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100 Birthday Cake Alternatives

From Cookie-Combined Dessert Pizzas to DIY Savory Gumbo Cupcakes

— February 3, 2015 — Lifestyle
Even though cake is the standard dessert people serve when celebrating birthdays, it can be nice to switch things up with cake alternatives. Whether you are planning a kid's birthday party and he or she doesn't like the texture of regular cake, there are dietary restrictions or you just want to stand out, there are lots of relevant recipes out there.

If you are not into sweet desserts at all, savory options like potato chip cupcakes, pepperoni pizza cakes and luxurious birthday burgers are all interesting cake alternatives. Cheesecakes, pies and cupcakes are less out-there, but still provide variety (like peanut butter cheesecake recipes, grain-free gourd desserts and refreshing watermelon cupcakes). You can also incorporate birthday foods for a fun twist, as seen with birthday cake pancakes, fruity granola pizzas, cereal casserole dishes or waffle-based decadent donut desserts.
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Sweet Pole-Inspired Desserts
Sweet Pole-Inspired Desserts
Corn on the Cob Cupcakes are Covered in Jellybeans
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98
Grain-Free Gourd Desserts
Grain-Free Gourd Desserts
Free People's Dairy-Free Pumpkin Pie Results in a Guiltless Thanksgiving
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97
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipes
Peanut Butter Cheesecake Recipes
This Dessert is Topped with Whipped Marshmallow and Bananas
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96
Thanksgiving Whoopie Pies
Thanksgiving Whoopie Pies
This Pumpkin Whoopie Pie Treat has Caramel and Boozy Ganache Filling
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95
Autumnally Appropriate Apple Cupcakes
Autumnally Appropriate Apple Cupcakes
The Apple Cider Cupcakes Have Fluffy Fall Flavored Frosting
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94
Almond Butter Ice Cream
Almond Butter Ice Cream
This Healthy Homemade Banana Ice Cream is Easy to Make Any Time of Year
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93
Delectable Dietary Cupcakes
Delectable Dietary Cupcakes
This Cupcake Recipe Makes Perfect Gluten-Free Cupcakes
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92
Irish Chocolate Pies
Irish Chocolate Pies
This Baileys Chocolate Pie is a Great Way to Indulge this St. Patrick's Day
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91
Campfire Treat Waffles
Campfire Treat Waffles
This Sweet Waffle From The Vulgar Chef is One Part S'more One Part Waffle
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90
Festive Towering Treats
Festive Towering Treats
The Fork to Belly I'll Be Home for Christmas Cake Reaches High
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89
Rainbow Ice Cream Cake
Rainbow Ice Cream Cake
This Frozen Dessert is the Perfect Way to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day
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88
Bake-Free DIY Cheesecakes
Bake-Free DIY Cheesecakes
These PB & J Cheesecakes are Ideal for Summer Cooking
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87
Chocolate Bacon Twinkies
Chocolate Bacon Twinkies
This Food Fair Twinkie is Deep Fried and Filled with Bacon
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86
Technicolored Cookie Desserts
Technicolored Cookie Desserts
Just a Taste's Monster Cookies Recipe is Infused with M&M Candies
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85
Birthday Cake Pancakes
Birthday Cake Pancakes
These Celebratory Pancakes are the Ideal Breakfast For Your Special Day
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84
DIY Chocolate Dessert Bowls
DIY Chocolate Dessert Bowls
These DIY Bowls are Made with Funfetti Sprinkles and Chocolate
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83
Chocolate Spread Cookies
Chocolate Spread Cookies
These Three Ingredient Cookies are Made With Creamy Chocolate Nutella
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82
Spanish Donut Sandwiches
Spanish Donut Sandwiches
Churro Borough's Churro Sandwich Gets Extra Indulgent with Ice Cream
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81
Cereal Casserole Dishes
Cereal Casserole Dishes
This Lucky Charms Treat is a Perfect Casserole-Like Dish for Anyone
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80
Chocolate Bar Pies
