14 Birthday Breakfast Ideas {Sweet and Savory}

Whether you’re cooking for your kids or adults, nothing says happy birthday like a new and fun way to make a special breakfast. These special breakfast ideas are perfect for both during the week, on the weekends, or maybe even for a special holiday like Mother’s Day!

From fresh fruit, to ice cream to bacon to feta cheese, throw a candle on it and scream HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

1. Easy Funfetti Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes

Estimated Time: About 30 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

There’s something about Funfetti batter that just makes pancakes irresistible. These pancakes are soft, fluffy, and loaded with colorful sprinkles. You can use festive sprinkles for any holiday, or just use your favorite colors. Top them with a vanilla powdered sugar glaze and don’t forget the candles! They’re perfect for a birthday breakfast or any other special occasion.

You’ll love this recipe because it uses cake box mix. This means there’s a good chance that you already have all the ingredients! It’s a delicious birthday breakfast for a child’s birthday.  

The end result is super fluffy pancakes with a bunch of sprinkles. Who doesn’t love sprinkles? This recipe also hits your sweet tooth better than just adding sprinkles to a normal pancake batter. Because funfetti, am I right? 

Ingredients for Funfetti Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix (15.25 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 1/3 cups 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles

Recipe for Easy Funfetti Birthday Cake Batter Pancakes


2. Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Estimated Time: About 30 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

Maybe it’s the rich cinnamon swirl, or the delicious crumb topping. But whatever it is, these coffee cakes are sure to please. They’re perfect for a special breakfast or brunch, or for any time you’re in the mood for something sweet and decadent. And they’re always a hit with family and friends. So if you’re looking for a recipe that will WOW your guests, be sure to try this one!

With this coffee cake, it’s all about the crumbles on the top that are absolutely delicious. This breakfast is also super super portable since they’re made in muffin tins.

This is a Daily DIY Life recipe so you know it meets the highest standards.

Psst… If you love this recipe, try making these delicious butter rum muffins.

Ingredients for Coffee Cake

Cinnamon Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2  Cups flour
  • 1 1/2 sticks  of melted butter (12 Tbsp) 

Muffin Batter: 

  • 3 Cups flour
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs


  • 1/2 powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. Milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Recipe for Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins

3. Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Estimated Time: ~ 25 to 35 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

Bananas and peanut butter are two of my favorite foods, so when you combine them and freeze them, it’s a match made in heaven! These banana bites are delicious and satisfying. The chocolate coating adds a nice sweetness and richness to the snack. Plus, the peanut butter filling is creamy and flavorful. These bites are perfect for a quick snack or a dessert. I highly recommend giving them a try.

You’ll love this recipe because there are only 4 ingredients in the entire recipe! This dessert recipe also has a nice blend of sweetness and salty notes.

Let’s be honest, it’s perfect for the birthday gal/guy that is a bit of a health nut.

Ingredients for Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites

  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 5 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup (64 grams) no sugar added chocolate chips
  • Kosher salt

Recipe for Frozen Peanut Butter Banana Bites

4. Funfetti French Toast

Estimated Time: ~1:30 hours (Prep time: 30 mins, Cook time: 1:30 mins)

Why you’ll love this recipe

Funfetti French toast is the perfect recipe for a special birthday breakfast because it’s festive, colorful, and delicious. The soft, fluffy brioche is battered and pan-fried, then stacked high and topped with frosting and sprinkles. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a special day!

It’s packed with color sprinkles. (ok, so we obviously have a thing for sprinkles). But if nothing else screams special birthday breakfast, it’s sprinkles!

Ingredients for Funfetti French Toast


  • Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
  • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 110°F (43°C)
  • ½ tablespoon instant yeast
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups all purpose flour, divided, plus more for dusting
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • ½ tablespoon McCormick® vanilla extract (or a vanilla extract substitute)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup rainbow nonpareils, divided, plus 2 tablespoons
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream


French Toast:

  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • rainbow sprinkle, for garnish

Recipe for Funfetti French Toast

5. Rainbow Waffles

Estimated Time: 15 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

Rainbow Waffles will delight everyone on their birthday because they are fun and festive. The colors of the rainbow make them perfect for any celebration, and they are sure to please everyone’s taste buds. They are also easy to make, so there’s no need to worry about a last-minute scramble to get something special ready. Just whip up a batch of Rainbow Waffles and enjoy.

These rainbow waffles are not only delicious, but playful. They are super easy to make and you end off with a tasty breakfast that looks like you spent hours on it.

The recipe can works no matter if you have a Belgian waffle maker (deeper square pockets) or traditional American waffle maker (shallower and smaller square pockets).

