Things to Write on a Birthday Cake

Updated April 07, 2017

The birthday cake is the centrepiece of the party, and how you decorate it should reflect the personality of the guest of honour while celebrating him on his special day. When writing the message on the cake, you can choose to be sweet, heartfelt, funny, silly or even to reflect the theme of the party itself. You're only limited by your imagination and the amount of space on the cake.

Simple and Sweet

The most classic and commonly seen birthday cake phrase is, of course "Happy Birthday (Name of Person)" It's a simple, short message that conveys the message of the party and is easy to fit in icing on the top of a cake. There are other options for short-and-sweet birthday messages, of course, such as "Best Wishes on Your (Number of Birthday)," "Happy (Number of Birthday)!" and "Have a Great Birthday!"


A funny birthday cake message is perfect for people with a sense of humour who appreciate a little good-natured joking from friends. For an "over the hill" birthday party, a good message could read, "(Age of Person) And Still Kicking!," "Fifty and Still Nifty!" or "Made It Through Another Year!" Some general funny phrases for a birthday cake include, "So Many Candles, So Little Cake!" or "You're Only As Old As You Act!"


A personal message is a good way to show the birthday person that you put some thought into her unique personality when composing a message for her cake. You can choose to go with an inspirational saying, such as, "To the world you may just be one person, but to one person, you're the world," or a simple and heartfelt phrase, such as, "With All My Love on Your Birthday" or "In Celebration of You on Your Special Day!"


If your birthday party has a specific theme, you can have the message on your cake reflect that theme. This is particularly fun for a kid's birthday party, where you can customise everything from the napkins to the wrapping paper to fit the theme. For example, a superhero-themed birthday could use the phrase "(Number of Years) Old, and Still Super!" Similarly, a Scooby Doo birthday cake could use the phrase "Rappy Rirthday!"

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About the Author

Marysia Walcerz has been writing since 2008. She has been published in several compilations of artistic and philosophical work, including "Gender: Theory in Practice" and "Retold Comics." Walcerz has a Bachelor of Arts in fine arts and philosophy from The Evergreen State College.