32 Birthday Desserts for Your Special Day

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Odette Modified: September 9, 2022

Birthday desserts are a must-have at birthday parties or any special occasion. However, serving guests and decorating your buffet table with towering confetti cakes could get a little unfestive after some time. This doesn’t mean you have to go dessert-less at your party though! Jazz it up and keep the party interesting with these sweet treats to go with your birthday dinner ideas. Whether you are looking to switch up the usual rainbow-colored sweets or looking for something unique and fun, these sweets will keep your party rolling!


32 Birthday Desserts Ideas to Try

Throwing a fun birthday celebration with delicious food and decadent desserts is no easy feat! After all, you have to consider the celebrant’s favorites and think about what the crowd would like too. Find what you can whip up besides cakes with confetti below. 

Ultimate Birthday Cupcakes
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Ultimate Birthday Cupcakes

Vibrant and fun with a lot of sweet and decadent flavor, these birthday cupcakes will delight kids and kids at heart. They are adorned with colorful candy sprinkles sitting on top of marshmallow meringue frosting and fluffy cupcakes!

Now, you can stop there, or go the extra mile by dipping it in melted chocolate to make a crunchy chocolate shell. You can also decorate with additional sprinkles for more kiddy points!

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birthday cake cookies recipe
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Birthday Cake Cookies

Cakes and cupcakes are not the only birthday party desserts bedazzled with sprinkles. For a fun spin on cookies, make these birthday cake cookies that taste exactly like birthday cakes. A bite of these treats is sweet, moist, and full of white chocolate flavor just like a true birthday cake, only crispy and chewy!

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Copycat Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops Recipe Vanilla Cake
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Starbucks Birthday Cake Pops

Towering cakes are overrated! They are hard to distribute and even harder to clean off of adorable guests once things get messy. These Starbucks-inspired birthday cake pops should solve that problem. Sweet? Check! Visually appealing and easy to make? Definitely check! What’s not to love? You can decorate it however you like with sprinkles, edible gold, and chopped nuts.

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funfetti dip recipe
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Funfetti Dip

With all of the colors, the assortment of treats, and fun dips, having a birthday charcuterie board is one of the best ways to spruce up a birthday party. Dips include chocolate and the crowd-favorite funfetti dip made using funfetti cake mix, milk, Greek yogurt, whipped cream, and sprinkles. Serve it with strawberries, graham crackers, cookies, and anything you like!

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funfetti cake batter blondies recipe
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Funfetti Cake Batter Blondies

Can’t get enough of cake batter-flavored desserts? Then try this funfetti cake batter blondies featuring rainbow sprinkles and white chocolate chips! It’s soft and chewy, even gooey if served warm. This recipe, in particular, is done in less than 30 minutes. To be exact, you only need five minutes of prep time and another 25 minutes for baking. Easy peasy!

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birthday cake pie recipe
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Birthday Cake Pie

For a fun spin on the favorite confetti birthday cake, we introduce you to birthday cake pie. It features a deep pie crust baked to a perfect golden brown color. This dessert highlights the flavor of vanilla cake mix decorated with confetti sprinkles. All in all, the filling is creamy and decadent which goes perfectly well with the golden, crispy crust.

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Five-Ingredient Macarons Recipe
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Five-Ingredient Macarons

It’s no secret that macarons are so darn hard to make. But for a treat as delicious and heavenly as this, we make it anyway. Still, that doesn’t mean there are no easy recipes to help you make it at home. These five-ingredient macarons only use almond meal, egg whites, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, and salt. That’s it! Don’t forget to fill it with a mixture of cream and sprinkles to give it a true birthday makeover!

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no-bake funfetti cheesecake recipe
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No-Bake Funfetti Cheesecake

Give your cheesecake the birthday cake makeover treatment by adorning it with confetti sprinkles! Not a baker by any chance? Then this cheesecake has your name on it. It has no eggs and it’s only made of a graham cracker crust, cream cheese, heavy cream, and sprinkles for a fun no-bake birthday project that will wow your guests.

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baked funfetti donuts recipe
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Baked Funfetti Donuts

We all know kids love sweet, heavenly treats, especially ones as colorful as these funfetti doughnuts. They’re crowd stunners with their pink sugar frosting and rainbow sprinkles. There’s only one problem for parents: they’re usually fried! That means more work. No worries! You can also bake them if you’re not up to frying. Follow our recipe and see how easy it is to make.

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Chocolate Birthday Cake
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Chocolate Birthday Cake

Chocolate cake is never out of place no matter what you’re celebrating. Admittedly, chocolate cake is one of the crowd favorites when it comes to birthdays. The secret? High-quality cocoa powder. It offers pure chocolate goodness without a lot of sweetness just like the recipe below! Why don’t you try it for a richer, more decadent, and heavenly dessert fit for a special occasion?

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Quick Chocolate Mousse
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Quick Chocolate Mousse

Are there birthday desserts other than cake and sprinkles? Of course! Chocolate mousse not only sounds fancy but also looks like it. Just like chocolate cake, mousse won’t be missing at any party with their sophisticated dessert glasses topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings. Just imagine how it would look on your buffet table!

