Find the best birthday cake recipes for kids for your children's party, including a princess cake, a polka dot cake and a giant rainbow cupcake
Find the best birthday cake recipes for kids for your kids’ party, including a princess cake, a polka dot cake and a giant rainbow cupcake. There are so many to choose from and they’ve all got the WOW-factor. Watch your son or daughter’s face light up when they spot their homemade birthday cake. There’s nothing like dimming the lights and bringing in a cake you’ve created, decorated with your little one’s favourite characters, colours or sweets.
We’ve got both birthday cakes for girls and birthday cakes for boys, so you’ll find plenty of ideas to make your kid’s birthday cake an unforgettable one.
These kids’ birthday cakes are simple to make an assemble, but will be a memorable part of the day – and perfect for a photo op!
This is one party cake with wow factor! Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley shows how to make this fun kids’ birthday cake creation that everyone will love.
Get the recipe: Jo Wheatley’s rainbow vanilla sponge
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Make a simple sponge and transform it into this seriously impressive digger cake using chocolate fingers, crumbled Oreos and your child’s toys.
Get the recipe: Digger cake
Yes, this incredible kids’ birthday cake involves absoloutely no baking! All you need to do is follow our instructions (and video) to create this impressive train cake from shopbought cakes and biscuits that you can find at any supermarket. The result is next level!
Get the recipe: No-bake train cake
This stunning no-bake cake couldn’ be easier to make, but looks the part as a very special birthday cake. Make it the day before the big reveal, as it needs to set in the freezer overnight.
Get the recipe: Pink wafer ice cream cake
Check out this towering chocolate cake, made with everyone’s favourite cookies! It’s easier than you think to get that kind of height on the sponges, but makes such a difference to the cake. It’s party time!
Get the recipe: Oreo layer cake
This cake hasthe wow-factor! Colourful shards made from boiled sweets can be arranged in stripes to make a new take on a rainbow cake, or use them to spell out a name or age.
Get the recipe: Stained glass cake
Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain knows how to make a good birthday cake and this confetti cake, make with lot sof sprinkles and real strawberries instead of food colouring for a dreamy frosting, is extra special.
Get the recipe: Nadiya Hussain’s confetti birthday cake
The kids are going to love this chocolate fingers-covered cake. It’s really simple to make with a soft, chocolate sponge and heaps and heaps of sweeties including M&M’s and Maltesers.
Get the recipe: Chocolate fingers cake
From the outside, it looks like a plain white cake – but when you slice it open, it reveals rainbow stripes inside. Well worth the extra effort for the smiles and cheers all round.
Get the recipe: Rainbow cake
An easy layer cake with raspberries in the icing, this fruity cake is a proper party cake that’s filled with real fruit.
Get the recipe: White chocolate and raspberry gateau
Turn your favourite sponge recipe into an impressive birthday present cake. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make your own – the birthday boy or girl is going to be so happy!
Get the recipe: Birthday present cake
The lucky birthday boy or girl is going to be extremely surprised cutting into this hidden shape polka dot cake. Impressive, fun and delicious too!
Get the recipe: Polka dot cake
If you’re a bit strapped for cash and don’t want your child to miss out on an impressive birthday cake we’d recommend this chocolate cake. Piled high with marshmallows, which you can buy in bulk to save the pennies. Top the sponge with double cream and you’ve got one delicious, kid-friendly cake.
Get the recipe: Chocolate and marshmallow birthday cake
Need a party cake for a crowd? This easy tray bake is a real family favourite, made with rice krispies, squidgy marshmallows and lots of chocolate. Top it with lots of different coloured candles.
Get the recipe: Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake
If the kids love chocolate they’re just going to love this chocolate giant cupcake. Topped with chocolate icing and Maltesers, this sponge cake is easy to make using a giant cupcake mould and a steady hand when it comes to decorating. Pop a candle in the top and watch the birthday boy or girl’s little face light up.
Get the recipe: Chocolate giant cupcake
This easy chocolate cake couldn’t be simpler as it’s filled and topped with lovely Nutella to save you making a frosting. And who doesn’t love Nutella?!
Get the recipe: Nutella cake
Does your child love cola? How about chocolate? If so, we think their birthday is the perfect time to treat them to something extra special and this chocolate cola cake is just that. A rich, fudgy sponge topped with sweet chocolate buttercream and decorated with cola bottles makes this cake better than all the rest.
Get the recipe: Chocolate cola cake
Give the birthday boy or girl a surprise with this piñata cake. You can hide their favourite sweets inside and when they cut into it after singing happy birthday they’ll be overwhelmed with the goodies that come pouring out!
Get the recipe: Pinata cake
We just love this giant rainbow cupcake. It’s colourful AND delicious. You’re definitely going to make that special someone feel extra special when it comes to their birthday. Sprinkle with Skittles and decorate with colourful candles to complete the look.
Get the recipe: Giant rainbow cupcake
If your son or daughter is a fan of all things pirates they’re going to love this themed birthday cake. A delicious vanilla sponge and a fondant treasure map complete the look with chocolate coins and gold sparkle powder? We just love it.
Get the recipe: Treasure map cake
Got a Potterholic with a birthday coming up? Make their day magical with our cupcakes inspired by Harry’s days at Hogwarts.
Get the recipe: Harry Potter cupcakes
Celebrate your baby’s first year by writing their name on this 1st birthday cake. And you can just buy new number-shaped cake tins to make the same cake for older kids.
Get the recipe: 1st birthday cake
Looking for a chocolate birthday cake recipe? You can’t go wrong with this seriously chocolatey party cake by no less than Royal Wedding baker Fiona Cairns.
Get the recipe: Chocolatey party cake
Does your son or daughter love wild animals? They’ll love Woman’s Weekly’s safari cake, surrounded with lions and giraffes.
Get the recipe: Safari cake
This cake will be a big hit with little girls. Use ready-to-roll pink and white icing to make the princess’s bed and don’t forget the green food colouring to make the tiny pea!
Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel’s princess and the pea cake
Know a few kids who are nuts about Mr SquarePants? Then follow goodtoknow user Kirsty’s recipe for her brilliant SpongeBob-inspired cake.
Get the recipe: SpongeBob-inspired cake
If you’re throwing a cowboy-themed party for the kids ,complete the spread with this creative tipi cake. It’s easier to make than it may look, especially when you follow our step-by-step recipe.
Get the recipe: Tipi cake
Now this is a cake that is sure to turn a few heads. That special little birthday boy or girl is going to be chuffed with this towering cake completed with fondant soldiers and shooting canons. Make sure it’s centre of the party spread so you can show off your hard work.
Get the recipe: Soldier and castle birthday cake
We loved goodtoknow user Tracy Stevens‘ fun cow cake so much we asked her for the recipe! There’s a delicious chocolate sponge with chocolate buttercream concealed underneath the brilliantly-designed cow icing.
Get the recipe: Cow cake