13 Actually Easy Birthday Cake Ideas for Kids
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.
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.
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.
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.
Birthday Cake Petit Fours
Fact: Everything’s more fun when it’s mini. And when you can eat it with your hands? Even better.
Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake
Why choose between chocolate and vanilla? This classic, super-moist cake has the best of both worlds.
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).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.