Chocolate Bar Pies
This Snickers Candy Bar Ice Cream Pie Dessert is Savory and Sweet
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79
Cannoli Cronut Confections
Cannoli Cronut Confections
This Cronut Creation is Filled with Homemade Cannoli Ice Cream
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78
Cake-Inspired Pies
Cake-Inspired Pies
These Strawberry Shortcake Whoopie Pies are Mouthwatering
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77
Banana Sundae Pies
Banana Sundae Pies
These Miniature Banana Split Sundae Pies are Deliciously Sweet
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76
Bacon S'more Sandwiches
Bacon S'more Sandwiches
This S'more Recipe is Sandwiched Between Reese's Chocolate Chip Cookies
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75
Potato Chip Cupcakes
Potato Chip Cupcakes
These Potato Chip Confectionaries by Matt Robicelli are Savory and Sweet
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74
Oceanic Cream Pies
Oceanic Cream Pies
This Pie Design Celebrates the Annual Discovery Channel Shark Week
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73
Chocolate Spread Pies
Chocolate Spread Pies
This Nutella Pie Recipe Doesn't Require Baking
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72
Campfire Cookie Cupcakes
Campfire Cookie Cupcakes
These S'mores Cupcakes Bring Camping Treats into the Kitchen
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71
Chocolate Pizza Pies
Chocolate Pizza Pies
These Delicious Cocoa Pizza Turns the Traditionally Savory Dish Sweet
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70
Miniature Pie Cookies
Miniature Pie Cookies
These Apple Pie Biscuits Can Be Devoured in One Bite
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69
Nutty Jam Pizzas
Nutty Jam Pizzas
The PB+J Pizza Flavor by Dimo's is Just Like the Nostalgic Sandwich
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68
Creamsicle Yogurt Bites
Creamsicle Yogurt Bites
These Mini Orange Creamsicle Desserts are Made Using Greek Yogurt
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67
Fruity Cheesecake Waffles
Fruity Cheesecake Waffles
The New IHOP Waffles Feature New York Cheesecake Inside the Dough
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66
Galactic Themed Confections
Galactic Themed Confections
These Star Wars Chocolates From Sweet Belle Cakes Have Iconic Shapes
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65
Colorful Pancake Creations
Colorful Pancake Creations
A Doting Father Turns Breakfast into Works of Art for His Son
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64
Dessert Corn Dogs
Dessert Corn Dogs
These Corn Dogs are Battered in Red Velvet Cake Mix
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63
Pint-Sized Pie Treats
Pint-Sized Pie Treats
These Pumpkin Pie Cookies are the Perfect Snack or Dessert for Fall
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62
Gooey Gluten-Free Cakes
Gooey Gluten-Free Cakes
This Chocolatey Pumpkin Vegan Dessert is Perfect for Thanksgiving
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61
Pumpkin S'more Desserts
Pumpkin S'more Desserts
The Pumpkin Cupcakes Have Marshmallow, Chocolate and Graham Crackers Too
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60
Superhero Shaped Bread
Superhero Shaped Bread
These Banana Bread Muffins Look Like Marvel Comic Book Characters
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59
Chocolate-Covered Grape Skewers
Chocolate-Covered Grape Skewers
This DIY Chocolate Dessert is Delicious and Easy to Make
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58
Canned Pasta-Infused Desserts
Canned Pasta-Infused Desserts
These SpaghettiOs Cupcakes Would Qualify as Dessert for Dinner
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57
Enormous Nutty Cupcakes
Enormous Nutty Cupcakes
The Peanut Butter Cup Colossal by Crumbs Serves Six to Eight People
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56
Cupcake Cookie Pops
Cupcake Cookie Pops
These Technicolor Madeline Cookies are Decorated to Look Like Cake Pops
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55
Fruity Granola Pizzas
Fruity Granola Pizzas
This Delicious Dessert Pizza is Made with Oatmeal and Berries
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54
Candy Bar Donut Desserts
Candy Bar Donut Desserts
The Snickers Bar Donut Has a Full Chocolate Bar Hidden Inside of It
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53
Hybrid Cocoa Confections
