Admit it: if you have to eat one more boring piece of cake at yet another kid party you (and your kid) will run screaming from the festivities. Luckily, your birthday kiddo’s party won’t have to be that event. It’s time to move beyond the traditional cake to birthday desserts that are fun, different, and will be the envy of all the other partygoers in town. Here’s the low-down of what SoCal has to offer for the latest alternative kids birthday desserts.

Meringue Bake Shop
Okay, so this birthday dessert does involve cake. But the secret is how the cake is displayed. This North Orange County-based cupcake caterer is famous for its PushCakes, the cake you eat on the go! The PushCake features three layers of cake, buttercream and other goodies in a convenient on-the-go container. PushCakes make great birthday cake treats (not cutting or remembering a knife, mom!) or goodie bag prizes. Standard flavors include: Orange crush, salted caramel, lemon, birthday cake, oreo, raspberry, coconut, red velvet, chocolate, banaberry, and vanilla squared. PushCakes are $39 per dozen. For orders over two dozen, the price includes customized labels.

Meringue Bake Shop
714-310-7281
Online: meringuebakeshop.com

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The Scoop on Cookies
While it’s true ice cream is traditionally served with birthday cake, how about mixing it up by serving it with birthday cookies? Located in Huntington Beach, The Scoop on Cookies offers customers the opportunity to create custom ice cream sandwiches from ten cookie flavors and 16 premium ice cream varieties. In addition, the store offers vintage candy to go along with the ice cream treats, including 15 flavors of salt water taffy, 20 types of stick candy, and hard-to-find sodas. These classic ice cream sandwiches are the perfect birthday party treat that combine two of kids’ favorite things: ice cream and cookies!

The Scoop on Cookies
126 Main Street, Suite 102
Huntington Beach, Ca
714-960-0400
Online: thescooponcookies.com

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Sensational Treats
This San Diego treat company specializes in interactive desserts that will bring personality to your little one’s birthday party, and leave kids and parents in awe! Guests can forget the cake and feast at the Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Station, which doubles as a science experiment-gone-delicious. Kids get to not only enjoy ice cream treats, but they also see how the treats are made with liquid nitrogen. A perfect compliment to a Mad Science party! Sensational Treats also offers a Cotton Candy Station with funky flavors such as organic chai and chocolate. Plus the organic options are made with organic sugar and no artificial sweetener. If that’s not enough, there’s also the brand-new Whoopie Pie Station with several cookie varieties and fillings. These fun treats will turn your kid’s party into one that cake won’t be missed!

Sensational Treats
858-776-4999
Online: sensationaltreats.com

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Isabella’s Cookie Company
This Redondo Beach cookie company offers heavenly, all-natural cookies that are perfect for birthday parties. Baked with real butter and no preservatives, these cookies will satisfy every kid and adult partygoer. The cookies are baked with real butter and wholesome ingredients and made in a variety of flavors. In fact, the cookies are often made from fresh seasonal ingredients. The Shortcake Cookie is made with fresh strawberries during peak season, along with creamy white chocolate chips, dried strawberries and chocolate-covered strawberries combined to create this unique cookie. During summer, cookie lovers can enjoy the Maui Wowie Cookie, which is a delicious blend of macadamia nuts, pineapple, coconut and chunks of white chocolate. Whatever your taste buds require, Isabella’s Cookie Company can customize cookies to your and birthday party specification!

Isabella’s Cookie Company
612 Meyer Lane, Suite 7
Redondo Beach, Ca
877-318-1920
Online: isabellascookies.com

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Will you be trading in your birthday cake for some of these sweet options? 

–Leah R. Singer

Images courtesy of Meringue Bake Shop facebook page, The Scoop on Cookies facebook page, Sensational Treats facebook page, and Isabella’s Cookie Company