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Last Updated: 25th April, 2020

Birthday Cake Ideas

A birthday party isn't a birthday party if a cake is missing. But, have you ever wondered why?....
Oh yes, we know that everybody likes cakes but it is not the real reason behind it. To find more about it read below -

What is a Birthday cake and why they are important?

Birthday cakes are basically sweets which were originally coarse bread-like product which later became a much sweeter version called Geburtstagorten. It is believed the tradition of birthday cakes originated in Germany in the Middle Ages. It was the Germans who would celebrate their children's birthday by making this bread-like product. With the passage of time, basically, in the 17th-century birthday cakes became popular and were made more elaborate with details like icing, decoration, and layers.

Later, in the 18th and 19th century when cakes for weddings and celebrations took contemporary form and also became prevalent.

Flower decoration over cakes

  • All you need to have is marshmallows and gems if you want to give a flowery look to your cake.
  • These flower cakes look beautiful with marshmallows on the top.
  • All you need to do is cover the cake with prepared frosting and later decorate with marshmallows and gems in the shape of flowers.
  • Keep gems in the center and try to make a flower using marshmallows.

Why do we blow candles on birthdays?

  • Putting candles on birthday cakes is a tradition that can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks, who often burned candles as offerings to their gods and goddesses.
  • For the Ancient Greeks, putting candles on a cake was a special way to pay tribute to the Greek moon goddess, Artemis.
  • They used to bake bake round cakes to symbolize the moon. and Candles to represent the reflected moonlight.
  • Candles on cakes became a popular tradition long ago in Germany, too.
  • For religious reasons, Germans would place a large candle in the center of a cake to symbolize "the light of life."
  • Some scholars believed that the smoke from the candles carried their wishes and prayers to Gods.
  • Others probably believed the smoke helped to ward off evil spirits.
  • Today, we still put birthday candles on cakes. Many people still hold superstitious beliefs about them, too.
  • For example, many people believe that the birthday boy or girl must make a silent wish before blowing out the candles.
  • If all the candles are blown out in one breath, the wish will come true, and the person will have good luck throughout the year.
  • On the other hand, if it takes more than one breath to blow out all the candles, it will supposedly not come true.

What types of cakes are available these days?

In today's time, birthday cakes have a wide variety. There are usually several types of cakes depending upon the ingredients used. People of different ages have different tastes as per which cakes are categorized. Given below are some cake ideas categorized as per the age -

For children

Decorative and frolic kinds of cakes are prepared for children. Many children love cartoons so cartoon character cakes are also available in the market. Be it minions or mickey mouse, you can get all cartoon characters cake. Various colors of icing and frosting are used while preparing cakes for children. The ideas for children's cake are endless as little munchkins have different choices. All cakes containing colors and fruits are usually hit for children's birthday party.

For teenagers

Birthday cakes for teenagers are extremely different from children's birthday cakes. For girls, popular designs including barbie, mermaid, clown, fairy theme cakes can be used. Floral or color themed cakes can also be used. For boys, sports theme cake or car cakes are trending. For slightly big children electronic gadgets can serve as the perfect cake theme.

For adults

There are several choices as per flavors but adults are comparatively less choosy. Various fruit flavored cakes like blueberry, pineapple or strawberry are favorite of women while men love dark chocolate, butterscotch, and other flavors. Pizza cake, cheesecake, red velvet cake and profession based cakes are well-liked by adults.

Birthday Cake Recipes

Butterscotch Cake recipe

Ingredients -
For cake -
  • Eggs - 2
  • Sifted cake flour - 2.5 cups
  • Baking powder - 2tbsp
  • Salt - a pinch
  • Brown sugar - 1.5 cups
  • Milk - 1.5 cups
  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • sunflower oil - 1 cup
  • vanilla extract - 2 tbsp
For frosting -
  • Powdered gelatin - 2tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 tbsp
  • Whole milk - half cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Butter - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 2 tbsp.
For sauce -
  • Butter - 4 tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 1 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1tbsp
  • Cream - 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract - 2 tbsp

