Birthday cake designs can be fun, but also intricate. It's best to map out a game plan before you start the baking process. First, consider a theme. Once you've narrowed down a theme, figure out if you'll need icing, a sugar decoration, a cake topper or a uniquely shaped baking pan to mold your cake.
Themed Birthday Cakes
There are many themes to choose from when deciding to make a birthday cake. Depending on the birthday boy or girl, consider incorporating a particular decade, superheroes, Westerns, cartoons, Disney characters, foods, balloons, popular television shows and much more. If you're making a cake for a child, it might be best to ask the birthday boy or girl what type of theme they would like to have at their birthday party. If you know the child's favorite character or television show, perhaps you can work off of that as well.
Choose the flavor of the cake. You can stick to chocolate or vanilla, or add a little pizzazz with a red velvet cake, carrot cake or devil's food cake. Make sure you have all of the ingredients on hand that your particular recipe will call for. You can even use a simple cake mix if you're looking to spend more time on the decorations.
Decorating Your Birthday Cake
Some rather simple ideas for decorations or cake toppers can be cookies, candies, plastic toys, fruits or candles. You may also choose to find colored icing and sketch a drawing or write a message in calligraphy if you have the talent. Children will love to help decorate, so ask them if they're interested in designing a scene or building on the theme with you.
Novelty Birthday Cakes
Novelty birthday cakes don't just have to be for children. If you're making a cake for an adult, think of their favorite things and what they like to do. Remember that simple ideas are the easiest to work out, but don't be afraid to get creative!
If your child cannot tear himself away from the television when "Bob the Builder" is on, then consider holding a construction-themed birthday party that will let kids play with their hands.
Party food should be the last thing you should stress over when you are planning a kids birthday party. Handling a room full of kids is no small feat, so low-maintenance party food is a must.