Delectable Birthday Cake Ideas for All You May Birthday Kids
They're gonna need a bigger plate.
Little Peach Cakery
This month, we find cake-y inspiration in all things spring, with puppy dogs, butterflies, and even the world’s most adorable edible hedgehog. Celebrate the season with strawberries, or let your cake transport you to a tropical island full of coconut palms — or even outer space. Whichever one strikes your fancy, will not be dis-Mayed by these 10 a-May-zing birthday cake ideas for your May birthday!
1. Star Wars Cake
May the fourth be with you! Does their special day fall on Star Wars Day (May 4 — you see the pun, right?) or perhaps on George Lucas’ May 14 birthday? A cake decorated with Darth Vader and Luke, the Millennium Falcon, or their favorite droid is a fun party addition for any Jedi this month. Now if only there were some miniature lightsabers to sub for candles...
2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake
If your family hasn’t been celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day on May 15 already, now is a good time to start. The humble chip adds a dash of fun and excitement to treats like banana bread, trail mix, and oatmeal cookies, so why not go all out with a chocolate chip cookie dough birthday cake? The cake combines all the Tollhouse-fueled obsessions: safe-to-eat-raw cookie dough and chocolate chip cookie-flavored cake and frosting. As they say: Chips...ahoy!
3. Puppy Dog Cake
It seems like everyone adopted a puppy this year. Whether your family has a new furry family member or not, a puppy dog birthday cake brings all the cuteness and none of the allergies. This DIY cake from The Joys of Boys has crushed cookies for fur, Junior Mint eyes, and an Oreo nose. He’s so cute, you’ll just want to eat him all up.
4. Coconut Cream Cake
Your kid might not be getting a tropical vacation for their birthday present, but they can embrace island flavors on their special day with a coconut cream cake. Layer moist yellow cake with coconut frosting and top with toasted coconut. Pair this dessert with tropical fruit smoothies topped with cocktail umbrellas, and consider requesting Hawaiian shirts as the birthday party dress code.
5. Butterfly Cake
May flowers may bring the Pilgrims, but they also welcome a host of colorful butterflies to delight your garden. Capture the essence of spring with a butterfly cake for your May kid's birthday. CakeWhiz creates a smiling insect friend out of two halves of a round cake and fondant decorations. Choose their favorite spring-tastic cake flavor to go inside.
6. Strawberry Cake
Does the birthday kid LOVE pink? This strawberry cake from Life, Love, and Sugar is pink inside and out. Layers of strawberry sour cream cake alternate with strawberry cream cheese frosting for a rich berry flavor that is everything there is to love about spring.
7. Hedgehog Cake
Hedgehog-themed birthday parties have yet to take over Instagram, but this lil critter from the Little Peach Cakery is so totes adorbs that you your b-day kid might start a trend. She rocks buttercream flowers instead of ouchy quills and has the sweetest little paws. If you can stand to eat her, you can make her cakey insides whichever flavor is your birthday kid's fave.
8. Banana Walnut Cake
It’s their birthday — they can act as nutty as they like! Especially if their birthday falls on May 17, National Walnut Day. Here are some crazy walnut facts: Walnuts are good for the brain and heart, are packed with nutrients, and were eaten by ancient cultures dating back to the Persians in 7000 B.C. Combine them with potassium-rich, caramelized bananas for a banana walnut cake that is as good for the kiddos as it is yummy.
9. Galaxy Cake
May is the month to look to the sky. In addition to Star Wars Day, families can have a blast celebrating National Space Day (May 7th) and International Astronomy Day (May 15th). But the best day is the one that stars you and the anniversary of your birth. If your kid's party is outer space-themed, consider this galaxy cake from Sugar and Sparrow that looks and tastes out of this world.
10. Devil’s Food Cake
For many, a birthday isn’t a birthday without rich, fudgy, sinful chocolate cake. If that’s your kid, then this May, whip up a devil’s food cake for their party. This one, from Grandbaby Cakes, uses coffee to brighten the chocolate flavor and sour cream to add richness. It’s slathered in a Swiss meringue buttercream, but you can artfully top it with berries for a splash of color.
Updated June 2022
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