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Party and birthday cakes ideas

Updated on August 1, 2013

Birthday cake and Birthday party.

Although no one argues that healthy food is the best, but when birthdays and parties come around it is more likely that there it will be more sugar taken in that day than any other day. You do not have to turn your party into a huge sugar fest either, but don't panic if there are more sweets... Children quickly learn the value and difference between party foods and celebrations and every day's routine. And don't forget that little ones are usually so excited by the fun of a party, they actually do not eat that much. Anyone who ever cleaned up after a small children's party knows that the birthday cake is usually mashed around the plate and (or) left almost untouched. The candles, blowing the candles out, unwrapping presents and singing is what the unforgettable part of the experience is. It seems that only adults are ever able to remember what the flavor of the cake was! But still, everyone (or most of people) will agree that the Birthday cake is the main attribute of the Birthday party.

Below, in this lens you will see some recipes and ideas for the birthday cakes from the cake for 1 year old through the time your little one turns 5. Also on this page you can find recipe for a Pirate chest cake and recipe for eggless cake. Choose one that is most appropriate for your child's age and you like the most, and have fun!

Birthday cake

The birthday cake has been an integral part of the birthday celebrations in Western cultures since the middle of the 19th century. Certain rituals and traditions, such as singing of birthday songs, associated with birthday cakes are common to many Western cultures. The Western tradition of adding lit candles to the top of a birthday cake originates in 18th century Germany. However, the intertwining of cakes and birthday celebrations stretch back to the Ancient Romans.

The development of the birthday cake has followed the development of culinary and confectionery advancement. While throughout most of Western history, these elaborate cakes in general were the privilege of the wealthy, birthday cakes are nowadays common to most Western birthday celebrations. Around the world many variations on the birthday cake, or rather the birthday pastry or sweets, exist.

To learn more about history of Birthday cakes and Contemporary rituals and traditions, Candles and Birthday pastry cultural variations read complete article from Wikipedia

What differs the Birthday cake this year from the previous one? Right, the number of candles or maybe a number written on the cake... Nothing new besides that...How about you make a cake in the shape of the number you need for this occasion?

First Birthday cake

This could be a perfect cake for a first birthday party!



1lb package Butter Cake Mix

10" x 16" prepared board

1 batch Frosting

royal blue food coloring


blue sugar crystals

4 wafer cookies

6 small orange and yellow gummy peach-o rings

1 roll spearmint Life Savers

pink, orange and yellow colored sprinkles

green decorating gel

1 black licorice twist


1/2 cup soft butter,

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar,

3 tablespoons milk.

Beat butter in small bowl with electric mixer until light in color, gradually beat in half the sugar, then the milk, then the remaining sugar. Flavor and color frosting as describe in the recipe.


To make a cake easy to handle as well as more attractive, place it on a board which has been covered in decorative paper. Using Masonite or a similarly strong board, cut your paper 2 to4 inches larger than the shaped board.

Grease two 3" x 10" loaf pans, line bottoms with parchment paper. Prepare cake according to directions on package; divide mixture evenly between prepared two pans. Bake at 350 F about 35 minutes. Let cakes stand in the pans 5 min.; turn onto wire racks to cool.

Leave one cake whole, cut the other one into 3 pieces, as shown, in diagram1. Assemble cake on board, as shown on diagram 2, to form the figure 1.

Reserve 3/4 frosting; tint remaining frosting blue. Spread bird's wing with blue and remainder of bird with white frosting. Sprinkle wing with blue sugar crystals. Cut wafers into triangles to form bird's beak and feet. Reserve one gummy peach-o ring for eye; cut remaining rings in half. Push Life Savers into wing and decorate body with gummy peach-o rings to resemble feathers.

Sprinkle pink, orange and yellow sprinklers in stripes along tail. Cut licorice twist into thin strips. Outline wing and beak with licorice. Use licorice to make shape of the eye, fill in with orange sprinklers; place gummy peach-o ring in position; fill in hole with green decorating gel.

Cake for second Birthday

Taller at two!


2 x 1lb packages Butter Cake Mix

14" x 18" prepared board

2 batches Frosting (see recipe #1)

orange food coloring

1/4 cup cocoa


1 black licorice twist

1 white marshmallow

1 green nonpareil-covered gum drop

blue decorating gel

2 spearmint leaves

2 small bread sticks

2 small marshmallows

2 oz dark chocolate, melted

yellow sugar crystals

Grease 9" x 12" cake pan and 3" x 10' loaf pan, line bottoms with parchment paper. Using both packages, prepare cakes according to directions on package; pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350 F about 25 minutes for a loaf pan and 40 minutes for cake pan. Let cakes stand in the pans 5 min.; turn onto wire racks to cool.

Cut out the figure two as shown above. Place cakes on prepared board.

