35 Easy Birthday Cake Ideas

If there’s no cake, is it really a birthday party? Of course not. While, of course, everyone has their preferences, and we’ll allow that some people may just not like birthday cake (maybe for them you could choose one of these chocolate pie recipes), but for the most part, a frosted confection is the proper thing to do.

But that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring! Put your usual cake recipe aside and let these new, easy birthday cake ideas lead the way. From Texas sheet cake recipes to elaborately decorated and towering confections, there are dozens of delightful directions to take when designing your most celebratory decadent dessert. Even better: You don’t have to be an advanced baker to pull off these best birthday cake ideas. From a malted milk ball-inspired spring cake to ice cream cakes and bombes, to Froot-Loop cakes and even a last-minute no-bake cheesecake covered with fresh fruit, you’re sure to find a confection to delight.

Another thing we love about these recipes? They’re incredibly versatile. If the guest of honor errs on the traditional side of dessert preferences, bookmark the chocolate and vanilla confections ahead. Do they favor ice cream too? We’ve also included the easiest ice cream cake recipe that’s also totally decadent. This is your chance to forego a store-bought dessert in favor of one of the following homemade cake recipes. Why? We think you’ll find that the birthday boy or girl will really appreciate the thoughtful gesture of a birthday cake being made with love—just for them.