Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas

by Giorgina Devereaux





Birthday cake decorating ideas offer exciting ways to decorate your birthday cakes.

You can create lovely birthday cake designs in a variety of themes for all ages.

Some themes include animals, cartoon characters, construction, outdoors, romance, and sports.

Decorating a birthday cake is not as difficult as it seems. With a little creativity, you can have a birthday cake that appears professionally done.

This is a great way to save money and it will make a lasting impression on family and friends. By accenting your birthday cake with birthday cake decorating supplies, such as a topper, icing decorations, stencils, edible images, and other special touches, you will give your cake the wow factor.

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-lucks-crown-shimmer-ribbonsThe birthday cake decorations you opt for should be a reflection of the things the birthday recipient treasures.

In the case of a child’s birthday, decorating the cake should reflect their favorite toys or cartoon characters.

Remember that a great party has a theme and this should be incorporated in a divine cake.

Make this an unforgettable birthday for all to remember and don’t forget to include a “Happy Birthday” message on the cake.

Select a Birthday Cake Theme

Before getting started on making your birthday cake, select a theme so that you know what birthday cake decorations you will need to create your masterpiece.

Birthday cake themes consist of the following:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-lucks-daisy-birthdayAnimals
• Bugs
• Circus
• Construction
• Autumn
• Famous Characters
• Farm
• Feminine
• Flowers
• Gingerbread
• Juvenile
• Masculine
• Medieval
• Outdoors (for example, Hula)
• Outer Space
• Party
• Princess
• Romance
• Spooky
• Sports
• Spring
• Summer (for example, Flip Flops)
• Teddy Bear
• Tree
• Vehicles
• Winter

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-wilton-wonder-mold-kit-princess-cakeBirthday cake decorating ideas consist of the following:

• Birthday Cake Toppers
• Cake Pans
• Cake Stencils
• Edible Designer Cake Prints (used to decorate the top of a cake)
• Edible Cake Prints (used to decorate the sides of a cake)
• Edible Cake Ribbons (used to accent a cake)
• Edible Chocolate Transfer Sheets (used to decorate the top and sides of a cake)
• Kopykake Edible Frosting Sheets
• Icing Decorations
• Cake Impression Mats
• Cake Decorating Press Set

Birthday cake toppers are available in the following designs:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-pooh-cakes-pooh-and-tigger-cake-topperArmy Commandos
• Astronaut Robot
• Ballerina
• Barbie
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Beach
• Best Friends Forever
• Butterflies
• Care Bears
• Carousel with Ponies
• Cars McQueen and Matter
• Cinderella
• Circus Clown
• Circus Train
• Disney Princess
• Fishing
• Golf
• Happy Birthday
• Harley Davidson
• Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
• Hello Kitty
• Hockey
• Hollywood Star
• Hunting
• Ice Skating
• Jet Ski
• Jungle Animals
• Mermaid
• Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Surf
• Military
• Mini Wrestler
• Music
• Over the Hill
• Party Time
• Pirate’s Treasure and Ship
• Princess and the Frog
birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-rapunzel-tangled-decorative-birthday-cake-topperQuinceanera
• Racing
• Scooby Doo
• Sesame Street
• Slumber Party
• Snow White
• Soccer
• Spiderman
• SpongeBob Square Pants
• Star Wars
• Superman
• Swimming Pool
• Tangled Rapunzel
• Teen’s World
• Thomas and Friends Carnival
• Tinkerbell
• Tom and Jerry
• Toy Story
• Transformers
• Winne the Pooh and Tigger

Cake pans are available in the following designs:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-wilton-cars-cake-panButterfly
• Crown
• Disney Princess Ariel
• Dora the Explorer
• Dump Truck
• Elephant
• Elmo
• Enchanted Castle
• Fire Truck
• Football
• Guitar
• Hello Kitty
• Lady Bug
• Mickey Mouse
• Princess Carriage
• Spiderman
• Soccer Ball
• SpongeBob Square Pants
• Tinker Bell
• Toy Story
• Tractor
• Train
• Transformers
• Winnie the Pooh

Cake stencils are available in the following designs:

Cake decorating stencils may be used on royal icing, fondant, buttercream, and chocolate. However, make sure that the cake surface isn’t sticky or wet when using the stencil. Ideal surfaces for cake stencil use are rolled fondant, royal icing, and pastiage. Pastiage is similar to fondant, but sets harder. It is a stiff sugar paste that consists of gelatin and vinegar.

