Birthday Cake Round-Up: To Infinity and Beyond!

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Don’t you just love birthday cakes?! My first “fun” birthday cake was a Big Mac. Really, it was. I was a spoiled only child for several years and somewhere in that time period, I got a special birthday party at McDonalds, complete with a hamburger shaped cake. Too cool. After that, it was hit and miss on the birthday cakes. Probably because we never thought to dress up a plain cake with frosting, candy, and toys.

It’s by far the simplest way to make a themed cake. And my contribution today’s Birthday Cake Round-Up is no different. I just have the most success decorating cakes this way. Ya gotta go with your strengths, ya know?

Tomorrow Toy Story 3 opens in theaters so I thought it was perfect timing to make a Toy Story cake, featuring Buzz Lightyear. He’s one of our favorites. However, much to my chagrin, my 6 year old thinks his name is “Buzz Light.” Thank you, Football Season and Anheuser-Busch!

This was a very fun and easy cake to make, one that you could replicate in a snap. Check out the tutorial for simple directions.

But, there’s no limit to fun birthday cakes that your kids will love.

Check out these great cakes from LifeasMOM readers.

From Kristen:

From Sherry:

From Jessica:

From Julie:

From Susan:

From Amber:

From Karen:

From Heather:

From Morgan:

What’s a fun, creative cake you’ve made lately?

Share your link below! This is a great way to get ideas and be inspired for your child’s next birthday.

Everyone who participates today (via photo, comment, or link-up) will be entered for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate from Bake It Pretty.

Pop over to Bake It Pretty and take a look. You will be totally amazed at the beautiful baking cups and other items they have to make all your cakes pretty. Oh my! Love it! And buy me something while you’re there. 😉

Giveaway Winner is Mama’s Laundry Talk who shared a Thomas The Tank Engine Cake. Congrats!

If you haven’t baked and decorated your own birthday cakes, well, let me tell you…. You can totally do this. And if you’re not sure, buy my ebook.

1. Mommy’s Idea Book (Race Track)
2. To Be Busy at Home (Pokemon Cake)
3. Pirate Cakes
4. To Be Busy at Home (Swimming Bears Pool Cake)
5. Cowboy Cakes
6. A Busy Mom of Two (Star Wars, Abby Cadabby & More!)
7. Dino Cake @ Wonder Woman Wannabe
8. Morristribe:CoolCakes&CakeBusiness
9. Fun Summer BDay Cupcakes @ HoosierHomemade
10. 6-Layer Rainbow Cake (Does Hubby Count As A Kid?)
11. Centsable Momma – Buzz Lightyear & Graduation Cake
12. TopazTook (Princess/Pony Castle)
13. Bekah
14. M&Ms Barrel Cake MY FAVORITE! YUM!
15. Super Mario, Lego Star Wars, and Miffy Birthday Cakes and Plates
16. What’s for Dinner? Theme Cakes
17. Household6Diva {{Disney Pixar WALLE Birthday Cake}}
18. NerdFamily Food (Butterfly Cake)
19. Southernseven
20. Non-Consumer Airplane Bday Cake and Bday Shopping in my Attic
21. Temporary Insanity race track
22. Dinosaur Cake
23. Monster truck, farm and princess cake
24. Princess Party Cake
25. kuka
26. Parenting Miracles (Football Cake)
27. Tara @ Feels Like Home (princess castle cake)
28. Peep Bunny Cake (The Frugal Girl)
29. Mola-Mola Cake (The Frugal Girl)
30. sledding cake
31. Construction, Cars and 1st Birthday!
32. Finding Joy in My Kitchen (Easy Monkey Cake)
33. Cinderella Cake – Lori @ CSP
34. Money Saving Maine-iac, Nellie Moody Jones’ Molasses Whoopie Pie
35. From Blah to Ta-Daa!, Pink Champagne Cake
36. Saving Our Way – 2nd Birthday Fun w/ Elmo Cake!
37. Cortney @ Evan Has Landed (Fondant Girly 1st Birthday Cake)
38. fire truck, dragon & ladybug!
39. Greetings! (Elmo Cake)
40. Anne
41. Princess Cake Video Tutorial
42. The FritzFacts – Skateboard and Bug Mountain
43. Perry the Platypus @ A Few Short Cuts
44. Mamas Laundry Talk (Thomas Cake)
45. Bugaboo @ Dirt Poor, Filthy Rich [The Ultimate Indulgence]
46. Susie’s Homemade
47. Kim B
48. Chandy (Star Wars Birthday Cake)
49. Tracye
50. Alligator Cake @Kelleigh’s
51. Once A Month Mom – Go Dog Go!
52. Erin
53. erin hutchison
54. Cheapo McFrugalpants
55. Barn Cake and Animal Cupcakes (Shelly)
56. Apple Crisps
57. Odd Mom (My daughter’s Sweet 16 Mocha Chocolate Chip Cake)
58. 3 Little Monkeys (Rainbow Cake)
59. Simply Staci – Bumblebee Cakes
60. Taryn (Curious George, Lightning McQueen, Farm Animal Cake, Jungle Cake)
61. Amy-Cutting Coupons in KC (Checkerboard Cake)
62. Building Shangrila one Deal at a Time!
63. Mom2KayleeGrace
64. Teddy Bear made out of cupcakes

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  1. Clearly, your 6 year old needs to watch the Toy Story movies a few dozen more times – then he’ll have Buzz’s name right for sure. By 6 I’d lost count of how many times my, now 8 1/2 year old, s on had watched those movies. He’s really psyched about seeing the movie.

