While there is certainly more than one way to celebrate a birthday, most birthday bashes include a birthday cake. But not everyone is a fan of birthday cakes, which can throw a proverbial wrench in your birthday party planning plans. Thankfully, there are more than a few birthday cake alternatives that are easy to make and just as beautiful, and not to mention delicious, as the classic birthday cake.

Maybe the person with the birthday wants a special dessert that’s as unique as they are. Maybe they prefer pie or ice cream (or, even better, pie and ice cream) to a traditional cake. There’s also the chance that the person you’re celebrating doesn’t care if they celebrate their day with a cake or not, so why not think outside the box?

No matter how you choose to celebrate the day, making a birthday dessert for someone special in your life (or treating yourself to one) is a great way to show just how much you are. And remember: Sometimes a birthday pizza is just as delicious as a birthday cake, pie, or ice cream sundae. In other words: Get creative when it comes to the next birthday celebration you host, and your guests will be impressed. These creative birthday cake alternatives are a great place to start.