Easy DIY Birthday Cakes – just add toys

[ 7 ] October 17, 2008 |

I consider myself an artist but NOT when it comes to baking or cake decorating. And I will leave decorating with fondant to my friend Kristin who out-Marthas Martha every year with her kid’s birthday cake masterpieces. I used pre-made sheets of fondant to cover my sons’ pirate cakes one year (see below) and although they looked fine, everyone had to peel the icing off because it was so sugary sweet.

Since I like to get creative with my boys’ cakes, I have developed my own special style and have found that adding a few favorite toys that go along with the party theme (if there is one) can really wow a crowd. Then again, if you put a chocolate cake in front of most five-year-olds, they tend to go wild. Sometimes I raid the boys’ toy collection for decoration ideas, and sometimes the cake toppers are new and become part of their birthday present. (Always wash toys first.)

My twin boys have always celebrated their birthdays with one party, but I make sure to have two cakes.

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Birthday #4
Party Theme: Come in costume and put on a show
Cakes 1 & 2: Blue and Green Pirate Ships
Toys: Disney and Pixar figures from the boys’ collection

Batman Cake on kid o infoRobin Cake on kid o info
Birthday #5
Party Theme: Dress as your favorite Superhero (or make up your own)
Cake1: Batman
Cake 2: Robin
Toys: Classic Batman and Robin figures from eBay

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Birthday #6
Party Theme: Musketeers and Maidens
Cake 1: Robin Hood & Little John
Cake 2: The Three Musketeers (not pictured)
Toys: Papo figures

Star Wars V Birthday Cake

Star Wars Iv Birthday Cake
Birthday #7
Party Theme: Science
Cake1: Star Wars IV: A New Hope (Scene: In the Cantina)
Cake 2: Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (Scene: Yoda trains Luke to be a Jedi)
Toys: Various Star Wars figures from Benny’s, Toys-R-Us, and boys’ collection

Category: food + recipes, parties

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of Kidoinfo.com. She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. calendar katy says:

    is that broccoli on the party #6 cake?

  2. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Yes it is but that does not mean anyone ate it!

  3. Jaci Arnone JC says:

    Awesome cakes. I just might have to steal your “Star Wars/In the Cantina” idea for my husband’s birthday!

  4. elyse says:

    these cakes are awesome. i especially like the star wars meets playmobil cake. these are toys that are played with in my home daily! great ideas that look very do-able. thanks!

  5. Anna at Hank and Willie says:

    Love the broccoli trees, and I love creative cakes, these are beautiful!

  6. GG says:

    These photos brought back great memories – do you remember cake #1. I remember all the thought and care you put into making sure that it wouldn’t be too unhealthy for one year olds but still be cute – it was cute and the boys weren’t at all interested in eating it. Three cheers for your creativity.

  7. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    Official Star Wars blog shows cute crafts and some cool Star Wars cakes.

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