One of the biggest moments at any child’s birthday party is when everyone gathers around the cake to sing and blow out the candles. You want to ensure that the cake you choose for your little one’s big day is a hit, but it can be hard to know just what kids are into.
Not to worry! This list of the top kids’ birthday cakes will help you narrow down your options. We’ve divided the cakes into birthday cakes for boys, birthday cakes for girls and birthday cakes that appeal to both boys and girls for your convenience.
Boy Birthday Cakes
While lots of trends come and go, boys’ love for dinosaurs never goes extinct. A number of bakeries offer dino-themed cakes. The Acme bakery cakes collection includes one very popular dinosaur design, and there are three different dinosaur kids birthday cakes at Walmart.
Often times, dinosaur cakes will be green or blue in color with plastic toys on top. Other dinosaur cakes will be decorated to look a realistic scene with trees, plants, and water. Dinosaur cakes are a great option for parents shopping on a budget, as these cakes usually are not licensed and may be less expensive.
Cakes decorated with familiar superheroes from the DC or Marvel universes can save the day for boys’ birthday parties. Nearly every bakery that sells licensed cakes for kids will have at least one superhero cake in their collection.
The Publix kids birthday cakes collection, for example, includes Batman, Superman, and Spiderman cakes. Superhero Walmart kids cakes include more than one dozen options with Spiderman, the Avengers, Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman among the options.
3. Star Wars
With new Star Wars movies in theaters, George Lucas’ space saga is more popular than ever. You can find cakes with characters from the original movies, the second trilogy, and the latest films at nearly every bakery that has licensed cakes.
The collections of Safeway birthday cakes for kids and Publix birthday cakes for kids both have many options available with round, sheet and even multi-tier designs to choose from.
Girl Birthday Cakes
Every little girl seems to dream of being a princess, so it’s no surprise that so many bakeries offer princess cakes. Some cakes are simple designs that include a scepter and a tiara with icing in pretty shades like pink or blue. These cakes are often cost-effective choices for birthday parties.
For character cakes, you can find almost every Disney princess imaginable on top of a cake. Frozen cakes are one of the most popular. The Walmart cakes for kids collection includes more than one dozen of these designs!
Belle, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Tiana, Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel are also offered on cakes in the collections of Walmart, Publix and Kroger cakes for kids as well as at many other bakeries.
2. Hello Kitty
Hello Kitty has been around since 1974, but the pretty kitty cat is still every bit as popular today as she was then. Many bakeries like HEB and Target have at least one licensed Hello Kitty design. Some even have round, sheet and multi-tier cakes to choose from.
Often, Hello Kitty cakes are chosen for younger girls like toddlers and preschoolers, but older girls may like them as well.
3. Monster High
Grade school girls will get a scream out of a Monster High cake from Sams Club. A number of other grocery store bakeries have sheet cakes that include plastic Monster High toys or icing designs that look like the characters. They’re great for pairing with Monster High themed party decorations for girls’ birthday sleepovers.
Kids Birthday Cakes
1. Sesame Street
Toddlers and preschoolers still love Sesame Street as much as their parents did when they were young. A number of bakeries have special cake designs that include many characters from the show or that focus on one of the popular characters like Ernie and Bert, Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Elmo or Oscar the Grouch.
2. Dora and Diego
On Nickelodeon, Dora and Diego both teach preschoolers and toddlers social skills and Spanish words while taking them on fun adventures. The television shows have been popular for years, and many bakeries have cakes that feature either Dora or Diego and their friends. Walmart even has some cakes with both of the characters together for little ones who love to watch both shows.
3. Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse is another long-time favorite character among kids. With the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse show on Disney, he’s becoming more well known among little ones again.
Many parents choose Mickey Mouse or Minnie Mouse for a first birthday party or pick cakes with both of the characters. Toddlers and preschoolers also tend to like cakes with Mickey and Minnie on them. Target’s licensed cakes include Disney designs and will have at least one cake that features the characters.
If you’re looking for a unique cake for your little one’s birthday but don’t want to pick a licensed character cake, an animal cake could be a great alternative.
Many bakeries sell cakes that are decorated with plastic animal toys or are decorated with icing to look like an animal’s head. Some offer elaborate kids’ birthday cakes that are sculpted to resemble the shape of an animal’s head or body or that are made up of cupcakes arranged to look like an animal.
Some popular animals featured in cake designs are cats, dogs, horses, caterpillars, butterflies, ladybugs, lambs and cows.
These are just some of the ideas for kids’ cakes that you can choose from. For more inspiration, check out the selection of Walmart birthday cakes kids’ designs, Publix kids cakes, Costco kids cakes and cakes from other grocery stores in your area.
What kind of cake are you choosing for your child’s birthday? Tell us about it in the comments section to help other parents find the perfect cake.