I think we’d all agree that a birthday cake is pretty much an essential part of any birthday celebration, right?
I know I may get an argument from some of you that cupcakes are now essential (which I agree with, by the way) but today let’s focus on cakes!
I LOVE a fabulous custom fondant cake for any birthday party. Of all the cakes we’ve had at our house, the cake I ordered for my son’s Mario Kart birthday party last year is probably my favorite.
A custom fondant cake can sometimes get a little expensive, and isn’t always needed for a small family get-together. But don’t worry…I have some inexpensive grocery store alternatives for a birthday cake that’ll make your next celebration absolutely fabulous!
Rainbow parties are a very popular theme right now and I’m still loving the chevron trend, so I created this bright and cheery birthday cake that could easily be used for any child or adult’s birthday. It’s simple, but still creates a nice wow factor.
I started with a plain white cake I ordered from my local grocery store and a large bag of Skittles.
Create the rainbow zig-zag pattern around the base of the cake until you’ve covered the entire cake.
To make the happy birthday bunting, simply tape pieces of ribbon onto baker’s twine and add scrapbook sticker letters to the ribbon. Then tie the twine to 2 bamboo skewers and insert into the cake – easy as that!
You could change it up to only include the birthday person’s favorite colors, instead of using all the colors of the rainbow!
And here are a few more great birthday cake ideas…
One of my kids isn’t a huge fan of birthday cake, but LOVES donuts, so I created a donut cake by stacking donuts on a cake plate and added a little banner with his name on it – he loved it!!
This Kit-Kat cake from Recipe Girl is a really fun and chocolately idea!
How about a no-bake rice krispie cake from Martha Stewart?
A simple white square cake decorated with various sizes of M&M’s from Parents.com.
Add colored gumballs to a plain white cake, similar to this wedding cake created by Truli Confectionary Arts.
With Sweetapolita’s cake as inspiration…a colorfully frosted, round cake decorated with sprinkles would make anyone smile on their birthday!
A homemade chocolate cake decorated with candy rocks (from Glorious Treats) would be a hit, especially with the boys!
And finally, for those of you wanting to cut down on the sugar for your birthday celebration, make a fruit cake from Family Fun!
What’s your favorite cake for birthday parties?
Do you usually buy one from the store, or make something special for the birthday boy or girl? Maybe you prefer cupcakes? I’d love to hear!