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Article: Easy Birthday Cakes To Make For Kids

Easy Birthday Cakes To Make For Kids

Easy Birthday Cakes To Make For Kids

No birthday is complete without cake!! Birthday cakes are very expensive to buy but making your own can often seem overwhelming and time-consuming.

The secret to stress-free homemade birthday cakes is to keep it super simple while still making it look great and tasting delicious. Yes, it is possible! Here are some of our favourite easy birthday cakes to make for kids. 

First of all you need a really good base. This recipe has been tried and tested on loads of kids over the years to great success. 

It's also pretty healthy (but hey, that can just be a secret between us mums, okay?)



3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/2 cup coconut sugar 
1 cup or 200g natural yoghurt
2 eggs
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (or any oil)


Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a round cake tin with baking paper.

Sift together the flour, cacao and bicarb. In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together.

Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients. Pour batter into the cake tin.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.


You can easily make this recipe gluten-free by switching to gluten free SR flour and dairy-free by switching to coconut yoghurt.

This cake is not very sweet because it usually has icing on top. If you want it to be a bit sweeter, add 1/4 cup more sugar.

This recipe is easy to double and bake in a large slice tin if you need to feed a crowd. You can also turn it into cupcakes!

It also freezes really well, so make it in advance if you are pressed for time.

Tips for Easy Kids' Birthday Cakes

Once you have made your cake, let it cool and then you can simply add some thick cream and grated chocolate or strawberries for a super quick option.

You could also just ice it with a chocolate ganache (this is just 250g chocolate and 1/3 cup cream melted together in a double saucepan) or chocolate icing and decorate it with some lollies, chocolates or berries. 

If the kids want something a bit more novelty or themed, you can simply add small toys to the top of the cake or get a pre-made cake topper. 

If you are having the birthday celebrations outside the home, cupcakes can be a good option with no cutting or serving required. 

Ideas For Easy Birthday Cakes 

Here are some of our favourite ideas for birthday cakes that are easy enough to assemble and don't require too much skill but look super impressive!

Grab your chocolate cake, ice it and add Kit Kats, small toys and excavate a little out of the top. We have also made a cake like this without the 'hole' and just piles of crumbled chocolate biscuit for the soil. Even easier!


So cute but so easy. Make a double batch of cake, ice and use licorice or fondant for the decorations. 

Easy Birthday Cakes

A great example of how to make cupcakes look impressive! Assembly is super easy and you can make exactly the amount of cupcakes you need. 

Easy Lego Cake

For the lego-mad kids, try this simple idea. Just cake with marshmallows on top and iced. Easy!!

This is one we have made a few times and it could not be any easier. Bake a round cake, cut it in half, assemble back to back, ice and decorate! Use a chocolate bar or strip of liquorice for the body. 

You can also add a doll to the centre of this cake to turn it into a fairy cake!

easy rainbow cake

Who doesn't love rainbows?? This is a round cake, iced and decorated with mini marshmallows and Skittles or Smarties.

Easy Pirate Cake

A great example of adding small toys to a simple iced birthday cake. It can't get much easier than this! 

Easy Frozen Themed Birthday Cake

How impressive is this one, again just using toys. Honestly, kids won't care that you haven't sculpted Elsa out of fondant, they just want to see Elsa!! 

Okay this one does have fondant, but it's still very easy to create with a little bit more time if your child reaalllly wants Bluey!

Easy Bear Cake

This one is just a round cake with three cupcakes, covered in icing and coco pops! Super cute. 

Easy Unicorn Cake

An easy version of all those beautiful unicorn cakes. No fondant needed, it's all just butter cream. You do need to buy a piping bag with a nozzle for this one though or you could just use fresh flowers and licorice strips to decorate!

So there you go, so many easy ideas for homemade birthday cakes that don't cost a fortune and are simple enough to make without tearing your hair out!! 

Of course, cakes made with love by mum taste extra special don't they? 


Birthday Party Ideas

If you need some birthday gifts for the kids, check out our GIFT IDEAS section on the website.

The RePlay plates, bowls, cups and cutlery are the perfect birthday party set that can be reused over and over again. You can even colour co-ordinate!

We have lots of great quality small toys that would be great for prizes, games or for the lolly bags. Check out our Ribbon Wands, Rubbabu Mini Balls, Water Marbles, Mini Wooden Cars and Wooden Egg Shakers.

The Sun Jellies baskets are fabulous for party favours. Add your lollies and small gifts and they have a cute bag to take home!

Our Glitter Girl range is fun for parties and special occasions. We have body glitter, gloss, makeup and stick on face gems in so many gorgeous colours!

For party dresses, outfits and shoes, check out our clothing section and don't miss our super cute reusable, felt party hats

We would love to hear from you! What great party ideas have you got? Leave us a comment or chat to us on social media. 


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