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10 Fun and Creative Ways to Bake Your Own Birthday Cake

10 Fun And Creative Ways to Bake Your Own Birthday Cake
Written by Oana Schneider

Who doesn’t love cake? No matter how young or old you may be, cake is always a treat you will love – that’s for sure. If your birthday is approaching (or the birthday of someone you care about, for that matter), you are probably thinking of what to do for this year’s birthday cake.

The good news is that there are tons of fun and creative ideas you can use for your birthday cake – and you don’t even have to be a pastry chef to be able to pull them off. Following, we have gathered some of the very best birthday cake ideas you can use at home, for an affordable price – so make sure to read on and inspire yourself! Who says that baking your own birthday cake can’t be fun?

1. A Red Velvet Cake

If you are like most of the people out there, you are used to have your cake either white/yellow or brownish. A red velvet cake is an elegant, unique and absolutely delicious choice though and it can amaze everyone who will get to see your cake.

Simply create your usual cake batter recipe and add red food coloring. We advise on using natural food colorings, but if you don’t have any, you can use whatever you have as well. The cake will turn red. This recipe works best with strawberry or vanilla filling and with a rich, buttercream frosting as well.

The cake will look spectacular without being in any way more difficult to bake than your average birthday cake!

2. A Rainbow Cake

This cake goes around the same idea as the red velvet one – but it uses all of the colors of the rainbow. Keep in mind that you will have to bake multiple thinner layers of cake to be able to pull this off. Once everything is baked, you can use whatever filling and frosting you like the most (however, you should try to keep it “white” because this will give the cake a really beautiful contrast).  For your cake décor, you can use rainbow-colored fondant flowers (which you can make at home too).  

3. Easy Cake with Strawberry Frosting

If you are in a hurry and you cannot take the time to bake a “proper” cake, you can use boxed cake mixes to get where you want. Simply bake two or three layers of cake and use seedless strawberry jam instead of your normal filling.

For the frosting, you will need 1 cup of salted butter, 1 pack of powdered sugar (32 oz) and 1 cup of very finely chopped strawberries. Beat the butter until it gets a very smooth consistency, gradually add about half of your powdered sugar and then add gradually add the strawberries too.

Once you get the consistency you want, gradually mix in the remaining sugar as well. This frosting is absolutely delicious, extremely easy to make and it will not be pricy either! Decorate your cake with slices of strawberries and it will look just wonderful!

4. Oreo Cake

We think that it is more than fair to agree over the fact that everyone loves Oreos. There’s really nothing not to love about them! From the cookie to the filling, everything is delicious about these small snacks!

If you are a big fan of Oreo too, why not turn this into a birthday cake? Or, rather said, into four mini-birthday cakes made out of delicious Oreo ice-cream? Believe it or not, you don’t need much in order to make this cake – and it will not take a lot of work either.

You will need 2 cups heavy whipping cream, 1 can sweetened condensed milk, 10 Oreo cookies and ¼ cup frosting (you can tint it with blue or with another color, if you want to – and you can use leftover frosting or store-bought frosting as well).

Start by whipping the cream until it is very stiff and then incorporate the other ingredients as well: the condensed milk, the Oreos and the frosting as well. Mix everything as thoroughly as possible and then split the mixture in four equal parts, each on its own plate. Make a “cake” out of each of the ice cream parts and then place everything in the freezer for about 6 hours.

5. Pancakes for Your Birthday

Pancakes are a staple of the American breakfasts – and truly, they can turn into an actual celebration as well. If you don’t want an actual cake or if you simply want to prepare a delicious breakfast surprise for someone’s birthday, make some pancakes using your normal recipe (you can use store-brought mixes or you can use your own homemade pancake mix as well).

Create a “frosting” with powdered sugar and milk (or with any other “syrup-like” ingredients you want) and pour this all over the pancakes. Add sprinkles, a cute candle and make a wish! Easy to make, extremely fun and definitely delicious!

6. Doughnut Cake

This is a fast, delicious and really creative idea you can use instead of the traditional birthday cake. You can either buy ready-made plain doughnuts to make it or you can make your own – that’s your choice.

Aside from doughnuts (about 14 to 18 of them, to be more precise), you will need ingredients for your favorite glaze (2 cups powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons corn syrup, 3 tablespoons hot water and ½ teaspoon of your favorite extract – it can be vanilla, almond or anything else, really). Mix all these ingredients to create a glaze.

Before you dip the doughnuts in the glaze, make sure you arrange them in a “pyramid” shape on your cake stand. To do this, you should first test out the first “layer” and see how many doughnuts you need there and then you should lower the number as you go “higher”. Once you have determined all these things, dip the doughnuts into the glaze and use sprinkles to decorate them. Arrange them in your “cake shape” and serve them as such.

7. Crepes Cake

Crepes are the European/French version of the American pancakes – and they are absolutely delicious. The batter is made in the same way as that which is made for your usual homemade pancakes – but it is much thinner. Its consistency is a bit thinner than that of honey and it should allow you to pour and even out the batter in a pan without much trouble.

For a cake, you will need about 20-25 crepes. This might take some time to make, but it will be nevertheless delicious. For the frosting and for the filling, you are free to use whatever combinations you like. From Nutella to plain whipped cream, everything goes. Use your creativity and you’ll come up with something absolutely amazing!

