Thursday 18th February 2016
Unless you’re the queen, there’s only one birthday per person, per year, which usually means just the one birthday cake. Therefore, the party centerpiece has to be special. Birthday cakes can be made in all manner of inventive shapes and structures, and decorated in myriad creative ways. We’ve outlined some useful tips and ideas to help you get started.
Fondant icing creates a very smooth base on which to work. Here’s how to get the most out of your fondant.
We’ve listed our favourite birthday cake ideas for different people, though, of course, everyone would enjoy each one. Each recipe has detailed instructions that will support you at every stage of your decoration and bake.
Rainbow cake – best for kids
This cake is far simpler than it looks. It involves making one batch of cake mix that you separate and colour individually, cooking two at a time in the middle of the oven to ensure an even bake. Kids will love the surprise rainbow sponged when you cut into it.
Mismatch cake – for your best friend
This four sponge deep cake is both visually arresting and fun. This is a square cake, but the decorative elements can help conceal any fondant icing mishaps on the corners. The overlapping Atlantic blue, tropical coral, ruby red and emerald green icing rectangles are straightforward to assemble, but give the impression of a great deal of work, which is why your best friend will love you for it.
Birthday bunting cake – best for large parties
This is a two-tier cake that is actually made out of several separate cakes sandwiched together, creating deep indulgent slices. This cake is all about the icing, so properly preparing the surface of the cake first will help the icing to adhere smoothly. The resulting finish makes the cake almost too beautiful to cut into.
Painted flower cake – best for the person with discerning taste
This exquisitely painted flower cake is a chance to show off your artistic skills and impress the person who appreciates aesthetics. If you worry about drawing freehand then trace a pretty flower pattern onto the cake surface with baking paper before colouring it in. Alternatively, use a cutter to imprint shapes that you can then colour.
Rainbow Skittles cake – best for the fun lovers
This ultimate celebration cake could not be more of a feast for the eye. The abundance of the rainbow skittles seemingly contained by the sides of the cake will thrill all who see it. Expect the skittles to cascade when you do cut the cake, which is, of course, part of the fun.
Why not browse our recipes to explore more exciting baking and decorating ideas?