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Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

From fairy and alien cake toppers to easy-yet-impressive designs for the whole cake (Pirate ship! Rainbow! Burger!), our birthday cake ideas have your next party sorted.

By Today's Parent

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Birthday cake ideas gallery

Rainbow stripes

Make this striped cake in your kid's favourite colours and it'll be their best birthday yet. Try alternating stripes of two contrasting colours, or make the cake in all the colours of the rainbow!

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Rainbow stripes>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Cookie stamps

Great for topping cupcakes or cakes, these edible cookie stamp decorations are truly easy to make. Spell out "Happy birthday," the birthday kid's name or perhaps the initials of every guest at the party.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Cookie stamps>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Paint drip

This paint drip cake is one of our easiest but most effective birthday cake ideas. All you need is cake, vanilla icing, and get tub icing.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Paint drip>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Marshmallow martians

These marshmallow alien DIY cake decorations are easy to make and—dare we say it—out of this world.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Marshmallow martians>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Woodland

Make your own woodland log cake with this easy how-to tutorial from Today’s Parent. It's perfect for the nature-lover in your family. (Or make it as a bûche de Noël at Christmas!)

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Woodland>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

-D treats

These edible cookie decorations work as cake toppers, Christmas tree decorations or as part of an impressive cookie platter. Use any roll-out-cut-and-bake cookie recipe you know and trust.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: 3-D treats>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Pirate ship

Ahoy, me hearties! This pirate ship cake is one of our most popular birthday cake ideas with both kids and adults. It looks impressive but is easy to make.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Pirate ship>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Sheriff badges

Having a cowboy-themed party? Then you’ll need birthday cake ideas for your western hoedown. These sheriff badge cookies make perfect themed cake toppers.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Sheriff badges>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Fairy cake pops

Cake pops are all the rage, so why not add these fairy-inspired cake pops to your list of birthday cake ideas? Kids will love making and eating them.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Fairy cake pops>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Burger

Follow our easy instructions—complete with how-to pictures—for making a burger birthday cake all kids will love.

Get the instructions here: Kids' birthday cake ideas: Burger>

Our best DIY birthday cake ideas

Goodie bag birthday party ideas

10 goodie bags with a twist>
Love ‘em or loathe ‘em, kids get super excited about birthday loot bags. These creative ideas are great alternatives to the norm.

Our best DIY birthday cake ideasPhoto: Slowmama.ca

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This article was originally published on Jun 16, 2014
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