Animal cake ideas - 10 DIY recipes for kids' parties
Create a magnificent animal cake for your child's next birthday party
Go all out for the next kids' party with one of our animal-themed cakes. They're great for kids' birthday parties and other themed events.
Choose a simple design like our birthday bug cake or, if you're feeling adventurous, have a go at our spectacular unicorn cake.
10 cute animal-themed cakes
1. Caterpillar cake
This super-cute caterpillar cake is piped with plenty of bright green buttercream and complete with a liquorice and chocolate face. It'll be a winner with the young party guests.
2. Birthday bug cake
Children will love this birthday bug cake, that uses chocolate buttons and hundreds and thousands to create butterflies and ladybirds. It's one of the simplest animal-themed cakes you can make if this is your first go.
3. Party animal-themed cake
Wow your guests, young and old, with this fabulous party animal cake. Decorated with edible flowers and a sprinkles-covered waffle cone, it makes a great centrepiece to any party table.
4. Happy lion birthday cake
This colourful happy lion birthday cake is sure to be the mane event at any party! This animal cake is made of a simple yogurt sponge with buttercream and novelty sugar paste for decoration. Also, discover our Pudsey bear cake recipe.
5. Hedgehog cake
For chocolate lovers, this hedgehog cake is the perfect animal birthday cake. It's also much easier to put together than you might think.
6. Unicorn cake
Turn heads at the next party with this stunning unicorn cake. With a light sponge and salted caramel buttercream, it looks fabulous and tastes divine, too.
7. Black cat cake
Our black cat cake is a great choice for feline lovers. This is the perfect animal cake to get the kids involved in the decorating. The face is made using a heart-shaped jelly sweet, fondant icing and chocolate-covered biscuits sticks.
8. Garden carrot with bunnies
Take the humble carrot cake and make this magnificent garden carrot cake, complete with decorative bunnies. Children will love helping out on this one and it tastes delicious!
9. Chocolate owl cake
Create this fun chocolate owl cake using chocolate buttons, chocolate finger biscuits and marzipan. This woodland animal themed cake is a wonderful chocolatey indulgence that tastes as good as it looks.
10. Dinosaur cake
This colourful dinosaur cake is deceptively easy to make and would be great for a dino-themed birthday party. To keep things simple we use an easy vanilla sponge.