  2. I linked up with two cakes that I’ve featured on my blog – a Pokemon cake and a Swimming Bears cake. I LOVE making cakes but find that time is an issue. I just have to make sure to set aside the time to make and decorate the cake in the midst of busy birthday week-ends! I particularly like to fill cakes with pudding and recently had great success using a double-tall “moat” to keep the gobs of pudding in the middle layer.

    I really enjoy your blog and am a fairly new reader.


  3. My goodness these cakes are adorable! Love the Buzz cake and the four wheelin cake is super cool. I linked up a few posts – sorry the cake photos were in the full party posts {hope that’s ok} Thanks for hosting this linky – I can not wait to check out some amazing inspirations! Hope you are enjoying your week! Stephanie Lynn

  4. What fun! We are looking forward to the movie too! My oldest DS works at the theatre…so we get to see our movies for free!
    Bake It Pretty is one of my favorite places! Thanks so much for hosting and for offering the giveaway!

  5. Love these cakes! I don’t have kids yet but when I do I’d like to keep parties simple but have a fun cake.

  6. This is such a fun link up theme! I love looking at cakes decorated by other moms for their kids. There’s nothing like that personal touch. I starting doing cakes for my kids a few years ago and don’t want to go back to store bought for sure now. It’s well worth the effort.

  7. Sorry, I accidentally linked up twice — forgot to put the cake name in the first one and then couldn’t figure out how to edit and/or delete.

  8. This is such a great roundup! I love seeing what all the creative Moms out there are doing for birthday cakes. What did we ever do before blogs?! I just love seeing all the creative ideas and photos from across the U.S. and elsewhere.

    Thanks for the roundup!

    Rachymommy –

  9. The link I put was the cake I made for my oldest daughter’s b-day this year. I forgot to name the link… sorry. I got the pirate cake kit and added Tinkerbell and some of the other faries.
    I’m still fairly new to decorating cakes for my girls…
    Thanks for the ideas!

  10. Those cakes sure are cute! I linked with a a blog post about some of my cakes too. Thanks for checking them out! 🙂

  11. Wow! What a lovely collection of cakes!! I love the gift boxes from Sherry — and that Gumball machine from Jessica is really creative too!!

    Thank you for hosting this – it gave me the motivation to FINALLY blog my son’s Walle Cake/Sandwiches from *gasp* 6 MONTHS ago!!

  12. I love it! I have always made my kids cakes, but I am not good. Kids are so sweet and don’t notice that they aren’t perfect. I hope they one day can smile when they see how horrible they were and just love me anyway.

  13. How fun, I peeked around to see other’s cakes. I shared my Dinosaur cake I made for our 3 yr old (you’ll have to click the picture to see it better). I made it a homemade dark chocolate cake, and that was so good! Stop by and say Hi, you saw it linked here!

  14. Well, mine is a bit wimpy before all of those, but the kids loved them, so I guess that is what really counts. Great cakes!

  15. Oh my goodness, some of cakes are insanely gorgeous. In fact, one of them (the gift box one) easily competed with my wedding cake.

  16. These cakes are great!
    And so inspiring – I especially love Bob the Builder – and I can’t wait to check out everyone’s links!
    I have linked to a cake i made for a first birthday last year – the very hungry catepillar.
    Thanks for sharing these! =)

  17. They are all amazing, but that cake that looked like a pile of gifts was stunning! It’s almost too pretty to eat! I don’t make cakes, but I love looking at them. 🙂

  18. I enjoy your Thursday recipe round-up. I linked double, and wondered if you could delete the one that says “Twila.” Thanks!

  19. All of these cakes are amazing! Making birthday cakes is one of the best and worst (so much pressure!) parts of party planning!

  20. Thanks for doing this round-up. I love getting ideas! I’m taking a cake decorating class this summer, so this is great for me! I showed a few birthday cakes that I made for my boys this year–Little Einsteins & a Wii cake.

  21. We JUST celebrated my son’s birthday, and I knew you were going to do this link-up, but I didn’t get my Alligator cake-focused post done in time! SO, you’ll have to scroll down to see it! LOL!

    Thanks for hosting! I love to see what others have done!

  22. so fun!! my sister is Heather – the photo of the balloon cake for Emily shown above.

  23. Wow, I am so inspired by all the ideas that were posted! I made one cake myself, but it pales in comparison. I am ready to start trying more decorative and elaborate cakes now.

  24. I bake most of the cakes for my family. However, we are all “grown-ups” so I haven’t had the opportunity to get to make a fun kid-themed birthday cake. My most recent creation was a Baked Alaska for my dad’s birthday. I would love to win a gift certificate!

    Thank you! I love your blog and all your ideas.

  25. So many wonderful and inspiring cakes. I love the ones that make use of kids toys. They create a dramatic effect, with minimum work. 🙂

  26. I landed on your blog when I was searching for a planner I can use during the summer to keep the house and four kids organized. I learned a lot from your planner post, and took some ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Hi! I would like share my contribution: 2 home made cakes that I made for my 6 year old (Transformers fan) and my 2 year old (dump truck fan!). But I am not sure how to send you the photos.


  28. I love these! My favorite is either the pile of presents or the pink guitar cake! So cute! My daughter’s 1st birthday is coming up- I am trying to come up with ideas to make her cake! 🙂

  29. I love looking at everyone’s photos for inspiration…beautiful cakes everyone!!!

  30. I just love the cakes. I’m afraid to admit in the midst of all these creative mothers that I…gulp…bought a cake for my little guy’s first birthday. Maybe this year I’ll attempt to make my own cake–his b-day is coming up in August. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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