8. A Bundt Pan Cake

You don’t have to go for the traditional cake shape if you don’t want to. A Bundt pan can turn a cake into a real show – and it will allow you to come up with something creative and unique in a very easy way. You can bake your favorite cake (carrot, vanilla, chocolate or whatever recipe you love the most) in a Bundt cake just as you do with your normal cake pans.

Also, you can create a glaze or a “dressing” for the cake using your favorite recipe too. This kind of cakes don’t usually come with frosting – but they are nevertheless delicious. Decorate your Bundt pan cake using your own creativity and you will definitely create something truly original and tasty!

9. A Cupcake Tower

Cupcakes are the closest “relative” to actual cake – and everyone loves them. The best thing about a cupcake tower is that they give you even more freedom to be creative when it comes to their design. Also, you can create multiple types of cupcakes at the same time too.

Use your favorite cupcake recipe(s), decorate the little sweet wonders and arrange them in a tower. This will look amazing and, if you have any guests coming over for your birthday, it will give them the opportunity to eat whatever type of cupcake they enjoy the most.

10. A Moustache Cake

Moustaches (and beards) have been extremely popular out there lately and they can be extremely fun too. If you want to create a moustache cake, you should know that you don’t need a special pan for it. In fact, your usual round-shaped pan is more than enough.

Bake your favorite cake (it can be chocolate, carrot or whatever else you enjoy the most) in a round-shaped pan and allow it to cool off. Using a sharp knife, cut the cake in a “Yin and Yang” shape – so that you get two parts that resemble wings or the two sides of a moustache. Arrange them to create a moustache and cover everything in your favorite frosting.

If you want to, you can use filling for the “moustache” cake as well – just make sure you do this before you arrange the moustache. That’s it! You’ve got a very trendy and extremely fun cake without any kind of extra-trouble!

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About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois and was part of our team as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget and has a degree in Communications.


  • My eldest daughter loves baking. Her little sister lover helping her as well, they’re like a little team. The stuff they make is very good too. This article came in just in time because it’s their mom’s birthday in three weeks. I bet they’ll love to bake these little things, and I already know which one they’ll choose. I don’t know why everybody seems to love red velvet these days, I usually go for old fashioned chocolate.

    • That’s great that your daughters enjoy baking! :] My sister is definitely the baker of the family, although I’m not that bad when I feel like baking. It’s a fun experience, but I don’t have the patience for it. I prefer cooking where I don’t have to be as exact with recipes and whatnot.

  • I don’t want to bake my own birthday cake, but I wouldn’t mind someone else baking me one of these cakes for my birthday. I would even consider baking one for another person on their special day. These are some great cake ideas, even if they’re not all technically cakes. I’ll pretty much eat anything on my birthday, though, as long as it tastes good!

  • I had a friend try their hand at a rainbow cake and for some reason I did not like it at all. Although store and bakery made cakes always taste good, homemade is just as good. My mom always baked our cakes growing up.

    • Was your friend the baking type or someone just trying for the first time? I prefer bakery made cakes, but not because the people who I know that bake are terrible or anything. It’s just easier for me to go pick up a cake and then have some than it is to wait around for someone to make it for a given occasion. I’m just impatient.

  • Wow these look so delish, I wouldn’t wanna make my own on my birthday only if I had too lol, but sure would love to make some amazing ones for friends and family. Love the chocolate Raspberry crepe cake.

  • This is amazing, I am so excited. I have always been interested in baking, and baking cakes is something I really got into recently. I have been thinking about baking up a red velvet cake and here it is, with perfect timing.

    • I’d have to say that you should go for it. The red velvet cake recipe above is pretty darn good as far as I’m concerned. Red velvet is probably one of the best types of cake you can possibly make or consume, and I’m always willing to try someone else’s RV cake. Though I do like German chocolate cake too.

  • Home made cakes always taste better than store bought. I am not even that picky about decorating, just having that wonderful home made frosting makes it so special. My mom has a simple set of cake decorating tools and we pretty much always just frosted the cake with chocolate frosting and did the writing and decorating with white icing. Simple, but tasty.

  • Those cakes look fantastic – especially the Oreo and rainbow cakes and they are surprisingly simple to make. I’m very tempted to attempt the rainbow cake now – my cousin and her girlfriend are having an engagement party next month and this cake would be just perfect for the occasion!

  • I love homemade birthday cakes, even if I’m not a fan of making it myself, hahaha! My sister usually volunteers to make something, so I’ll need to pass along some recipes… but it’s really nice during years that I live away from family to just figure out some recipe I can make myself that’s what I want without caring about anyone else’s favorite flavors.

  • I have to admit that I love the rainbow cake at the moment. The reason is because you can decorate it however you like, and then when you cut into it you get a surprise. The person who you have made it for will already be very grateful for the fact that you have bothered to make them a cake, but add into the equation the surprise that they get when they cut into it and you’re getting something even more special for them. I bake quite a bit at the moment and am enjoying it, so I definitely think that this is something that I will continue to try.

  • Lovely, creative ideas here! Makes me want some birthday cake despite my birthday having passed some time ago, haha. The mustache cake put a big ol’ smile on my face. Vaguely reminds me of the time I baked a “dandruff cake” out of a gross goodies recipe book, good times!

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