Birthday cakes for kids

  • By
    Lily Barclay - Senior writer - bbcgoodfood.com

Want to pull out all the stops for your little monster's birthday? Check out our stunning cake recipes for kids, they are so good guests may get a bit giddy... and that's just the parents.

Football cake

Who doesn't love a themed birthday cake? But with shop-bought varieties or ordered cakes quickly racking up the pounds, it definitely pays to make your own. Plus it's great fun having such a creative project to work on and you can't beat the taste of a homemade cake. Our stunning recipes are also much simpler to create than you think, so have faith and get stuck in...
 

Hedgehog cakeHedgehog cake

Most children are naturally fascinated with the animal world, and this woodland-inspired hedgehog cake is bound to charm a crowd. Decorated with edible spikes, buttercream and chocolate details, this cake is simple to make, and the results well worth it. For extra effect garnish the board with woodland leaves, acorns and conkers - just make sure none end up on the kids' plates!

Hedgehog cake

Pirate cakePirate ship & treasure island cake

Living with a little pirate? This magical, chocolate cake is sure to cause gasps when it makes its grand entrance. And kids will love the hidden treasure buried on a sandy desert island just waiting to be discovered - just don't let it upstage the birthday girl or boy! 

Pirate ship & treasure island cake

 

Fire engine cake Fire engine

It would be hard not to fall in love with this beautiful fire engine cake, but with details like a chocolate ladder, icing water splash, liquorice wheels, icing hose and toy fireman it is just impossible. Happy decorating!

Fire engine cake

 

Pinata cakeSurprise pinata football cake

A pinata but not as you know it - for starters you won't have to deal with loads of manic kids trying to bash a cardboard camel in, and there shouldn't be too many sweets stomped into the ground. This stunning cake is simple to make but bound to cause double gasps and lots of excitement. The perfect end to a football-themed party!

Surprise pinata cake

Easy castle cake Castle cake

A magical three-tired sponge cake that's simple to make, but you'd never think it. The art is all in the decoration and you can get as creative as you wish. The perfect cake for a very special party, and definitely a labour of love.

Easy castle cake

Pretty princess cakePretty princess cake

Pull out all the stops with this sensational celebration cake, a princess doll enrobed in pretty pink and white icing, - it's much simpler to make than you might think. Spraying the cake with an edible lustre at the end really gives this creation a magical, movie-like quality.

Pretty princess cake

For younger children it's hard to resist our chocolate owl, teddy cake or birthday bug cake. If you really want to set hearts racing then give your cakes a liberal sprinkling of edible glitter, sprinkles or decorate with soft sweets or lollipops - just don't forget the candles.

Have you had any giant successes or failures when making your child's birthday cake? What would be your child's dream cake? We'd love to hear from you...

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