Creative Birthday Cakes for Kids

From a whimsical monkey cake to a cute robot cake, these creative desserts will make your child's birthday a rollicking celebration.


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Peanut Butter Monkey Cake

    Chocolate cereal provides the fur on this adorable, edible monkey. A banana peel serves as simple but fun garnish.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
2/13
Building Blocks Cake

    To make this adorable no-bake dessert, top frozen pound cakes with marshmallows to create the interlocking Legos. Brightly colored powdered sugar frosting tinted with paste food coloring adds realistic shine.

Makes: 16 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Stand  1 hr 
3/13
Robot Cake

    It's simple to convert any 13x9x2-inch cake into this cute robot. Candy-coated milk chocolate and licorice candies add futuristic flair.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake  350°F according to package
4/13
Cheeseburger Ice Cream Cake

    This cool cake is nearly identical to the All-American lunch favorite. To make it, sandwich chocolate ice cream, cheese made of fondant, and shredded coconut (dyed to look like lettuce) between two round yellow cakes. Serve it with "fries" made of sliced pound cake.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: About 42
Prep  1 hr 
Freeze  6 hrs  to 8 hrs 
Bake  350° according to package
5/13
Flip-Flop Cake

    Layer a pound cake with ice cream to create a delightful summertime treat. To create the flip-flop shape, trace the bottom of a child-size flip-flop onto cardboard. Then use the cardboard stencil to cut the shape out of the cake.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Freeze  3 hrs 
6/13
Sledding Party Cake

    Create your own winter wonderland on top of this coconut-covered cake. Frosting-topped pretzels make a miniature pine forest, while bear-shaped cookies on fruit-leather sleds make an adorable decoration.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Bake  350°F according to package
7/13
All-Star Sports Cake

    A standard 13-x-9-x-2-inch cake transforms easily into a sports jersey. To personalize the cake, use your child's age as the number on the jersey.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Bake  Per package directions
8/13
Bird's Nest Cake

    This adorable bird's nest cake is a snap to make. Pretzel sticks create the nest's branches, while marshmallow candies make precious baby chicks. Sugar cookies are decorated to resemble the eggs.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 to 16 servings cake plus about 40 cookies
Prep  1 hr 15 mins 
Bake  cake: 40 minutes cookies: 5 minutes/batch
Stand  1 hr 
9/13
Campfire Cake

    This cake is perfect for little campers. Flour tortillas transform into tiny tepees, pretzel sticks become logs, peanuts serve as pieces of a path, and dyed coconut turns into plush grass.

Makes: 24 servings
Prep  1 hr 
Cool   30 mins 
Bake  per package directions
10/13
Cool Pool Cake

    Blue gelatin becomes the water of a miniature swimming pool. Tropical embellishments, such as fish-shape gummy candies and cocktail umbrellas, give the cake a summertime feel.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Chill  4 hrs 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
11/13
Sunflower Cake

    This cake, studded with citrus candy, sets the mood for a fun time. Kids love to pick off and eat the fruit snack embellishments. Serving 10-12, this cake is perfect for a small party.

Makes: 10 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cool   30 mins 
Bake  Per package directions
12/13
Strawberry Pie Cake

    Pretty in pink, this strawberry-topped cake only looks like a pie. Convenient ingredients such as yellow cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, and canned frosting cut down on prep time.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  350°F 
13/13
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