Birthday Cake Ideas and Designs

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Looking for birthday cake ideas and designs? I have on this page, some great cake decorating designs and ideas for both adults and children. Each design comes with step by step instructions so that you will be able to use this designs for your own cake projects.

There are tons of ideas for decorating birthday cakes. With a little creativity, you can create just about any design you want. Scroll down to the bottom of this page for themes and ideas that can help you in deciding the perfect theme or design for your cakes. Hope they will inspire you in creating your masterpieces.

Cake Designs and Tutorials

Birthday Birthday
Girl birthday cake Car birthday cake

Birthday Birthday
Football birthday cake Butterfly birthday cake

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Manchester Ben Tools


Need more ideas? Check out these birthday cake themes..
Birthday Cake Themes

  • Tiered cakes
  • Novelty cakes i.e, cakes sculptured into 3D designs or cakes made using special novelty cake pans
  • Cut out cakes, i.e., cakes cut into 2D shapes from normal sheet cakes
  • Numbers and alphabet cakes – cakes in the shape of numbers or alphabets. These are typically of the first letter of the birthday person’s name, or the age of the person.
  • Vehicles – cakes can either be cut out in the shape of a vehicle, or have the picture of a vehicle piped onto them. Alternatively, you can also use candies or chocolates in the shape of a vehicle to decorate birthday cakes. .
  • Sports – a very famous sports themed birthday cake idea is the ball cake. Using a special ball mould, you can bake a round cake and frost it to look like a ball, be it football, basket ball, cricket ball, or others. Alternatively, you can bake a rectangle cake and turn it into a football field. Just buy the readily available football players cake toppers and goal posts and arrange them on your field cake to look like a real sports field. You can also decorate your sports themed cake with designs of sports equipments like racquets, sports shoes, hockey sticks, cricket bats, etc. These items can be cut out from fondant or piped onto your cake with royal icing or butter icing.
  • Favorite food – shape and decorate the cake to resemble the birthday person’s favorite food or drinks.

Kids birthday cake themes

  • Blue for boys and pink for girls
  • Attractive bright colored decorations
  • Colorful decorations
  • Teddy bears
  • Clowns
  • Balloons
  • Favourite cartoon characters and licensed characters – there are loads of interesting cartoon and licensed character cakes that you can make for your child's birthday. You can make them using novelty shaped cake pans for licensed characters or cut them out from a plain sheet cake or simply transfer a licensed character pattern/picture onto a plain cake.
  • Animals – this is an interesting theme for children. Teddy bear cut out cakes are sure to thrill any child. Caterpillar cakes and butterfly cakes are also very famous with kids.
  • Toys – lego, building blocks, toy car race track, etc.
  • Fairy tales – princess and castles, pirates and treasure boxes, mermaids and the sea
  • Nursery rhymes – Humpty Dumpty, Polly Put The Kettle On, Ding Dong Bell, Twinkle – Twinkle Little Star.
  • Favourite food – use your child’s favourite chocolate and candies to decorate the birthday cake

Adult birthday cake themes

Here are some other adult cake themes that you can use to decorate birthday cakes for adults:

  • Hobbies/Interests – this is a very big theme. Find out the birthday’s persons interest or hobby and decorate a cake with that particular theme
  • Job related – this is another interesting cake decorating idea for working adults, especially someone who is very passionate about his or her job.

Do you have a great birthday cake idea to share? Submit your cake picture and tell us your great story of decorating the cake here. And don't forget to check out all the awesome cake designs and ideas submitted by great visitors like you in the 'Cakes Gallery' page.

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