Calling All August Babies! Birthday Treat of the Month

This month, we're celebrating August birthdays (and beating the heat) with ice cream sundaes with a cherry on top.

Food Network Kitchen's Homemade Ice Cream Sundae And Toppings

Photo by: Tara Donne ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

We’re big on birthdays here in the Food Network offices. It’s a time when we all preheat our ovens, pull out our mixers and bake something special for our co-workers. But that whole run-of-the-mill birthday cake thing? It’s been done. We’re here to prove that there’s more to birthdays than classic birthday cake — and our treats don’t need to be sweet either. Instead of agonizing over the perfect gift, remember that all a birthday boy or girl needs is a little something homemade to know how much you care.

When it comes to showing the August baby in your life some love, do it in the most-special way possible: with a cherry on top. Ice cream lovers will go wild for these loaded ice cream creations, piled high with sprinkles, whipped cream, hot fudge and a few unexpected toppings. With hot and cold elements, these crowd-pleasing festive treats are perfect for ringing in the peak of summer heat. There's a science to making the perfect ice cream sundae, and you can learn how to build the idyllic one here. Read on for more quirky, cherry-topped (and candlelit) sundae creations.

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Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Skillet Cookie Sundae Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Skillet Cookie Sundae, as seen on The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, HOLIDAY/SUPER BOWL/COMFORT/HEALTHY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Break out your skillet for a treat that's totally birthday worthy: Ree Drummond's  Skillet Cookie Sundae. Bake a chocolate chip-studded cookie in a skillet, then top the still-warm cookie with ice cream and all the classics, like hot fudge, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

Think of this sweet-as-can-be waffled treat as the most-decadent way to wake someone up on his or her birthday. Cook chocolatey batter in a waffle iron, then pile the finished product high with all the good stuff for a   Waffled Brownie Sundae.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Hot, homemade cookie bars are just asking to be done up with a few scoops of ice cream. Present the birthday girl or boy with an easy, classic  Chocolate Chip Caramel Ice Cream Sundae that comes together in just 30 minutes, baking and all.

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Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Sundae Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Networks Kitchen’s Homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Sundae, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, FN Essentials/Weeknights/Fall/Holidays Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

Photo by: Renee Comet ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Renee Comet, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Really show a friend you care by making a different kind of ice cream sundae, complete with a homemade batch of vanilla ice cream with a golden pineapple swirl. Instead of going the classic hot fudge-and-whipped-cream route, build this  Homemade Pineapple Upside-Down Sundae with slices of pound cake, juicy pineapple, whipped cream and, of course, cherries.

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