50 Easy Birthday Cake Ideas

When we were small my Mom always made our birthday such a big deal. I remember in Jr. High walking to the bus stop seeing my Mom already at the bus stop with a card table covered in balloons. On the table she had donuts for all the kids at the bus stop. She is just awesome like that. I felt so special! This was just one birthday. She made every one of my sister’s feel special for each of their birthdays.

Now that I have kids of my own, I love birthdays even more! One of my favorite things is making cakes.  I have no idea how to use fondant (it is on my bucket list though) so I like making cakes that I can use with just plain frosting and other things. I had SO much fun finding all of these cakes! Hope they help you!

pizza cake with toppings

Nemo Cake





submitted by: Bright Ideas

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comment on this Recipe

30 Responses to “50 Easy Birthday Cake Ideas”

  1. Courtney O'Dell
    Thanks for featuring my easy cake frosting tutorial, Kristen! I also put one up yesterday that shows how to use the same method on cupcakes! This is an adorable roundup- ill be promoting! And how CUTE is your mom for the bus stop idea? Love it!!!
  2. I've made a couple of these cakes. I love cake decorating! I am no pro and that definitely shows in my cakes but they're still pretty darned nice if I do say so myself, and I've been recruited more than once by friends and family to make the cakes for special occasions for them. Fondant is not too tricky. Go for it! If you use store-bought try to find one that tastes good. Some store-bought fondants are kind of icky. You can knead in a little bit of flavor oil/extract to help with that. I personally like just making homemade marshmallow fondant. It's messy to make but it is easy to work with. It is very sweet. No matter what kind of fondant you use, my top advice is this: when using it to cover a cake, roll it as thin as you possibly can. In my experience it's much easier to work with when it's very thin (I like to keep mine about 1/8th of an inch thick or so) and this keeps the flavor/sweetness of it from being overpowering as compared to the flavor of the icing and cake underneath. Not all cakes must be fondant covered, though, really. I am a fan of buttercream and nine times out of ten if I am making a cake for a special occasion, it's fondant free. I know someone who thinks they're awesome with fondant but they aren't, and their cakes are always covered with far too thick fondant and it's just not pleasant.
  3. Ok, I am not a baker and just about all of these "easy" cakes look like they are way beyond my kitchen capabilities, but I think I could make that Kit Kat cake and it looks so yummy, that I may just give it a try!! I am going to pin this and enlist my kids to help out! :)
  4. dearcat
    These cakes are great. I used to make cokes using the Wilton method, but now that I have arthiritis I can not handle the flower nails and the bags. My grandchildren and great grandchildren will be very pleased. as ever, dearcat
  5. Sarah @ Craft Quickies
    Such a fun roundup, Kristen!!! I love that story about your mom and the card table at the bus stop---amazing!! My mom was great with birthdays too. I am amazed by the cute party ideas and cakes she came up with prior to the blog/Pinterest era! I decided to step up my game and try to be like her this year with my son's party. Luckily a Viking Hat cake is easy to make, b/c apparently cake decorating at large is NOT my special talent. ;) xoxo
  6. It has been observed that usage of a car largely determines the maintenance schedule of that particular car. What prompted me to write about this topic is that a short while ago a local teen died in a collision and the headline read 'Speed Suspected In Teen Collision Death'. Basically, there are two most important and significant car accessories types such as interior car accessories and exterior car accessories. My blog post - car floor mats
  7. Nu Koenigsman
    I LOVE this ides, but would SOMEBODY just tell me a easy recipe for a regular cake? My child is turning 12, and her birthday is red carpet themed. I bought an edible red "cake carpet" and i'm going to put a strip of it down the middle of the cake with golden stars. I just need a cake itself and i cant find any good recipes! PLEASE help! Thanks so much!
  8. Anne Rhodes
    Hello, I am a teen librarian at the Mansfield/Richland County public library in Mansfield, OH. We are hosting a cake decorating class for teenagers this summer and were hoping to get permission to use some of your cake photos to help our teens get ideas for their creations. We are planning to make some posters that we can use to show the kids what to expect at the program and give them ideas while they are trying to learn. All of our programs are free and open to the public. We will not be making any financial gain from the use of your photos and ideas. They will not be copying exactly but just using your ideas to spark their own imaginations. Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Anne Rhodes, Teen Librarian MRCPL
    • Hi Anne, You are more than welcome to use our photos for your cake decorating class. We usually ask that you give credit to the blog that it comes from. In our post "50 Easy Birthday Cake Ideas" not all of the cakes are from SixSistersStuff.com. Some are from other blogs or websites. When you click on the title it will take you to that blog and you can give credit to them for their picture. Sounds like so much fun! We would love to see some of the great cakes they make. :)

Leave a Comment