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42 Stunning Cakes in 10 Ingredients and Less

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    First, we showed you how to make 31 amazing birthday cakes step-by-step. Now we've got a whole new batch of 30 more showstopper cakes that'll be the talk of every birthday party. We show you how to make each surprisingly easy cake with pictures and diagrams.

    Owl Birthday Cake
    Making this adorable, wide-eyed owl cake for your kid's next birthday is sure to be a "wise" choice.

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    Hot Air Balloon
    Your adventurous kiddo will dream of circling the world in 80 days with this hot air balloon cake.

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    Koala
    The cuddly koala from Down Under makes one cute cake design.

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    Gumball Machine
    No need to put a quarter in this gumball machine cake—everyone gets a few on their slice.

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    Penguin
    Got a Happy Feet fan? Make him this cute penguin cake.

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    Squid
    Who knew squids could be so cute? Whip up this easy cake for your future marine biologist.

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    Unicorn 
    Your fairy princess will love this whimsical unicorn birthday cake.

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    Building Blocks
    Kid obsessed with building blocks? This colorful, easy cake design imitates the stackable toys.

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    Tuxedo
    Turn your kid's next birthday into a black-tie affair with this buttoned-up black tuxedo cake.

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    Ants
    Here's the perfect cake for your curious ant watcher—and the only time you'll allow bugs in the house!

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    Pig Cupcakes
    These little pink piggies will be right at home on a cupcake platter—and make serving a snap.

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    Frog Cupcakes
    Go green—literally—for your kids' next birthday with these fun frog cupcakes.

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    Island
    Give your beach-loving kiddo a taste of the tropics with this island-inspired cake design.

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    Bird House
    Your little bird-watcher-in-training will sing for this "tweet" cake.

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    American Flag
    Got a 4th of July or Flag Day birthday? Give it extra patriotic flair with this wavy flag cake.

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    Wii Controller 
    Make your Wii-gaming aficionado a matching cake for his next birthday.

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    Cherry Pie
    Is it a pie? Is it a cake? Luckily your kid will get both in this super-easy cheery cherry pie/cake hybrid.

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    Catcher's Mitt
    Score a home run for your baseball fan with this catcher's mitt cake.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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    Mermaid 
    Make a splash with this pretty mermaid cake.

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

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

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