Non-Traditional Birthday Cake Ideas for Teens

Birthday Cake Donut


Birthday cake donuts make a fun alternative to the traditional birthday cake. Frost them, add sprinkles, or decorate them in any way that will suit your teen's personality.

Cake Pops

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Cake pops can be used to replace the birthday cake or simply use them as party favors. Color coordinate them with the theme of the birthday​ party or create a variety of flavors. You can even make cheesecake pops, brownie pops, and peanut butter and jelly pops.

Cake-Mix Ice Cream Sundae Cake


No one will ever guess this ice cream sundae cake is made from a store-bought mix. Spread any flavor cake with a layer of softened ice cream. Then, top with whipped cream and you'll have your own ice cream sundae cake. Decorate the entire cake or let party guests decorate their own pieces with cherries, chopped nuts, crushed cookies, chocolate sauce, or toffee bits.

Birthday Cheesecake

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There's no reason a cheesecake can't double as birthday cake. Top traditional cheesecake with fruit or try a specialty cheesecake - like peanut butter swirl. These mini canning jar cheesecakes make perfect birthday party options.

Birthday Whoopie Pies

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Decadent whoopie pies are a delicious alternative to a birthday cake. Decorate the icing with brightly colored sprinkles for a little birthday flair, or make gourmet flavors, like red velvet.

Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches

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Who doesn't love chocolate chip cookies filled with vanilla ice cream? If you want the simplest, fastest way to make these treats, use store bought cookies. Otherwise, create your own delicious chocolate chip cookies and make homemade ice cream.

Sweet Ballz


Although at first glance, Sweet Ballz resemble cake pops, there's a secret to Sweet Ballz - they're store bought. A mixture of cake mix and icing dipped in more icing and topped with sprinkles make these delicious little treats look like you spent hours in the kitchen. Currently available at Costco, you can build them into a pyramid or simply serve them on a platter. They stay fresh for up to a year in the freezer or up to 60 days thawed so it's safe to buy them ahead of time.

Super-Chocolate Sundae Cake Bar


What teen doesn't love chocolate, ice cream, and chocolate sauce? Use a store-bought chocolate cake mix to create a two-layer cake. Fill the center with chocolate ice cream. Top with whip cream and chocolate sauce. Sprinkle with your favorite toppings such as cherries, chocolate chips, or nuts and your super-chocolate sundae cake bar will be complete.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

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The secret to making ice cream cone cupcakes is that the cupcakes are baked right into the ice cream cone, making these treats super easy to create and even easier to eat! Add a layer of icing or whip cream and finish off with your favorite toppings like sprinkles, cherries, or nuts.

Chocolate-Glazed Tea Cakes


Chocolate-Glazed tea cakes are really just made from upside down cupcakes. Drizzle with a chocolate glaze and keep them simple for an elegant look or add sprinkles to make them look festive.

Banana Split Sundae Cake


A self-serve make your own banana split sundae cake buffet will be hit at any teen's birthday party. Use banana-flavored cake, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate sauce as the staples. Provide a variety of toppings such as caramelized bananas, cherries, and nuts and teens can create their own masterpieces.

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