Many people believe that Marie Antoinette once famously said, “Let them eat cake,” but what she didn’t take into consideration was that not everyone out there actually likes cake. Shocking, right?
Unfortunately when we think of cake alternatives — especially of the birthday cake variety — most of us automatically revert to pie. And while there’s something to be said for a good slice, that can get kind of boring pretty quickly.
Thankfully, there are actually plenty of other cake-free options out there that are just as good as cake. Better even, if you’re a little tired of all that frosting or looking for something more creative (we’re talking sweet and savoury) for your next event.
We bet you can’t just try one…
17 birthday ‘cakes’ for people who don’t actually like cake
A Donut CakeThis is so genius, you'll wonder why you didn't do it sooner. Stack a bunch of delicious donuts together and stick a candle in. Or, if you're feeling extra creative, go for a Timbit topiary instead.
GET THE RECIPEHappiness Is Homemade
Tiered Cookie CakeWho wants a giant birthday cookie when you can have three giant cookies stacked into one yummy cake instead?
GET THE RECIPELife, Love and Sugar
Actual Fruit CakeLow-cal and pretty, watermelon with a little whipped cream on top is the perfect cake-alternative. Decorate with berries or grapes for a little extra panache.
GET THE RECIPESprinkle Bakes
A Cake Made Out of Cheese WheelsHave a cheese-lover in your life? Select a few of their favourite wheels of cheese and stack them together for the best cake ever.
GET THE RECIPESimple Bites
Assorted Sushi CakeForget sushi burritos, these are our next obsession. Pretty and practical -- it's a meal and a cake in one.
GET THE RECIPENow I'm a Cook
This Boozy AlternativeWe love this because it works with any kind of booze you can think of -- beer, wine or spirits. Throw together a bunch of mini bottles and some cans of pop if you don't want to invest in big bottles.
HOW TO MAKE ITBack to Her Roots
Stacked WafflesThis is the kind of cake we can picture Leslie Knope eating... and one we kind of also want for ourselves.
GET THE RECIPEEazy Peazy Meals
Pancake CakesDon't have a waffle maker? Go for some birthday pancakes instead.
GET THE RECIPEMelanie Makes
A Big Old SandwichSubway sandwich artists have nothing on this doozy, which is pretty in a whimsical forest kind of way.
GET THE RECIPESumptuous Spoonfuls
Popcorn Made into a CakeOlivia Pope would certainly pair this with some wine. We'd just sub it in for the regular kind of corn on our next movie night.
GET THE RECIPECookies and Cups
Pizza Lover's CakeUm, everyone loves pizza, which means everyone will love this dinner cake made of pizza ingredients. Is it kosher to have two slices?
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A Giant Ice Cream CookieWhy have a cool treat the size of your palm when you can have one that's the size of your face?
GET THE RECIPELife, Love and Sugar
Stacked MacaronsThis works well for any kind of treat that fits in your hand. Two-bite brownies, Oreos, eclairs or cream puffs, to name a few. Honestly, we're all about these homemade macarons.
GET THE RECIPEMade Peachy
This Breakfast Lover's CakeWhat's great about this recipe is that it's universally adaptable. Make it vegetarian, a bacon-lover's delight or throw in some extra veggies to start your party off right.
GET THE RECIPERecipe Tin Eats
Cinnamon Roll CakeThe best thing about this cake is that it won't only taste delicious, but it will smell amazing too. Guests will be lining up for seconds, if you ask us.
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Pasta Moulded into CakeWe've all heard of pasta bakes, but what about pasta cakes? They exist, as they should; this is a perfect example.
GET THE RECIPENoble Pig
Rice Krispies in the Form of a CakeWant an actual treat? Kids and adults alike will love this cake alternative. Just make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand for the ooey, gooey fingers sure to follow.
GET THE RECIPEVanessa Baked