Food & Recipes

30 Amazing Birthday Cake Designs

by Karen Tack, photos by Kenneth Chen


30 Amazing Birthday Cake Designs

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.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Mini chocolate chips make the owl’s short dark feathers, while banana Runts become the beak and talons.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Robot

No need for techie skills or double A’s to build this robot, which starts with an easy 9 x 13-inch cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Gum drops and M&M’s become colorful bolts and buttons on this realistic robot cake design.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Hot Air Balloon

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

This hot air balloon cake pops with color, thanks to Runts and rainbow sour belts.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Airplane

You’ll fly through cake decorating with the greatest of ease when you make this airplane cake for your pilot-in-training.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

This airplane cake flies through a sky of blue decorating sugar and clouds of cut-up marshmallows.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Koala

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Imitate a koala’s fuzzy fur with colored coconut, and its big nose with a chocolate Ring Ding.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Gumball Machine

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Multi-colored M&M’s imitate gumballs, and red frosting makes the cake look like a vintage gumball machine.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Penguin

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Chocolate cookies become the penguin’s flappy wings, and circus peanuts make the beak and feet.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Race Car

Your kid will feel like a true Indy 500 winner if you serve up this cake with a tall bottle of milk.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Chocolate-covered doughnuts make wheels on this sweet ride and a dark chocolate bar makes a sporty spoiler.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Squid

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Pipe purple frosting at varying lengths for tentacles, and stud rolled-out Laffy Taffys with Smarties for suction cups.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Unicorn 

Your fairy princess will love this whimsical unicorn birthday cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Use a sugar cone for the unicorn’s horn, and rainbow Twizzlers for its colorful mane.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Building Blocks

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Brightly-tinted frosting and matching fruit chews form four colorful cake blocks.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Bunny

Make your kid’s next birthday a “hoppy” one with this sweet pink bunny cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Use colored coconut for the bunny’s fluffy coat and marshmallows for the cotton-ball tail.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Tuxedo

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

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.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Teddy Bear

Your kid’s cuddly companion makes an equally cute cake design.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Create the teddy bear’s fuzzy texture by piping the frosting in squiggly circles.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Fairy Cupcakes

Impress your Tinkerbell fan with these sweet fairy birthday cupcakes.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Juicy Fruit gum is transformed into fairy wings, while rolled-out fruit chews become little dresses.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Ants

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Almond M&M’s form the bodies of scurrying ants, while yodel snack cakes make a magnificent handle.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Star Wars-Inspired

Boldly go where no cake has gone before with this cosmic cake design.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Twinkie light sabers and fruit chew stars give this cake intergalactic flair.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Pig Cupcakes

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Using pink marshmallows for the piggys’ snout and ears makes these cupcakes a cinch.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Fish Tank

Nothing’s fishy about this easy-to-make, colorful fish tank cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Decorate your fish tank cake with goldfish crackers, praline crunch aquarium pebbles and a graham-cracker castle.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Monster Truck

You’ll be the World’s Coolest Mom in your son’s eyes when you serve up this mega Monster Truck cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Frosted doughnuts make muddy wheels and crushed-up Oreos mimic dirt mounds in this monstrous cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Frog Cupcakes

Go green—literally—for your kids’ next birthday with these fun frog cupcakes.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Make extra-long, sticky frog tongues with Fruit by the Foot, and floppy frog feet with spearmint leaves.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Island

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

This beachy-keen cake has swaying palm tree leaves made from spearmint gum, and edible sand from crushed Nilla wafers.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Burger

What’s better than a burger? One made with cake “buns” and a cocoa-krispie “patty.”

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Roll out orange slices to make cheese, while spearmint leaves act as lettuce and pine nuts become giant sesame seeds.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Bird House

Your little bird-watcher-in-training will sing for this “tweet” cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Decorate this birdhouse cake with jelly bean flowers, chocolate nonpareils and a marshmallow Peep “peeping” out.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Golf Course 

Your pint-sized putter will love this easy cake—par none.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Colored coconut “grass” and ground vanilla wafer “sand” make this cake easier to decorate than sinking a putt.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

American Flag

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Create broad stripes and bright stars from Fruit by the Foot and white star candies.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Wii Controller 

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

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Fashion the iconic Wii buttons with Mentos and Orbit gum, while a marshmallow and blue Twizzler mimic the controller’s wrist strap.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

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.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Prepared cherry pie filling and tinted frosting in a lattice design make this cake design a snap.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Catcher’s Mitt

Score a home run for your baseball fan with this catcher’s mitt cake.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

Strips of red icing make a Sno Ball a baseball, and black licorice candies create stitching on the glove.

 

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Barn

Make your kid’s next birthday farmtastic with this realistic barn cake.

See the step-by-step recipe

 

Create bales of hay with shredded wheat, and barn roof shingles with Golden Grahams.

 

See the step-by-step recipe