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Birthday Cakes for Kids

Updated on October 16, 2014

Enhance your celebration

Kid's birthdays are so much fun! As a mom to 7 kids under 15, I try to make a very special cake for each child. Sometimes we have a theme party, sometimes we just have a family party, but we always have a special cake! There are so many easy ways to make a really fun and special cake. All you need is a bit of time and a little imagination. This weekend we just celebrated my daughter's 4th birthday. She is all about princesses right now, and so of course, we needed a princess cake! See some of other great ones we have used and find links and products to make your own!


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For the princess I used a Barbie Princess Ballerina Doll. Wrap the doll's legs in Saran Wrap. Bake this in a batter bowl. Because this particular Barbie was tall and she was on her tiptoes, I actually used 2 cakes--both baked in a 2 quart batter bowl. I cut the rounded part off one and placed the other entire cake on top. Dig a hole in the middle of the cake and insert the Barbie doll. Then ice the "skirt" to match. Of course you can use a doll pick instead of a whole Barbie, but my daughter wanted the doll too.

Simple Spaceship

This one was made with boxed mix. Bake a cake in a 2 quart batter bowl, then flip it upside down. I used ice cream cones for the bottom of the spaceship and a plastic cup to make the spaceman's module. Then top the plastic cup with another ice cream cone and use icing to decorate the whole ship. Simple and easy and my 3 year old LOVED it!

Army Tank

Of course my boys love the military too, so the last birthday my middle son had, he wanted an army party. I made an army tank cake. This looks hard, but it really was very easy. I got the directions off of a cake website. The bottom of the tank is a 9x13 cake and the top is a cake baked in a loaf pan. Then use candy bars and oreos to decorate the tracks. I used chocolate icing and white icing tinted with green food coloring. They had many variations of the tank. You can follow the directions found at this link (click on the one you like best for directions):

Army Tank

Curious George for Baby's First Birthday

We always give the baby his or her own cake. That way, he can dig into it at his heart's delight, and the rest of us still have another one to eat. For my 3rd son's 1st birthday, we made a Curious George Monkey head. This cake was also baked in a 2 quart batter bowl. The ears were cupcakes. Trim the bottom to size and attach the cupcakes (on their sides) with icing. Then cover the whole thing in chocolate icing with some yellow and black accents for George's face. Easy and fun. He was delighted!


My oldest daughter had a tea party when she turned five. I adapted a directions for individual cupcake teapots into a large cake. Instead of using 2 cupcakes to make the teapot, I baked 2 cakes in my batter bowl. I used a mini tart shaper for the spout and a piece of Twizzlers licorice for the handle. Then I iced the cake in pink and purple to match her tea set. You can find the directions to make the teapot here:


2 Quart Batter Bowl - I use this to make all the round cakes

Anchor Hocking 8 Cup Measuring Cup Glass Batter Bowl with Spout
Anchor Hocking 8 Cup Measuring Cup Glass Batter Bowl with Spout

A 2 quart batter bowl is so versatile! Not only do I use mine daily for mixing, but I bake in it too. Make sure the one you use is oven proof. Here's a great one!


Under The Sea Cake

We had a pool party for my son's 8th birthday. This was perfect for the occasion. These directions were found on the Family Fun website. It uses a 9x13 cake (boxed mix). Simple to follow directions can be found at this link:

Under the Sea Cake

Pirate Ship

My son just celebrated his 6th birthday with a Pirate Party. All his friends (and their moms) were quite impressed with his cake this year! I found great, step-by-step directions to make this awesome pirate ship cake here:

How to Make a Pirate Ship Cake

Easy Lego Brick

My 3 sons love LEGOs! So of course, I had to do a Lego Party for somebody's birthday. This is a very simple cake. Bake a 9x13 cake and 6 cupcakes. Place the cupcakes on top of the rectangle and ice the whole thing in one color. I used decorator icing (in a squeeze tube) to write the word LEGO on top of each cupcake.

Popcorn Birthday Cake

perfect for a movie party

Are you having a Movie Themed Birthday Party?This one is simple to make. Start with a 9x13 cake and trim the bottom of the sides on an angle. Then ice the whole thing in white and add red stripes. Use real popcorn at the top to "fill" the popcorn box. You can find complete directions and step-by-step pictures on how to make this one at

How to Make a Popcorn Birthday Cake.


This one is super easy!

This one is simply a 9x13 cake covered in blue icing. (I just tinted mine blue with food coloring.) Then use rows of colored jelly beans to make a rainbow and place mini marshmallows at the end of the rainbow to make clouds. I used different color candles to continue the rainbow theme.

You need a 9x13 pan to make great cakes!

Pyrex Advantage 9 x 13 Inch Rectangular Baking Dish with Cover
Pyrex Advantage 9 x 13 Inch Rectangular Baking Dish with Cover

I use my 9x13 pan daily to make dinner and I bake many of my cakes in it too. You need a good 9x13 pan!



