Birthday cakes are the most special elements of birthdays. Check out these popular birthday cake themes to plan for your child's birthday party.
By Dr Meghna Singhal
Birthdays are a special time for children of all ages. Most children celebrate their birthdays by having their parents throw a party for them, complete with friends, games and food. Nowadays the trend of having a themed birthday party is catching up, with the child’s favourite cartoon characters as the theme for the party and even cartoon birthday cakes. Home bakers and confectionery shops alike deliver beautifully decorated and artistic cakes, as per the theme requirements of their clients. So, if you too are planning a themed birthday party for your kid and are looking out for cartoon birthday cake designs, here's a list to draw inspiration from.
Let us look at some of the cartoon characters that are popular among children and are certain to be in your child's list of favourites as well. The following list contains inputs from cake artists Hena Arora Mahajan, owner of Funky Batter, a Chandigarh-based confectionery company, and Jyoti Arora, owner of All ‘Bout Cakes & Bakes, based in Bangalore.
1. Superhero birthday cake theme
Every child wants to be a superhero and what better way to express it than having a superhero cake. Superheroes such as Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Iron Man, Hulk, and Superman are one of the most popular themes for birthday cakes these days.
2. Disney birthday cake theme
Disney characters have been a favourite with children for more than two generations! Characters such as Mickey mouse, Ariel the mermaid, and most recently Elsa from Frozen are quite popular and have inspired creative cake designs.
3. Minions birthday cake theme
These cute little men with their capsule-like bodies are a hot favourite with kids. The cakes based on this theme are a bright yellow and blue, usually decorated with fondant accents.
4. Peppa Pig birthday cake theme
Who would deny the influence Peppa Pig and her friends and family have on children?! Peppa Pig has caught the fancy of millions of children the world over, and is a highly ordered theme for birthday cakes.
5. Barbie birthday cake theme
Since the 1960s this fashion doll has been a favourite with little girls. But it was only in the late ‘80s when Barbie expanded into a media franchise including TV shows, books, games and music that it became immensely popular with young children. Barbie-themed cakes are a huge hit, especially the ones that have the doll itself inserted into the cake till the waist and her flowing gown decorated with whipped cream.
6. Hello Kitty birthday cake theme
One of the most popular Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty finds itself in apparels, toys, comics, and popular music, and is a much-loved theme for birthday cakes as well. With its pink and white colour palette, it is a favourite with many children.
7. PAW Patrol birthday cake theme
This is a Canadian animated TV series, focusing on a boy and his team of rescue dogs. Cakes based on this theme usually have the entire team as fondant figurines around the PAW patrol logo. Colourful and attractive, this cake is sure to be loved by every PAW patrol fan!
8. Thomas the tank engine birthday cake theme
It is a fictional steam locomotive in the Railway Series books and is a popular character among kids. Some of the most creatively executed cakes based on this theme have a 3D engine cake or a toy train running through a cake tunnel!
9. Story books birthday cake theme
Cakes based on their favourite stories are also quite popular with children. Some popular cakes based on stories are ‘Alice in wonderland’, ‘Three little pigs’ and those based on books by Julia Donaldson (most notably ‘The Gruffalo’) and Dr Seuss (such as ‘Cat in the hat’). Some book series (such as Geronimo Stilton) are also popular with children as themed cakes.
10. Mythical characters birthday cake theme
Not based on any book or movie, mythical characters such as the mermaid and unicorn also enjoy immense popularity among young kids. With their 3-D figurines and bright colourful frosting, these cakes are an instant hit among children.
Themed cakes make their birthdays even more special for children. Give your child the option of selecting a theme of her choice and enjoy her special day! And, if you know your child's favourite cartoon character, you can even surprise her with a delicious happy birthday cartoon cake!
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