Birthday parties

How to make 12 fun cake shapes

All you need is a knife, some icing and a bit of imagination, and you can build the cake of the birthday kid’s dreams. Even if your geometry is a little rusty!

By Kathryn Hayward

How to make 12 fun cake shapes

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With all my heart

Show the birthday girl how much she means to you with a cake that's full of love—inside and out. 



Get the instructions: Heart-shaped cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Go (do)nuts!

This birthday cake looks like a real donut. The kids will love how awesome it looks and you'll love how easy it is to make. 


Get the instructions: Donut cake

How to make 12 fun cake shapesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

She's number one

Where did the year go? Your baby is growing up. Celebrate her first year with a simple yet impressive cake. Watch how easy it is to make this cake.   


Get the instructions: First birthday cake 

How to make 12 fun cake shapesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

Two steps forward

He's finnally two and you survived as a parent for two whole years! 











Get the instructions: Number cake










How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

Three's a crowd

His third birthday party means a house full of guests. We're talking family members, playground parents and daycare pals. Impress them with this three-shaped cake.  











Get the instructions: Number cake










How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

Love you four-ever

Your little one will love you forever if you make a cake that's worthy a of four-year-old. She's grown up and she's doesn't want people to ask if she's three. She's four and her cake says so! 



Get the instructions: Number cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

Fabulous five

And five years later, you still want to call her baby girl. We don't blame you! But your little girl is growing up and developing her own style and personality. She may even want to help you decorate or at least give some stylish suggestions. 



Get the instructions: Number cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

Six times the fun

He's finally six and he's bouncing off the walls. Give him a fun and colourful cake that's worthy of a high energy six-year-old. 



Get the instructions: Number cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

In seventh heaven

With a snazzy number seven cake to show off to her friends, she'll be in seventh heaven. Warning: her smile may be bigger than the cake!



Get the instructions: Number cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

Never too...eight

It's never too late to make a cherished childhood memory for your little guy. Make his eight brithday extra special with a cake he'll never forget. 



Get the instructions: Number cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

To the nines

Give her an awesome cake that's decorated to the nines and she'll want to hug you in front of her friends. That's a big deal, trust us!



Get the instructions: Number cake


How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

Double digits

Your little one is 10! Celebrate this big milestone with two cakes: a one and a zero. 











Get the instructions: Number cake










How to make 12 fun cake shapesIllustration: Sun Ngo

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