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Custom Designed Cakes You Can Make at Home

Updated on September 29, 2012
Buggy Birthday Cake The Umbrella was my 9 year old's idea. The perfect finishing touch!
Buggy Birthday Cake The Umbrella was my 9 year old's idea. The perfect finishing touch! | Source

I'm the type of person that enjoys making things just a little bit different, especially if it adds fun to the activity.

For one of my daughter's birthday she asked me to make her a cake that looked like a bug. I rolled up my sleeves, pulled out the food dye and dug in. It turned out to be a group effort with all the kids offering their own idea of what the cake needed to make it buggy. We all had a lot of fun and the cake turned out to be a big hit with all the party goer's.

I haven't made a regular cake ever since. Every cake has a theme now. When birthday's come around, before my kids tell me what they want for their birthday, they tell me what they want for their cake! We make themed cakes for all the holidays and even the days in between. They are a lot of fun to make for everyone and surprisingly easy too!


Don't limit yourself to just birthday's to make a designer themed cake! They're great for any time of the year. If you have kids, they'll have plently of ideas to offer up to you, also. It's always good to keep a baking cabinet stocked with:

  • Cake mix
  • Confectioner's sugar (to make frosting)
  • cup cake tins or papers
  • Food dye's (rainbow of colors)
  • Sprinkle's
  • Frosting spray for designs
  • Various tips for frosting spray

The Pumpkin is one of my favorite's for the holiday's. It's a great addition to your holiday dinner table!
The Pumpkin is one of my favorite's for the holiday's. It's a great addition to your holiday dinner table! | Source
The kids loved decorating this Christmas tree as much as the real tree!
The kids loved decorating this Christmas tree as much as the real tree! | Source

When you've decided what you're going to design, decide weather a flat cake or round cake will suit your purpose. For example:

  • For The Pumpkin I made two round cakes. One round I used for the pumpkin body (the orange part) and the other round I used to make another themed cake, a pincher bug. The excess cake I cut of on the Pincher Bug I used for the stem on the pumpkin. I added 17 drops of orange food dye to create the deep orange of the pumpkin and brown frosting for the stem. My kids cut thing strips of green construction paper that they curled for the green growing off the stem, just like a real pumpkin!
  • The Christmas Tree I used a 9 x 13 casserole dish. I used a pie cutter to make the tree symmetrical. The excess trim I used for the tree stump. With 20 drops of green food dye and brown frosting for the stump I frosted the cake in a draping fashion to give the effect of a full, green, Christmas tree. I used spray icing to drape the lights and place a star on top of the tree. My kids had a fun time placing the decorations on the tree.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince | Source

To celebrate my youngest daughter finishing the book Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince I made her a Book Cake with blue spinkles for the words. To make The Book:

  • I baked a chocoate cake (her favorite) in a 9 x 13" casserole dish. I cut both ends off to make it the size of a book, then layed the two cut off ends on the center of the cake to give it the look of an open book. I used white frosting for the pages and chocolate frosting for the edges or what looks like the book cover. I ran a knife down the center to finish the open book look. My daughter carefully sprinkled the blue sprinkles on the pages for words. This was a very fun way to celebrate her accomplishment!

When you're trying to think of an idea for a cake theme, brainstorm with your kids. You'll be surprised with the great ideas they will come up with. Letting them place the decorations makes it a lot of fun for them too. If it's not perfect, that's ok, it's going into their tummy and that's all that matters to them really. So let 'em eat the Buggy Cake with the crooked antennaes they'll love it even more because they made it with you!


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  • Msmillar profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Valley Springs

    Thank you alissaroberts! You inspired me to write it. I really, really enjoy baking with my kids. They put so much into an activity its truly heartwarming to do a family activity as fun as baking with them. And its a good activity rain or shine! Thanks for reading, I appreciate it!

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    Alissa Roberts 

    6 years ago from Normandy, TN

    Love the homemade cakes! It is so much more fun when you get the kids involved and heck a whole lot cheaper than buying from a bakery. Might have to use that Christmas tree cake to entertain my boys over Christmas break. Thanks for sharing your fun cake ideas!


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