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10 Delicious Cake Ideas For January Birthdays

If there's anything better than a birthday cake, it's a HOT CHOCOLATE birthday cake, amirite?

Erica Silverstein

Hot Chocolate Cake

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It’s a new year for everyone, but if you have a January birthday, it’s also a brand new year for you, too. Celebrate in seasonal style with fun winter birthday cake ideas, from stylish snowflakes to sweet penguins and hot chocolate-flavored confections. Because if there’s anything better than a birthday cake, it’s a hot chocolate birthday cake, amiright? 

Dig into these delicious January birthday cake ideas for your own snowy celebration!

1. Funfetti Cake

Funfetti Cake

Sugar and Sparrow

January is the birthday of the new year, after all, so it should properly be celebrated with the quintessential birthday cake: Funfetti. The more rainbow sprinkles, the better! This fabulous cake goes all-out party with funfetti-fied vanilla cake dolled up with purple frosting and a mix of rainbow and star-shaped sprinkles for maximum edible bling. But you can choose whichever colors seem the most celebratory to you — and even dye your vanilla cake to match.

2. Snowman Cake

Frosty the Snowman was a jolly happy cake... With pretzel arms and a carrot nose and two eyes made out of Junior Mints... Well, maybe this song doesn’t scan so well as the original, but this adorable 3D snowman cake is sure to make any birthday jollier and happier.

3. Pecan Pie Cake

Pecan Pie Cake

Liv for Cake

Did you know that pecan pie was January-born Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite food? And did you also know that you can make pecan pie into cake?! If you love pecan pie as much as MLK (and most people!) do, but want a real cake for your child's January birthday celebration, here’s a delicious compromise, featuring brown sugar cake and filling that tastes like actual pecan pie.

4. Lego Cake

Lego Cake

Pink When

January is a month for lots of indoor play, when Legos reign supreme. Give your master builder a Lego themed birthday cake with colored fondant blocks on the outside and blocks of rainbow colored cake inside. You can even combine dessert with gifts and top the cake with new minifigs ... as long as no one eats them.

5. Alice In Wonderland Cake

Alice in Wonderland Cake

Lil Miss Cakes

Nothing says “eat me” like an Alice in Wonderland cake. Get a little whimsical with your party refreshments in honor of Lewis Carroll’s January birthday. This teacup-topped, teetering cake will have you grinning like the Cheshire Cat (who forms its bottom layer).

6. Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cake

Chocolate Cherry Cake

Sugar Spice Life

This month’s National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day (January 3) is a sadly under-observed Hallmark holiday. If you love the combination of tart cherries and sweet sweet chocolate, join the celebration with this very pink chocolate-cherry cake. It combines chocolate cake with a cherry ganache filling, covered in bright pink cherry frosting and drizzled with gooey chocolate ganache. Actual chocolate-covered cherries are ripe for picking off the top of the cake.

7. Snowflake Cake

Snowflake Cake

Cakes by Lynz

Whether you’re a Frozen fan, or just love the magic of a wintry snowfall, a snowflake cake is a fitting centerpiece for a January birthday party. Cover your favorite flavor of cake with a shimmering blue marbled fondant and frost it (pun intended!) with edible snowflakes and icicles. We haven’t tested whether eating snowflake cake can bring on a snow day, so you’ll still need to wear your pajamas inside out and flush an ice cube down the toilet.

8. Winnie The Pooh Cake

Winnie the Pooh Cake

Mayhem in the Kitchen

January-born A.A. Milne gave the world an amazing gift when he invented Winnie the Pooh and his friends in the Hundred Acre Woods. The beloved characters have topped many a birthday cake, including some first-birthday smash cakes. Your birthday bear might request chocolate or white cake, but if you want to be true to Pooh, look for a recipe that works in a little taste of “hunny.”

9. Hot Chocolate Cake

Hot Chocolate Cake

Also the Crumbs Please

If chilly January had a signature drink, we bet it would be hot chocolate, topped with melty marshmallows. Turn that tummy-warming beverage into a solid dessert with a hot chocolate birthday cake. Bake a cake using unsweetened hot cocoa, layer it with marshmallow-flavored frosting made from hot chocolate mix, and top it with ooey-gooey marshmallows drizzled in chocolate. Bonus points if your child's birthday is January 31, National Hot Chocolate Day.

10. Penguin Cake

Penguin Cake

Renee Conner Cakes

If your Capricorn thinks penguins are the GOAT, this penguin cake will make her day. The 3D penguin is actually four layers of cake, covered with fondant and outfitted with sugar-cookie ear muffs. You might want to make some extra cupcakes to put candles in, so you don’t have candles rising out of the penguin’s head. Just be prepared for a few tears when it’s time to slice the cake.

Celebrate Your Child's Birthday With Us at CAMP!

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Hold on to your party hats: CAMP wants to help you celebrate your big day. Our magical spaces and incredible counselors make it all happen! Find out more about how to host a birthday party at a CAMP location near you.

Originally published January 2021, updated January 2022.