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10 Tasty Cake Ideas for February Birthdays

It's your birthday! Sink your teeth into something delicious — like a heart-shaped cake, a football-shaped cake, a polar bear cake... or even Abraham Lincoln's favorite cake.

Erica Silverstein · 9 months ago

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Salty Sweet Nutella Pretzel Cake

Sugar and Sparrow

February is short, snowy … and full of cake, if it’s your birthday month. Just like this intense, holiday-filled month, your February birthday cake should have maximum impact. Whether you share a birthday with famous presidents or the Super Bowl, here are 10 awesome cake ideas for your February birthday celebration. (Looking for even more delicious cake inspo for a winter birthday? See our January Birthday Cake Ideas, too.)

1. Heart-Shaped Cake

Heart Shaped Cake

Fabulessly Frugal

February is full of heart-shaped confections, but who says they’re just for Valentine’s Day? Spread the love on your birthday with a gorgeous cake in your favorite flavor, shaped like a heart and decorated with buttercream rosettes and sprinkle bling. (Bonus for DIY fans: You don’t need to buy a special heart-shaped cake pan to make this!) This is one heart it’s okay to break...when you slice it and eat it all up.

See the recipe at Fabulessly Frugal.

2. Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Tatyana's Everyday Food

Red is the signature color of February, for Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, and National Wear Red Day. Bright and bold birthday kids can hop on the red theme with a red velvet cake topped with succulent red strawberries. If you didn’t know, red velvet cake is actually cocoa-flavored cake (yup, that’s chocolate) dyed red and layered with cream cheese frosting. So you can have your chocolate cake and eat your fun colors, too.

See the recipe at Tatyana's Everyday Food.

3. Airplane Cake

Airplane Cake

Rose Bakes

Any budding aviators in the house? Charles Lindbergh, the first person to fly alone across the Atlantic, was born in February, and this delicious airplane cake soars almost as high as the legendary aviator — three tiers of red, white, and blue fondant fun, topped off with fluffy clouds and a real toy airplane. But if your party pilot needs to go simpler, pick up an airplane-shaped cake pan for an easy, DIY birthday cake.

See the how-to at Rose Bakes.

4. Gingerbread Cake

Gingerbread Cake

What Should I Make For...

Did you know that February birthday and Presidents' Day honoree Abraham Lincoln was a big fan of gingerbread? During the historic Lincoln-Douglas debates, he told a now-semi-famous story about eating gingerbread cookies as a child — and how he learned to share them. And honestly, who doesn’t love the snappy spice and sweet scent of gingerbread? Emancipate gingerbread men from the holiday season and make them the centerpiece of your February party. This delicious, party-friendly recipe features gingerbread-flavored cake and cream cheese frosting, and is decorated with Honest Abe’s favorite people-shaped cookies.

Get the recipe at What Should I Make For...

5. Fairy Tale Cake

Fairy Tale Cake

Mommy Moment

Every day in your house might be a fairy tale (lucky you!), but believe it or not, there’s actually an “official” holiday known as Tell a Fairy Tale Day on February 26. Whether you prefer Disney versions of fairy tales or the original Brothers Grimm stories, you can make a February birthday even more magical with a fairy tale-themed cake. This towering cake has it all — princesses, towers, sugar flowers, and a castle rising out of a book-shaped base as the tale unfolds. But if you’d prefer dragons or beanstalks, go for it — celebrate happily ever after.

Get the recipe at Mommy Moment.

6. Sweet & Salty Pretzel Nutella Cake

Sweet & Salty Pretzel Nutella Cake

Sugar and Sparrow

Do you hate to choose between salty and sweet because you love them both so much? It’s your birthday, so why not have both? This cake works all the taste angles – pretzel-flavored cake layered with Nutella (that’s chocolate mixed with hazelnut) buttercream frosting, drizzled with Nutella ganache and decorated with pretzel pieces. You’ll have it all for your special day – sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy, chocolatey and nutty. Dig in!

Get the recipe at Sugar and Sparrow.

7. Polar Bear Cake

Polar Bear Cake

Darlin' Designs Baking Co.

By your February birthday, you might feel like a polar bear, up to your eyeballs in snow. Or maybe you live somewhere warm and you’re wishing for a winter wonderland when you blow out the candles. Either way, a polar bear cake will add a whimsical touch to your birthday table. This cute cub is made with a Build-A-Bear cake pan and some fondant fur, but you can always do a DIY job with 6-inch cake pans, white buttercream, and coconut flake fur.

Get the how-to at Darlin Designs.

8. Pokemon Cake

Pokemon Cake

Cake Couture

The Pokemon craze was born in February 1996 with the debut of two video games for Nintendo’s first Game Boy. If you share a birthday month with Pokemon and you're a fan of Ash and Pikachu, a Pokemon-themed cake will take your party to the next level. This stunning cake is topped with fondant Pikachu and his Poke ball, while Vulpex, Meowth, Charmeleon, Jigglypuff, and Snorlax lounge about its layers.

Get the how-to at Cake Couture.

9. Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Cake Whiz

Fun fact: Since medieval times, carrots have been added to sweet cakes to get kids to eat their vegetables. But carrot cake remains one of the most popular cake flavors to this day and is a perfect birthday cake option — especially for kids who don’t like chocolate. (It sounds crazy, but they do exist!) This cake combines shredded carrots with all the sweet cake staples — sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg — before it’s covered in rich cream cheese frosting. Yup, that healthy veggie has been transformed into a delectable sugar rush… if only you could eat all your vegetables that way.

Get the recipe at Cake Whiz.

10. Football Cake

Football Cake

Rose Bakes

Sports fans know that February is Super Bowl month, and you can keep celebrating even after the Vince Lombardi trophy has been handed out. This football-themed cake has it all: a green football field with yard line markings, team colors, and an edible football (made from Rice Krispie treats) on the very top. Pro tip: For the easiest and simplest football cake, bake a cake in a round pan, cut out the middle strip, then push the two remaining halves together. Ta-da! An instant football-shaped cake for you to decorate.

Get the how-to at Rose Bakes.