Funny do-it-yourself birthday cake ideas

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Funny do-it-yourself birthday cake ideas
Any cake looks good, but a funny cake really turns heads. (birthday cake image by Jerome Dancette from

Funny birthday cakes turn heads, make guests laugh and make a bigger impression than a traditional homemade or store-bought birthday cake. Better yet, these cakes are easy to make. Some home bakers take the easy way out, by writing a funny line, saying or phrase across the top of a regular birthday cake. It only takes a little more work to create a funny cake that grabs the attention of your guests and gives the birthday boy or girl something to remember.


This brain cake works for science-themed parties, Halloween parties and any party where the guests won't mind cutting into it. Use a large glass bowl rather than a baking or cake pan and pour your mix inside. Bake the cake according to the directions, but let it bake longer. Check at 45 minutes and then every 10 minutes after until an inserted knife comes out clean. Let the cake cool while you mix together white frosting with a few drops of red food colouring, to create a pale pink "brain" colour. Remove the cake from the bowl and place on a sheet, flat side down. Pipe the frosting onto the cake in squiggles, working one small area at a time.

Corn-on-the-Cob Cupcakes

For a corn-on-the-cob cake, you need a series of cupcakes rather than a cake. Frost the top of each cupcake in white and then press white and yellow jelly beans in the top, alternating the colours to make it look like real corn. Place a little sugar on top, which looks like salt, and arrange butter pats made from square yellow candies on top, holding them in place with a dollop of frosting. Arrange the cupcakes by placing in rows of three and inserting corn skewers into the ends for a more authentic look.

Spinner Cake

The spinner cake works well for an over-the-hill-themed party. Start by decorating a round cake in any way you like, but keep the frosting even on the top. Then pipe across the cake at even intervals to create 6 to 8 different triangular sections. Decorate each section with alternating colours or frosting, fondant or coloured sugar. Cut a small piece of cardboard into an arrow shape and pipe on the top a funny saying like, "Chris looks like . . ." or "Chris sounds like. . . ." Lay the arrow on top of the cake, directly in the centre and place a gumdrop on top. Pipe answers to your question around the edges of the cake, one on each section. Friends will get a kick out of reading the responses, even if they can't actually turn the spinner.

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