See how DWTS pro Witney Carson surprised partner Von Miller for his birthday

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Talk about your just desserts.

After their long rehearsal Thursday, Dancing with the Stars pro Witney Carson provided partner Von Miller with a sweet reward and early birthday surprise – a custom ice cream cake.

Although the Denver Broncos linebacker‘s birthday is on Saturday, the former mirror ball champ wanted to celebrate her partner early.

“Von asked me the other day, ‘What are you going to get me for my birthday?’ And so I got to thinking,” Carson tells PEOPLE. “He already has everything. He’s got the bling, he’s got the shoes, he’s got everything. So I thought let’s think of something unique and fun, so I got him a chicken cake and surprised him with all his friends.”

The “chicken cake” is a nod to Miller’s college major, poultry science, and his budding chicken farm. The cake featured a cartoon drawing of a chicken and was not made with chickens, but rather red velvet and sweet cream ice cream from Coldstone Creamery, which Carson decided to upend into Miller’s face for added surprise effect.

“That was the dopest gift,” the Super Bowl MVP says of his partner’s gesture, after wiping the icing off his face. The mini celebration included a surprise appearance from Miller’s pal, San Diego Chargers linebacker Melvin Ingram, and a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” from DWTS cast members Jodie Sweetin, Kim Fields and their partners Keo Motsepe and Sasha Farber.

The pair, who earned 21/30 for their first performance during the show’s season premiere, is feeling good about their performance heading into week two.

“We have a lot of great competitors here,” says Miller. “There are a lot of great competitors in the National Football League, there’s talent everywhere. What I do to keep me focused is worry about myself and try to be the best possible Von I can be and that seems to work for me. Around all this talent I’m trying to bring that same energy.”

“Von has been one of my best students I have to say,” adds Carson. “He’s very hard working and he wants to do better everyday, so that’s all you can ask.”

Miller’s focused yet playful energy translates into how his Broncos teammates and other NFL pals view him on the show – they do not shy away from harassing him about his dancing.

“The shoes,” Miller says of the element he’s been made fun of by his friends so far. “I’m known to have nice cool shoes no matter what I have on and when the guys see me in these dance heels, they lose it. I’ve had guys take screen shots of the shoes from my last performance and they send them to me, like ‘What are those?’ That will never get old. And every week we have a new fun costume so I’m sure I’ll get killed about that. But it’s all fun and games. This is a huge wonderful opportunity and I’m excited to be here and trying to take advantage of the opportunity.”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.