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Creative Birthday Cakes are Easy to Make

The first mistake many bakers make is to overlook where the best thoughts come from. If the birthday boy or girl is a child, just spend a few minutes in that child’s company. You will have no doubt what this child’s special interests are!

If the birthday guest of honor is a teen or an adult, you may have to do some investigative work, unless of course this teen or adult is part of your family or a excellent friend. Not only children like birthday cakes that depict their passions. Just remember if the cake is for an older child or a teen to stay away from childish decorations.

Making a birthday cake centered on a theme is a pocketbook friendly way to dazzle everyone with a wonderfully imaginative cake.

You probably already have all or most of what you’d want to turn a sheet cake into a fun day at the beach. A small blue food coloring for the icing ocean, some crushed graham crackers mixed with powdered sugar for the beach, and you’re off to a fantastic start!

While you’d want to smooth buttercream on the birthday cake first, the blue frosting can be applied in frothy peaks to form the waves. Then you could use some of your left over white icing to add white caps.

Or if you’d like a glassy smooth ocean, use blue gel. Whether your sea is glassy cool or swept with waves, remember to include a curvy shoreline when you apply the blue gel or icing.

Now for the fun part – it’s time to decorate the scene! Those miniature cocktail umbrellas at the supermarket make perfect beach umbrellas. Pieces of gum or fruit tape can provide the beach towels or blankets underneath them. Plastic figures from a craft store can bring the beach cake to life with people, dolphins, and palm trees.

Or if you delight in modeling, whip up a batch of gum paste and go to town – or the beach that is! As you may have gathered, this can be a really fun type of birthday cake to make with kids.

For a super simple, yet brilliant, birthday cake take a cue from professional bakers and use a character or novelty cake mold! You’ll find them in all kinds of shapes from cartoon and movie characters to ships and guitars.

And here’s another simple birthday cake thought: Since young children like puns, see if you can work one into the birthday message. A Huge Bird cake, made simply from a mold, that carries your message: Pleased Bird-Day will send the pre-school crowd into fits of giggles over this crafty word play.

Now, it’s your turn! Consider the birthday gal or guy’s interests, and start brainstorming!

If you prefer a traditional, two layer round cake for your birthday cake, be sure to serve the birthday cake on a cake plate not a dinner plate. This will prevent it from sinking into the plate’s depression.

Here’s one more birthday cake tip: Consider using a cake design that is usually relegated to weddings: the tier or stacked cake. This will really wow the birthday gal or guy, as well as the guests.

Tier and stacked birthday cakes can be elegant, fancy, whimsical or just plain fun, like a Cat-in-the-Hat or topsy-turvy birthday cake for example. And as always, keep the birthday guest of honor’s interests and tastes in mind when designing your creative birthday cake!

Samantha Mitchell, Co-Author Cake Decorating Made Simple! Vol. 1 & 2 The World’s First Cake Decorating Video Books For more cake decorating tips and thoughts, along with step by step videos, sign up for our free newsletter at CakeAnswers.com CakeAnswers.com

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