Ideas for decorating a birthday cake for grown ups

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Ideas for decorating a birthday cake for grown ups
Take the time to decorate a grown-up's birthday cake and put a smile on her face. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Decorating a child's birthday cake can be fairly easy. Choose a favourite cartoon character and use that as an inspiration. Decorating a birthday cake for a grown-up isn't as simple. Adult cakes with their traditional flowers and predictable matching borders tend to be boring. Create something beautiful, daring, whimsical or even wacky for your next grown-up birthday cake.

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Grown-Up Themes

Some themed cakes are just not appropriate for a child's birthday party, but would make a fun and whimsical cake for an adult. An adult might enjoy a casino-themed cake. Add playing cards and even a "Vegas" sign on top of the cake to give it an authentic casino look. A cake in the shape of a beer mug or a bottle of wine is an appropriate cake for an event where alcohol might be served.

Professions

An adult birthday cake can represent the birthday boy's career. If he is a mechanic by trade, a cake that features a car with its bonnet up is a great way to honour his special day. Decorate a banker's birthday cake with dollar bills and dollar signs. A hair stylist might enjoy a cake decorated with a blow dryer and scissors.

Sentimental

When adults reach milestone birthdays, it is natural for them to want to reflect on how far they've come. Decorate your special someone's birthday cake in a sentimental way. Feature a photo (copied on special edible paper with edible ink at a bakery) of the birthday boy when he was young along with a current photo. You can also feature a drawing of a childhood house or a favourite pet as a sentimental adult cake.

Hobby Related

Many adults have a hobby or two that they are passionate about. Use these hobbies as ideas for decorating a grown-up birthday cake. For a woman who likes to knit, feature some knitting needles and yarn on the cake. A man who likes to collect coins can have a handful of change drawn on top of his cake.

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