30 Kid-Friendly Birthday Cake Recipes for Your Next Celebration
From bright, fruity flavors to rich chocolate, there's a celebratory cake recipe here for everyone.
There's no party like a birthday party! To mark the occasion for boys and girls, young and young at heart, we have rounded up 30 of our most delicious, festive, and kid-friendly birthday cake recipes. But can we let you in on a little secret? Adults can—and should—make these sweet treats for their own birthdays too. After all, who would ever say no to a slice of cake?
No birthday cake is truly complete without sprinkles and we have a few recipes that truly take the cake (pun intended) thanks to these colorful extras. Our Sprinkle Cake features sprinkles mixed in the cake batter; it's every surface of the cake is then covered with sprinkles once it's frosted. Another festive recipe is our Confetti Cake with Vanilla Frosting. It's homemade, yes, but did you ever think of making your own sprinkles, too? We tried it for ourselves and the results truly worth the effort. Bigger sprinkles than you've ever seen in your life are dyed with natural hues of every color of the rainbow.
Of course, if you're not up for making handmade sprinkles, how about a low-maintenance but totally delicious sheet cake? From combinations of vanilla and chocolate to bright and lemony, we have a recipe that will please every palate. Celebrating a summer birthday? Look no further than one of our ice cream cake recipes. With a multitude of flavors, some inspired by our favorite ice cream shoppe treats (think: banana split or hot fudge brownie), don't let these genius ideas melt away.
Confetti Cake with Vanilla Frosting
Enjoy our remake of classic boxed Funfetti mix with this cheery recipe made with homemade sprinkles. After all, it's a birthday party, so why not go all out?
Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream
For a natural pink hue and sweet-tart flavor, puréed strawberries are mixed into the buttercream that adorns this lofty three-layer cake.
Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate-Ganache Buttercream
Coconut Chiffon Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Nothing says "birthday party" quite like a cake covered in colorful sprinkles. If that's not festive enough for you, we mixed sprinkles into the cake batter, too.
Triple-Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
Whether you're a chocolate lover, have a summer birthday, or both, this recipe is for you. Buttermilk helps to keep the cake super moist while a white chocolate ganache offsets the richness of chocolate cake and chocolate ice cream.
Strawberry-Swirl Bundt Cake
A combination of ground freeze-dried strawberries and fresh strawberries—plus, pink gel-paste food coloring—add fruity flavor and a pink hue to the strawberry swirl in this eye-catching Bundt cake recipe.
Pull-Apart Vanilla-Wafer Cupcake Cake with Berries
Chocolate Sheet Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
What's black and white and sweet all over? This moist sheet cake recipe is perfect for serving to a crowd at a birthday party.
Light and Fluffy Yellow Cake
Vegan Chocolate Cake
Ombre Strawberry Cake
This pretty-in-pink birthday cake is just the thing for a celebration. Each layer is filled with strawberry jam, and then the whole thing is topped with a light pink Swiss Meringue Buttercream piped into delicate ruffles.
Citrus Mousse Cake with Buttercream Frosting
For a springtime soirée, look no further than this elegant lemon-infused cake that's topped with a brightly flavored buttercream featuring a duo of lime zest, lime juice, and lemon juice.
Chocolate-and-Vanilla Zebra Cake
Grasshopper Dome Ice Cream Cake
Chocolate and mint are one of the richest and most refreshing combinations—here, they take the form of an epic ice cream cake that's just the thing to serve at a summer birthday party.
Neapolitan Ice Cream Cake
Carrot Cake with White-Chocolate Frosting
We can't think of a better cake for a spring birthday than carrot cake, and this version is about as good as it gets. The cake is spiced with ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and freshly grated nutmeg, then topped with a rich white chocolate-cream cheese frosting.
Chocolate Angel Food Cake with Double-Chocolate Frosting
Want to know the secret to a light and fluffy cake? Cake flour, which has a lower protein count than all-purpose flour, is what gives this treat such a fine crumb. The rich chocolate flavor is accentuated with instant espresso powder.
German Chocolate Bundt Cake
German chocolate cake is characterized by its inclusion of pecans and shredded coconut, which add texture and complex—but oh, so irresistible—flavor to this birthday cake recipe.
Apple Layer Cake with Cream-Cheese Frosting
For a birthday that falls during autumn, we can't think of a more appropriate—and delicious—cake than this one. It's the perfect way to use up the bounty of freshly picked apples from the orchard.
Berries-and-Cherries Ice Cream Cake
Ombre Sheet Cake
Streaks of pink, yellow, and orange food coloring create a vivid ombré hue atop this sheet cake. Feel free to choose other colors (think blue and purple or green and yellow) based on what the birthday girl or boy loves!
Blondie Ice Cream Cake
A birthday is a special day so serve an extra special dessert. A homemade blondie serves as the base for this ice cream cake recipe and more blondie pieces are folded into softened vanilla ice cream. Of course, no ice cream cake is complete without hot fudge sauce and this cake has lots of it.
Who wants a slice of this super-smart sheet cake that is perfect for serving on your little one's birthday?
Lemon-Glazed Sheet Cake
There is lemon zest in the cake and the sweetened glaze of this bright and sunny birthday cake recipe.
Banana-Split Ice Cream Cake
Your family and friends will adore this innovative dessert that marries a traditional banana split sundae with a vanilla sheet cake.
Berry Layer Cake
Swirls and twirls of multiple hues of purple frosting—plus blackberries and blueberries—create an absolutely stunning exterior on this triple-layer cake recipe that's perfect for a special birthday.
Fish Birthday Cake
Go under the sea with this dessert. Your little ones will adore this clever birthday cake shaped and decorated like a fish with buttercream and candy.
Caramel Buttercream Layer Cake
Elevate a classic yellow birthday cake recipe with a rich, homemade buttercream. Don't forget the candles!