Directions -

For cake -
  • Separate the eggs and yolk in a small bowl and let it stand for at least 20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line the pans with parchment paper.
  • Use sifted flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Add brown sugar and stir. Set the mixture aside.
  • Whip the egg whites into the cake batter. Divide the batter into the pans and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes. You can prick a toothpick inside in the
  • center of the cake to get sure that it is well baked.
  • If the toothpick comes out clean, remove the cake from the tin and let it cool.
For frosting -
  • Place 4 tbsp water in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin powder over it. When it gets mixed properly let it bloom for 5 minutes.
  • Place brown sugar and half cup water in a medium saucepan.
  • Cook over medium-low heat and stir occasionally.
  • Turn heat to extremely low and add bloomed gelatin to it.
  • Cook for another 3 minutes and remove it from heat.
  • Let it cool to room temperature.
  • Take butter in a bowl and whip it until it turns fluffy. Add the gelatin mixture to it and whip them together.
  • At first, it would appear like a curdled mess but after whipping for some time it will become buttercream.
  • Once it becomes buttercream after whipping it for nearly 10 or 15 minutes mix in the vanilla.
For sauce -
  • Take butter in a medium saucepan and add brown sugar, lemon juice, and a little salt. Stir until the sugar is melted.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add heavy cream to it. Whisk them together until they appear one.
  • Now, again return to low heat and add vanilla. After some time turn the gas off and let it cool at room temperature. Do not worry, the sauce will
  • get thick as it cools.
  • Fill the cooled cakes, and drizzle the butterscotch sauce between the layers. Decorate it properly on top of the frosting and also on top of the cake.

Heavenly White Cake

Ingredients -
  • Sifted cake flour - 2.5 cups
  • Butter - 1 cup
  • Baking powder - 4 tbsp
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 4
  • Powdered sugar - 2 cups
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tbsp
  • Cream and cherries for decoration.
Steps to follow -
  • Take a bowl and mix cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, milk, and salt.
  • Take another bowl and mix sugar and egg gradually till fluff arises.
  • Mix the ingredients of both the bowls and whisk them further.
  • Add butter to the batter and beat the batter until smooth.
  • Now, take the baking pan and line its bottom with parchment paper.
  • Pour the batter in the tin and bake the cake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
  • Now, cool the cake and transfer into a plate.
  • Decorate by spreading cream over it.

Easy Chocolate Cake

Ingredients -
  • All-purpose flour - 4 cups
  • Milk - 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar - 1 cup
  • Dark brown sugar - 1 cup
  • Cocoa - 1/2 cup
  • Butter - 1 cup
  • Eggs - 3
  • Baking soda - 1 tbsp
  • Chocolate for decoration
Steps to follow -
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and coat the baking tin with melted butter.
  • Now, take a large bowl and combine flour and cocoa powder together.
  • Mix them well and then add butter and baking soda to the mixture.
  • In a different bowl mix eggs, powdered sugar, dark brown sugar and milk.
  • Now mix all the ingredients all together and make a thick batter.
  • Transfer the batter in the baking tin and bake for at least 30 mins.
  • Take the cake out once it cools.
  • For frosting use molten chocolate.
  • You can also use chocolate wafers and cheese- cream.

Strawberry Cake Recipe

Ingredients -
  • Strawberries - 2 bowls
  • Sifted cake flour - 4 cups
  • Baking powder - 2 tbsp
  • Baking soda - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - 1 tbsp
  • Granulated sugar - 2 cups
  • Eggs - 4
  • Butter - 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence - 2 tbsp
For frosting -
  • Cheese
  • Strawberries
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Cream
  • Milk

Note: For the frosting you can decide the quantity of ingredients as per your taste.

Steps to follow -
  • Take the strawberries and reduce them over the gas.
  • Once they get cooled make a thick puree.
  • Whisk the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.
  • Preheat the oven at 177-degree Celsius.
  • In a separate bowl mix the eggs, sugar, and milk altogether.
  • Once you see the fluff arising in the bowl containing egg transfer the batter into larger bowl.
  • Add strawberry puree and try to make the batter really smooth.
  • Mix all the ingredients together and whisk further.
  • Set the batter into the baking tin and bake for 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Leave the cake for cooling and start preparing the frosting.
  • Take the reduced strawberries, milk, cream, butter, sugar in the mixture and make a thick frosting.
  • Use a flat knife and spread the frosting over the cake as you want to.
  • You can keep the cake in the refrigerator for letting the frosting settle well on the cake.

Funny Things to Write on a Birthday Cake

  • Let's celebrate your aging with this cake.
  • Eat the whole cake and you'll win a prize!
  • This cake says how much we love you.
  • We're just happy you're still here!
  • Happy big day to a super big baby.
  • More candles, more life.
  • Secure your teeth before you blow.
  • Kiss your old age goodbye!
  • Just accept the fact that you're awesome.
  • Take your time-that's all that's left!

Most PopularBirthday Cake Flavors

  • Chocolate
  • Cheesecake
  • Chocolate chip
  • Vanilla cake
  • Red velvet
  • Marble
  • Lemon
  • Coconut