Cute and Quirky Cake Ideas for Your Kid’s Next Birthday Party

Birthday party Kid?s birthday parties are a great time to pull out all the stops when it comes to themes and decorations. And what?s the centerpiece of a well-planned child?s birthday party? The cake! Baking your child?s birthday cake at...

Birthday party
Birthday party

Kid?s birthday parties are a great time to pull out all the stops when it comes to themes and decorations. And what?s the centerpiece of a well-planned child?s birthday party? The cake!

Baking your child?s birthday cake at home can be a way to cut down on party costs and have some creative fun in the kitchen.

Get Your Young Ones Involved

If you and your children enjoy baking together, ask them to help make the cake with you before the party. Or, if the party is small enough, ask everyone to pitch in as one of the party?s activities. It?s fun for kids to see the whole process of baking a cake? including the eating part!

Even if your birthday boy or girl isn?t a fan of mixing, whisking and stirring, he or she can help you choose the overall design of the cake. For children?s parties, the options available for cake design are endless, so encourage him or her to unleash creativity.

Once you?ve got the basic theme picked out, then you can backtrack to the basic details, like deciding if the cake base should be vanilla or chocolate or if the decoration on top should be cream frosting or fondant.

Farm Animal Themed Cake
Farm Animal Themed Cake

Decorate with Candy

One fail-safe way to make sure your kid?s birthday cake is a smash hit with the partygoers is to decorate it with candy. Use chocolate bars to build fences or form trees, candy-coated chocolates to form stones or spell out letters or gumdrops to form animals to make fun edible artwork. This can make the difference between just a fun design and the highlight of the party. Wish you could sculpt something? Try making chocolate or caramel sugar shapes by dripping hot, molten candy on a metal tray and letting it harden. Or, use pliable marzipan to make figurines in much the same way you?d use a toddler?s play clay.

Some examples of successful candy decorations include a domino cake with chocolate and vanilla frosting and M&Ms for the number dots; a round, flat ?pizza? cake with bits of candy representing the salami, anchovies and other toppings; or small mints or hard candies as floats and life preservers over aqua-tinted frosting for a swimming pool cake. Find out what kind of candy your kid?s friends like best and go from there.

Go Mini With Cupcakes

Small boys and girls love having their very own mini-sized cakes, especially if they?ve been personalized just for them. If you?ve got children of different ages attending the party?or if you?re hoping to have a big cake just for the adults?why not let the smallest children have little cupcakes with their names on them that match the big cake?

If you don?t want to worry about attendee?s names, make the cupcakes special, but still part of the overall cake design.  Combine the design of the small and large cakes by making a large duck-shaped cake and yellow duckling-decorated cupcakes; a school bag cake and red and green apple-decorated cupcakes; a car cake with wheel-decorated cupcakes; or a mothership cake with mini-UFO cupcakes. Have fun with it!