This one is perfect if you are having a Mario Birthday Party. It looks so impressive and yet it is very easy. I made this one with a box mix. I used 2 9 inch round pans and 3 cupcakes (all from one box of cake mix. Step by step details complete with pictures can be found here:

How to Make a Mario Birthday Cake

Pool Cake
Pool Cake


I used this when I had a Splash Party. This would also work well for a pool party. This one is simply a box mix baked in 2 9-inch round cake pans. I used a can of store-bought icing and colored it with blue food coloring. Then I added details--I used chocolate wafers around the cake and teddy grahams as the swimmers. The pool float is cut from a fruit roll-up, the pool noodles are licorice strips, and the floatie rings are peach gummy rings. Simple! If you want to have a water party, but don't have a pool, you can get all kinds of great ideas here:

How to Have a Great Splash Birthday Party.

Get a set of Round Cake Pans

OvenStuff Non-Stick Round Cake Pan 2 Piece Set, 9"
OvenStuff Non-Stick Round Cake Pan 2 Piece Set, 9"

I love my non-stick cake pans. I prefer the 9-inch round pans to the 8-inch ones since I like a bigger cake. These cake pans are easy to use and wash and so versatile. You can make the Mario Cake, the Pool Cake and more using these pans.


What kind of cakes do you get for your kids' birthdays?

Do you bake your own personalized birthday cakes? Or just a simple homemade cake? Or do you just run out to the grocery store and pick one up already done?

What do you make/buy?

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You've got the cake, now how about a themed pinata?

Make your own pinata for under $5

My kids love parties. In addition to the special cake, they always like to have a pinata. With seven kids, that's a lot of pinatas in a year. So I had to come up with an idea to make my own pinata for a lot less than I would have to pay for a store-bought one. Now I have a go to homemade pinata that I can adapt to any theme. I can make a pinata in 20 minutes or less and for under $5. You can too. Find out how here:

Make Your Own Pinata for Less!

Thanks for visiting. I'd love to hear what you think of my these yummy designs.

What kind will you make next? - It's party time!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      Those are some awesome cakes, I love the tank and the pool.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      Fantastic ideas here. I hope I make some cakes as good as this in the future.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      You really do make the most wonderful creative birthday cakes.

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      swapnal-sarang 5 years ago

      Great ideas added to my lens list

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      stephiy 5 years ago

      Great lens and some very creative cakes! I love the pirate ship one... I just made a dinosaur cake last week for my son's birthday. While it wasn't quite as fancy as some of the ones here, he still loved it :)

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      reginaaj2gerica 5 years ago

      All the cakes are wonderful! I especially love the princess cake.

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      Cake must be selected according to the choice of the birthday kid. You have done a good job.

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      pinoyrecipe 5 years ago

      those cakes are really cool, hope there's ben 10 inspired one :-)

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Awww, kids are lucky to have such a great mom that would put so much effort in making them a beautiful birthday cake. I love all the the pictures, especially the one of your baby digging into the monkey cake lol Too cute! =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You reminded me of my childhood when my MOM used to celebrate my birthday with such lavish.. She does it even now, given I'm at Home during birthdays.. :)

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      rahuls66 5 years ago

      Very artistic and yummy!

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      PostcardPassion 5 years ago

      My favourite Is the pool cake. Great ideas

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      PostcardPassion 5 years ago

      My favourite is the pool cake. Great cake ideas

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Had to check back and see I was here in 2010 and its my pleasure to return to sprinkle a little angel dust over this birthday cake fun....the smiles on your kid's faces tells the whole story!

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      Oh yum what fantastic birthday cakes you make. A big congratulations too on your front page feature.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      Really great job on those cakes! What a fun mom you are :)

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      thedancebuzz 5 years ago

      Great ideas - thanks for sharing :)

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      Such cute ideas and lovely cakes! An invitation designer I love new ideas! Thanks!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      With seven kids you still have time to make cake? Kudos to you! They're very cute, both kids and cakes. Angel blessings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Those are beautiful children and beautiful cakes. You're such a wonderful family. Love and blessings to you all. :)

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      Mom, you make the best birthday cakes! Can't wait to see what kind you'll whip up for my next b-day. Blessings!

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      bilafond lm 5 years ago

      These kids will always remember these birthdays. Very nice lens

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      brmadagan 5 years ago

      Add the Mario Cake to this one!

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Cute cake. I'll try to bake a cake sometime.

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      maytheforcebewi 5 years ago

      I love cake

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      jholland 6 years ago

      We are making a meatloaf cake for my 4 year old nephew's birthday. He hates cake! For my daughtger's 4th birthday I am planning a zoo cake.

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      Kellenmadagan7 6 years ago

      I love your cakes!

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      dahlia369 6 years ago

      I used to make my own cakes. They tasted delicious but didn't look all that perfect... :(

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Those cakes looks so cute! nice lens

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      jordanmilesbask 6 years ago

      great ideas and it will help me for my son's next birthday..thanks for sharing..

