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.

Balboa Bars

These ice cream bars from Half Baked Harvest are a step above your usual picks from the ice cream truck. Customize them with Oreos, chocolate chips, sprinkles, nuts—the sky's the limit. They can be made ahead of time or little chefs can get involved in topping their creations themselves. Click here for all the details.

photo: Half Baked Harvest

  • 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