This article about easy kids birthday cakes was last updated in 2021.
When you think about kids birthday parties, the first thing that comes to mind is the birthday cake. That magical moment when the lights are dimmed, the cake is revealed and everyone starts singing. What also comes to mind are the hours spent lovingly making the perfect cake, which lasts a matter of minutes in the public eye before being devoured.
And the question we ask ourselves: Is it all worth it?
Of course it is! Your little one needs a great birthday cake, but there are ways to make an impressive cake was reasonably little effort i.e. cheat!
Here is our pick of easy kids birthday cakes which are super-simple but will wow your guests.
Easy kids birthday cakes which look impressive
Few cakes are easier than a doughnut cake for a birthday party. First on our list of easy kids birthday cakes is this recipe that takes cinnamon doughnuts and drizzles them with yummy caramel and chocolate sauce. Arrange the doughnuts in a pile and watch them disappear.
This chocolate finger and smarties cake is not only a kid favourite, adults love it too. If you think the cake looks complicated to make, it’s actually the opposite. Just make a regular chocolate cake, arrange Cadbury chocolates around the edge and top with smarties—easy!
Source: Not That Jamie Oliver
Cheat’s rainbow cake is one of the best-looking cakes on our list of easy kids birthday cakes. Just look at all those colours! It’s super easy to make too. The shards are made from melted white chocolate with gel food colouring. After making your rainbow cake, arrange the shards on top along with Smarties, lollies, and sprinkles.
Easy kids birthday cakes that look impressive (cont.)
Cheat’s ice cream cake looks like one of those expensive cakes from a specialty bakery. But it’s actually a cinch to prepare, even if you’re not a professional baker. Except for the chocolate rectangles made from choco melts, everything is ready-made (ice cream and meringues). Guaranteed to wow both kids and adults at the birthday party.
Impress your construction-obsessed kids with this fun and oh-so-easy digger cake. It looks difficult to make, but it’s just a regular chocolate cake with trimmings: plastic toy diggers, KitKats, Smarties, buttercream frosting and crumbled cake for soil. It’s like assembling a school project that you get to eat afterwards. Win-win!
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Our list of easy kids birthday cakes won’t be complete without an adorable lion cake. This cake is not only cute and yummy, prep is also a breeze. The lion’s mane is a bunch of chocolate cupcakes arranged around a bigger cake with yellow buttercream frosting. The eyes, nose and details are chocolate. If you want to save time, get a ready-made vanilla cake and chocolate cupcakes.
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Next on our list is a magical fairy tale princess cake for little angels who love fairy princesses. You’ll need yellow cake mix, whipped frosting, neon pink food colouring, pink pearls, pink decorating sugar and a fashion doll to put in the centre. There’s a how-to-video on the page to help you out. It’s really easier than it looks and comes together in less than an hour.
Source: Betty Crocker
A funfetti cake is a birthday staple. In this case, a funfetti coffee and doughnuts cake that looks too pretty to eat! The cake itself is a yellow layer cake with coffee buttercream surrounded by mini doughnuts. Get both at the store to save time and prettify it with sprinkles and pink icing. There’s an adult version of this cake with whiskey if you want to make it for your own birthday
Source: Good Housekeeping
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Our final Easy kids birthday cakes that look impressive
This rainbow sprinkles cake is another winner that will please kids and adults alike. The chocolate cake is decorated with coloured sprinkles and rainbow marshmallow fondant. Don’t be scared if you’ve never made fondant before. There’s a step-by-step guide on the blog with pictures.
Source: Stay At Home Mum
We have a fun gummy bear cake to complete our list of easy kids birthday cakes. This is just a layer cake with buttercream frosting covered in a million (okay maybe not a million) multicoloured gummy bears. You can make your kid’s favourite cake or any cake you want, or buy it from the store if you’re in a rush.
Source: Good Housekeeping
Making Birthday Cakes More Impressive
You’ve just learned the easiest ways to make birthday cakes. Now, it’s time to learn how to make them look more impressive! Plan the perfect birthday celebration for your loved one by adding the finer details in order to make a huge difference. How can you attain this goal?
You can make kiddie party cakes more personalised with acrylic cake toppers to make the event more memorable. The most common toppers for kids include age and cartoon character toppers. Kids love colourful toppers, so choose your child’s favourite colour.
Making A Kid’s Birthday More Memorable
Aside from impressive birthday cakes, you can make your little one’s birthday more memorable by customising the décor, gifts, and activities. You can research for new party ideas online that can bring a big surprise to children.
Don’t forget taking cute photographs, too. You can ask another family member to take photos or hire a professional, depending on how big or extravagant the birthday party is. After the party, you can share the best photos online, and have them printed out and framed.
Congratulations! Now, you can make kiddie birthday cakes so much more easily, and which can bring so much fun and excitement to children and adults alike.
We hope you like our list of easy kids birthday cakes, for more party ideas keep reading here: How to plan a fun, affordable kids birthday party.