The cake is often the centrepiece of any birthday celebration, but finding the right one can be tricky. Hands up if you’ve ever created (or purchased) a masterpiece only to hear “I don’t like it”, or “the icing is too sweet”, or “that looks like a baby’s cake. I don’t even like Dora anymore.”
And sometimes you just want to change things up. Last year we did a tower of Tim Horton’s cinnamon buns for my ten-year-old because that’s her favourite sweet treat. What can I say, kids are weird.
So what to do if cake is no longer the Holy Grail and you need something different? Check out our list of decadent and delicious birthday cake alternatives. (Or just follow them on Instagram for calorie-free inspiration!)
Trust us, it’s worth the drive to Clarington! This local bakery can be found just north of Toronto and is known for its decadent, Instagram worthy donuts including Coconut Cream, Oreo Mint and Maple Bacon. Demand is high so place your order early! @cravecaters
Whoever invented the phrase “too pretty to eat” must have had The Teeny Tiny Bakery in mind. We are obsessed with each and every one of their adorable creations, including unicorns, polar bears, hockey jerseys and emojis. And they ship! @teenytinybakery
Founded by a banker turned baker, Prairie Girl was one of the first players in the now crowded cupcake market, and with 17 different flavours, including dark cocoa, red velvet and chocolate malteser, it’s easy to see (and taste) why. @prairiegirlbakery
Just Temptations has been delivering sweet fun to the GTA for more than 15 years. Of course they do cakes but its their chocolate fountains that have us drooling. Fountains come in a variety of sizes with dozens of options for dipping. @justtemptations
‘Make Your Own’ Stations with Double Chocolate Fountain & Fun Foods
Looking to really kick things up a notch? The folks from Double Chocolate Fountain & Fun Foods can set up any number of delicious “make your own” dessert stations at your party including cookies, chocolate bars, ice cream bars and mini milkshakes. Visit their website to see some of their jaw-dropping creations.
This trendy dessert is delicious and impressive. Who doesn’t want smoking ice cream, right? Lab Sense’s creations are made to order with no artificial flavours or colours and uses less sugar than regular ice cream making them extra delicious making them almost good for you. At least that’s what we’re telling ourselves. @labsenseicecream
If DIY is more your style these popular treats are easy to do as “make your own” buffets:
What you need: Graham Crackers, Milk chocolate bars, marshmallows and a microwave or toaster oven.
What you need: A variety of ice cream, toppings (like sprinkles and chocolate chips) and sauces (like chocolate, hot fudge, caramel or fruit).
What you need: Fondue pot , fuel and skewers, cut up fresh fruit, waffles, cookies or Rice Krispie squares.
No matter what you choose, don’t forget the napkins!