July 31, 2015
Foodie Fresh

Birthday Cake 3 Ways

Birthday cake is sooo last year! Lol – just kidding! But, sometimes I do like to mix it up and ditch the traditional birthday cake for something a little new and innovative. Here are three of my favorite treats to substitute for birthday cake!

Cupcake Ice Cream Cones (recipe and photo from The Creative Mom)




24 flat bottom ice cream cones

Cake mix


Piping bag and Wilton 2D tip



Place each ice cream cone in a mini cupcake pan and fill halfway with cake batter.

Follow baking directions on back of box.

Ice the top and add sprinkles!


Mug Cake (recipe and photo from Table For Two)



1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 tsp. baking powder

2 tbsp. granulated sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. milk

2 tbsp. vegetable oil

1 tbsp. hazelnut chocolate spread


Mix all ingredients – EXCEPT for the hazelnut chocolate spread – in a bowl.

Pour mixture into microwave safe mug. Leave room for the cake to rise.

Add the hazelnut chocolate spread to just the center of the mixture.

Microwave for 70 seconds on high.


Cake Pops (recipe and photo from Kara’s Party Ideas)



1 box cake mix

Sprinkles or nonpareils

24 oz. candy coating (like Wilton Candy Melts)

3/4 canned frosting

40 lollipop sticks

Cake Pop Stand (like this one)


Follow directions on cake mix box and bake a cake.

Let the cake cool, then crumble it into a large bowl and mix with the frosting.

Once mixture is completely combined, start forming small balls and place them on a pan.

Freeze the balls for 30 minutes.

Place each ball on a stick.

Melt the candy coating and dip each ball fully into the candy coating.

Add sprinkles, nuts or whatever toppings you want on your cake pop!

Wait for cake pops to set, and enjoy!

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Maura A.

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