Now, what do you need to make a quick and simple rendition? Pudding mix, whipped cream, and condensed milk. That’s all and you’re on your way to chocolate heaven.

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funfetti sugar cookie cake recipe
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Funfetti Sugar Cookie Cake

It may be called a cake but this birthday sweet treat is dangerously easy to make! Don’t have a clue how to start making it? Don’t worry. It’s made with the same classic cookie ingredients only ten times its size. Overall, it has a soft and moist center and a crispy outer layer with sprinkles and white chocolate. Since it’s a cake, don’t forget to decorate it with vanilla almond frosting and more sprinkles!

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Birthday Cake Ice Cream
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Birthday Cake Ice Cream

What’s a birthday party without birthday-themed ice cream? Take this two-in-one dessert for example. It features funfetti cupcakes and vanilla ice cream stacked in a waffle cone or bowl. Choose what suits your fancy! This recipe is good for leftover cake scraps. Just crumble it or cut it into small cubes then top with ice cream. If you don’t have scraps, no problem! You can make it with cupcakes instead. Of course, don’t forget the candle for the celebrant to blow.

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funfetti chip scones recipe
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Funfetti Chip Scones

Scones are one of the best American breakfasts. They are often served beside eggs and ham but you’re forgetting one very important detail about it: they’re also fitting desserts for birthday parties! This buttery goodness takes to different fillings and toppings well. Think chocolate chips and colorful funfetti sprinkles drizzled with more frosting. The kids would absolutely be delighted at the mere sight of it.

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unicorn bark recipe
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Unicorn Bark

Party favors and birthday sweets are a must for every kid’s birthday party. And what better treat to steal their attention than delicious and indulgent chocolate barks decorated in unicorn theme colors? Imagine unicorn bark in adorable party favor bags. Cute, right? Now, this visually appealing treat is made simply by melting white chocolate disks and then colored with pastel hues. Decorate with unicorn sprinkles to complete the look.

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banana split sundae recipe
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Banana Split Sundae

Birthday parties are not limited to confetti sprinkle desserts and chocolate cakes. In fact, like birthday charcuterie boards, ice cream bars are a must-have party booth for birthday parties. One of the favorites you can make is banana split sundae diner-style! It usually involves three flavors of ice cream such as chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. It’s then topped with banana, whipped cream, cherries, chocolate syrup, and mallows! To make it even better add M&M’s, sprinkles, and chocolate chips if you like.

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Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake
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Gluten-Free Vanilla Birthday Cake

Most people would say gluten-free desserts are nearly impossible to make. Before you bid your final goodbye to birthday sweets, there are actually gluten-free birthday desserts you can whip up like this vanilla birthday cake. You have to make a few swaps of course. This version uses flax meal instead of eggs and only uses non-dairy milk. Don’t worry! It basically tastes the same as the original.

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Birthday Cake Shot
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Birthday Cake Shot

Throwing a birthday bash for adults? Then this birthday cake shot is a must! It mixes equal parts cake, vodka, creme de cacao, and Irish cream for a fun and sweet treat with a lot of booze! Of course, the rim is decorated with vanilla frosting and candy sprinkles — a shot appropriate for the occasion! You can even throw in some birthday candles for the celebrant to blow before taking the shot.

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No-Bake Birthday Cake Batter Fudge
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No-Bake Birthday Cake Batter Fudge

By now you probably thought we’ve already mentioned all the possible cake batter desserts you can think of. Surprisingly, no. This no-bake birthday cake batter fudge is another rendition of the remarkable birthday treat. They are chewy and decadent, just like the original! Make a ton, though. As pretty and inviting as they are with their colorful appearance, this fudge will run out in no time.

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chocolate confetti squares recipe
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Chocolate Confetti Squares

Fudge is always decadent and heavenly on a plate. But if you want more texture and build to your desserts, try your hand at these chocolate confetti squares. Besides the rich chocolate taste, the mouthfeel and flavor of this dessert are irresistible! You’ll notice the chew of the marshmallows and the creaminess of peanut butter flavor in every bite.

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piñata cake recipe
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Piñata Cake

Every birthday party should have a show-stopping piece. If you are looking for fun desserts to make, then a piñata cake definitely fits the bill! Just like the real piñata that it’s inspired from, this cake is filled with exciting sweet treats inside. The base is made with a layered vanilla cake filled with rich chocolate frosting. The best part, on the other hand, is the center that’s filled with an assortment of candies like M&M’s, Reese’s cups, mini candy bars, jelly beans, gummies, and more! Surprise your kids by adding whatever they like.

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Tiramisu Cake Recipe, Tiramisu cake dessert decorated with cocoa powder and white and dark chocolate curls
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Tiramisu Cake

The classic Italian tiramisu dessert is made with alternating stacks of delicate ladyfinger cookies and mascarpone cream. This version, though, is a marriage of the two birthday desserts: tiramisu and cake! This two-in-one dessert has cake layers brushed with espresso syrup instead of ladyfingers. Of course, it’s also filled with delectable coffee mascarpone cream. If you love the original, we’re sure you’ll like this one.

