There was a time, not very long ago, when birthday cakes were simple pieces that included a layer of frosting and a share of candles.
But times have changed and cakes have transformed into elaborate, designer items that are often honored with the centerpiece position at birthday parties. And while you can order a beautifully designed cake from your favorite bakery, you can also prepare a stunning cake right in your kitchen.
Cake Ideas For Birthday Party
If you have got the budget, then a bakery cake is the best choice. Bakeries are numerous, but finding the best one often requires a great deal of asking around. Your first stop for inquiry would be other parents – ask them for good bakery references.
Then visit a few of shops to find the one that can best suit your tastes. Many bakeries will undertake the task of designing customized cakes. So order a bakery cake that will be created according to the wants of your child.
Remember to specify all the details; you might want to note it down before you sit down with the baker to discuss your cake order. Include your child’s favorite flavor, color and design; and the lettering that you want on the cake. Here are some great ideas for a bakery ordered cake.
Ice Cream Cakes
Does your kid go nuts about ice cream? Then you can order an ice cream cake for your little one’s party. An ice cream cake is usually a three-layered piece with ice cream between two layers of cake. Remember to keep the cake in a freezer and take it out just before the cake-cutting part of the party.
If your party has a theme, then ordering a 3-D cake would be a fabulous idea. For instance, a sports themed birthday party can have a soccer ball shaped cake; and a princess themed party can have a tiara shaped cake.
You can also order 3-D cakes that are designed to show your child’s favorite activities. A photo-enthusiast will love a cake that is shaped like a camera and an animal lover will go gaga over a 3-D cake that is designed like a jungle scene.
How about a three-tier castle cake complete with windows and doors, a football stadium or a bright and colorful multi-tier carousel cake? If you want the perfect centerpiece for your party, then order a multi-tier cake – it will certainly get the eyeballs rolling.
A homemade cake has a more personal touch than a cake that is ordered from the bakery. Also, it is definitely easy on your wallet. But a homemade cake for a birthday party is a good option only if your baking skills are amazing.
Besides, if you are planning to bake a designer cake at home, you might want to take time out for a practice session before the big baking day. A good option for an easy homemade cake is to cut a sheet cake into different shapes and then placing the shapes together to form the design that you have in mind.
You can then decorate the cake with icing and candies to produce the desired effect. Another great idea is to bake a cake and add a layer of frosting to it.
Now you can set several colorful candies and cookies around the cake and encourage the kids to decorate their cake pieces themselves. But do keep in mind to run the idea of a homemade cake through your child, as he/she may have something different in mind.
Box Mix Cake
If you and your child are cool about the idea of whipping up a cake from a box, then the box mix cake may be just right for you. This is the best option for a party thrown at last minute; or if you don’t have the time to prepare an elaborate cake. Purchase a cake mix from your local supermarket, it is not very expensive and is also available in different flavors and varieties.
These are a beginner’s favorite cakes, easy to prepare and great to decorate. All you have to do is bake a simple circular, square or rectangle shaped cake. Use a smooth layer of icing to cover the cake and decorate the sides and edges with more icing.
If you want to add more color to the cake, then use edible paint to give the color you want. A good way to customize the cake would be to decorate it with cookie shapes.
Get cookie cutters in animal, princess, sports or any other desired shape to cut out the shape that you desire. Once the cookies are well done, use royal icing and candies to decorate them; and then place them on the cake.
Are you looking for a cake that is not only easy to make but just as easy to serve, then cupcakes make for hassle-free pull-out cakes. Once the cupcakes are ready, you can top them up with decorative candies that go with your birthday party theme.
Another option is to arrange all the cupcakes to make one single shape and then pull them out during dessert time. For example, you can easily arrange the cupcakes into a shape that resembles a crown, an animal or a game.