16 Impressive (but Not Impossible) Birthday Cake Recipes for Your Kid’s Party

The invites are out, the presents are wrapped and the bouncy house has been reserved. Now, on to the most important part of your kid’s birthday party: the cake. Whether you’re looking for tractors or unicorns; whether you’re a total baking beginner or you’re gunning for the next spot on the Great British Bake-Off, don’t worry—we have you covered. Here are 16 of our favorite cake recipes to help your kid celebrate in style.

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Homemade Funfetti Cake

Because there’s no such thing as too many sprinkles. (Thanks to Coterie member Maria Lichty for the inspo.)

Rainbow Waffle Cake

A homemade cake can take all day—this one is ready in less than an hour. (And best of all, the kids can help.)

Ombré Ice Cream Cake

The ombré hair trend might be a thing of the past, but we think this gorgeous cake is a keeper. The best part? You can customize it to your kid’s favorite color.

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Chocolate Construction Cake

Turn your kiddo’s obsession with dump trucks into a tasty (and easy) dessert.

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M&m’s Cake

Save some of the ribbon you used to wrap the gifts for this adorable cake (bonus: the Kit Kats totally cover any icing mishaps).

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Galaxy Cupcakes

Ground control to birthday boy…

Ice Cream Sundae Cake

This dessert has everything: cake, ice cream and all the toppings.

Cake Batter Cookie Pie

If your birthday kiddo just can’t decide between pie and cake…

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Balloon Bunch Cupcakes

No Pinterest fails here. Lollipops and ribbon are about as easy as it gets while still looking fun, festive, and put-together.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Monkey Cake

This cake is actually super easy to decorate (chocolate rice cereal is officially a godsend).

Rainbow Cupcakes

Pot of gold not included.

Easy Panda Cupcakes

Who knew chocolate chips could make such adorable little bear faces?

Unicorn Cake

We can’t lie and say that this recipe is easy. But if you pull it off, you’ll be someone’s hero until next birthday at least.

Magical Sugar Plum Fairy Cakes

Made with sugar and spice and everything nice, of course.

Dirt Cake

If they’re going to be eating dirt anyway, why not make it chocolate dirt?

Everybody’s Birthday Cake

Sometimes you just can’t beat a classic. This one is totally no-fuss (and also totally delicious).