Ingredients for Rainbow Waffles

  • Waffle mix
  • Food colors
  • Cooking sprays

Recipe for Rainbow Waffles


6. Cream Cheese Danish 

Estimated Time: 40 min

Why you’ll love this recipe

What could be more perfect for a special breakfast than these cream cheese danishes? They are elegant and sophisticated, yet simple to make. The flaky pastry is delicious and the creamy filling is satisfying. They would be perfect for a brunch, morning tea party and of course a special birthday.

Like most Danish recipes, this is definitely a sweet one. But with the cream cheese you get a dash of savory as well. They’re also fast and easy to make when leveraging the forever-tasty Pillsbury Crescent Rolls.

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Danish

  • Pillsbury Seamless Crescent Dough
  • Block cream cheese (Philadelphia Cream Cheese is the favorite in my family).
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 Cup sugar

Recipe for Cream Cheese Danish

7. Mini Pancake Kabobs

Estimated Time: Prep: 10 mins / Cook: 12 mins 

Why you’ll love this recipe

These are a great way to show someone who is gluten free/intolerant that you love them (Note: For those with celiac disease, please review the recipe ingredients in detail to ensure that the recipe is safe for you).

Making gluten-free mini pancakes is a great way to show your loved ones that you care. By serving them something special, you are letting them know that you understand and appreciate their dietary restrictions. These mini pancakes are perfect for a festive brunch, and they will surely make your gluten-free guests feel extra special.

The completed kabobs are super cute, as well as super portable if you need to eat on the fly, or bring them to someone else’s home. 

Ingredients for Mini Pancake Kabobs 

  • ½ cup Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Sliced strawberries, chocolate hazelnut spread, and/or any other fillings you prefer

Recipe for Mini Pancake Kabobs

8. Pancake Cereal

Estimated Time: Prep: 10 mins / Cook: 10 mins 

Why you’ll love this recipe

Mini pancake cereal is the perfect trendy breakfast food. They’re small and crispy on the outside but soft in the center. They’re a great alternative to traditional pancakes, and they’re sure to be a hit at your next birthday breakfast gathering.

Pancake Cereal is basically tiny mini pancakes that you can eat like cereal. For you syrup lovers, you can also make this with syrup and not milk. However, if you do decide to go the milk route, eat quickly! The milk tends to turn pancake cereal into a soggy mess pretty quickly.

Pancake cereal has become  incredibly trendy. This trend went viral on Tiktok in Spring of 2020. It’s also a unique experience perfect for birthdays since they only occur once a year.

Ingredients for Pancake Cereal

  • 1 cup all purpose | plain flour, (140g | 4.9oz)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar or sweetener, (40g | 1.4oz)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk, (190ml, plus more as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, (40g | 1.4oz)
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg

Recipe for Pancake Cereal


9. Strawberry Scones

Estimated Time: Prep: 20 mins / Cook: 20 mins 

Why you’ll love this recipe

Scones tend to get a bad wrap of being hard to make. This recipe, however,  is extremely simple.

Strawberries season tends to start in June, so this recipe is perfect for those who have summer birthdays.

Scones are the perfect breakfast for a birthday. They are soft and tender, and they burst with fresh, delicious flavor. Plus, they are easy to customize to fit your needs. You can add all sorts of different ingredients to make them special, and the vanilla glaze makes them extra sweet and delicious. Whether you are celebrating a birthday or just looking for a delicious breakfast idea, scones are the perfect choice.

Ingredients for Strawberry Scones

  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cold, unsalted butter
  • Heavy cream 

Recipe for Strawberry Scone Recipe


10. Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

Estimated Time: Prep: 20 mins / Cook: 15 mins 

Why you’ll love this recipe

It leverages Bisquick! This was my family’s go-to pancake flour growing up and it still makes super delicious baked goods.

This shortbread recipe is also simple and easy to make. Not to mention it’s great for when strawberry season rolls around. Many people think of strawberry shortcake as a dessert, but it can also be a great breakfast or brunch dish. The biscuits are light and fluffy, and the strawberries and cream are the perfect combination of sweet and tart. Plus, it’s easy to make; you can have a delicious shortcake ready in just minutes.

Ingredients for Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

  • 1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 ⅓ cups Original Bisquick™ mix
  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • Salt
  • Cold, unsalted butter
  • Heavy cream 

Recipe for Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

11. Mixed Berry French Toast Casserole

Estimated Time: Prep: 5 mins / Cook: 40 mins 

Why you’ll love this recipe

One of the best things about French Toast Casserole is that it can easily be made the night before so you can wake up to a delicious breakfast without any fuss! Simply combine all of the ingredients in a baking dish, cover, and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, simply bake as directed and enjoy! This is a great way to get a hearty birthday breakfast without spending a lot of time in the kitchen.

