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10 genius homemade birthday cakes for kids

So you have your heart set on creating a Zumbo masterpiece for your kids birthday party. You’ve scoured Pinterest and talked yourself into this. Then, three days out from the big day, panic sets in. Who are you kidding, you can’t bake, let alone decorate a cake!!! Don’t panic – take a look at these genius kids birthday cake hacks.

Make things easy on yourself and pre-buy a plain cake to decorate. If you decide to bake your own cake, stick with a simple recipe and a solid cake such as a mud cake. Most importantly, wait until the cake is completely cooled before decorating. Frosting and decorations will completely melt away if your cake is even remotely warm.

Remember, your kids will love it regardless. Good luck!

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Simple and pretty sprinkle cake

Put sprinkles on anything and the kids will love it.
Find the recipe at Little Life of Mine

Sprinkle cake

Super easy Lego cake

What kid doesn’t like Lego? This cake is super quick and easy to make.
Find the recipe at Betty Croker

Lego cake

Construction cake

If your decorating skills are a bit sketchy, this one is meant to look messy!
Find the recipe at Merriment Design

Construction cake

The versatile number 3 cake

This simple cake lends itself to whatever colour theme you can think of.
Find the recipe at Bits of Everything

Number 3 cake

The famous Kit Kat cake

The cake everyone’s talking about! Here’s a good step-by-step tutorial.
Find the recipe at Bread and With It

Kit Kat cake

Cookie Monster cake

Cake and cookie in one, what’s not to love?
Find the recipe at Sweet Anna’s

Cookie monster cake

Colourful rainbow cake

Add props such as chocolate coins to make this cake come alive.
Find the recipe at Community Table

Rainbow cake

Mint choc chip ice cream cake

Did someone say ice cream? Always a winner. So many variations of this cake are possible.
Find the recipe at Bakerella

Ice cream cake

The robot cake

This one’s a little more tricky, but well worth it for the look on your kids face.
Find the recipe at Better Homes and Gardens

Robot cake

The amazing watermelon cake

If all this chocolate is proving too much, try this genius healthier version.
Find the recipe at Not Quite Nigella

Watermelon cake


Do you have any genius cake hacks? Leave us a comment below.


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  3. November 27, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    These are genius – I really could have used this list a couple of weeks ago when I had a disastrous cake attempt for my son’s first birthday, haha! #coolmumclub

    • November 27, 2015 at 1:01 PM

      Oh no. Well I’m sure he loved it anyway 🙂 Glad you liked the post.

  4. November 27, 2015 at 7:27 AM

    Love these ideas! I’m pinning this to favourite recipes board. I have to confess i shop bought the most recent birthday cake, but maybe the next one in 6 months?… x MMT #coolmumclub Thanks for joining in!

    • November 27, 2015 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks 🙂 Nothing wrong with shop bought sometimes – whatever makes life easier!

  5. November 26, 2015 at 9:21 PM

    I HAD to read your post when I saw your title! The Cakes look amazing! I especially like the Lego one – my Lego crazy Kiddo would definitely love that! Thanks for sharing. #coolmumclub

    • November 27, 2015 at 1:06 PM

      Thanks 🙂 I love the Lego one too!

  6. November 26, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Wow! Difficult to choose just 1! Lego my favourite though which would be perfect for my sons 1st birthday as he’s not really into any characters yet.

    • November 26, 2015 at 8:41 PM

      I love the Lego one too 🙂

  7. October 3, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Wow these are great ideas! Love the Lego cake 🙂

  8. October 3, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Hilarious, I’ve rec made the construction cake (it’s on my blog) and declared it to be one of the simplest cakes ever!

    • October 3, 2015 at 7:53 PM

      Just had a look at your blog. The construction party looks amazing! Very clever! 🙂

  9. October 3, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    I love these! I always get myself in over my head with cakes, so it’s nice to have some lovely inspiration of ways to do fun and classy without so much stress. I especially love the first one – it just looks like a party!

    • October 3, 2015 at 6:47 PM

      Thank you! I’m the same. It’s good to step back and remember that the simplest can be the most beautiful 🙂

  10. October 3, 2015 at 2:28 PM

    Love these cakes! My daughters birthday is middle
    Of this month and I still don’t know what cake
    To bake!

    • October 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      It’s always a hard decision, isn’t it? Hope these inspire you 🙂