If there’s no cake, is it really a birthday party? Of course not. While, of course, everyone has their preferences, and we’ll allow that some people may just not like birthday cake (maybe for them you could choose one of these chocolate pie recipes), but for the most part, a frosted confection is the proper thing to do.
But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring! Put your usual cake recipe aside and let these new, easy birthday cake ideas lead the way. From Texas sheet cake recipes to elaborately decorated and towering confections, there are dozens of delightful directions to take when designing your most celebratory decadent dessert. Even better: You don’t have to be an advanced baker to pull off these best birthday cake ideas. From a malted milk ball-inspired spring cake to ice cream cakes and bombes, to Froot-Loop cakes and even a last-minute no-bake cheesecake covered with fresh fruit, you’re sure to find a confection to delight.
Speckled Malted Coconut Cake
We love the flavor of malted milk balls. And this robin’s-egg decorated cake is just
full of that great malt flavor.
Red Velvet Snowball Cake
Red velvet cakes are always impressive-looking, but the coconut cream-cheese frosting takes this one over the top
Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake
You’ve no doubt heard of red velvet cake, so we think you’ll love pink velvet—red
velvet’s sassier cousin. This confection is fruity, fun,and the prettiest of blush hues.
Froot Loops Cake
Cereal lovers, this one’s for you. Pack your birthday cake with everyone’s favorite breakfast—Froot Loops! The sugary breakfast treat adds a nice, crunchy texture, a zippy, fruity flavor, and a splash of color.
Strawberry Limeade Cake
This brightly colored cake will please kids and adults alike with its sweet-tart flavor combo.
Easy Chocolate Party Cake
This classic birthday cake is easy to make and clean up since the recipe only requires one bowl.
Malted Milk Birthday Cake
What’s more classic than yellow cake with pink frosting and sprinkles?
Is carrot cake your mom’s absolute favorite? Surprise her with this flower-topped version
on her birthday this year.
Malted Chocolate Cake
You can decorate this chocolate cake any way you’d like, but we think this birthday bunting looks sweet and easy to DIY.
Lemon Raspberry Cake
If you prefer tart desserts to overly sweet ones, this layer cake with lemon curd filling and
raspberry buttercream should do the trick.
Frosted with vanilla, chocolate and strawberry buttercream, this cake is perfect for people who can’t possibly pick just one flavor for their birthday cake.