Normally, I am a chocolate fanatic, see my post on molten chocolate cake!!! But lately, I have been craving birthday cake, just the flavor, not actual cake. I think this kick started months ago when I was at a birthday party for my friend’s daughter and there were Birthday Cake Oreos. It’s amazing how many flavors of Oreos that are out there now. Since I have such a sweet tooth, I tried one, and if you haven’t tried them, you should. They are delicious, but buy them for a party otherwise you might eat all of them.
I just love the flavor of “birthday cake”I am talking about Funfetti flavor. There is something about the flavor that brings a smile to my face . To me birthday cake flavor is buttery, has a prominent vanilla flavor with a smidgen of something else and sprinkles, lots of sprinkles. Sprinkles make me happy, they are so bright and pretty. Sprinkles are so much fun I think we all loved the rainbow chip/Funfetti cake and frosting as kids. Sprinkles add a pop of fun and color to any dessert. I am game for any recipe that requires me to use lots and lots of sprinkles!!!
Birthday Cake Recipes that aren’t cake!
These recipes don’t use cake mix, but I think they really have that birthday cake flavor. They are really fast recipes, taste great and are maybe even more fun to eat! After trying the Birthday Cake Oreos, I was determined to find other recipes with a birthday cake flavor profile, so I started looking on Pinterest, of course, check out my board! One of the first recipes I found was a recipe for Cake Batter Puppy Chow. I found it on freshaprilflours.com, Lynn the author of this website loves Puppy Chow recipes so much that she created an entire cookbook featuring her Puppy Chow recipes. Talk about finding a niche market!!!. I have made Lynn’s Cake Batter recipe several times and it doesn’t disappoint.
Cake Batter PuppyChow created by Lynn of freshaprilflours.com
You will need:
- 4 and 1/2 cups of Rice Chex or Rice Square cereal
- 8 Tbsp of butter ( you can use unsalted or salted or a mix of the two)
- 1 tsp Almond extract
- 1 cup Powdered sugar
- 2/3 cup Sprinkles
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 8 oz White chocolate
- Large Zip-Lock bag
Lynn has a great video of how she makes her recipe.
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My tips for this recipe
I prefer to use Vanilla bean paste in place of the vanilla extract, it is one of my new favorite baking ingredients. It is a lot cheaper than buying vanilla beans and is used one-for-one same as extract. I think it gives a richer flavor and I love to see the vanilla speckles.
I also finely dice my chocolate, it helps it to melt faster. When I used larger chunks in this recipe, the mixture seemed to separate and was really chunky.
After making the puppy chow recipe a few times, I thought other things would taste great as birthday cake flavor, so I started playing around. My first experiment was with Rice Krispies Treats.
Birthday Cake Rice Krispies Treat recipe ( or Cookie Treats as my older son calls them)
You will need:
- Box of Rice Krispies or Crispy Rice cereal – 7 cups
- 6 Tbsp of butter ( salted or unsalted will work )
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla bean paste
- 1/4 tsp of pure almond extract
- 40-42 large marshmallows
- 1 cup of mini marshmallows
- 1/3-1/2 cup of sprinkles, I love rainbow sprinkles
In a microwave safe large bowl, melt 6Tbsp of butter. Add 1Tbsp of vanilla bean paste and 1/ 4 tsp of pure almond extract to the melted butter, then add 40-42 large marshmallows and melt. Add 7 cups of rice crispy cereal to the melted mix and stir a few times. Then add 1 cup of mini marshmallows and 1/3 -1/2 cup of rainbow sprinkles, mix until evenly distributed. Press into a lightly greased( you can use butter, or I used coconut oil) 9×13 pan and let cool. ENJOY!!!!
The first time I made this recipe, I made it without looking at the cereal box for guidance and I used a whole stick of butter, sorry…not sorry! The extra butter helped the treats stay super soft and I think made them amazing! Since some might balk at the thought of using a whole stick of butter, the next time I made them, I used 6 Tbsp of butter and they still turned out soft and amazing, so I kept in my recipe. I also added extra cereal than the normal recipe, since I added in the sprinkles and extra mini marshmallows.
The next recipe I wanted to tackle was a birthday cake cookie, so many on Pinterest require the use of some cake mix, but I didn’t want to open a box of cake mix just for 1 cup or 1/4 cup of mix, so I decided to use my Great-grandmother’s Ice Cream Sugar Cookie recipe as the base. I got rid of the margarine, cream of tartar, changed the ratio of sugars, added more vanilla, almond extract and sprinkles.
Birthday Cake Sugar Cookies adapted from Grandma O’s Ice Cream Sugar Cookies
You will need:
- 1 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp of vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 tsp of pure almond extract
- 1 large egg
- 2 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup of sprinkles
Preheat oven to 350 degrees-Bake for 8-10 minutes depending on your oven
In a large bowl, cream together butter, granulated and powdered sugar. Add in vanilla bean paste and almond extract. Add in egg. In another bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture. Fold in the sprinkles, fold in the fun!
At this point, you can chill for 30 minutes up to 2 hours or you can bake right away. I used a small cookie scoop to portion the dough. This is the scoop I have had and used for years. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until they have a slightly golden edge. The cookies I made with some of the chilled batter stayed a puffier after baking. These cookies turned out really amazing and I have been teasing everyone on Instagram with pictures of the cookies, so hopefully they will try to make them too! The next recipe was sent to me by an Instagram friend!
Cupcake Flavored Cookies by Jessica of ThisSweetHappyLife
I found Jessica, thissweethappylife via Instagram, she has a beautiful feed featuring motherhood, crafts, yummy recipes and much more. I asked people to send me some of their most delicious recipes tasting like birthday cake and she sent me this recipe, for her Cupcake Kiss Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies. Like me she finds herself at Target a fair amount and in February, she found cupcake flavored Hershey Kisses!!! Not sure how I missed those, but I will have to keep my eyes open for them next year ! Thank you Jessica for sharing this lovely recipe with me and my readers!!!! Make sure you check out Jessica’s beautiful site, thissweethappylife!!!
For Jessica’s recipe you will need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Decorating sugars
- 48 Hershey Kisses Cupcake Flavored Candies
- 1/2 cup vanilla frosting (pre-made or your favorite homemade recipe)
The Cupcake Kisses are probably hard to find right now, but you could substitute with Walmart’s Birthday Cake Kisses or these candies .
Here are Jessica’s great step-by-step instructions for this recipe!
Birthday Cake Cocktail
The next recipe that I found via Pinterest was for a Birthday Cake Cocktail. I thought that was really interesting and could be a lot of fun! I have not tried this one yet, but it looks really goof. The creator is Amy Lucurto, author and creator of the site livinglocurto.com. Her awesome site features DIY, lifestyle, food and party information; she has some amazing ideas and recipes! Here is Amy Locurto’s Birthday Cake Martini recipe.
For this recipe you will need:
- 1 Candy sprinkles
- 1 Frosting
- 1 Pastel food coloring
- 2 oz Half & half
- 1 oz Cake flavored vodka
- 1 oz White chocolate liqueur
If you are enjoying these awesome birthday cake recipes, check out my Birthday Cake Flavored Treats Pinterest Board and pin away!!!!
Happy Baking and Cheers, Amy
#discoveringwhimsy and #sprinkles if you make any of these treats!!!
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