7 NYC Birthday Treats That Go Way Beyond Cake

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It’s that time of year again––you’ve turned one year older, and it’s time to celebrate! Sure, you could go for the traditional birthday cake with candles on top and a scoop of ice cream on the side. But in a city known for baking outside of the box with inventive desserts, you might treat yourself to something that’s not a slice of birthday cake, but still tastes like one. Try one (or all) of these nontraditional birthday treats from eateries and bakeries around New York City.

‘Birthday Cake’ Pancakes
Big Daddy’s Diner
239 Park Avenue South
(212) 477-1500
Wake up to these celebratory “Birthday Cake” pancakes, made with birthday cake batter with sprinkles and vanilla and topped with pretty pink icing and more sprinkles, from Big Daddy’s Diner. ($14)

‘Birthday Cake’ Ice Cream
Holey Cream
796 Ninth Avenue
(212) 247-8400

If you love to lick the cake batter, the “Birthday Cake” ice cream flavor from Holey Cream was made for you. The ice cream shop, which specializes in doughnut ice cream sandwiches, let’s customers choose their own toppings, so why not pile on the sprinkles? ($4.95 for small, $5.95 for medium, $6.95 for large, $7.57 for doughnut ice cream sandwich)

‘B’day Cake’ Truffles
Milk Bar
251 E 13th Street
(347) 577-9504 ext. 4

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Milk Bar’s “B’day Cake” truffles taste like birthday cake in a bite. They’re made with vanilla rainbow cake and are tossed in white chocolate and rolled in rainbow cake crumbs. (3 for $4.35, dozen for $16)

‘Cake Batter’ Cupcake
Molly’s Cupcakes
228 Bleecker Street
(212) 414-2253

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The “Cake Batter” cupcake––“funfetti” (vanilla cake with sprinkles) cake, filled with liquid cake batter and decorated with buttercream frosting––from Molly’s Cupcakes just says “happy birthday!” ($3.75)

‘Funfetti’ Cookie
362 W 45th Street

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Schmackary’s “Funfetti” cookie will likely make you want to throw a party with confetti party poppers! ($2.75)

Boozy ‘Birthday Cake Milkshake Shot’
Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street
(212) 995-0099

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Blending Makers Mark and “birthday cake”-flavored ice cream, the “Birthday Cake Milkshake Shot” from Stanton Social should be the first of many birthday shots on a night out. ($4)

‘Birthday Cake’ Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich
Tompkins Square Bagels
165 Avenue A
(646) 351-6520

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Tompkins Square Bagels’ celebrated “Birthday Cake” cream cheese was created with the intent to replicate a sprinkle cookie, and it sure does taste like it. The cream cheese is popularly paired with the bagel shop’s “French Toast” bagel. ($3.75 on a bagel; $12 per pound)

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