While tradition may hold that the birthday boy or girl gets their candles on a cake, there are plenty of people out there who either don’t have a sweet tooth or just aren’t big fans of the traditional treat.
With the evergrowing list of food allergies and dietary intolerances, finding a trusty recipe that’s both inclusive and delicious can end up leaving one or more of your party goers out in the cold when it comes time to dine.
This year, mix things up with a treat that everyone can enjoy and bypass that customary cake, in favor of a new birthday tradition for the whole family.
5 Chic Cake Alternatives for Your Little One’s Next Birthday Bash
Out of the Frying Pan – If you are more of a morning person, making breakfast into the main event could be an ideal way to change things up.
A stack of delicious pancakes makes the perfect centerpiece to a beautifully balanced breakfast.
They are healthier than most dessert or breakfast options, and you can always jazz them up by adding sprinkles, maple syrup, icing, jam, peanut butter or any of your other favorite toppings.
Little Tip: If you’re a breakfast kind of person, but pancakes aren’t your jam, french toast can be another delightfully sweet way to start the day.
A Full Cup – Rather than having one large cake for everyone to share, you could make individual cupcakes for each of the birthday party guests to enjoy their own little piece of sweetness.
Super simple and quick to make, there are loads of tasty recipes online for you to follow with a ton of different flavors. With cupcakes, you can include gluten-free and vegan options alongside your flavor of choice so that everyone can join in on the fun.
Little Tip: Make it fun for the little ones by letting them decorate their own cupcakes with icing, food coloring, and chocolate chips, or if they’re old enough, let them get in on the baking process. Don’t just limit yourself to cupcakes, any individual sized sweet, like cookies, brownies, or donuts could make a fun and fully customaziable treat.
Shake It Up – A colorful or twirly straw can take the place of a candle in order to make a delicious milkshake a treat worthy of a birthday party.
Go all out on the presentation by coating the rim of the glass with sprinkles, chocolate flakes or coconut, and an actual cherry on top looks as delightfully decadent as it tastes.
Little tip: If you’ve got a large party on their way, put together all of the mixins in advance for an easy way to keep the party running smoothly and on schedule.
That’s So Cheesy – If your little one doesn’t have much in the way of a sweet tooth, a savory treat like a creamy plate of homemade mac and cheese or their favorite pizza can be an amazing substitute for a traditional cake.
Luckily it also isn’t at all difficult for a busy parent to make, and with a few candles on top, you can have a simple, ready to eat cake substitute.
Little Tip: If you’re looking to make things a bit fancier, almost any solid savory dish can be turned into a delicious bake that’s ideal for an intimate birthday dinner.
Cutie Pie – Whether your little one’s craving sweet or savory, there’s always the option of pie to mix things up.
If you’re looking to add a bit of birthday flair, homemade whipped cream, or hand-churned ice cream could be an excellent stand-in to give this tasty treat a topping as beautiful as it is delicious.
Little Tip: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, but aren’t in a traditional pie mood, nothing beats a decadent cheesecake as a celebration show stopper.