You don't need an arsenal of baking pans or expensive character cake pans to make one-of-a-kind confectionary masterpieces for your next birthday celebration.
Using these basic supplies, you can create countless cake designs:
These are the most versatile of all baking supplies. Sprinkle with colored sugar to create fantastic beach cakes, top with green coconut and iced field lines to make a football cake, or decorate tombstone-style for an over-the-hill birthday celebration.
Use round cake pans in graduated sizes to make fantastic tiered cakes for princess birthday parties or a volcano cake for your Hawaiian luau themed party.
Top several square layers together to make cake buildings for superheroes to climb, or lay square layers atop a sheet cake to create a Lego cake.
Bake cake batter in oven-safe bowls, then use the bowls to create 3D baseballs or soccer balls, or use as half-spheres for racecar, insect, or caterpillar bodies.
With a dash of basic geometry and a sprinkling of imagination, you can mix and match cake pans to create your own custom birthday cake designs. Make a butterfly cake using half circle wings and a loaf pan body, or whip up a train cake by stacking square cakes atop a sheet cake and cutting to shape.
With so many edible and non-edible cake decorations to choose from, even novice home bakers can pull off impressive character cake designs. For inspiration, turn to the Internet or thumb through a cake catalog at your local bakery. Enjoy creating one-of-a-kind birthday cake designs for all of the special guests of honor in your life.