The Best DIY Birthday Cakes
My daughter has a birthday coming up in a couple weeks. More precisely 20,043 minutes, not that we’re counting. My husband usually tackles the birthday cakes in our family and based on how my Halloween party cupcakes turned out, it’s probably for the best. However, I do think it’s possible to make simple birthday cakes yourself (with very little skill) at home. I’ve collected a few ideas.
Check out this building block (which look a lot like Legos…only with out the ™) cake at Betty Crocker. They’re just cakes made from a box, frosted in bright colors with marshmallows to form the bricks. Brilliant! (Link via Design Mom, my second find at her site this week.)
This stadium cake pan does all the cake making work for you. Add some strategic icing and candies and you’re all set for the party. Perfect for your sports enthusiast.
Parents.com has lots of birthday cake ideas but the one they don’t give directions for is my personal favorite. They’ve used actual cupcakes as the topper for a regular round layer cake. The trickiest part of this cake would be getting the top flat enough, but other than that it’s totally simple.
Betty Crocker also has a variation on the cupcake stack on top of the birthday cake. With easy polka dots, almost anyone can do this decorating.
Hey this is a super easy cake you can whip up in a weekend. All you need is rolled fondant and some ability to stack cakes. Or maybe not. But fondant is not necessarily so difficult to use. My husband made this cake for our son’s birthday by simply separating the fondant into two different balls, rolled it out and cut into circles.
Cupcakes are often easier to decorate because their surface area is smaller. I love this caterpillar cupcake idea from Wilton. Make as many as you need (or want), frost them, sprinkle them with decorative sugars with a face on the first one. To make it even easier I’m thinking you could skip the multi colored frosting and just coat them in different colored sugars and skip the licorice and gumdrop feet altogether.
Please add your most clever and reasonably easy DIY birthday cakes in the comments!
Published November 1, 2007. Last updated July 14, 2018.