For most kids, sweeter is always better when it comes to birthday cake; for others, the cake's design is more important than its flavor. Regardless of your recipe - or your skill level - whipping up a fantastic birthday cake that's sure to delight your little one is easier than you may think. To help get the creative juices flowing, here are a few birthday cake ideas:
Boys:Star Wars birthday cakes are ideal for Jedis in training, while a baseball birthday cake will be a hit for the budding slugger. For the adventuresome, try a dinosaur birthday cake, or search for buried treasure with a pirate birthday cake. To make each of these designs, all you need is a rectangular baking pan and a little creativity. For example, swipes of vibrant blue and red across a field of chocolate icing serves as a dramatic light saber duel, while a dotted icing trail can lead the way along a treasure map to an X topped with a Jolly Roger flag. Or, top your creation with edible or toy decorations, such as plastic dinosaurs, sports balls, or pennants.
Girls: Little ladies of all ages are sure to enjoy princess birthday cakes, while the more discerning may prefer being presented with a Tinkerbell or Hello Kitty birthday cake. To begin, start with a sheet cake iced with pink frosting as a base and let your imagination be your guide.
Remember, while it's a great idea to keep birthday cakes in synch with the party's theme, this certainly isn't set in stone. With all of the squeezable icings, edible decorations, and fun-shaped cake pans available, decorating a fantastic birthday cake at home couldn't be easier.