18 Birthday Cakes for Your Kid’s Next Birthday Bash

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Planning a children’s birthday party is quite an undertaking! Once you’ve decided on a theme, you’ve got to figure out activities, paper goods, decorations, and more. But the most delicious detail is the cake at the center of it all.  

From super-classic cakes for kids to the ones that are more over-the-top, the trend in confection is to find that sweet spot (pun intended!) where beauty and taste meet. That’s where these fun cake ideas for children’s birthday parties come in! From teddy bears to rainbows…cool shapes to candy explosions, here are some of the best birthday cake ideas for kids of all ages. (Psst! Plenty of these can be pulled off by a home baker!) 

Classic Birthday Cake

Affordable, easy to make, and a surefire crowd-pleaser, plain old yellow cake with your kiddo’s choice of frosting is a delicious way to celebrate their day, and can be dressed up to fit any theme with a cake topper and sprinkles.

Barbie Princess Birthday Cake

For parents who’d like a less sugary cake for Baby’s first birthday, this recipe is sweetened with bananas—no sugar added. It’s naturally gluten- and dairy-free, and looks just as good as it tastes. Here’s a recipe for a first birthday fruit cake to check out, too.

“Healthy” First Birthday Cake

This is one of those cake trends we just don’t ever see going “out.” If you remember wanting one as a little girl, take this as your sign to order one for your own princess’s next birthday.

Rainbow Balloon Birthday Cake

Even a very plain white cake can be turned into a festive rainbow masterpiece with a beautiful balloon cake topper like this one from Etsy. We love the pairing with a pastel cake too, though. The topper lends well to any theme and it’s easy to assemble.

Car Birthday Cake

Vroom, vroom! Beep, beep! The birthday babe is coming through, and a showstopping cake is a must-have. We love the texture of this style, but any car cake is sure to be a hit.

Buttercream Flower Kids Birthday Cake

It features pretty standard icing flowers, but in a fresh way! This look can be achieved in any color combo to make your little flower feel special on their big day.

Sprinkle Birthday Cake

Not only does a sprinkle cake just look like a party all on its own, but it offers the most satisfying crunch when eating it. We are Team Sprinkle Cake all the way; the only question here is…chocolate or rainbow?

Kids Volcano Birthday Cake

Any science- or nature-obsessed kid will lose their minds over a masterpiece of this magnitude. The volcano cake also works well for a dinosaur theme party; just add dino figurines in the grass below.

Rainbow Kids Birthday Cake

Rainbows are everywhere, and they make everyone happy. A layered rainbow cake (or any cake with rainbows in or on it) is a trend-right choice they’ll love, that coordinates with any party theme.

Soccer Ball Birthday Cake

We’re pretty sure this cake has been a recurring favorite since at least the ‘80s, and who are we to mess with a good thing? Go for the goal—to bring a huge smile to the face of your tiny soccer fan with a cute, ball-shaped cake.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

If you’ve got a Reeses fan on your hands, consider this classic combo. It’s easy enough to add a themed topper, some colorful sprinkles, or other details to “theme” it up!

Moon & Stars Kids Birthday Cake

Celebrate the kid that is your sun, moon, and all your stars with a celestial cake in their favorite colors.

Red Velvet Kids Birthday Cake

It might have fallen out of favor on the wedding scene, but let’s just all admit that we still love red velvet. If your little guy or girl is into this unique flavor, dress it up to fit their theme and they’ll be thrilled!

Favorite Characters Kids Birthday Cake

Designer cakes made to theme are always a welcome detail, but you can cut costs dramatically by transforming any simple cake into something special with the addition of toppers, small toys, and other elements to fit their theme—whether it’s TV characters or party animals, as shown here.

Confetti Explosion Cake

It’s kind of like the children’s version of a champagne bottle popping. The moment you cut into this cake and candy spills out everywhere, cheers will ensue.

Mermaid Lagoon Cake

It takes no more than a simple Google search to unearth so many mermaid cake ideas that you’ll get overwhelmed. This simple approach to creating a “scale” look is home-baker-friendly, and more affordable than elaborate fondant work if you go the bakery route.

Polka Dot Birthday Cake

Well, what a fun surprise they’ll get when this beauty gets cut open! It’s another cool cake idea for kids that will go with pretty much any theme choice.

Ice Cream Cone Drip Birthday Cake

Summer birthday parties or sweets-themed soirees call for something a little extra. We love how creative this “dripping” ice cream cone cake is, and the styling options are limitless.

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