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We all want our kids’ birthdays to be special, and baking a cake with plenty of love is a great first step. But let’s face it: We’re not all exactly professional bakers. Before you start trying to sculpt that fondant unicorn you saw on Pinterest, let’s try something a little more realistic. Here are 13 fabulous birthday cakes that your kids will love…and that you’ll actually be able to make.

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Piñata Cake

Imagine the look on your kid’s face when he cuts into his cake and finds candy pouring out! We agree: It’s worth
a few extra (easy) steps.

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Cookie Cake with Sprinkles

What could possibly be better than a chocolate-chip cookie? A giant, cake-sized one with frosting and sprinkles, of course. It’s a great alternative for a picky kid. 

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Ombre Ice Cream Cake

This gorgeous cake is as easy as opening a bunch of containers of ice cream. Plus, you can personalize it to your kid’s favorite color.

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Funfetti Cake

In our book, there’s never such a thing as too many sprinkles. We’re glad Coterie member Maria Lichty agrees.

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Birthday Cake Petit Fours

Fact: Everything’s more fun when it’s mini. And when you can eat it with your hands? Even better.

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Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake

Why choose between chocolate and vanilla? This classic, super-moist cake has the best of both worlds.

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Funfetti Cake Pops

This is a new spin on cake pops—cake batter is baked into a popsicle mold, dipped in icing and frozen. It’s fantastic for a summer pool party (and so much less messy than drippy ice cream pops).

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Rainbow Waffle Cake

The best way to wake up the birthday girl or boy? A stack of frosted rainbow waffles (with a candle, of course).

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Cake Batter No-Bake Cheesecakes

When you’re really pinched for time, these are a total lifesaver. They’re festive, delicious and come together in about 15 minutes.

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Gluten-Free Birthday Cake

There’s no reason that going gluten-free should mean giving up the most important treat of the year. If your kid is on a special diet, this is the cake for her (bonus—it’s vegan, too).

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Peanut Butter Fudge Ice Cream Cake

Why run out to the store to buy an ice-cream cake when they’re super easy to assemble at home? We love the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate, but feel free to sub in your kid’s favorite.

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Six Layer S’mores Cake

We’re officially drooling over graham cracker cake with chocolate ganache and toasted marshmallow frosting. It’s a little more involved than a standard cake, but each step is actually really easy. Prep the layers ahead of time so you just have to assemble on the day of.

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Chocolate Icebox Cake with Caramel Drizzle

For summer birthdays, we like to follow Coterie member Gaby Dalkin’s lead and make this super retro no-bake cake. It’s a little harder to put the candles in, but so delicious that we’re sure no one will care.

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