Top 20 Kids' Birthday Cake Recipes

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If you've been inspired by The Great British Bake Off, why not have a go at making one of these amazing birthday cakes?!

We've scoured the internet to reveal the Top 20 birthday cake recipes to make for children. From Frozen to Star Wars, Lego to Octonauts - there's something for everyone. 

And even if the final product isn't quite worthy of a Paul Hollywood handshake, your little ones are bound to love it.

1. Rainbow Pinata Cake

Kids love to be surprised! A hidden sweet surprise cake is much easier than you may first think, and you’ll amaze both adults and children alike when you cut the first slice. Check out the video tutorial for this show-stopping M&M Rainbow Pinata Cake here.

Hidden Sweetie Surprise


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2. Shark Attack Cake

There’s something in the water! Raise excitement levels with this fearsome shark attack cake, complete with fish gummy sweets. You can find the easy to follow tutorial here.

Shark attached cake

3. Digger Cake

No engineering skills are required to make this simple but effective cake. If you’re a baking novice, but you have a little boy or girl who just loves diggers, you’re in luck. This digger cake takes less than an hour to make!

Digger cake

4. Ice Cream Drip Cake

The perfect cake to brighten up your little one’s special day, this melting ice cream cake will put a huge smile on any little girl or boy's face. And don’t hold back on the sprinkles! Use this tutorial to give you the basics, but go wild with your own design and use your child’s favourite colours.

Ice Cream Cake


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5. Paw Patrol Cake

‘No job is too big, no pup is too small!’ For little ones who adore the show, this Paw Patrol cake is an absolute must-have. We love the chocolate ‘dog’ cereal inside – your kids are sure to love it too!

Paw Patrol Cake

6. Lost Treasure Pinata Bashing Cake

A great way to add pizzazz to your baking is to go for a relatively plain and simple cake and hide it all under a chocolate dome. Arm the birthday star with a little hammer and get them to bash away at the chocolate shell to reveal the hidden treasure inside. Discover how to make this piñata cake here.

Lost Treasure Pinata Cake

7. Peppa Pig Muddy Puddles Cake

With a handful of ingredients and a few steps, you can make this fun Peppa Pig Kit Kat cake (other brands of chocolate wafers are of course available!) complete with all of your favourite characters from the show. Jumping in puddles never looked (and tasted) so good!

Peppa Pig Cake


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8. Octonauts Cake

‘Let’s do this!’ If your child loves watching Captain Barnacles and co. then this cake is bound to please. This adorable Octonauts cake couldn’t be simpler – simply crush some biscuits to create ‘sand’ and add your own mini figures.

Octonauts Doll Cake

9. Princess Doll Cake

If your little one spends much of their time twirling around dressed as their favourite Disney princess, then this could be their dream cake! You can find the instruction video here.

 Princess Castle Cake

10. Cupcakes Birthday Age Cake

If you’re entertaining lots of party guests and want a quick way of dividing up the cake for party bags, then a cupcake pull apart cake is the perfect solution. Made up of lots of cupcakes shaped to the age of the birthday boy or girl, it’s easy to see why these cakes are so popular. Find the recipe here.

10 Cupcakes


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11. Frozen Birthday Cake

There’s no avoiding Frozen and the mass craze that continues to take the world of primary-aged children (and adults alike) by storm. The good news is there is no shortage of inspiration, so bulk-buy the edible glitter, turn up the Frozen soundtrack loud on your speakers and get baking with this Frozen Cake tutorial.

Frozen birthday cake

12. Superhero cakes: Batman, Spiderman and Superman

The popularity of the Marvel and DC Universes shows no sign of waning – little people simply can’t get enough of superheroes! Show off your baking superpowers with this impressive Batman, Superman and Spiderman cake.

Superhero Cakes: Batman, Superman, Spiderman

13. Rainbow Layer Cake

Rainbow layer cakes are a rites of passage for any parent – no childhood would be complete without one! This striking cake is an easy way of getting the wow factor without too much skill involved – plus you can freeze layers in advance to avoid a last minute panic. Find the instruction video here.

Rainbow layer cake

14. Star Wars Cake

Jedi powers are not required for this simple Star Wars cake. A delicious chocolate cake topped with edible Darth Vader and fondant light sabres. You can follow the instructions in this video tutorial. May the force be with you.

Star Wars Cake


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15. Minecraft Cake

For older kids with a penchant for gaming, this stunning Minecraft cake is a winner. There won’t be so much building going on here – more like destroying once the kids get hold of it.

Minecraft Cake

16. Lego Cake

Lego is often the mainstay of a child's toy box, so treat them with this fantastic Lego cake. You’ll need to focus on the straight edges of each Lego brick to make sure ‘Everything is awesome’. Check out the video tutorial here.

Lego Cake

17. Unicorn Cake

If your little one loves unicorns then this beautiful cake could make their birthday extra special. What's more, grown ups love it too. If you want to have a go at making this cake, take a look at the instruction video here.

Unicorn Cake

18. PJ Masks Cake

‘It’s time to be a (baking) hero!’ Featuring Catboy, Gecko and Owlette, this yummy PJ Masks cake is sure to be a huge hit with your little superhero. Check out the 5-minute video tutorial here.

PJ Masks Cake

19. Minions Cake

Cheeky, adorable and loveable, kids go crazy over Minions. For little fans out there, this character cake is guaranteed to put a big smile on their faces. Check out the tutorial here.

Minions Cake

20. Mermaid Cake

We’re not going to lie, we’d love this beautiful mermaid-inspired cake for our own birthday, nevermind the kids! Featuring mermaid fish scales, seashells and pearls, this cake is going to require a steady hand – but the final results are sure to draw gasps at the birthday party.

Mermaid Cake


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