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.

Breakfast for Dessert

Chloe, a San Francisco-based French illustrator and mom to one-year old daughter Lula, just started what we anticipate to be the newest trend in birthday party desserts. For her daughter's first birthday she served up 30 belgian waffles to her guests and it's no surprise they were a huge hit. With a waffle iron, making large batches of these treats is super simple, and if you want to get creative go for an unconventional shaped waffle maker (think: waffles shaped like penguins, hearts and Mickey Mouse!).

photo credit: Priscilla Gragg via Chloe Fleury 

  • 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