’more Kit includes enough delicious goodness to make 6 s’mores, kicked up with Nutella and rainbow sprinkles – It’s the perfect birthday party activity!
Better Than Homemade: Treat House’s Happy Birthday Rice Krispie Treats
Treat House puts a new spin on bite-sized Rice Krispie Treats! This pack of Happy Birthday Rice Krispie treats contains one dozen Birthday Cake flavored treats—half with white chocolate candles and half with celebratory “Happy Birthday” fondant plaques.
Shake it Up: New Territories’ “It’s Your Birthday” Milkshake Kit
Get a little messy with this wild Happy Birthday Milkshake Kit! This kit includes:
- Birthday cake-flavored ice cream
- Rainbow sprinkles
- Chocolate chips
- Sweet breadsticks
- Caramel sauce
- “Happy Birthday” plaques
- Two Mason jars!