The birthday cake is paraded into the room, lighted up with candles, and serenaded with the strains of “Happy Birthday to You”. This moment is a party highlight, the signature event of many a birthday. If you are organizing a birthday party, selecting the cake will be one of the most important tasks on your list. Gathering ideas and knowing about current trends will be a good place to start, whether you are going to hire a custom designer or purchase one over-the-counter.
Unique Birthday Cake Designs
The standard flowered birthday cake, inscribed with “Happy Birthday Jack!” or “Happy 60th Gwen” will always be acceptable, especially if it is made with attractive colors and favorite flavors. However decorators can offer more personal and imaginative designs. Four formats are often seen these days. Consider one of these for your next celebration:
- A theme tableau created out of icing and non-edible figurines-for example, for a hockey fan, the surface depicts a hockey rink, complete with hockey players and hockey net.
- A cake made in a molded pan shaped like a flower, heart, Mickey Mouse head, or other popular shape.
- A three-dimensional sculpture-for example, the cake is a train; or a princess, made with a Barbie doll in an ornately decorated cake gown.
- Multi-cakes tiered vertically or in a lopsided whimsical way-for example, a stack of multi-colored, fondant-wrapped gift boxes, with colorful ribbons and other decorations.
Kids Birthday Cakes
Planning a child’s party and wanting to serve a thrilling cake that she or he remembers for years to come? Order a design that reflects hobbies, favorite toys, pets, fantasy figures, or cartoon characters. Here are some ideas:
- A puppy shape;
- A jungle scene with jungle vegetation and animals, such as monkeys, giraffes, and tigers;
- A tableau based on a favorite TV show, such as Sesame Street, featuring figurines for Bert, Ernie, and the Cookie Monster. Birthday cake toppers can double up as party favors. With a Sesame Street design, each child can take home a Sesame Street figurine;
- A crown decorated with jewels;
- A football or ballet slippers to reflect the child’s interests.
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. The only “problem” is that your child may never again be satisfied with an ”ordinary” cake after having had a theme design.
Adult Birthday Cakes
Adults enjoy imaginative cakes as well. While children often will be happy with chocolate, vanilla, or marble flavors, adults will be attracted to variations such as:
- Red velvet,
- Strawberry, or
- Strawberry shortcake.
Fillings can also have different flavors, such as cherry, chocolate mousse, traditional butter cream, raspberry gel, cream cheese icing, and lemon. Some people are particular about flavors so you will want to be sure that the selected ones will be appreciated by the guest of honor.
Many adults will be quite happy if you don’t display their age. An advantage of tableaus and sculptures is that numbers don’t need to be displayed. On the other hand, it is possible and sometimes desirable to record a special year such as 30, 50, or 65. The special number can be part of the trim garland instead of on top of the cake.
Adults enjoy sculptures and cake top pictures. For example, birthday cake decorations for adults could be:
- A farm scene with fields, sky, and toppers for farmer and farm equipment;
- A cake shaped like a music symbol such as a guitar, treble clef, or drum set; or a stage tableau with a figurine of a favorite music star; or
- A hobby theme reflecting a favorite sport or pastime, such as an animal sculpture for a pet lover or a tool box for a handy person.
How to Find More Birthday Cake Ideas
To research further in your quest to develop the best birthday cake design, you can:
- Look for pictures posted on the internet by professional and amateur bakers,
- Browse current magazines and books,
- Visit a few bakery counters to view cakes on display,
- Take pictures and ideas to a meeting with a designer who will create a custom cake.
Browse, research, and then make a decision-with a delicious cake and original decorations, your thoughtful effort will be appreciated by all.