Hybrid Cocoa Confections
These Valentine Brownie Cupcakes Will Make Your Mouth Water
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52
Savory Soda Cupcakes
Savory Soda Cupcakes
YouTuber Rosanna Pansino Tests Out the Mountain Dew Doritos Chip Cupcakes
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51
Anime-Inspired S'mores
Anime-Inspired S'mores
These Matcha Green Tea S'more Cookies Look Like the Bulbasaur Pokemon
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50
Geometric Fondant Designs
Geometric Fondant Designs
The Geometric Cupcake Topper is Sleek and Delicious
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49
Savory Chip Cheesecakes
Savory Chip Cheesecakes
Guy Fieri's Cheesecake Challenge is a Medley of Junk Food
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48
Croissant Cupcakes
Croissant Cupcakes
Dude Foods Creates a Hybrid Dessert Dubbed the 'Crupcake'
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47
Fall Fair Funnel Foods
Fall Fair Funnel Foods
This Autumn Appropriate Cupcake Amps Up a Confetionary Carnival Classic
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46
Confectionery Quinoa Recipes
Confectionery Quinoa Recipes
These Bittersweet Chocolate Cupcakes Are Made With Health in Mind
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45
Hybrid Breakfast Desserts
Hybrid Breakfast Desserts
The Food52 Crepe Cake Stacks Flapjacks High Atop One Another
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44
Deep-Fried Cookie Burgers
Deep-Fried Cookie Burgers
National Oreo Day is Being Celebrated in New York with Cookie Sliders
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43
Frozen Cookie Cakes
Frozen Cookie Cakes
This Oreo Cookie Brownie Ice Cream Cake Can be Made Entirely at Home
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42
Mini Bouquet Cake Pops
Mini Bouquet Cake Pops
Bakerella's Flower Cake Pops Are Perfect Mother's Day Treats
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41
Luxurious Birthday Burgers
Luxurious Birthday Burgers
This Savory Burger Cake Contains No Shortage of Lavish Ingredients
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40
Refreshing Watermelon Cupcakes
Refreshing Watermelon Cupcakes
These Delicious Cupcakes Look and Taste Like Fresh Watermelon
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39
Teddy Cake Pops
Teddy Cake Pops
Bakerella's Bear Cake Pops Kick Off the Launch of the Paddington Movie
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38
Perplexing Pie-Containing Cakes
Perplexing Pie-Containing Cakes
The Triple Layered Cherpumple is a Pie Cake of Epic Proportions
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37
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
This 'Kitchen Treaty' Baked Goody is Brimming with Summer Fruit
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36
Frozen Confection Hybrids
Frozen Confection Hybrids
This Cotton Candy Ice Cream Cone Blends the Best of Both Worlds
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35
DIY Savory Gumbo Cupcakes
DIY Savory Gumbo Cupcakes
Fat Tuesday Meets Mardi Gras with This Gumbo Cupcake Recipe
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34
Layered Hazelnut Desserts
Layered Hazelnut Desserts
Robicelli's Nutella Lasagna is a Decadent Take on Pastry Mashups
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33
Croissant Donut Desserts
Croissant Donut Desserts
Dunkin Donuts Will be Releasing Their Own Limited Edition of the Cronut
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32
Campfire-Inspired Muffins
Campfire-Inspired Muffins
The 'Gotta Have S'more' S'Muffins are Filled with Marshmallow Goodness
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31
Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries
The Stuffed Fruit is Also Amazingly Deep Fried in Beer Batter
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30
Regurgitated Mystical Treats
Regurgitated Mystical Treats
These Edible Unicorn Squares are Made with Lucky Charms
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29
Fresh Fruit Cakes
Fresh Fruit Cakes
This Cake Creatively Replaces Vanilla Sponge with Watermelon and Peaches
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28
Spud Concealing Cakes
Spud Concealing Cakes
These Sweet Potato Chocolate Cupcakes are for Gardeners with a Sweet Tooth
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27
Cookie-Infused Cheesecakes
Cookie-Infused Cheesecakes
Erica's Sweet Tooth Bakes up the Oreo Cheesecake Layer Cake
