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12 Funky and Fun Birthday Cakes

By caseymullins |

Addie’s birthday is on December 14th, which in theory doesn’t sound like Christmas at all. In reality December 14th is eleven days before Christmas. From Addie’s very first birthday I have made every effort to keep her birthday and Christmas completely separate. Before December 15th our Christmas tree is a “birthday tree” and houses only presents wrapped in non-holiday paper.

I have made her a cake every year and it is generally the centerpiece of the entire day. I had one very fancy birthday cake when I was little and I remember it very well. I have a treasured picture of me behind my teddy bear cake with a giant toothless grin on my 7th birthday. I keep a lot of things simple but birthday cakes? Not so much. I have made three princess cakes (complete with fondant skirts and Barbies sticking out of them) and this year is no different.

Her tastes are becoming ever more eclectic but she still loves everything I bake so this year I’ve been trying to find a cake that she will love to take a picture with and love to look at 22 years from now and remember (hopefully) how fun birthdays were when she was little.

After the jump are a few of the nominees…


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Fun Alternative Birthday Cakes

Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Measuring the ingredients for this cake would take more time than actually cooking it. You know, in case you *forgot* someone's birthday and needed to come up with something in a major pinch.
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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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6 thoughts on “12 Funky and Fun Birthday Cakes

  1. Audra says:

    I’ve never commented before but I wanted to tell you my birthday is also on December 14th and so I appreciate you trying to keep your daughters birthday seperate. And she will appreciate it later too! I find your blog fascinating because 1) I also live in Indy 2) I also get the spots on my face after getting sick 3) I also have battled depression my whole life.

  2. Jenny Knox says:

    Similar to the sprinkle cake, I made a rainbow cake for my stepdaughter’s 10th birthday. You use 2 boxes of white cake mix and divide each into 3 round pans. Mix in food coloring and bake as usual. When they are cooked layer each with icing in between and then frost the whole cake. It was a little precarious with six layers, but was a huge hit.

  3. ElizabethSheryl says:

    My vote is the rainbow cupcakes on one of those awesome cupcake tiers would be awesome.

  4. ElizabethSheryl says:

    haha, clearly I re-wrote my sentence and it turned out AWESOME. :p

  5. Biddy says:

    Ice cream cookie cake pie? Can I come to Addie’s birthday party??

  6. Heather says:

    It’s so wonderful that you make an effort to delineate December into birthday then holiday time. I must say that the sixlet cake would be such a sight in person (&in a picture), even years from now! (Although, I will be keeping that ice cream cookie cake pie recipe in my back pocket for all eternity. No occasion needed.)

    Heather @ Find That Warm Fuzzy Feeling

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