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.

Fried Ice Cream

They love ice cream and french fries, so it’s not too much of a stretch to say they’ll probably go nuts for fried ice cream. Add a little fudge and whipped cream, it’s birthday dessert heaven. Serve up dishes of this and no one will be looking for a cartoon covered sheet cake. For the easy how-to, head over to Overtime Cook

photo: Miriam via Overtime Cook

  • Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Bars
  • S’mores Muffin Tin Ice Cream Cakes
  • Ice Cream Cake Pops
  • Oreo Ice Cream Sandwiches
  • Grilled Donuts
  • Ice Cream Cupcakes
  • Cookies and Cream Dessert Pizza
  • Balboa Bars
  • Breakfast for Dessert
  • Tiny Pies
  • Funfetti Cake Batter Popsicles
  • Banana Split Ice Cream Pie (In a Jar)
  • Dirt Dessert
  • Peanut Butter Oreo Ice Cream Cake
  • Fried Ice Cream
  • Circus Animal Truffle Bark

 

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

— Erin Lem & Susie Foresman