Tint 3/4 of frosting with orange coloring; tint remaining frosting by stirring in sifted cocoa.

Spread top and side of cake with orange frosting. Spoon chocolate frosting into piping bag fitted with a small plain tip; pipe onto the cake. Cut licorice twist into thin strips. Position strips to outline cake and make mouth.

Cut marshmallow in half, discard one half; place nonpareil-covered gum drop on top of remaining half. Pipe dot with blue gel on berry to complete eye; position on head. Insert toothpicks into bottom of spearmint leaves, position on head. Spear a small marshmallow on the end of each bread sticks, then dip both in chocolate; place on parchment-lined baking sheet; let stand until chocolate is set. Position bread sticks next to the mint leaves to resemble horns. Sprinkle sugar crystals on orange frosting.

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2 x 1lb packages Butter Cake Mix

10" x 16" prepared board

2 batches Frosting (see recipe #1)

royal blue food coloring


4 peppermint Mentos

red decorating gel

4 apricot Roll-Ups

36 blue M & M's

5 ice cream wafers

1 1/2 tablespoons orange colored sprinkles

1 black licorice twist

2 tea spoons blue sugar crystals

Grease two 8-inch ring cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper. Using both packages, prepare cakes according to directions on package; divide evenly between the pans. pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350 F about 45 minutes.

Let cakes stand in the pans 5 min.; turn onto wire racks to cool. Cut out pieces and join as shown below to form the figure 3. Place cakes on prepared board. Tint 2/3 frosting dark blue with food coloring; tint the remaining frosting a pale blue.

Spread cake with frosting as shown , reserve about 3 table spoons of dark blue frosting. Place 2 mints on light blue frosting as eyes. Using red decorating gel, make large pupils on mints.

Cut 2 Rolls-Ups into 4 fin-shaped pieces. Join 2 fins together with a little water. Place fins at the start of the dark blue icing on each end.

Cut two 2" x 3 1/2" triangles from Roll-Ups. Join triangles together with a little water. Place on cake at the center of the figure 3 to resemble a tail.

Cut four 3/8" x 2 1/2" strips from remaining Roll-Ups, shape one end into a curve; join two pieces with a little water. Place Roll-Ups on each end to resemble a mouth. Place M & M's on the cake to resemble scales. Cut wafers in half diagonally. Place 8 pieces of wafer on top and bottom outer edge of cake, as shown, to form spines. Place 2 remaining wafer pieces on side of cake above the eyes. Spread wafers with reserved frosting. Sprinkle wafer spines with orange sprinklers.

Cut licorice into thin pieces. Outline fins, tail and join of frostings; define fins, tail and mouth with licorice pieces. Sprinkle pale blue heads with blue sugar crystals.

Some stuff you need for your round cake..

Cake for preschooler

Tiger turns Four


1lb package Butter Cake Mix

12" x 16" prepared board

2 batches Frosting (see recipe #1)

yellow food coloring


1 black licorice twist

green decorating gel

M & M's or Skittlers

2 x 2-inch frosted cookies

4 pieces spaghetti

3 1/2 oz milk chocolate

red decorating gel

6 peppermint Tic Tacs

6-inch strip red Roll-Up

2 vanilla ice cream wafers

Grease 8" x 12" cake pan, line the bottom with parchment paper. Prepare cake according to directions on package;pour into prepared pan. Bake at 350 F about 25 minutes. Let cake stand in the pans 5 min.; turn onto wire racks to cool.

Cut cake into 3 equal pieces lengthwise. Cut 2 pieces into 3 sections each, as shown in diagram 1. Assemble pieces on prepared board to make the figure 4, as shown in diagram 2. Tint frosting with yellow food coloring. Spread frosting over top and side of cake, fluff frosting with a fork to resemble fur.

Cut licorice twist into thin strips; position strips to outline eyebrows, eyes and mouth. Pipe green gel to complete eyebrows. Place M & M's or Skitters on cake to form eyes; dot with a green gel to complete.

Cut a slice off each cookie, discard smaller piece; place larger cookie shapes on cake to form muzzle, outline with licorice. Make whiskers by breaking spaghetti pieces in half; roll in melted chocolate to coat, place on parchment, allow to set. Place spaghetti whiskers in position; spread red gel over the nose to complete, use Tic Tacs to form teeth.

Cut fruit Roll-Up into three triangles; position on the head to form stripes. Cut each wafer into 1 1/2-inch circle. Pipe red gel over wafers, press licorice stick on each ear to complete.

The party package

Parties for 3- to 5-years-olds start to be fun, as the children excitedly anticipate and enjoy the idea of fancy dress, beautiful decorations, cake with candles...

Enlist their opinion on the cake and party food as well, but remember that excitement still rule the day and a big quantity of food will not be eaten. Do not be too ambitious.