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cannoli bites recipe
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Party Cannoli Bites

It’s an open secret that to keep a party alive and rolling, all you need are bite-sized, mini desserts and snacks! Now, when it comes to bite-sized and cute treats, cannoli truly takes the cake. Cannoli is a sort of Italian pastry featuring fried tube-shaped shells usually filled with sweet creamy fillings. This version highlights the flavor of Ricotta cheese, mascarpone, and chocolate for a creamy, yet decadent dessert.

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cookie dough truffles recipe
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Cookie Dough Truffles

Cannoli bites aren’t the only cute, bite-sized desserts you can add to your birthday desserts bar. In this birthday treat, you get the best of both worlds from your favorite desserts. You’ll get the delectable flavor and chew of cookie dough and then the decadent taste of truffles, all rolled into one.

What we love about this dessert is that you can design it however you like. Think edible gold leaves, rainbow confetti, and mini marshmallows! Or just keep it classic and simple with just a chocolate drizzle.

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one layer strawberry shortcake cake recipe
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One Layer Strawberry Shortcake

With its vibrant color and aesthetically pleasing appearance, this strawberry shortcake won’t be out of place at your birthday party! The base is made with a single spongy vanilla cake topped with a simple vanilla whipped cream, tart strawberries, and jam. Overall, the cake is sweet but refreshing and surprisingly light.

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ice cream cone cupcakes recipe
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Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Your kids will absolutely love this cute cupcake served on a cone. Don’t be confused though. Compared to the birthday cake ice cream, this one is a cupcake nestled in a cone base without ice cream. Instead, it’s topped with delicious frosting or whipped cream. And then each cone is personalized with toppings like sprinkles and chocolate chips.

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Copycat Cici's Dessert Pizza Recipe, homemade dessert pizza topped with chocolate pudding and sugar crumble
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Dessert Pizza

Pizza is nearly everyone’s favorite food. So it’s only a matter of time before you try dessert pizza. Like the iconic dish topped with various pizza toppings that make them more delicious, dessert pizzas are topped with sweet and delectable treats such as chocolate ganache, chips, pudding, Bavarian cream, fruits, nuts, and more.

You can go big with all the fruits ensemble. Or keep it simple with sweet chocolate pudding sauce topped with homemade sugar crumble! Kids will surely put this on top of their favorite birthday desserts. For easy cutting, don’t be shy about using your handy pizza cutter for this dessert as well.

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italian creme cake
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Italian Cream Cake

There’s no simple way to put it, this Italian cake is a showstopper anyway you slice and look at it. The cake is made with rich pecan and coconut-flavored batter. And then it’s filled with cream cheese frosting, binding all the components together. All in all, it’s rich, creamy, and moist. It also doesn’t help that it’s a beautiful cake too! Put it at the center of your buffet table and guests will surely gush over how you made it.

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Red Velvet Cake Recipe
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Red Velvet Cake

Who said red velvet cakes are reserved only for romantic dinners on Valentine‘s Day? With their stunning red color, it will be a shame to leave it out of birthdays. Besides, the cream cheese frosting is absolutely delicious and complements the insanely rich cake nicely. We guarantee you that this heaven on a plate is a sure stunner on any occasion.

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oreo dirt cup
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Oreo Dirt Cup

Chocolate mousse sitting in beautiful dessert glasses is a staple at birthday parties or any special occasion. They’re neatly served and you don’t have to bother slicing cakes into plates. But other than mousse, another crowd favorite you can make is an Oreo dirt cup. This chocolatey and creamy dessert has alternating layers of cream cheese and crushed Oreos that you can dig in and enjoy!

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cotton candy cupcakes recipe
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Cotton Candy Cupcakes

Throwing a birthday bash for kids needs a tremendous amount of creativity to keep it fun and interesting. That involves crazy-looking food or desserts like these cotton candy cupcakes that made us think about the cookie monster. In this dessert, you’ll find cotton candy cupcakes and buttercream with a fluff of real cotton candy as a topping! Your guests will finish them before the party even ends.

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funfetti cheesecake cookie cups recipe
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Funfetti Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Many have combined the allure of cookies and cakes. But have you ever combined the flavor of cheesecake and cookies in one dessert? Well, if you haven’t yet, then a birthday party is the perfect opportunity. This dessert captures the sweet taste and crispy texture of cookie dough and the rich and thick mouthfeel of cheesecake. Top it with rainbow sprinkles to complete this birthday party dessert!

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Odette

Odette is a content writer and proofreader by day, and living her inner artist as a poet and singer by night. She's also a former member of a publication who she now mentors from time to time. She likes how sharing a tiny bit of her life and her journey can help others in return. And because she is a curl embassador, she finds joy in empowering fellow curlies to embrace their natural curls. She also loves doing random acts of service to people she loves by cooking for them during her free time. This girl loves anything pasta and French cuisine though she just went through her Japanese and Korean cuisine phase.