Ohhhh, office birthday parties. You know something sweet’s about to go down when you see a big ol’ sheet cake in the fridge or on the break room table, complete with a card and – dare we say it? – confetti.
We all have a love-hate relationship with office birthday celebrations, really. While everyone enjoys congratulating someone for getting older, it can all become a little, well, monotonous. The same sheet cake with the same message (“Happy birthday, [insert name here]!”), well-meaning coworkers awkwardly singing “Happy Birthday” off-key, and, of course, the stares from said coworkers as you try to daintily yet gracefully bite into that sugar-laden concoction called a cake. Yes, we see you nodding your head along with that smirk on your face.
Whoever said that we have to have cake when we celebrate birthdays at work? No one, that’s who! So don’t be afraid to spice it up a bit with these 10 different dessert ideas:
Brownies – Whether they’re in a tray pan or stacked on a cake stand or pedestal, brownies are always a smart choice. Bonus points if they’re extra chocolate-y, garnished with candy, or bedecked with candles.
Cheesecake – It’s cheesy. It’s cake-y. It’s just plain delicious. No matter which flavor (or combination of flavors!) of cheesecake you choose, this creamy, decadent dessert will be a hit at the office.
Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Trays – Is the birthday boy or girl a bit more health-conscious? Bring in an array of fruit smothered in chocolate to celebrate! Really, you just can’t go wrong with a tray full of strawberries, bananas, apple wedges, and pineapple dipped in white, milk, or dark chocolate.
Cinnamon Rolls – Who doesn’t love walking into the room and being greeted by the sweet wafting aroma of freshly-baked cinnamon rolls? Surprise the colleague in question with a birthday brunch featuring cinnamon rolls and plenty of ooey-gooey icing. Just be forewarned – you might need to prepare a mop to wipe up all the drool off the floor!
Cookie Cake – We get it. Some people don’t really like cake. That’s why there’s the cookie cake. It’s festive, delicious, and still gives you room to personalize it with your own special message. Between the gooey chocolate chips and the colorful ring of icing, what’s not to love?
Doughnuts – Whether you’re picking up a box or two of doughnuts or decide to stack a mouth-watering pile of glazed donuts into the most scrumptious pyramid known to humankind, the office is sure to enjoy this choice dessert.
Gooey Butter Cookies – Okay, we’re just gonna say it. Gooey butter cake is pretty much the best kind of cake. Besides, it’s a St. Louis tradition! This year, bring a fresh dozen or two of soft, melt-in-your-mouth gooey butter cookies.
Ice Cream Sundae Bar – For a fun yet more hands-off birthday celebration, let everyone get what their heart desires with an ice cream sundae bar. Provide a few flavors of ice cream, an array of toppings, nuts, and, of course, sauces to let everyone celebrate just the way they like it.
Rice Krispies Treat Cake – Now this is how you make someone feel young again on their birthday. Bring back happy memories of childhood with a triple-layered treat filled with marshmallow-y goodness. With or without icing, it’s sure to be a hit!
Pie – From good old-fashioned flavors like apple, cherry, or blueberry to something a little more exotic like a Reese’s peanut butter pie, you’re pretty much winning at life when you choose pie for a birthday dessert. We suggest snagging a few different flavors of pies for everyone to sample and savor!
You know where you can get the best desserts in St. Louis? Two words: McArthur’s Bakery. Stop by one of our locations or call us at (314) 894-0900 to place your order!