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Birthday cake recipes

45 Recipes

Celebrate a birthday by baking one of our stunning cakes. From towering funfetti sponges to decadent chocolate bakes, we've got plenty of party inspiration.

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  • Broken biscuit squares on a wire rack

    Broken biscuit squares

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Use up broken biscuits at the bottom of the tin to make this buttery cake. It’s glazed with a sweet ganache and topped with some British biscuit favourites

  • Funfetti cake

    Funfetti cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.47 ratings

    Perfect for a party, this rainbow-speckled cake screams 'celebrate'! Pipe creamy vanilla icing and scatter over sprinkles for a showstopping cake that adults and kids will love

  • Birthday cake served with candles

    Super-easy birthday cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.14 ratings

    Children love colour, so what could be better than a birthday cake with two different coloured sponges made from one mixture and a colourful icing?

  • Chocolate birthday cake

    Chocolate birthday cake recipe

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.101 ratings

    We used colourful candles rather than artificial sweets to brighten up this tasty birthday cake

  • Rainbow zebra cake served on a cake stand with candles

    Rainbow zebra cake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.22 ratings

    Celebrate our 30th birthday with us – or your own special occasion – with this impressive rainbow sponge. Iced with buttercream and topped with coloured sprinkles, it's a cake that has the wow factor

  • Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake served on a cake stand

    Chocolate & raspberry birthday layer cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.75 ratings

    Who could resist our chocolate and raspberry cake? Like a Victoria sponge but better, try budget-friendly frozen raspberries for the cream

  • How to make a homemade piping bag

    How to make a piping bag

    Discover how to make a piping bag for cake decorating. This step-by-step video shows the simple technique of cutting and folding baking parchment to make a cone shape.

  • Elderflower & lemon celebration cake served on a cake stand and decorated with fresh flowers

    Lemon & elderflower celebration cake

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.75 ratings

    Decorate this simple elderflower and lemon cake with edible flowers for a showstopping celebration dessert. It's perfect for a wedding or birthday

  • Chocolate salted caramel cookie cake

    Chocolate salted caramel cookie cake

    A star rating of 3.5 out of 5.39 ratings

    Bake this show-stopping chocolate cake topped with decadent salted caramel and cookies. Perfect for celebrating a special occasion

  • Gravity-defying sweetie cake

    Gravity-defying sweetie cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.44 ratings

    Anti-gravity cakes are this year's must-have trend for birthdays or parties - this stunning Smartie cake will delight kids and grown-ups alike

  • Cookies & cream party cake

    Cookies & cream party cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.72 ratings

    Stack up our best ever chocolate sponges and smother in an Oreo biscuit icing to make this towering celebration cake

  • Orange and raspberry Hey Duggee cake

    Orange and raspberry Hey Duggee cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.8 ratings

    Dazzle your kids with their favourite TV character in cake form! This orange buttercream and jam-filled sponge is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, great for a birthday party

  • Mermaid cake with a slice cut out

    Mermaid cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.8 ratings

    Create a cake with the wow factor with our colourful ombre mermaid. It's a baking challenge but makes a magical party cake for kids and grown-ups alike

  • A chocolate birthday cake, with a slice removed, on a cake stand

    Vegan birthday cake

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.15 ratings

    Bake a plant-based version of a chocolate fudge cake for a birthday party. Everyone can enjoy it, including guests who have a dairy intolerance or egg allergies

  • Happy lion birthday cake

    Happy lion birthday cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.4 ratings

    This colourful animal sponge is sure to be the mane event at any party! Perfect for kids, the simple yogurt vanilla sponge has a buttercream and novelty sugar paste icing decoration

  • Hedgehog cake

    Hedgehog cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.27 ratings

    A celebration cake with a touch of woodland style, this chocolate cake is decorated with edible spikes, buttercream and chocolate details

  • Mojito cake served on a cake stand

    Mojito cake

    A star rating of 4.2 out of 5.36 ratings

    Turn your favourite cocktail into a dessert with this mojito cake made with a lime, mint and white rum syrup and lime buttercream. It's a perfect party cake

  • Vanilla party cake

    Vanilla party cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.48 ratings

    Cover the light buttery sponge of this classic celebration cake with silky-smooth meringue buttercream and colourful edible polka dots

  • Toasted marshmallow & ginger cake

    Toasted marshmallow & ginger cake

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.10 ratings

    Decorative Italian meringue masks a spicy, moist ginger cake layered with ginger buttercream- an amazing bake!

  • Unicorn-themed cake on a cake stand

    Unicorn cake

    A star rating of 4.8 out of 5.4 ratings

    Stop people in their tracks with a stunning unicorn cake. With a light sponge and salted caramel buttercream, it looks fabulous and tastes divine too

  • Maple & pear ruffle cake

    Maple & pear ruffle cake

    A star rating of 4.9 out of 5.6 ratings

    A grown-up, lightly-spiced sponge that is sandwiched with pears caramelised in maple syrup and topped with meringue buttercream

  • Banoffee marshmallow cake

    Banoffee marshmallow cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.37 ratings

    This fun cake won the 11-17 age group in our 20th birthday cake competition

  • Louise Read's Coffee crunch cake

    Louise Read's Coffee crunch cake

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.37 ratings

    This recipe pairs a nutty meringue with coffee-flavoured Victoria sponge. No wonder it made it into the top three in our 20th birthday cake competition

  • Peanut butter & chocolate cake

    Peanut butter & chocolate cake

    A star rating of 4.4 out of 5.20 ratings

    The sweet and salty combo of peanut butter and chocolate make this cake irresistible - decorate with pretzels for added crunch

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