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Special Birthday Cakes for Kids

A kid’s birthday cake can be the centerpiece of a birthday party – there’s nothing like seeing your child’s eyes grow wide with excitement at the sight of their cake, candles lit and ready to eat. This article gives simple ideas on how to transform a simple cake into an extra special birthday cake for an extra special birthday boy or girl!  

Birthday Cakes for Kids

First of all, for a special birthday cake you need a basic sponge as your foundation. Here’s an easy-to make birthday cake recipe to get you started:  

Ingredients for a simple sponge cake:

  • 225 g self-raising flour
  • 225 g butter, at room temperature
  • 225 g caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder  

To make your sponge cake:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 180C / gas mark 4
  2. Measure all your ingredients. Place the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until soft and fluffy. Using an electric whisk will speed things up!
  3. Whisk the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture. Then, add the flour, mixing it gently until it is fully incorporated. You don’t want to be too rough with the cake mixture – you want to keep the air that you have whisked in!
  4. To bake the cake, use 2 non-stick, 18cm tins; you could also line your tins with baking parchment. Pour the mixture into your tins.
  5. Cook in the oven for 15 – 25 minutes, until golden brown. Test your cakes by piercing a skewer in the centre – if it comes out clean, they’re ready!
  6. Place on a wire rack to cool.

To finish, you can sandwich your cakes together with jam or buttercream icing, or you can decorate your cake with some of the ideas we have below!

We’ve also got some simple chocolate cake recipes for kids for you to check out. Click to find a very easy recipe for making a homemade chocolate cake – you won’t even need an egg or a convection oven! It’s so easy, your kids can help you with it. It only takes five minutes to bake this cake in your microwave, but be sure to stay by the microwave while cooking so no accidents happen.

And if your kids get a bit messy helping you bake, or when they’re eating cake, then Surf excel is here to help remove stains, even chocolate stains!

Take a look at our stain removal tips for useful advice.  

Special Birthday Cakes – A Few Tips

The trick with birthday cakes for kids is all in the presentation. How does it look? How is it brought out to the lucky child? Here are some tips on making a birthday cake unique to your occasion:  

Decorate and Personalise the Birthday Cake

The best birthday cake for kids has their name on it. Use icing sugar to coat the cake with your child’s favourite colour, and spell out their name with piped icing for a cake they’ll never forget. You can also decorate it with images or sugar ornaments of their favourite things: flowers, animals, footballs, rockets – whatever it is that makes the cake personal to your child.  

Light it with Candles

Blowing out the birthday candles is a very special ritual for kids. Be sure to light one candle for each year of their age, and stick each candle in the cake so it is secure and won’t fall down. You can even buy fun and unusual candles to make your cake extraordinary. And of course, don’t forget to remind the birthday boy or girl to make a secret birthday wish before blowing out all of the candles!  

Keep the Cake Hidden Before It’s Ready

This way it will be the biggest surprise for your child. For added fun, you can put a blindfold on them, so he or she can only hear the singing. When they finally open their eyes, their special cake will be right in front of them, candles lit and ready for them to make a wish.  

Have the Birthday Child Cut the Cake

Now that they’re one year older, the birthday child can feel responsible and grown-up by cutting the cake and handing out one piece to each guest. Make sure to supervise them with the knife, so the cake is cut neatly and safely.   What did you do to make your child’s birthday cake extra special? Have you got some fun birthday cake recipes you enjoy making? Share your ideas with us below.