4 Great Birthday Cake Ideas

If purchasing a birthday cake is outside your budget this year, or your local bakery simply lacks the creativity to come up with something new, then delving into the kitchen yourself can be simpler than you think.

In fact, experiment with any of the following birthday cake ideas, and you can ensure your birthday girl/boy benefits from an original and inventive cake design.

#1. Cupcakes


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The hardest thing about baking a cake is making sure there is enough for everyone. Too much and you’ll be munching on cake for days. Too little, and you could potentially send guests home with nothing.

Using individual cupcakes is an incredible way to overcome this problem as you can prepare 1 cupcake per confirmed guest (preventing waste), but also get creative with your designs. Popular children’s cakes include using cupcakes to make the shape of a caterpillar, snake or bugs, or layering them within a tier stand. Simply add some frosting and sweets, and you can immediately prevent wastage.

#2. Get creative with your shapes

Numbers, animals, bags, purses, castles or pirate ships… you’d be surprised by how easy it is to carve rectangle/circular sponges and shape them into your favourite things.

Even novice cake makers can have a go at this, as there are hundreds of template designs and tutorials on the web which can assist you during the carving and assemblage stages of the cake.

#3. Rainbow cake :


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A growing phenomenon, rainbow cake looks fantastic yet is incredibly easy to make. Just take a traditional sponge recipe, add some food colouring and you can create layers upon layers of delicious cake that you can order as you wish. For instance, you could focus solely on your child’s favour colour (making each layer a different shade); you could concentrate on a small collection of colours they like or you could go for the full rainbow effect.

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Alongside these rainbow layers, you could also try cutting  out the centre of several layers, and filling them with their favourite sweets and chocolates to create the illusion that they are bursting out.

#4. Think outside the box

Similar to the cupcake idea, instead of opting for traditional layers of sponge cake, why not create a cake from your favourite foods? From shaping piles of profiteroles to resemble a cake, to tiering wheels of cheese; you can get creative with your birthday cakes and ensure it is something the birthday girl/boy will always remember.

About the Author:

David has a keen interest in the food industry and associated with CaterLine Ltd. a leading UK catering equipment supplier for restaurants, hotels, bars, kitchens.