Birthday cake recipes for kids

Find the best birthday cake recipes for kids for your children's party, including a princess cake, a polka dot cake and a giant rainbow cupcake

Jo Wheatley’s rainbow vanilla sponge

Find the best birthday cake recipes for kids for your children's party, including a princess cake, a polka dot cake and a giant rainbow cupcake.

Find the best birthday cake recipes (opens in new tab) for kids for your child's birthday party, including a digger cake, a polka dot cake and a giant rainbow cupcake. There are so many to choose from and they've all got the WOW-factor. Watch your son or daughter's face light up when they spot their homemade birthday cake. There's nothing like dimming the lights and bringing in a cake you've created, decorated with your little one's favourite characters, colours or sweets.

We've got both birthday cakes for girls and birthday cakes for boys, so you'll find plenty of ideas to make your kid's birthday cake an unforgettable one.

These kids' birthday cakes are simple to make and assemble, but will be a memorable part of the day. These birthday cakes are perfect for a photo op! Just get the kids in front of the camera and get ready to say cheese!

Scroll through to see our best birthday cake recipes for kids...

Jo Wheatley’s rainbow vanilla sponge

This is one party cake with wow factor! Great British Bake Off winner Jo Wheatley shows how to make this fun kids’ birthday cake creation that everyone will love.

Get the recipe: Jo Wheatley’s rainbow vanilla sponge (opens in new tab)

No-bake train cake

No-bake train cake

Yes, this incredible kids' birthday cake involves absoloutely no baking! All you need to do is follow our instructions (and video) to create this impressive train cake from shopbought cakes and biscuits that you can find at any supermarket. The result is next level!

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Pink wafer ice-cream cake

Pink wafer ice-cream cake

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This stunning no-bake cake couldn' be easier to make, but looks the part as a very special birthday cake. Make it the day before the big reveal, as it needs to set in the freezer overnight.

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Oreo layer cake

Oreo layer cake

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Check out this towering chocolate cake, made with everyone's favourite cookies! It's easier than you think to get that kind of height on the sponges, but makes such a difference to the cake. It's party time!

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Stained glass cake

Stained glass cake

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This cake has the wow-factor! Colourful shards made from boiled sweets can be arranged in stripes to make a new take on a rainbow cake, or use them to spell out a name or age.

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Nadiya Hussain's confetti birthday cake

Nadiya Hussain's confetti birthday cake

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Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain knows how to make a good birthday cake and this confetti cake, make with lots of sprinkles and real strawberries instead of food colouring for a dreamy frosting, is extra special.

Get the recipe: Nadiya Hussain's confetti birthday cake (opens in new tab)

Digger cake

Digger cake

Make a simple sponge and transform it into this seriously impressive digger cake using chocolate fingers, crumbled Oreos and your child's toys.

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Chocolate fingers cake

Chocolate fingers cake

The kids are going to love this chocolate fingers-covered cake. It's really simple to make with a soft, chocolate sponge and heaps and heaps of sweeties including M&M's and Maltesers.

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Rainbow cake

Rainbow cake

From the outside, it looks like a plain white cake - but when you slice it open, it reveals rainbow stripes inside. Well worth the extra effort for the smiles and cheers all round.

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White chocolate and raspberry gateau

White chocolate and raspberry gateau

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An easy layer cake with raspberries in the icing, this fruity cake is a proper party cake that's filled with real fruit.

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Birthday present cake

Birthday present cake

Turn your favourite sponge recipe into an impressive birthday present cake. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make your own - the birthday boy or girl is going to be so happy!

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Polka dot cake

Polka dot cake

The lucky birthday boy or girl is going to be extremely surprised cutting into this hidden shape polka dot cake. Impressive, fun and delicious too!

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Chocolate and marshmallow birthday cake

Chocolate and marshmallow birthday cake

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If you're a bit strapped for cash and don't want your child to miss out on an impressive birthday cake we'd recommend this chocolate cake. Piled high with marshmallows, which you can buy in bulk to save the pennies. Top the sponge with double cream and you've got one delicious, kid-friendly cake.

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Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake

Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake

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Need a party cake for a crowd? This easy tray bake is a real family favourite, made with rice krispies, squidgy marshmallows and lots of chocolate. Top it with lots of different coloured candles.

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Chocolate giant cupcake

Chocolate giant cupcake

If the kids love chocolate they're just going to love this chocolate giant cupcake. Topped with chocolate icing and Maltesers, this sponge cake is easy to make using a giant cupcake mould and a steady hand when it comes to decorating. Pop a candle in the top and watch the birthday boy or girl's little face light up.

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Nutella cake

Nutella cake

This easy chocolate cake couldn't be simpler as it's filled and topped with lovely Nutella to save you making a frosting. And who doesn't love Nutella?!

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Chocolate cola cake

Chocolate cola cake

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Does your child love cola? How about chocolate? If so, we think their birthday is the perfect time to treat them to something extra special and this chocolate cola cake is just that. A rich, fudgy sponge topped with sweet chocolate buttercream and decorated with cola bottles makes this cake better than all the rest.

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Pinata cake

Pinata cake

Give the birthday boy or girl a surprise with this piñata cake. You can hide their favourite sweets inside and when they cut into it after singing happy birthday they'll be overwhelmed with the goodies that come pouring out!

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Giant rainbow cupcake

Giant rainbow cupcake

We just love this giant rainbow cupcake. It's colourful AND delicious. You're definitely going to make that special someone feel extra special when it comes to their birthday. Sprinkle with Skittles and decorate with colourful candles to complete the look.

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Treasure map cake

Treasure map cake

If your son or daughter is a fan of all things pirates they're going to love this themed birthday cake. A delicious vanilla sponge and a fondant treasure map complete the look with chocolate coins and gold sparkle powder? We just love it.

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Harry Potter-inspired cupcakes

Harry Potter-inspired cupcakes

Got a Potterholic with a birthday coming up? Make their day magical with our cupcakes inspired by Harry's days at Hogwarts.

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Chocolate party cake

Chocolate party cake

Looking for a chocolate birthday cake recipe? You can't go wrong with this seriously chocolatey party cake by none other than Royal Wedding baker Fiona Cairns.

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Pick and mix chocolate and sweet cake

pick & mix chocolate and sweet cake

The kids are just going to love this pick and mix cake. Making it at Christmas time? Swap the regular chocolate for festive favourites instead including Ferrero Rochers, Quality Street and Roses mmm....

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Mary Berry’s chocolate cake

Mary Berry’s best chocolate cake

Kids won’t be able to resist tucking into Mary Berry’s chocolate cake – and neither will you. It's a low-key cake but deliciously rich and creamy. It’s simple and easy-to-make so you could even get the little ones involved – we're sure they'll love licking the spoon.

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Anna Bailey is the editor of GoodTo. She joined the team in June 2018 but has been a lifestyle writer and online editor for more than 14 years. Career highlights include Lifestyle Editor at ITV.com, Features Editor at MSN UK and Digital Lifestyle Editor for UKTV. Anna has always loved attending weddings and big family occasions. She combined this interest with her passion for interviewing people about the subjects that matter to them most to become a wedding and baby naming celebrant, fully accredited by Humanists UK.