Food that easy to handle and not to fussy is the sensible way to go, with a mix of both salty and sweet things. Children also love to take a party bag home with them. This does not have to be another sugar hit -- small, inexpensive toys and novelty items will be just as popular.

Involve the birthday child in the preparation as much as possible, such as designing an invitation that can then be photocopied and distributed, or helping to decorate hats or simply filling party bags.

Birthday cake idea for 5-years old

Time is flying. Your child is five years old already! It seems just yesterday he or she smiled at you for the first time, or as if it was yesterday that they made their few first steps, and before you know it, it's time for school already. Can you believe that your baby is not a baby anymore and will have to go to school soon? For me it seems that these past five years gone by really fast...I know that that may sound silly to someone, probably, but I feel sad for some reason, that he grew up so quickly...

But back to business, below you will find the idea for Birthday cake for your precious 5year old.

Gotcha! at five


1lb package Butter Cake Mix

10" x 14" prepared board

2 batches Frosting (see recipe #1)

pink, green, black, blue and

orange food coloring


thin red licorice rope

1 black licorice twist

peppermint Tic Tacs

2 peppermint Mentos

blue decorating gel

2 small yellow banana Runts

2 nonpareil-covered gum drops

Grease 8" ring cake pan and 3" x 10' loaf pan, line bottoms with parchment paper. Using both packages, prepare cakes according to directions on package; divide mixture between pans. Bake at 350 F about 25 minutes. Let cakes stand in the pans 5 min.; turn onto wire racks to cool.

Cut out cake to form the figure 5 as shown in diagram 1. Assemble pieces on prepared board, as shown in diagram 2. Tint 1/2 frosting with pink coloring, 1/4 with green coloring, an d a1/4 cup of remaining frosting with black coloring.

Spread top and outer side of round cake with pink frosting. With remaining green frosting , make a 3/4" border on inside edge of round cake, and on top of cake to form mouth. Spread loaf cake top and sides with orange frosting and eye area with black frosting. Spoon remaining green frosting into piping bag fitted with a small plain tip; pipe below black for nose.

Spoon blue frosting into clean piping bag fitted with small plain tip , pipe 6 lines dividing pink and orange frostings. Cut black licorice twist into thin strips. Position red licorice rope to outline mouth and black licorice strips to outline eyes.

Cut remaining black licorice strips into small pieces to make whiskers. Arrange Tic Tacs to form teeth. Dot Mentos with blue gel to form eyes; place bananas above the eyes for eyebrows and nonpareil-covered gum drops for ears.

Pirate treasure trunk cake

These cakes I baked for my sons, whose birthdays are two days apart. And both of them love everything about adventures, ships, pirates, and of cause, treasure...

Pirate treasure chest

Ingredients and Instructions are given for Two pirate chests!!!


2 large eggs

1 cup sugar

4 table spoons sour cream

1 1/2 table spoons soft butter

2 tea spoons baking soda

1 table spoon honey

1 tea spoon vanilla

2 cup flour


2 eggs

3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 sticks softened butter

8 oz sour cream


1/2 stick butter

6 table spoons sugar

4 table spoons sour cream

4 Baker's unsweetened baking chocolate squares (1 oz each)


4 black licorice twist or Twizzlers

4 table spoons Decorating Rainbow DECORS

about 12-15 decorating Gold Coins

Grease two 10" x 12" cake pans, line the bottom with parchment paper. Beat 2 eggs, 1 table spoon of honey, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 table spoons soft butter, 4 table spoons sour cream, 2 tea spoons baking soda and 1 tea spoon of vanilla in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add 2 cup of flower and mix well. Divide mixture between pans. Bake at 350 F about 30 minutes. Let cakes stand in the pans 5 min.; turn onto wire racks to cool. When they are cool, completely cut each cake in three equal pieces along the short side.

While the cakes are in the oven, lets prepare a cream/frosting. Beat the butter in medium bowl with electric mixer until fluffy and light in color, gradually beat in half of sugar, then eggs, then remaining sugar and sour cream. After you have added sour cream do not mix longer than 2-3 minutes. Flavor and color the frosting if desired. Divide in 2. Put to fridge for about 20 min.

In small saucepan melt chocolate squares, 1/2 stick butter, 6 table spoons sugar over the low heat, stirring frequently. Add 4 table spoons of sour cream and stir until smooth. Put aside to cool.

Place one cake layer on each of two serving plates. Spread with frosting (1/3 of portion) each one. Top with second cake layer, and again spread top and sides with second part of frosting. Repeat for second cake too. Sprinkle (both) with Rainbow Decor. Saving a little amount to draw Jolly Rogers/skull and bones on tops, if desired; spread remaining frosting on last two parts of cakes. They would serve as covers for each of trunks. Stick two toothpicks (one on each corner of long side of the cake) on top of each cake, and accurately put a covers of the trunks: it should look like opened white chest/trunk.

