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Sweet Solutions: What Dessert Should I Get for an Office Birthday that Isn’t Cake?

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Q: What Dessert Should I Get for an Office Birthday that Isn’t Cake?

While we are big fans of the traditional birthday cake, we are also big fans of breaking out of the norm. So disregarding how well you know Nancy the Junior Account Exec, Jordan the Office Manager, or whoever’s birthday we’re celebrating, when someone asked us for another suggestion for an office birthday party that isn’t cake— we didn’t have too much trouble putting our thinking caps on.

Though of course, it wouldn’t hurt to take note if Nancy or Jordan preferred chocolate or vanilla. Just a suggestion.

Cupcakes

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via BillysBakeryNYC Instagram

The New York staple reminds us of the good ol’ kid’s birthday party, but Mom knew what she was doing when she served these tiny cakes. Cupcakes mean no messing with plates, knives, and clean up. Also, none of that awkward waiting for on-the-diet coworkers nitpicking the size of their slice. Equal distribution and less whining? Cupcakes make so much sense as the perfect kid dessert now. Mom was so right.

Try the German chocolate cupcakes at Billy’s Bakery. We’ll help bring them to your office.

Macarons

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via MilleFeuilleNYC Instagram

OK, so we know that you wouldn’t traditionally stick a birthday candle in a macaron but it is possible. You could also line up enough macarons to spell “Happy Birthday!” or even include their name if you order a lot (or if they have a very short name). There’s also just something fancy feeling about macarons that feels level-up special— possibly because of the “natural” French accent it gives us. You can also choose different flavors, so no one feels left out. Also the more flavors, the more colorful the spread. And the more colorful the spread, well, you’re break room’s about to break into an Instagram photo shesh.

We can throw back macaron after macaron from Mille Feuille. And we can bring them right to you.

Baklava

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via PiBakerie Instagram

Chocolate, pistachio, or maybe just traditional. Who wouldn't love the not-too-sweet flavor and flaky texture of baklava? The variety, eating it sans knife or fork, and having a giant pile of pastry are enough reasons to throw your own office birthday bacchanal. Plus, we just like it with coffee, aka the lifeblood of every office place.

It’s your party and you can make it rain birthday baklava with our help from Pi Bakerie.

Cream Puffs

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via ChikaliciousNYC instagram

Consider cream puffs as the dessert world’s version of a gift box, except instead of a sweater or a candle wrapped in tissue paper, there’s only sweet, oozy filling. Cream puffs aren’t shared enough, and we should help it become the new birthday go-to. Not only are they filled with surprise goodness just waiting to escape, but they’re portable, easily portioned, and they’re a treat onto themselves— when’s the last time you got yourself a cream puff? Tuesday? Pffft, you deserve one now.

One look at these desserts and you’ll think bow-chikka-wow-wow, or more like this Puff Chika Creme Puff from Chikalicious.