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Wow! What a great mom to bake all those personalized cakes. Love the idea the baby gets their own first birthday cake; great idea! :)

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      These are so cute, mom! And they all tasted so good.

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      Totus Mundus 6 years ago

      I like your cake ideas. I love baking, but cake decoration is another matter. My icing skills still need some work!

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      Deadicated LM 6 years ago

      I love my Scooby Doo Wilton cake pan :)

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      babygiftideas321 6 years ago

      you must be a great mom :)

      loved all those cake ... thanks for sharing

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      babygiftideas321 6 years ago

      you must be a great mom :)

      loved all those cake ... thanks for sharing

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      Digiworks-Spain 6 years ago

      Amazing cakes and beautiful family.

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Love all of these cakes but especially the teapot one.

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      Liz Mackay 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      I once made a Treasure Island cake, complete with treasure chest and a palm tree. The most exciting thing was when we lit the candles and the palm tree went up in flames. Blessed.

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      momto4 lm 6 years ago

      I like the army truck cake! All three of my boys would love that one. Great lens!

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      Adults surely love them too. These cakes taste delicious from the way you have presented them in this lens.

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      Debbie 6 years ago from England

      Clever Mummy! Your children all look so pleased with their cakes. My mother in law once spent hours making Dick Wittington's cat for my daughters 5th birthday. Well to cut a long story short, the dog got to the cake and rolled the cat's head all round the kitchen floor and nibbled at it before we'd even lit the candles LOL!!

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      Wow Those cakes looks so cute!

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I don't really know.. we don't have any parties coming up very soon :)

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I am soooo naughty and buy ice cream cakes :)

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      celeBritys4africA 6 years ago

      I like so much the photos and I believe you are a wonderful mom to your 7 kids.

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      wheelbound 7 years ago

      What a wonderful post! Just wanted to stop by and let you know that your page was my 1000th! Like, I received 1000 points for it. What a wonderful surprise! Thank you for the lens and for being my 1000th like have a great day.

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      Marie 7 years ago

      Thank you so much for the fabulous cake ideas. My daughter would love the Pirate ship cake - great inspiration.

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      tiff0315 7 years ago

      I'm thinking of making a little red wagon for my son's first birthday. What do you think? You have some great cakes here!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow - what a variety of cakes for Birthdays? Great ideas to throw a party with lot of love and cakes.

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      RealityTV LM 7 years ago

      Great selection of birthday cake ideas! Blessed/cupid kissed--Happy Valentine's Day!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Excellent birthday cake lens, Blessed by your neighborhood Squid Angel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What adorable cakes, even I would like some of them at my age (and never mind asking LOL)

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      These are brilliant! I made my first ever birthday cake at the end of last year for my daughter's 1st birthday. These are super inspiring! (and your kids are lovely!) Blessed by the Birthdays SquidAngel!

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      Patricia 7 years ago

      Fun cakes!

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These cakes look tasty.

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      Mary Norton 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These cakes look tasty.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very creative cakes. The children are cute too. Thanks for adding this to Recipes, Reviews and Food Collection

      Be sure to revisit and sign the guest book.

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      Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      You're very creative! Love all of these cake designs, and they look pretty yummy too.

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      kt_glasses 7 years ago

      amazing cakes! i am not so good at decorating cakes.

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      Oracle Post 7 years ago

      The Pirate Ship cake looks perfect for my nephew's birthday. Thank you for the wonderful idea!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These are fabulous ideas, and very helpful for us moms who like to make their kids' birthdays special. =D

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      kellenmadagan 7 years ago

      I like the Pirate Cake

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      brmadagan 7 years ago

      My favorite cake is the army tank cake.

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Awesome lens Mom. I'm going to lensroll this to my birthday lens.

      This is very sweet, I really like it. ~ I used to home school my kids!

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      Annamadagan 7 years ago

      Good Lense Mama.

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      MusicalKay28 7 years ago

      For my 4th birthday party, I believe it was (or one of those young years), my grandma made a barbie doll cake for me!

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      Sammy24 7 years ago

      I like these cakes! They are creative and you don't need special shaped pans! Cool lense!

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      Joyfulmusic90 7 years ago

      Psych ~ very cool!

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      blessedmomto7 7 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thanks so much!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are all really creative and awesome birthday cakes! I hope your children know how special their mom is :)

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      maytheforcebewi 7 years ago

      i like your cakes mom.

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      You are so clever! Love the princess cake.

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      seashell2 7 years ago

      The pirate ship and the teapot are awesome! Fun lens!

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      You are so creative! I love the pirate ship one! Aaarrgg, maties!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      i tend to make pink cakes for my daughter - that's all she ever wants. easy peasy. :)

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      Janet2221 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Your birthday cakes are beautiful. Thank you for adding this great lens to the Kid's Birthday Party Club. :)