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31 Awesome Birthday Cake Ideas

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    Castle
    This pink castle cake will enchant your little princess.

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    Sugar-coated ice cream cones and pretty pastel candies take this cake to new heights.

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    Dump Truck 
    You might not get his garbage truck fascination, but you'll love this realistic cake.

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    For dirt that's safe to eat, top the dump truck with crushed cookies and pretzels.

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    Fries
    Toasted sticks of store-bought pound cake could fool the most ardent fry-ophile.

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  • Serve up a carousel at your next party. This carnival favorite gets a sweet update in our Carousel Birthday Cake video.

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    Everyone knows you eat French fries for the ketchup. Kids will have fun dipping their faux fries into a paper cup of red frosting.

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    Shark
    Your pint-sized Jacques Cousteau will dive straight into this easy loaf cake.

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    This shark's toothy grin is made of cut-up marshmallows and fruit leather.

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    Pizza
    What kid doesn't love pizza? Especially when you can have it for both dinner and dessert.

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    This pizza cake is covered in cool toppings like Swedish Fish "anchovies" and white chocolate "cheese."

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    Snake
    Let your kid take a bite out of this slithering cupcake snake.

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    12 individual cupcakes decorated with M&M's make serving time neat and easy.

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    Lion
    This homemade lion cake is perfect for the king of the jungle gym.

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    Your kids can help make the lion's wavy mane with crunchy chow-mein noodles.

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    Train
    All aboard! Impress your little cabooses with this no-bake choo-choo train cake.

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    The railroad tracks are made of Kit-Kat style chocolate covered wafer cookies.

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    Monkey
    This is the cake for kids who like eating bananas and monkeying around. (Which means all of them.)

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    Cake and donuts? Now that's a birthday bonus.

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    Soccer Ball
    This soccer ball—grass and all—is a real game winner.

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    Soccer ball decoration is a snap—just use Oreo crisps.

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    Butterfly
    This gumdrop-topped butterfly will set little hearts aflutter.

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    Follow our pattern for this butterfly's wings or roll out your own geometric candy shapes.

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    Pirate Ship
    Forget the eye-patch. Indulge his pirate fantasy with this easy, arrrrr-tistic cake.

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    Pretzel rod masts and scary paper flags transform this skiff into a sea-worthy ship

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    Ladybug Cupcakes
    Cupcake ladybugs bring just as much good luck as the kind you find in the garden.

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    These cute button-shaped bugs are actually Mallomars covered in red frosting.

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    Horse
    Wish your kid happy trails with this chocolate horse cake.

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    Recreate a horse's thick mane with chocolate Twizzlers.

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    Dinosaur
    It's a fact, dinosaurs rule! Let your mini-paleontologist add his own spikes and scales.

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    Jelly-fruit slices are the perfect shape for dino dorsal plates and (probably) way more colorful than they were in prehistoric times.

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    Purse
    A dress-up party wouldn't be complete without this edible, eye-catching accessory.

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    Personalize this purse cake with a Tootsie roll initial.

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    Dragon
    Young wizards-in-training will obliterate this fire-breathing dragon.

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    Rolled out gumdrops add scaly texture to this fierce dragon.

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    Spider Cupcakes
    Who could be afraid of these sweet, chocolate crawlers?

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    For spider legs that are cute and not creepy, use yellow Runts.

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    Guitar
    Raising a future rock star? Make your strummer this yummy guitar cake.

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    Use marshmallows and pretzel sticks for tuning keys and your cake won't lose any twang.

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    Rocket Ship
    Your space cadet will be over the moon for his rocket ship cake.

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    An ice cream cone and some Hot Tamales make decorating this cake easier than doing the moonwalk.

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    Football
    Touchdown! Score major points with any Super Bowl fanatic with this football cake.

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    To get the football frosting just the right color, mix cocoa powder with a few drops of red food coloring.

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  • Kenneth Chen

    Martial Arts Jacket
    Young grasshoppers will get a kick out of this sweet martial arts jacket. (Change the belt color to match your kid's skill level.)

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    It's hard work earning those belts but this one only requires some Starburst and a rolling pin.

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    Skateboard
    If your sk8r boi loves his board, he'll love this one too. No Band-aids required.

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    Here's a trick you can master—decorate the board with a strip of rainbow sour belt.

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    Basketball and Hoop
    Let your kid be the Michael Jordan of the playground court—you can be the Shaq of birthday cakes.

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    The secret to the basketball's realistic texture—pressing a clean towel into the chilled frosting.

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    Cat
    Showcase this cake at a party and the neighborhood kids will think your tyke is one cool cat.

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    Use a fork and a little of your own creative flourish to create this cat cake's fluffy fur.

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    Bulldozer
    Partygoers will dig into this fun bulldozer cake.

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    For the bulldozer's shovel, frost a graham cracker and sprinkle it with crumbled cookies.

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    Puppy
    Puppy love! Dog lovers will jump for joy over this adorable, blue-eyed birthday treat.

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    Chocolate graham crackers make yummy, floppy ears for this sweet pup.

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    Turtle 
    Whether your kid is a fan of the pizza-eating, ninja kind or has a live one in a glass bowl, this turtle cake is sure to please.

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    Making a rabbit-quick shell pattern with rolled out fruit chews.

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    Princess
    A princess cake for your little princess, pretty in pink and trimmed in candy.

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    Bubblegum bows on the skirt give this cake the royal touch.

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    Mermaid 
    Make a splash with this pretty mermaid cake.

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    Bright, beachy colors add a little bit of surf to any kid's birthday.

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  • Kenneth Chen

    Microphone
    Your little one already likes to dazzle an audience. These mic cakes are cool enough to inspire a performance.

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    A little licorice lace wire makes this microphone pitch-perfect.

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