Now using the chocolate glaze spread top and sides of each trunk. Insert toothpicks on each end of the twizzler. Repeat three times for each Twizzler. After you do that, bend the Twizzler and put them in on each short side of each trunk. Using a piping bag draw outlines of the trunks and a skull and bones on the top of each. Place some coins front of the chest on the plate and stick few under the trunk's cover. It is good idea to wash them first with dish-washing soap and let them dry on paper towel.

For your pirate book collection

My sons love pirates, so I've started a pirate book collection... We have books at home about pirates for different ages... And, for my opinion, "Pirate Pete" is one of the books for youngest "pirate lovers". PIRATE PETE story has a great twist to the ending, which made it even more fun. The illustrations are packed with all sorts of hidden things, which young readers will get a kick out of. I highly recommend this book to any parent who wants a treasure of a book for their little mateys!

Pirate Pete
Pirate Pete

Pirate Pete is the engaging, humorous picture-book about a pirate and his parrot determined to plunder golden treasure. Yet one disaster after another befalls them on their journey, and a surprise is waiting in store at the end! A simple and delightful story by Kim Kennedy, Pirate Pete features Doug Kennedy's vividly colorful and jaunty artwork. Recommended for family, school, and public library children picture-book collections.


Eggless cake recipe

What if some of your guests can not eat eggs? If you know such people will attend your party, then you can make some extra cake with them in mind. So, below you can find the recipe for eggless cake.

Eggless chocolate cake


2 cups self-rising flour

1/4 cup cocoa

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 1/4 boiling water

3 tablespoons golden syrup or honey

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup cream, whipped


3 tablespoons finely chopped dark chocolate

2 tablespoons butter

3/4 cups powdered sugar

1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa

1 1/2 tablespoons milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Grease two 8-inch round layer cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper. Sift flour, cocoa and sugar into medium bowl; whisk in combined water, syrup, baking soda, butter and vanilla.

Divide mixture between prepared pains, bake, uncovered at 325 F 25 minutes. Let cakes stand 10 minutes, turn onto wire rack to cool. Layer cooled cakes with whipped cream top with chocolate frosting.

Chocolate frosting

Combine chocolate and butter in small pan stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Sift sugar and cocoa into small bowl; stir in chocolate mixture, milk and vanilla. Cover, refrigerate 15 minutes or until frosting thickens.

Unfrosted cakes could be freeze.

Birthday cakes books

If you didn't find my ideas interesting enough, then you might consider to look for cake decorations in the books...

That's all about party and Birthday cakes for today. If you have some thoughts or suggestion you want to share, then you are welcome to write them here...

Your comments will be really appreciated...

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      6 years ago

      The number shape cakes are great and I like the treasure chest too.

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      7 years ago

      Yummy sweet looking treats for someone's birthday cake.

      I need to do some baking, hardly ever do unless its a special occasion.

    • KANEsUgAr profile image


      7 years ago

      Cute iseas, never thought of making the cake itself, in the shape of a number.

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      ftuley lm 

      7 years ago

      I love your ideas, great lens.

    • GonnaFly profile image


      7 years ago from Australia

      Those number cakes are ever so cute!

    • ben-teen profile image


      7 years ago

      Love the pirate chest - that is brilliant!

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      7 years ago

      Cute ideas.

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      Brookelorren LM 

      8 years ago

      Great birthday cake ideas!

    • myneverboredhands profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @rewards4life info: Thank you. I'm glad you liked my cake's ideas.

    • myneverboredhands profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @Laura Schofield: Thanks for your kind words, they are really encouraging.

    • myneverboredhands profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @hayleylou lm: Thank you, Hayley, for visiting and rating my lens. I really appreciate it.

    • myneverboredhands profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      @burgessvillian: I'm going to make them in smaller sizes then you'll be able to eat them all by yourself, Ron!!!

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      8 years ago

      I just love these number cakes! I've never heard of eggless cake, Thanks for sharing such great ideas. :)

    • burgessvillian profile image


      8 years ago

      This is a cool lens. I hope you make me a cake when I turn 100. It will take a lot more cake that way.

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      rewards4life info 

      8 years ago

      These are so cute! Some great cake ideas here. Well done! =)

    • Laura Schofield profile image

      Laura Schofield 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      I love this and have bookmarked it to come back for your patterns on cutting out the sheet cakes alone - as well as all your other goodies. Fantastic job!

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      hayleylou lm 

      8 years ago

      Fab cakes. Going to try the Chocolate Eggless Cake for my sons birthday,thanks, thumbs up :)


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