Simple yet elegant birthday cakes are perfect for classy adult birthday parties. From plain chocolate to fruit-and-cookie topped, our sophisticated birthday cakes for adults, plus ideas for birthday cake toppers and cupcakes, will wow party guests of any age.
For an adult birthday party, there's nothing better than an elegant and simple-to-make birthday cake. Start with one of our tasty chocolate cake recipes, then branch out with easy recipes for carrot cake, banana split cake, and poppy seed cake. Below, you'll find creative ways to decorate and top your birthday cake for adults.
There are plenty of creative ways to top an adult birthday cake. Instead of candles, use lollipops or cake pops, or top with cookie pieces, fruit slices, or both. See our ideas for adult birthday cake toppers and get inspiration for easy and creative cake decorating ideas below.
Cookie Pop Cake Topper: Most adults are ready to do without all those candles -- replace them with balloonlike macaroon cookie pops on a coconut birthday cake. Whether homemade or store-bought, these colorful cookie additions add sophisticated flair to any adult birthday cake.
Berries & Cookies Cake Topper: Give a frosted chocolate birthday cake a bold and colorful look with halved strawberries and chocolate-and-creme sandwich cookies. Once the cake is frosted (make sure you give the frosting time to set), run the fruit and cookies down the side of the adult birthday cake to look like stripes.
Lollipop Cake Topper: For a whimsical and colorful addition to an adult birthday cake, press flat colorful lollipops around the edge of a classic cake recipe.
Try these clever ideas for fun adult birthday cupcakes. Our cupcake recipes are creative, tasty, and easy to share -- so they're sure to please at adult birthday parties.
Elegant Black-and-White Cupcakes: Chocolate and vanilla ganache bows add sophisticated flair to adult birthday cupcakes.
Spiked Raspberry-Lemonade Cupcakes: Add an adult-only twist to the batter and frosting of the cupcakes with a shot of raspberry liqueur.
Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcakes: Mimic a favorite ice cream dessert with an adult birthday cupcake. Top chocolate cupcakes with creamy white frosting, hot fudge, chopped nuts, and a maraschino cherry.
Fun Themed Cupcakes: For summer adult birthdays, make a batch of beach party cupcakes. Cover half of the cupcakes in blue frosting to make waves and the other half with vanilla frosting and crushed vanilla wafers to look like sand. Ring-shape jelly candies, peanut butter sandwich cookies, rolled fruit leather, and licorice laces make the flip-flops and beach balls.
Birthday Brownies: Skip the cake altogether and whip up a batch of brownies instead. The birthday person can even still blow out candles: stack two or three brownies on a plate and add a candle on top so they can make their birthday wish.