1st Birthday Cakes Ideas

By Stephanie Kelley
A first birthday cake can be simply decorated or be a baker's masterpiece.

A first birthday cake is one that the birthday boy may not remember when he grows up, but it will live on forever in photographs. Create a special, attractive and delicious cake that will be enjoyed by the guests of a the birthday party and one the birthday boy can remember through photos.

The No 1 Cake

Create a No. 1 cake by using a cake mould or ask a bakery to create one for you. Decorate the number cake with icing that matches the party theme. Use a number "1" candle on the cake as well to reinforce the theme.

Baby Theme

Take advantage of the last opportunity to use baby-related items in a theme. A 1st birthday is a good chance to use images such as colourful blocks, teddy bears and other baby-related toys and images. Bake a sheet cake and use real toys as decoration or order a cake from a bakery and use these ideas as a theme for a shaped cake. Be sure to display the cake on a table where other baby-type toys are also present and add to the birthday decor.

Now-and-Then Cake

Celebrate all the steps and development the child has made in the first year of life by creating a cake that reflects this growth. A sheet cake can be transformed by adding two pictures on top of the cake. Line the photo with icing to look like frames or have a bakery "print" the photos onto the cake top. Add a newborn picture to one frame and a current photo of the baby into the other frame. Decorate the borders of the cake with icing in the birthday colours.

Family Tradition Cake

Celebrate a baby's first birthday by infusing some family tradition into the cake selection. Make a cake that resembles the first birthday cake of the child's mom or dad. Perhaps the mom had a particular theme for her first birthday party, which can be re-created for her baby. Display a picture of the mother along with her first birthday cake. Or maybe the dad's mother made a particular flavour of cake to celebrate his first birthday and can carry on that tradition for her grandchild. Include a framed picture of the dad next to his first cake to help guests understand the importance of the cake.

About the Author

Stephanie Kelley has been writing articles and columns online for SGM Radio and SGN Scoops Digital since 2005. She has a Bachelor of Arts in art history/anthropology from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. and writes on a number of topics including art, frugal living, children and travel.