From animals and food to fairy tales and sports, there’s easy birthday cake ideas for every kid in this new batch of 30 step-by-step recipes.
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.
Mini chocolate chips make the owl’s short dark feathers, while banana Runts become the beak and talons.
No need for techie skills or double A’s to build this robot, which starts with an easy 9 x 13-inch cake.
Gum drops and M&M’s become colorful bolts and buttons on this realistic robot cake design.
Hot Air Balloon
Your adventurous kiddo will dream of circling the world in 80 days with this hot air balloon cake.
This hot air balloon cake pops with color, thanks to Runts and rainbow sour belts.
You’ll fly through cake decorating with the greatest of ease when you make this airplane cake for your pilot-in-training.
This airplane cake flies through a sky of blue decorating sugar and clouds of cut-up marshmallows.
The cuddly koala from Down Under makes one cute cake design.
Imitate a koala’s fuzzy fur with colored coconut, and its big nose with a chocolate Ring Ding.
No need to put a quarter in this gumball machine cake—everyone gets a few on their slice.
Multi-colored M&M’s imitate gumballs, and red frosting makes the cake look like a vintage gumball machine.
Got a Happy Feet fan? Make him this cute penguin cake.
Chocolate cookies become the penguin’s flappy wings, and circus peanuts make the beak and feet.
Your kid will feel like a true Indy 500 winner if you serve up this cake with a tall bottle of milk.
Chocolate-covered doughnuts make wheels on this sweet ride and a dark chocolate bar makes a sporty spoiler.
Who knew squids could be so cute? Whip up this easy cake for your future marine biologist.
Pipe purple frosting at varying lengths for tentacles, and stud rolled-out Laffy Taffys with Smarties for suction cups.
Your fairy princess will love this whimsical unicorn birthday cake.
Use a sugar cone for the unicorn’s horn, and rainbow Twizzlers for its colorful mane.
Kid obsessed with building blocks? This colorful, easy cake design imitates the stackable toys.
Brightly-tinted frosting and matching fruit chews form four colorful cake blocks.
Make your kid’s next birthday a “hoppy” one with this sweet pink bunny cake.
Use colored coconut for the bunny’s fluffy coat and marshmallows for the cotton-ball tail.
Turn your kid’s next birthday into a black-tie affair with this buttoned-up black tuxedo cake.
Cut chocolate wafers to make a jaunty bow tie and crinkle a Fruit by the Foot for a lapel flower. Secure the tuxedo “jacket” with a Junior Mint button.
Your kid’s cuddly companion makes an equally cute cake design.
Create the teddy bear’s fuzzy texture by piping the frosting in squiggly circles.
Impress your Tinkerbell fan with these sweet fairy birthday cupcakes.
Juicy Fruit gum is transformed into fairy wings, while rolled-out fruit chews become little dresses.
Here’s the perfect cake for your curious ant watcher—and the only time you’ll allow bugs in the house!
Almond M&M’s form the bodies of scurrying ants, while yodel snack cakes make a magnificent handle.
Boldly go where no cake has gone before with this cosmic cake design.
Twinkie light sabers and fruit chew stars give this cake intergalactic flair.
These little pink piggies will be right at home on a cupcake platter—and make serving a snap.
Using pink marshmallows for the piggys’ snout and ears makes these cupcakes a cinch.
Nothing’s fishy about this easy-to-make, colorful fish tank cake.
Decorate your fish tank cake with goldfish crackers, praline crunch aquarium pebbles and a graham-cracker castle.
You’ll be the World’s Coolest Mom in your son’s eyes when you serve up this mega Monster Truck cake.
Frosted doughnuts make muddy wheels and crushed-up Oreos mimic dirt mounds in this monstrous cake.
Go green—literally—for your kids’ next birthday with these fun frog cupcakes.
Make extra-long, sticky frog tongues with Fruit by the Foot, and floppy frog feet with spearmint leaves.
Give your beach-loving kiddo a taste of the tropics with this island-inspired cake design.
This beachy-keen cake has swaying palm tree leaves made from spearmint gum, and edible sand from crushed Nilla wafers.
What’s better than a burger? One made with cake “buns” and a cocoa-krispie “patty.”
Roll out orange slices to make cheese, while spearmint leaves act as lettuce and pine nuts become giant sesame seeds.
Your little bird-watcher-in-training will sing for this “tweet” cake.
Decorate this birdhouse cake with jelly bean flowers, chocolate nonpareils and a marshmallow Peep “peeping” out.
Your pint-sized putter will love this easy cake—par none.
Colored coconut “grass” and ground vanilla wafer “sand” make this cake easier to decorate than sinking a putt.
Got a 4th of July or Flag Day birthday? Give it extra patriotic flair with this wavy flag cake.
Create broad stripes and bright stars from Fruit by the Foot and white star candies.
Make your Wii-gaming aficionado a matching cake for his next birthday.
Fashion the iconic Wii buttons with Mentos and Orbit gum, while a marshmallow and blue Twizzler mimic the controller’s wrist strap.
Is it a pie? Is it a cake? Luckily your kid will get both in this super-easy cheery cherry pie/cake hybrid.
Prepared cherry pie filling and tinted frosting in a lattice design make this cake design a snap.
Score a home run for your baseball fan with this catcher’s mitt cake.
Strips of red icing make a Sno Ball a baseball, and black licorice candies create stitching on the glove.
Make your kid’s next birthday farmtastic with this realistic barn cake.
Create bales of hay with shredded wheat, and barn roof shingles with Golden Grahams.