Adult Birthday Cake Ideas

A birthday cake always completes the birthday celebration. Ideas abound for making an adult birthday cake. It comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be as simple as a cupcake or as elaborate as a five tier creation. What both cakes have in common is that it was created with the celebrant in mind.

sombrero cake

How do you personalize a cake for an adult?

First, start off with the flavor. What is the birthday celebrant's favorite flavor? Sometimes it is quite obvious especially if you know the celebrant very well.

It is very well worth the effort to know the celebrant on what he or she likes. Short true story, a group of people ordered a chocolate mousse birthday cake for a co-worker. Later in the day they have to return the cake because the celebrant was allergic to chocolate. Lesson learned.

Another way to personalize the cake is to take into consideration the person's hobby or favorite past times. You can incorporate Aunt Martha's love of knitting in the cake decoration. Maybe they like playing the guitar or playing Xbox! Do they like flowers or gardening? Is there a particular sport they like to play? What are their favorite colors? You can use those as well as a starting point for your cake design.

Sometimes the theme of the party will also dictate the design of the cake. I have once made a sombrero hat cake for a Mexican themed party. And for a party that the theme was Greek gods, I made a cake looking like a Greek temple (to house the gods!).

You can also look into the person's occupation for inspiration. This cake with a nurse hat was made for you guessed what, a nurse. It was good timing for her, as she got a promotion at work around her birthday.

If you are not very familiar with the likes or hobbies of the celebrant you can always have the traditional adult birthday cake, usually decorated with piped flowers and shell borders. Or do like I do, I have what I call my 'stand-by' cake design . This is the design I use when inpiration is lacking. You can still always customize it to suite the celebrant.

If you're planning a sweet 16 party I highly recommend checking out these Sweet 16 Birthday Cakes for great cake ideas, themes, tips and tricks to make your sweet 16 experience the hit of the year!

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