Got a birthday party coming up? Step outside the box (of cake mix) and make one of these show-stopping treats. From ice cream bars to grilled donuts, we’ve got 16 ideas that are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Click through the slideshow below to get inspired—just don’t forget to make a wish.

Dirt Dessert

This fun idea from Mushu Jenne is perfect for an outdoor party. Layer chocolate pudding, whipped cream, and crushed chocolate cookies for "dirt" that's sure to be delicious. To grab the recipe, click here.

photo: Mooshu Jenne


Have you seen any cool desserts lately? Tell us your picks in the Comments section below!

— Erin Lem & Susie Foresman