Birthday Cake Delight

 

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Birthday Cake Delight is a dreamy layered dessert made with vanilla pudding, fluffy cream cheese, and whipped cream, all on top of a vanilla cookie crust.
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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
  7. More Recipes You’ll Love
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Birthday cake delight is a cool and creamy no-bake dessert. A fun alternative to a traditional birthday cake, this birthday cake delight is a treat of flavors and textures. With layers of fluffy cream cheese, creamy vanilla pudding, and whipped cream, this layered dessert is simple to make and full of fun.

If you love yummy delight recipes you’ll also want to make Oreo Delight, Butterscotch Delight, and Strawberry Delight

a close up shot of a slice of Birthday Cake Delight on a plate

Birthday Cake Delight Ingredients

You will need:

  • 1 (14.3 ounce) package of vanilla sandwich cookies (approximately 36 cookies, 2 ½ cups when crushed)
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, melted and cooled (plus more for greasing the dish)
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 16-ounce tub of frozen whipped topping (Cool Whip), defrosted and divided 
  • ¼ cup 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 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 or chocolate Oreo sandwich cookies as an alternative.

How to Make This Birthday Cake Delight Recipe

PRO TIP: 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: Butter an 8×8 glass baking dish and set it aside.

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

STEP THREE: Press cookie/butter mixture into the greased baking dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill while preparing the next layer.

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

PRO TIP: 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: 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.

PRO TIP:  Make sure that your cookie crust is completely cool before adding your second layer. It’s important that the crust is cooled so that the following layers set properly on top of it.

whipped topping added to the cream cheese in a bowl

STEP FIVE: Spread cream cheese mixture over the chilled cookie crumb layer and place back into the freezer for another 10 minutes.

cream cheese layer spread over the cookie crumb crust in a baking dish

STEP SIX: 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.

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

STEP EIGHT: 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.

whipped topping and sprinkles places over the top if the cake in a baking dish

How to Serve

Perfect for any celebration, potluck, or get-together, serve this scrumptious Birthday Cake Delight with a scoop of no-churn birthday cake ice cream. Enjoy a piece of Birthday Cake delight with a glass of iced tea or coffee on the side. 

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.  

IN THE FREEZER: This delicious cake freezes exceptionally well and can be frozen for up to 3 months. Defrost in the refrigerator before serving.

overhead shot of Birthday Cake Delight in a glass baking dish

Birthday Cake Delight, also sometimes called Birthday Cake Lush, is a dreamy layered dessert that will bring a smile to everyone’s face when you serve it. It’s not a birthday cake without sprinkles, so don’t forget to add your favorite sprinkles to the top of this sweet dessert. Cool and creamy, this no-bake dessert is made with vanilla pudding, fluffy cream cheese, and whipped cream, all on top of a vanilla cookie crust. 

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 7 days.

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a close up shot of a slice of Birthday Cake Delight on a plate

Birthday Cake Delight

Birthday Cake Delight is a dreamy layered dessert made with vanilla pudding, fluffy cream cheese, and whipped cream, all on top of a vanilla cookie crust.
Prep Time 20 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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 ounce tub of frozen whipped topping, Cool Whip, defrosted and divided
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles plus more for garnish
  • 6.8 ounces vanilla-flavoured instant pudding mix, (or white chocolate pudding, if available)
  • 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 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.
  • Make sure that your cookie crust is completely cool before adding your second layer. It’s important that the crust is cooled so that the following layers set properly on top of it.

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