Creative Birthday Cakes

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Wow your party animals with one of these crazy cool cakes! 

Gimme Some Candy

Sometimes more is more. This mod, mosaic-inspired cake gets its look from monochromatic candy in lots of shapes and sizes. (This cake is best for older kids, as hard and chewy candies can be a choking hazard for kids under age 4.) 

To make this mosaic-inspired candy cake, arrange assorted monochromatic candy over the top and sides of a round, frosted cake (store-bought works!), and add a candy number on top.


This lovable bear is perfect for a zoo-themed party. 

Galactic Blast

Your child’s space-themed birthday is about to shoot out of this world! 

To make this fun galaxy cake, cover a chocolate-frosted cake (store-bought works!) with chocolate cookie crumbs, top with fondant starburst shapes and candies, and sprinkle with silver sanding sugar.

Ohhh, Ombré

Candy-coated pretzels make this cake taste just as good as it looks. No time to make your own? Order colored ones from

To make this pretty pretzel cake, shingle mini pretzel twists in alternating colors around a round, frosted cake (store-bought works!), and top with larger pretzels.


We used sliced licorice and a cross-stitch pattern to create the rainbow on this cute cake!

To make this cute pixel cake, cut licorice into scant pieces and arrange using a cross-stitch pattern on a square, frosted cake (store-bought works!). Get the pattern template at

Photograph by Laura Moss
Photograph by Laura Moss

Fit for a Princess

Give your birthday girl the royal treatment by presenting her with a cushion-shaped cake adorned with gumdrop-and-fruit-twist tassels. After singing "Happy Birthday," you can even crown her with the tiara.

Photograph by Laura Moss
Photograph by Laura Moss

Cowboy Cool

Tip your hat to the Wild West with this boot-shaped cake, complete with caramel candy straps and gumdrop designs you can customize with the birthday cowpoke's favorite colors.

Get into the action by making our Hoop It Up cake, perfect for your sports fanatic's next birthday bash.

Hoop It Up!

A domed cake will score big points with little sports fans. If there's no birthday on your family calendar this month, serve it up as a March Madness treat.

Photograph by Laura Moss
Photograph by Laura Moss

Magical Unicorn

Our handsome horned creature, assembled from a cleverly cut sheet cake, has a flowing mane of colorful marshmallow twists (available at party stores).

Does your child have the ultimate sweet tooth? Try our Lotsa Lollies Cake. This birthday surprise is definitely Lollipop Guild approved.

Lotsa Lollies

This eye-popping party cake's only embellishment is colorful candies on a stick. You can use the extra pops to fill goodie bags.

You're sure to win a perfect score with this cake. And you're sure to become a fan of fondant when you see how easy it is to make the rings!

Transform your red velvet cake into a rainbow confectionery wonder with this recipe from Rainbow Bakes by Mima Sinclair.

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