This birthday breakfast is super convenient to make because it’s an overnight casserole. So you can do the entire prep the night before, and just bake it in the morning.

The ingredients are simple and you probably have most of them already in your fridge and pantry.

Also, you can add your favorite berries to the dish! It works exceptionally well with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries.

Ingredients for Mixed Berry French Toast Casserole

  • 1 loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 8 cups)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of choice
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (I used a mixture of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)

Recipe for Mixed Berry French Toast Casserole


12. Breakfast Cereal Parfait

Estimated Time: Prep: 3 mins / Cook: 0 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

There’s something about a breakfast parfait that just feels fancy and special. Maybe it’s the way the different textures and flavors all come together in one delicious bite. Or maybe it’s because they’re such a fun way to start the day. Either way, breakfast parfaits are definitely a special treat on a birthday morning.

They’re the perfect way to celebrate, because they are packed with all sorts of good-for-you ingredients. There are whole grains in the cereal, protein and calcium in the yogurt, and loads of antioxidants and vitamins in the fruit. Plus, they’re absolutely delicious, so you can really indulge on your birthday. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, breakfast parfaits are sure to make your birthday morning special.

Whether it’s Cheerios, Cap’n Crunch, Life, or Wheaties, you can use it for this recipe. You can literally use your favorite cereal! We repeat, any cereal. So this makes for the perfect last-minute special birthday breakfast.

Not to mention, it’s super easy to make. It clocks in at only three minutes, in total, to make!

Ingredients for Breakfast yogurt and Granola Parfait

  • Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Whole grain breakfast cereal or granola (we used Multigrain Cheerios)
  • Blueberries (or your berries of choice)
  • Bananas

Recipe for Breakfast Cereal Parfait


13. Zucchini Bread

Estimated Time: Prep: 15 mins / Cook: 60 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

This is personally one of our most popular breakfast recipes. It’s a great way to sneak some vegetables into your birthday breakfast meal. And depending who you’re cooking for, it might be exactly what is needed!

Zucchini bread is a great way to get your veggies in on a birthday morning without sacrificing taste. My family always loves when I make a special birthday breakfast, and zucchini bread is one of their favorites. I can pack in all the nutrients of a healthy veggie breakfast into something that tastes like dessert. And bonus — it’s really easy to make!

But seriously, this recipe is still birthday-worthy because it includes icing to help make it more of a delicious morning treat.

Ingredients for Zucchini Bread

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups zucchini, grated
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Recipe for Zucchini Bread


14. Mini Pop-Tarts

Estimated Time: Prep: 35 mins / Cook: 20 mins / Cool down: 45 mins

Why you’ll love this recipe

Who doesn’t love Pop-Tarts? This recipe is your chance to create pop tarts with your favorite filling. Also, Pop-Tarts are great, but homemade Pop-Tarts are just extra special in our home. They’re flakier, more buttery and extra delicious. 

First of all, you can customize them however you want. Want a chocolate-frosted pop tart? No problem! How about a strawberry-frosted one? Even better! You can also choose your own filling, whether it’s traditional cinnamon and sugar or something more adventurous like s’mores.

Second, they’re actually really easy to make. If you can make a sandwich, you can make a pop tart. The dough is quick and easy to put together, and the baking time is short so you won’t have to wait long for breakfast!

Ingredients for Mini Pop-Tarts

For the Pie Crust:

  • 3 cups (360 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks, 227 g) cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 8-10 tablespoons ice water

For The Frosted Strawberry:

  • 3/4 cup strawberry jam

For The Brown Sugar Cinnamon:

  • 1/2 cup (107 g) light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For The S’mores:

  • 3/4 cup marshmallow fluff
  • 8 mini Hershey bars (or 2 regular chocolate bars or milk chocolate chips)

For Vanilla Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (60 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon milk water, or cream
  • sprinkles for topping

For Cinnamon Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup (60 g) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon water milk, or cream

For The Milk Chocolate Ganache:

  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • Graham crackers crumbs for garnish

Recipe for Mini Pop-Tarts


Ready for Lunch, now?

Here are a few of our favorite lunch recipes.

Almond Crusted Chicken Tenders

10 Incredible Salad Recipes

Cheesy Monterey Chicken

Cheesy Taco Bell Loaded Potato Griller

We hope you enjoyed this post and our birthday breakfast ideas! Need a last-minute birthday cake? Try our Mini Birthday Cake Cheesecakes if you’re in a pinch. They’re amazing. Trust us.

Have Questions? Leave them in the comments below. Until then: Stay salty, and sweet 😉

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