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Totally Awesome Birthday Cake Alternatives for Kids

Cake time is hands down the best part of any birthday party, but if you have a birthday kid who isn’t really a fan of cakey goodness, finding something to sub in as their sweet treat can be tough. While you can always go for cupcakes, ice cream, or brownies, we have some epic birthday cake alternatives for kids that will leave your guests talking about the “cake” for years to come.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich

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What’s better than ice cream cookie sandwiches? Giant ice cream cookie sandwiches, of course! The best part about this cake alternative is that there’s no need for last-minute fuss, you can make it up to three days before your party and store it in your freezer.


  • All purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Golden brown sugar
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 pints of chocolate or vanilla ice cream

Waffle Stack Cake

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The best time to have breakfast is all the time. The waffle stack cake is perfect for any birthday kids who can’t get enough of breakfast. Plus, it’s customizable, easy to make, and lots of fun for the kids to help decorate. The possibilities are endless for this birthday cake alternative.


  • Waffle mix
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • …any toppings your little one’s heart desires!

Watermelon Cake

Image from Kraft Foods

If your little one just doesn’t have a sweet tooth, or if they have a gluten intolerance, a watermelon cake is a great alternative to a traditional birthday cake. Not to mention, it’s healthy, tasty, and super simple to make.


  • Seedless watermelon

  • Sliced almonds

  • Toasted coconut

  • Full-fat coconut milk

  • Fresh fruits

Donut Tower

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If you want the quickest, sweetest, most hassle-free birthday cake alternative there is, then a donut tower is the way to go. You can either choose one donut flavor, or go to town and choose every flavor there is for more variety for your guests. The best part about this cake is that all you have to do is go to your local donut shop the morning of the party!

Choosing which one of the yummy birthday cake alternatives to serve at your little one’s big day should be the only hard part about throwing their birthday party. When you book your birthday party at Monkey Joe’s, we take care of all your party planning details for you. From invitations to courtesy set up and clean up, all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the birthday kid’s special day.