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26
Crunchy Noodle Cupcakes
Crunchy Noodle Cupcakes
This Cupcake Recipe Turns Ramen Noodles into a Salty Style Desert
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25
Boston Cream Donut Cupcakes
Boston Cream Donut Cupcakes
These Cupcakes are a Hybrid Version of the Famous Boston Cream Donut
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24
Fate-Inspired Confections
Fate-Inspired Confections
The Crumbs Fortune Cookie Cupcake Foresees a Tasty Future
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23
Thai Lemongrass Cupcakes
Thai Lemongrass Cupcakes
This Unique Cupcake Recipe Channels the Top Flavors of Thailand
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22
Sweet Soda-Infused Cupcakes
Sweet Soda-Infused Cupcakes
These Tasty Coca-Cola Cupcakes Combine Chocolate and Soda
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21
Decadent Donut Desserts
Decadent Donut Desserts
The Donut and Waffle Hybrid From DK Donuts Come in a Variety of Flavors
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20
Opulent Ice Cream Sundaes
Opulent Ice Cream Sundaes
The Victoria Luxury Ice Cream Sundae Costs a Whopping $1,000
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19
Deliciously Frozen Cupcake Treats
Deliciously Frozen Cupcake Treats
These Cupcakes are Crafty Decorated to Look Like Snow Cones
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18
Superhero Chocolate Strawberries
Superhero Chocolate Strawberries
These Spider-Man Strawberry Desserts are Super Simple to Make
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17
Bite-Sized Creme Brulee Cakes
Bite-Sized Creme Brulee Cakes
This 'Cupcake Project' Recipe is a Multi-Layered Delight
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16
Donut-Inspired Breakfasts
Donut-Inspired Breakfasts
The Boston Cream French Toast by Jessie Oleson Moore is Mind-Blowing
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15
Intricately Stacked Sweets
Intricately Stacked Sweets
This Apple Gateau Recipe is Cinnamony Fresh for Fall
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14
Safari Disguised Desserts
Safari Disguised Desserts
The 'Camo Cupcake Sandwiches' are a Hilarious Sweet Treat
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13
Festive Celebration Snacks
Festive Celebration Snacks
The Cupcakes and Cashmere 'Holiday Appetizers' Post is Joyous
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12
Cherry Pie Cupcakes
Cherry Pie Cupcakes
This Cordial Sweet by Cupcake Garden is the Perfect Way to End a Meal
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11
Classic Candy Bar Cupcakes
Classic Candy Bar Cupcakes
This Making It With Danielle Baked Good Infuses Snickers Chocolate
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10
DIY Fox Desserts
DIY Fox Desserts
This Buttercream Frosted Cake was Made by Baker Lyn­d­say Sung
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9
Carnival-Inspired Cupcakes
Carnival-Inspired Cupcakes
The Ice-Cream Cupcakes are Deceiving Yet Delicious
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8
Oozing Pie Mini Cakes
Oozing Pie Mini Cakes
Liven Up Dessert With the ‘King Arthur Flour’ Lemon Meringue Cup
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7
Confetti Party Nachos
Confetti Party Nachos
The Cupcake Project's Sweet Nachos Swap a Base of Tortilla Chips for Cookies
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6
Sprinkled Waffle Wigwams
Sprinkled Waffle Wigwams
The Ice Cream Cone Tepees are a Creative Way to Serve Cupcakes
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5
Cookie Dough Frosted Cupcakes
Cookie Dough Frosted Cupcakes
This 'Gimme Some Oven Peanut Chocolate' Recipe Will Railroad Diets
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4
Bite-Sized Campfire Cupcakes
Bite-Sized Campfire Cupcakes
The S'More or Less Treats Mimic Camping Snacks
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3
Pepperoni Pizza Cakes
Pepperoni Pizza Cakes
This Easy to make Pillsbury Recipe is for an Epic Layered Pizza Dish
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2
Cookie-Combined Dessert Pizzas
Cookie-Combined Dessert Pizzas
The Pizookie Party Platter Has Something for Everyone
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1
Cake Batter Rice Krispies
Cake Batter Rice Krispies
This 'Baked From a Box' Cupcake Recipe Look Too Good for Words
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