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50 Best Birthday Cake Ideas For Tots

Baby is having a birthday! Need birthday cake inspiration to DIY or to take to your baker? Here are 50 of our favorite designs.
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Whimsical Cake

It's cute, cuddly and covered in cats! What more could you ask for in a totally sweet treat?!

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Ninja Turtle Cake

Whether it's Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael or Leonardo that you love, this cake is perfect for a turtle-themed fete!

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Toy Story Cupcake Tower

Less mess (and less stress!), these individual cupcakes will satisfy every Woody, Buzz and Mr. Potatohead at your party.

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Piggy Cake
Your kid's obsessed with farm animals? Ask the baker to put together a barnyard friend. Party guests can sing "Happy Birthday" with oinks!
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Guitar Cake

If your little guy can carry a tune, this colorful guitar cake guarantees a rockin' good time.

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On Top of Spaghetti Cupcakes
Inspired by the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (or maybe your kid just loves Italian food), these silly cupcakes will get kids giggling!
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Magic Hat Cake with Cupcakes!

For the ultimate magic trick — let your party guests choose: cupcakes or cake? Bonus points if you bake sweet little candies inside each cupcake.

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Spiderman Cake

Entertaining a bunch of Spiderman fans? They'll go crazy for a spidey-themed cake.

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Bumblebee Cake
Now this is one bumbebee we've got no problem chasing around all afternoon.
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Lego Cake

Little guy loves to build? Then this is the cake for you! If you're planning on a big turn-out, stack a few different shapes on top of each other (and in different colors!).

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Mickey Mouse Cake
Maybe you can't send your Disney-obsessed kids to the home of Mickey and Minnie for their birthday, but you can bring Mickey, Minnie and the gang to your kitchen table (and into everyone's tummies!).
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Angry Bird Cake

There are a ton of cute Angry Bird-inspired dessert ideas out there. We love this one 'cause it's 3D!

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Angry Birds

Raising an Angry Bird of your own? Then this is the cake for you! How cool is this though, seriously?

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Fire-Inspired Cake

The perfect cake for your growing boy — especially if he's dreaming of fighting fire one day, too. You get bonus points if you get an off-duty firefighter to help him slice into it!

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Police Cake

After a tough afternoon of playing cops and robbers with all your party guests, the good guys (and the bad!) will love this cake.

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Little Miss Minnie

Every little girl needs a Minnie Mouse cake — and we're loving this one!

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Setting Sail

Whether you're more of a pirate or a first mate — this cake has adventure written all over it!

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If you've planned an afternoon-long adventure for your explorers, this delicious Dora-themed cake should be waiting for them at the finish!

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Purpley and Perfect

Don't be afraid to toss a touch of pizzazz on your little girl's cake! Chances are, she'll love it!

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Sweet Pea

This cake is an adorable treat for your little sweet pea — just don't hide any veggies in here and you're good!

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One-Year Owl

How cute is this owl?! Just add your little peanut's first name to personalize the cake.

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Pink and Purple Ladybug

Who says ladybug cakes have to be red and black? We love this one in pink and purple — perfect for your little girl's next birthday.

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Tiered Train

This train-themed birthday — complete with matching invitation — came together quite nicely.

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Sesame Street Party

If your little one is a big fan of Elmo, Ernie and Big Bird, this cake is perfect!

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Toy Story Theme

Most of the major players from the Toy Story franchise are represented in this adorable cake — some are actually candles.

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Baby Climber

Want to keep your kid's birthday cake neutral? Try one like this of a baby climbing a two-tiered cake. Adorable!

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Edible Barbie Doll

Any Barbie doll in your kid's (or yours) will do. Build a cake around it — just don't serve the plastic Barbie obviously!

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Big Elmo Face

A big Elmo face can't be that hard to recreate. Plus, your little tot will get a kick out of it!

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Bob the Builder

Little boys love Bob the Builder! The vibrant colors in this special birthday cake earned it a spot on our list.

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Cute Penguin

Awww — this birthday-cake penguin is so cute, (beware!) you may not want to cut and serve it to party guests.

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A Road for Cars

Just add a car to a cake with a road design and voila — you've got yourself a Cars-inspired birthday cake, inspired by the animated movie.

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All About Daisies

Okay, you may want to leave the spider off your kid's birthday cake, but the daisies in this simple cake design are fabulous!

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Wallace and Gromit

This cake might be more for you (cartoon fans) rather than your kid, but it's still a really neat design.

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Poppy Pig Party

Based on a popular children's book series, this birthday cake showcases Poppy Pig and friends.

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Disney Princesses

If your little girl is obsessed with all of the Disney princesses, this easy-to-make birthday cake has her name written all over it. Just buy the figurines from the Disney Store.

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Super Mario Cake

Kid can't put down his Nintendo DS because he's trying to beat a level of Super Mario? Consider this cake design for his next birthday.

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Princesses and a Mushroom House

Another take on a princess cake, this design has the figurines scattered around a cute mushroom house.

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Club Penguin Cupcakes

This cupcake collection is Club Penguin-themed for the little online gamer in your family.

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Butterfly Beauty

Easy to create if there's an artistic side in you, this butterfly cake only requires two different colors of frosting and plenty of sprinkles.

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Baby Princess Pick

This baby princess cake wins our stamp of approval and our award for cutest cake ever.

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Baby's First Plane

Some fondant and careful cutting of shapes is all this birthday cake needed to be this perfect.

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A Lovable Alligator

Although alligators are supposed to be scary, there's nothing to fear about this alligator cake. It's big enough to feed all of your party guests.

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Baby's Building Blocks

Careful — this cake looks so authentic, baby might start playing with it as if it were her real building blocks. Keep away until it's cutting time!

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Power Ranger Pride!

Fighting crime and saving earth will always be cool — and on top of a cake, it's pretty tasty, too. Go, go Power Rangers!

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Little Ladybugs

How cool are these ladybug cupcakes?! We especially love the baker's use of Oreos.

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Sweet Sunflower

This edible flower is actually good for both kids and adults alike. Perhaps your little one loves sunflowers, too?

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My Little Pony

Now there's use for those old My Little Pony figurines you held onto from when you were a kid. Just sanitize before adding them to your little one's birthday cake.

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Curious George Cake

We love the tiers on this Curious George birthday cake. Don't you?

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Cookie Monster Eating Cookies

Oh how neat?! Cookie Monster eating cookies? What a genius idea for a birthday cake!

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Disney Land

All of your favorite Disney characters in one — Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy — this birthday cake is one to remember.

By Ysolt Usigan