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-wilton-cake-stencils-variety-packBugs
• Butterflies
• Celestial
• Cheetah Spots
• Climbing Vines
• Damask
• Enchanted Fairytale
• Farm Animals
• Fish
• Fleur de Lis (also available in a side stencil; to stencil the sides of a cake)
• Flowers
• French Medallion
• Frogs
• Happy Birthday
• Hearts
• Lace
• Leafy Scroll (also available in a side stencil)
• Leaves
• Leopard Spots
• Polka Dots
• Sea Life
• Stars
• Swirls
• Victorian Circle
• Zebra (also available in a side stencil)

Edible designer cake prints used to decorate the top of the cake are available in the following designs:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-spiderman-designer-prints-cake-edible-imageThis is a fantastic way to decorate a birthday cake. It is a sugar image that is easy to apply.

Simply peel the back off and place the image on top of the birthday cake.

• Avatar
• Barbie
• Care Bears
• Diego
• Dinosaurs
• Dora the Explorer
• Dots, Stripes, and Flower Petals
• Elmo
• GI Joe
• Glee
• Fishing
• Football
• Happy Birthday
• Hello Kitty
• Incredible Hulk
• Jungle Animals
• Little Mermaid Ariel
• Little Safari
• Minnie Mouse in Heart
• Monkey
• Monster Truck
• Over the Hill
• Pokemon
• Poker
• Princess and the Frog
birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-disney-fairies-tinkerbell-edible-imageRock Star
• Scooby Doo
• Shrek, Donkey, and Cat
• Skateboard
• Spiderman
• SpongeBob Square Pants
• Star Wars
• Strawberry Shortcake
• Super Hero Squad
• Superman
• Tangled Rapunzel
• Thomas the Train
• Tinkerbell
• Tom and Jerry
• Toy Story
• Transformers
• Twilight
• Winne the Pooh
• Yogi Bear and Boo Boo Bear

Edible cake prints used to decorate the sides of the cake are available in the following designs:

This may be used on buttercream, fondant, and chocolate. Simply wrap around the sides of the cake to create a unique design. You can mix and match designs to add more beauty.

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-aqua-paisley-designer-cake-printsBlack Lace
• Brick
• Cheetah Print
• Classic Checks
• Classic Diamonds
• Dalmatian Print
• Damask (available in the following colors: black, red)
• Dots
• Flames
• Flower, Paisley, and Stripes
• Flowers
• Giraffe Print
• Houndstooth
• Ocelot Wild Cat Print
• Jaguar Print
• Leopard Print
• Music Notes
• Pink Camouflage
• Pink Roses
• Polka Dots
• Stonewall
• Stripes
• Tiger Print
• Zebra Print

Edible cake ribbons are available in the following colors/designs:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-lucks-edible-rose-pink-shimmer-ribbonsA great way to add a finishing touch to your birthday cake is by incorporating an edible ribbon. This will give the impression of a high-end cake with maximum results.

Use it to decorate a small or large birthday cake made of buttercream, fondant, or chocolate. You can use it on a tiered cake and allow the ribbons to cascade down. Mix and match designs to add interest.

• Aqua Blue
• Black
• Crown Shimmer
• Gold
• Leafy Vines
• Lime Green
• Love Birds
• Paisley
• Red
• Turquoise
• Whimsical Garden

Edible chocolate transfer sheets are available in the following designs:

Chocolate lovers will be thrilled to know that you can decorate the top and sides of a cake using edible decorative chocolate transfer sheets.

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-happy-birthday-chocolate-transfer-sheetThese sheets are made of cocoa butter and powdered coloring that is embossed onto a clear acetate sheet.

To apply, simply put melted chocolate against the thin flexible sheet and allow it to set. When you peel the sheet away, a beautiful design will be left behind on the chocolate. It’s a fantastic way to enhance a cake while helping to satisfy your chocolate craving.

