First Birthday Cakes: Beautiful Baby Birthday Cake Ideas

Posted by on Apr 28, 2013 in Cake Decorating | Comments


A baby’s first birthday is a cause for celebration, and that means you’re going to need a fantastic cake! From simple but sweet to over-the-top and elaborate, here are some first birthday cakes to inspire you to create a masterpiece for this milestone event. Guaranteed to please babies and adults alike!

caterpillar cake

Photo via Craftsy member SweetandSwanky

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cake: Fans of children’s book superstar Eric Carle will recognize these characters and images right away. For this storybook-inspired sweet, Craftsy member SweetandSwanky first covered the cake with rolled fondant, and then hand-painted gum paste shapes to mimic the book illustration’s free-flowing, painterly look. Although such an effect “took forever”, clearly the end result is the stuff of memories!

baby cake

Photo via Dahlia’s Custom Cakes

Baby Einstein Cake: The bright colors and characters from the popular Baby Einstein series is bound to hold a baby in its thrall! This beautiful three tiered cake is decorated all over with fondant shapes and cutouts for a stunning and festive end result.

monkey cake

Photo via Craftsy member paulalamarre

Monkey Cake: Mischievous monkeys make for marvelous birthday cakes! Inspired by a beloved stuffed animal, this cake began by using a teddy bear shaped baking pan and then adding and amending to make the shape into a monkey! The finishing decoration is a testament to the power of piping–the monkey’s “fur” is actually piped buttercream frosting through a multi-opening tip.

under the sea cake

Photo via Whipped Bake Shop

Under the Sea Cake: Though this cake would be appropriate and delightful for eaters of any age, the bright colors and simple shapes make it a beautiful cake to serve for a baby’s party! This gorgeous cake is first topped with rolled fondant in a pleasing shade of teal, and then decorated with fondant sea creatures and delicately piped bubbles, seaweed, and blue “pearls” along the edge.

elephant cake

Photo via Craftsy member KimsCakes

Pink Elephant Cake: This cake is pretty in pink! Made by a Craftsy member inspired by an advanced fondant techniques class, this festive number is made using two chocolate orange sponge cakes which are topped with fondant and adorned using petal paste and elephant patchwork cutters for the elephants on the lower portion.

train cake

Photo via Worth Pinning

Train Cake: Should you choo-choo-choose to have a train theme for your party, this cake makes for a clever and very cute centerpiece! Featuring a buttercream blue sky and piped green frosting for grass, a train made of decorated cookies spirals along a track made of mini fondant slabs.

one cake

Photo of finished cake via WallFry

Number One Cake: An easy option for a first birthday is to bake your cake using a pan shaped like a numerical “1”. For one thing, this gets the point of the celebration across from the get-go. Second, the decorating options are endless! You could keep it simple by piping a colorful buttercream border around the edges, or you could make it a bit more ornate by covering the cake with rolled fondant and garnishing with the letters of the celebrant’s name, as in the photo shown above. Covering the cake with piped buttercream flowers or even frosting it with colorful stripes would make for a simple but sweet cake centerpiece as well!

For help with sculpting a beautiful first birthday cake, check out the online Craftsy class Advanced Cake Sculpting. You might also enjoy seeing sculpted cat cakes and dog cakes! Be sure to come back to the Craftsy blog to discover more kid’s birthday cakes on Thursday.

Comments

  1. Monkeycocoa says:

    I love Einstein cake! So colorful and nicely designed!

  2. lisaisme says:

    I absolutely adore the Caterpillar cake!!! Loved that book when I was a child and read it to my first son all the time. The Baby Einstein cake is really great, I know a few moms that would love to see that show up at their parties!

  3. harun says:

    WOW! Nice idea. Very delicious cake. I will try to make it.

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