Easy Cakes You Can Decorate Yourself

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Decorating a cake you’ve baked at home is not difficult. In fact, it’s a great way to customize it for taste and birthday party theme — without paying a high price. You CAN have your cake and eat it, too!

If I can decorate a home baked cake, so can you! I am not all that gifted in this area, but my kids are always happy. And that is what counts!

Here are some ideas to get you started.

(I once wrote a couple ebooks full of cake decorating ideas. But, these are no longer for sale. My apologies in advance — there may be dead links in some of these posts.)
Here are some cool themes, anyway!

Sports Cakes

LA Kings Cake

Disc Golf

Surfer Cake

Movie Cakes

Indiana Jones

and another Indiana Jones

Cars 2 Cake

Captain Jack, Pirates of the Caribbean

Death Star, Star Wars

Rapunzel, Tangled Cake

Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

A Drive-in Movie Theatre

Book Cakes

Narnia – Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Fancy Nancy

Character Cakes

Dora the Explorer

Bob the Builder

Sonic the Hedgehog

Lego Bionicle Thornax

Pokeball and Pikachu


Cakes for Grownups

cash envelopes

Dave Ramsey

What’s your favorite out of all your birthday cakes, past or present?


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  1. I used to make a chocolate sheet cake with chocolate icing… then my son would decorate it himself with his toys. I can remember a cowboy cake, a pirate cake, an army man cake, and a Jurassic Park cake. He sure did enjoy having a “theme” according to whatever his interests were at the time!!

  2. my mom used to make me a Wonder Woman cake!! she has the pan and then decorated it. Took forever, but she did it several years in a row. She mixed all the colors and everything. We joked about it one year and she made it for my 21st birthday again. Might have to ask for it again this year 🙂

  3. Growing up my mom always made the most beautiful cakes…I had a Winnie the Pooh cake every year til I was 6…you know the kind w/ the dots of icing covering the whole cake?? I made each of my 4 boys a Pooh cake like that for their 1st bdays…after that…I made things easy on myself LOL! They always get to pick out what they want and we figure a simple way to get it done. They’re not always perfect but they always love their cakes…and that’s all that matters to me.

  4. I’ve seen your posts about cakes before and you inspired me this year to make my son’s birthday cake. He’s four and very into contruction vehicles. I let him help me decorate the cake. We made green icing to cover the cake, Raisinets for a pile of rocks, and crumbled graham crackers for dirt. We staged his mini construction vehicles around the cake. I even let him dig a hole in the side of the cake with the backhoe. He thought that was awesome. My husband had been skeptical that I could make a birthday cake, but was very impressed. Thanks for encouraging me to try it. I think we started a new tradition.

  5. I started copying simple coloring book pages and then cutting out the pieces of the picture and laying them onto colored, rolled fondant. Using a knife to make the piece out of fondant. You piece it back together and use black frosting with a writing tip on where the black lines on the coloring page are.

    I’ve made Mickey, Barbie, Pajama Sam, Lightning McQueen, Dogs, Cats, etc.

    Now that my kids are older my son wants a cake covered in Twix and my daughter want fancy looking cupcakes. My other daughter requested pie. I’ve only got one little one to make fun cakes for. This year it’s Rapunzel…again!

  6. Thanks for all the cake inspiration! For my husband’s birthday this past weekend my 6.5 twin boys were so excited to help decorate the cake. I just did a 13×9 pan, green frosting, and soccer cake toppers that I got at a party store. If I’d planned a little more in advance it would have been more creative, but everyone was happy with it. We’ve done train cakes in the past, and cut out flattened Starbursts with little cookie cutters as cake decorations.

  7. My favorite cake I made was for my son’s 7th birthday….I made him a tornado cake (complete with flying cows and tractors)! He is a HUGE Storm Chasers fan so it was perfect!