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Birthday Cake Delight

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Birthday cake delight is a heavenly and light layered dessert that is simple to make and full of fun.
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Table of Contents
  1. Birthday Cake Delight Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Birthday Cake Delight Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
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A sweet vanilla cookie crust layered with fluffy cream cheese, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped cream combine to make a birthday cake delight that will undoubtedly bring a smile to everyone’s face when you serve it.

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Birthday Cake Delight Ingredients

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This dessert starts with a buttery, crunchy crust made from vanilla sandwich cookies and melted butter.

The creamy layers feature a sweet and tangy mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract, complemented by a light and fluffy Cool Whip topping.

Rainbow sprinkles add a festive touch, while a velvety pudding layer made from instant pudding mix and whole milk ties everything together.

You’ll need:

  • 1 (14.3-ounce) package of vanilla sandwich cookies (approximately 36 cookies, 2½ cups when crushed)
  • 6 tablespoons of salted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for greasing the dish)
  • 16 ounces (2 packages) of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 16-ounce tub of frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), defrosted and divided into 1 cup, 1 cup, and remainder
  • ¼ cup of rainbow sprinkles, plus more for garnish
  • 2 (3.4-ounce) packages of vanilla-flavored instant pudding mix (or white chocolate pudding, if available)
  • 2 cups of whole milk

Substitutions And Additions

PUDDING MIX: You could swap the flavor of the pudding mix for your favorite flavor.

Try chocolate for a chocolate cake delight or butterscotch for a butterscotch delight as fun alternatives.

TOPPING: Top with vanilla Oreo cookie crumbles along with the sprinkles.

WHIPPED CREAM: If you would rather use homemade whipped cream, try our recipe here.

SPRINKLES: You can pick whatever color of sprinkles you want for this cake. If you are making this recipe for a girl’s birthday, pick pink and purple.

For a boy, use shades of blue and green. You could even make this for Christmas or Easter and choose color-coordinated sprinkles for the occasion.

VANILLA SANDWICH COOKIES: If you can’t get vanilla sandwich cookies, there are a few options you could choose from instead.

If you want to stick with the vanilla base, you could use vanilla wafers instead. You could also use graham crumbs, chocolate, or Oreo sandwich cookies as an alternative.

How To Make This Birthday Cake Delight Recipe

Let’s dive into the step-by-step instructions for creating all the scrumptious layers of this truly delightful dessert.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

It’s highly recommended to make this dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.

STEP ONE: In the large bowl of a food processor, crush the vanilla sandwich cookies until small, even crumbs form. Add the melted butter and pulse until combined.

vanilla cookies being blended in a food processor

STEP TWO: Press the cookie/butter mixture into an 8×8 greased baking dish and place in the freezer for ten minutes to chill while preparing the next layer.

STEP THREE: With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and one cup of frozen whipped topping until smooth and creamy (about five minutes).

Add in the sprinkles and stir just until combined.

PRO TIP:

Make sure your cream cheese is room temperature so that you don’t have lumps in this layer.

Some types of sprinkles have the color “painted” on and will bleed. If you are concerned about bleeding, test your sprinkles before stirring them in. 

STEP FOUR: Spread the cream cheese mixture over the chilled cookie crumb layer and place it back into the freezer for another ten minutes.

cream cheese layer being spread over cookie crumb crust

STEP FIVE: With a whisk or beater, combine both packages of pudding mix, milk, and one cup of frozen whipped topping.

Whisk until combined and the mixture begins to thicken.

STEP SIX: Spread the pudding layer over the chilled cream cheese layer and chill for 30 minutes or until the pudding is set.

pudding layer being spread over cream cheese layer

STEP SEVEN: Gently top with whipped topping, creating swoops with the back of a spoon or spatula (you may have leftover whipped topping).

Top with more sprinkles. Chill until ready to serve.

sprinkles being topped over cake

How To Serve

Serve this delicious birthday cake delight alongside our no-churn birthday cake ice cream or no-churn vanilla ice cream.

Serve the piece of cake with our iced tea, raspberry iced tea, sweet peach iced tea, or our southern strawberry sweet tea on the side.

If you like this no-bake treat, we can help you with other variations on the recipe, including Oreo delight, butterscotch delight, and pineapple delight dessert.

Storage

Here are a few handy tips for storing this sweet treat to enjoy later.

IN THE FRIDGE: Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to seven days. 

IN THE FREEZER: This delicious cake freezes exceptionally well and can be frozen for up to three months. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

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This happy birthday cake delight is such a fun alternative to a traditional birthday cake. It is easy to make with no baking required. Luscious layers of different textures and tastes make this an absolutely delightful choice for a celebration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get the cream cheese to room temperature quickly?

To get the cream cheese to room temperature quickly, cut the cream cheese into cubes and place it on a plate for about 20 minutes.

Can you freeze this cake?

This cake freezes well. Store in an airtight container and thaw overnight before serving.

How do you store this cake?

You can store this cake in the refrigerator for up to seven days.

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Birthday Cake Delight

5 from 5 votes
Birthday cake delight is a heavenly and light layered dessert that is simple to make and full of fun.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 14.3 ounces vanilla sandwich cookies, (approximately 36 cookies, 2 ½ cups when crushed)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for greasing dish)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16 ounces frozen whipped topping, Cool Whip, defrosted and divided into 1 cup, 1 cup, and remainder
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles, plus more for garnish
  • 6.8 ounces vanilla-flavored instant pudding mix, or white chocolate pudding
  • 2 cups whole milk

Instructions
 

  • Butter an 8×8 glass baking dish and set it aside.
  • In the bowl of a food processor, crush vanilla sandwich cookies until small even crumbs form. Add melted butter and pulse until combined.
  • Press cookie/butter mixture into the greased baking dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill while preparing the next layer.
  • With a hand mixer or in the bowl of a standing mixer, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and 1 cup of frozen whipped topping until smooth and creamy (about 5 minutes). Add in sprinkles and stir just until combined.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture over the chilled cookie crumb layer and place back into the freezer for another 10 minutes.
  • With a whisk or beater, combine both packages of pudding mix, milk, and 1 cup of frozen whipped topping. Whisk until combined and mixture begins to thicken.
  • Spread pudding layer over the chilled cream cheese layer and chill for 30 minutes or until pudding is set.
  • Gently top whipped topping, creating swoops with the back of a spoon or spatula (you may have leftover whipped topping). Top with more sprinkles. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

  • It’s highly recommended to make this dessert a day ahead of time and refrigerate it overnight. This will allow it to thicken and makes it easier to cut into slices.
  • Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature so that you don’t have lumps in this layer.
  • Some types of sprinkles have the color “painted” on them and will bleed. If you are concerned about bleeding, test your sprinkles before stirring them in.

Nutrition

Calories: 743kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 581mg | Potassium: 240mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 65g | Vitamin A: 1035IU | Calcium: 162mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Nancy Rigby says

    5 stars
    Glad I found this recipe . We are starting to have refreshments again at church. I have a special birthday that I wanted to share cake with the others . His birthday is between during the week so this sounds great . Thanks again for sharing. Going to do chocolate.

  2. Francine Jacobson says

    5 stars
    This recipe will be a killer–
    I will make it tomorrow but I ALREADY KNOW IT IS GOING TO BE A SUCCESS

  3. Dee says

    I’m making this right now! Is it a good recipe to make a couple of days in advance? Does it last for a few days in the fridge?

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