• Aces
• Autumn Leaves
• Blowing Leaves
• Butterflies and Flowers
• Checkerboard
• Colored Ribbon – Gold, Green, and Red
• Floral Scroll (available in the following colors: gold, white)
• Giraffe Print (available in the following colors: gold, white)
• Happy Birthday
• Hearts (available in the following colors: red, white, pink)
• Hearts in Heaven
birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-chocolate-transfer-sheet-pochoirHoneycomb
• Leopard Print (available in the following color combinations: gold/tan, cream/tan)
• Marble (available in the following colors: gold, light blue, lime green, raspberry)
• Music Notes
• Paisley (available in the following colors: gold, white, pink, purple)
• Plaid (available in the following color combinations: gold/white, red/green)
• Polka Dots (available in the following color: white)
• Shoes
• Squiggly (available in the following colors: white, gold, light blue)
• Sprinkles (available in the following color combination and color: red/green, gold)
• Stars
• Stripes (available in the following color combinations: pink/raspberry, blue/green, gold/white)
• Swirls (available in the following color combinations: gold/white, lime/blue, teal/tan, red/gold, red/green)
• Tiger Print (available in the following colors: gold, white, raspberry, blue)
• Zebra Print (available in the following colors: raspberry, white)

Kopykake edible frosting sheets are available in the following sizes:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-kopykake-8-inch-round-frosting-sheetKopykake edible frosting sheets is a clever way to add creative images to your cake. Make sure you use edible ink when printing an image on these sheets.

After printing the image, simply lay the frosting sheet on top of your cake and observe how it absorbs into the frosting leaving a spectacular image.

• 1.875” circle frosting sheets (suitable for small details on cakes)
• 2” circle frosting sheets (suitable for cookies that you can display on a cake)
• 3” circle frosting sheets (suitable for cookies that you can display on a cake)
• 7.5” x 10” frosting sheets (suitable for ¼ sheet cakes)
• 8” circle frosting sheets (suitable for 8” or larger round cakes)
• 8” x 10.5” frosting sheets (suitable for ¼ sheet cakes)
• 10” circle frosting sheets (suitable for 10” or larger round cakes)
• 10” x 16” frosting sheets (suitable for ½ sheet cakes)
• Heart shaped frosting sheets (suitable for small cakes)

Icing decorations are available in the following designs:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-wilton-elmo-icing-decorationsThese edible sugar shapes add the perfect decorative touches to your birthday cake.

• Baseball
• Baseball Mitt
• Batman
• Bob the Builder
• Care Bears
• Cars
• Critters
• Diego
• Disney Pixar
• Disney Princess
• Dora the Explorer
• Elmo
• Football
• Happy Birthday
• Hello Kitty
• Little Mermaid
birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-hello-kitty-icing-decorationsMickey Mouse
• Nascar
• Party Hat
• Party Time
• Princess
• Scooby Doo
• Sea Life
• Soccer Ball
• Spiderman
• SpongeBob Square Pants
• Strawberry Shortcake
• Superman
• Tinkerbell
• Toy Story
• Transformers

Cake impression mats are available in the following designs:

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-autumn-carpenter-designs-impression-matCake impression mats can be used on fondant or buttercream. It leaves highly detailed results and will definitely add a lovely touch to your birthday cake.

• Basketweave
• Brick
• Butterflies
• Cobblestone
• Crocodile Print
• Damask
• Diamonds
• Dotted Flowers
• Floral
• Hearts
• Lines
• Small Scrolls
• Stars
• Swirls
• Woodgrain

Cake decorating press sets are available in the following designs:

Cake decorating press sets are made of sturdy plastic and are a simple way to create spectacular and intricate designs on tiered cakes, sheet cakes, as well as other desserts.

birthday-cake-decorating-ideas-wilton-12-piece-cake-decorating-press-set-decorator-favoritesYou may press these patterns gently into fondant or into the surface of a base iced cake.

The result is a visible outline in the frosting that can be traced over with piping gel to create a lovely design.

• Crest
• Closed Scroll
• Double Heart
• Double Scroll
• Fleur de Lis
• Heart
• Medallion
• Open Heart
• Scrolls (large, medium, and small C-scrolls)
• Vine

If you have a cake that you’ve created that you would like to share, please submit it. We would be honored to feature it on our site. You can submit your cake here.





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