Birthday Cakes Galore

Find our best tips to inspire creative and dazzling birthday cakes for your little one?s celebration!

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Rainbow Connection

Jennifer Causey

Rainbow Connection

Well color me happy (birthday)! Press jelly beans in colored stripes into a frosted layer cake. This simple gimmick makes for a bold birthday statement.

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Clown Creation

Jim Franco

Clown Creation

For those who want to avoid detailed piping, this press-on design is easy and sure to wow your party circus. Cover a quarter of a sheet cake with vanilla frosting, then make this clown pattern using Froot Loops and Trix cereals.

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Do The Twist

Heather Weston

Do The Twist

This pattern is perfect for a party that is all fun and games. Bake a cake in a square 12-inch pan. Coat with vanilla frosting. Roll out fruit chews in red, blue, yellow, and green and place in rows on top of the cake to mimic a Twister board. This tasty treat will make those kids twist and shout!

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Game Changer

James Franco

Game Changer

Bring the classic board game to life with this interactive cake. Frost half a sheet cake with yellow-green frosting. Use Starburst candies to form a winding path from one corner of the cake to another. Use various kinds of candy such as gumdrops, licorice, lollipops, and taffy to create a Candy Land-like dessert. Be sure to provide some clean figurines in case the kids want to play and label the cake with your child's name for his special day.

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Winning Birthday Cake

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Frost a Farm

Tara Donne

Frost a Farm

Turn this ordinary cake into an adorable barnyard scene. Using a cake mix, bake a square cake and ice it white. Stand frosted animal crackers on mounds of green-tinted coconut. Build a fence border using mini pretzel sticks and icing. Top with candles and start singing!

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Baking Blocks

Paula Hible

Baking Blocks

Get creative with the shape of your cake by using a special pan. These Lego pieces can be made using the Lego brick cake mold now on etsy.com. Bake three bricks and decorate in different colored frosting for this playful look.

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Sweet Safari

Jennifer Causey

Sweet Safari

This two-layer animal extravaganza suits a zoo-themed fiesta. Customize your cake by choosing the creatures you want to feature. With some cookies, frosting, and cereal bits, this cake will make your guests go wild.

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Caterpillar Crawl Birthday Cake

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Cat Birthday Cake

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A Very Yummy Caterpillar

Francis Janisch

A Very Yummy Caterpillar

Do you have a bug-lover in your home? This cake is the perfect take on creepy crawlers. One bite of this and your kids will catch the celebratory birthday bug.

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Mix and Meow

Heather Weston

Mix and Meow

For the animal-loving child, this kitty cake hits it right on the mark. While the furry effect looks complicated, don't worry! Simply use a fork to lightly pull the frosting outward to resemble a cat's coat.

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Wheely Scrumptious

Jim Franco

Wheely Scrumptious

For ambitious and unconventional bakers, this ferris wheel will surprise your guests. Fitting for a carnival-themed celebration, construct this dessert by combining a sticky cereal treat, gooey cake and fruity sweets. You'll be sure to entertain everyone's taste buds.

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Tasty Toadstools

Francis Janisch

Tasty Toadstools

Cupcakes are the best way to create individual portions without skimping on fun. Red frosting and white candies transform treats into mini mushrooms. To complete the enchanted woodland theme, make this stand with paper-covered soup cans and wood rounds from createforless.com ($5 to $9 each). Don't forget to accent your table with freebies from your own yard!

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Cutie Pies

Francis Janisch

Cutie Pies

For the kid who loves outer space, what could be a more appropriate dessert than moon pies? Create a variety of flavors by choosing from sprinkles, sparkly sugars, and rock candy. Your kids will be over the moon for these unique goodies.

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Keep it Classic

Jim Franco

Keep it Classic

Everyone loves gifts on their birthday, especially when those presents are made of sweets!

Make it: Buy a half sheet cake at a bakery. Cut into two 7" squares, two 4 ?" squares, and two 3 ?" squares. Stack each pair with frosting in between to form three separate boxes, then frost each box a different color (tint canned white icing). Refrigerate for 30 minutes, then frost again, and stack the three boxes on top of one another with the largest on the bottom. Cut letters and ribbon out of rolled-out packaged white fondant.

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