Cake Decorating Ideas for a 60 Year Old

Updated March 13, 2018

Celebrate 60 years of life with a themed birthday cake. Nearly any cake design can work for a 60th birthday party. Incorporating the significance of the milestone birthday into the cake design makes it more personal for the guest of honour. Consider the style and personal preference of the recipient as you plan a 60th birthday cake.

Number Cake

Emphasise the significance of the birthday by making the cake into a giant number 60. Look for speciality cake pans that are shaped like numbers. This makes the cakes easy to create. You can also bake a sheet cake and cut it into the numbers "6" and "0." Ice the cakes with frosting tinted to the 60-year-old's favourite colour. Add decorative icing borders, flowers, dots of icing, swirls or other decorative elements to add personality to the cake.


Make the cake a custom dessert by decorating it based on the recipient's hobbies. If the 60-year-old enjoys cars, decorate a sheet cake with a car on the top. Add a speed limit sign with the number "60" on it. If the guest of honour likes hats, decorate a round cake to resemble her favourite hat. Add a brim to the hat made out of fondant. For a golf fan, decorate a sheet cake to resemble a putting green. Add the number "60" to the golf hole flag.

Whatever hobby inspires the cake, find a way to incorporate the number "60" into the design. One general option is to cut a "6" and "0" out of fondant. Let the fondant harden for a few days. Press the numbers into the icing of the cake so they stand upright.

Birth Year

Instead of focusing on the number 60, theme the cake after the recipient's birth year. If she was born in the 50's, decorate the cake like a poodle skirt, diner or jukebox. Find ways to integrate elements from the birth year. Another option is to divide the cake in half. Decorate half of the cake for the birth year and half of the cake for the current year. Check with a local bakery to see if they will make you an edible image from a photograph of the guest of honour. Choose a baby picture and a current picture to fit in with the birth year theme.


Iced buns work well as an alternative to a full-sized cake. You can display the cupcakes in a number of ways and you won't have to stand and cut up a sheet cake. Decorate 60 buns, one for each year of the recipient's life. Another option is to arrange the cupcakes on a tray into the number "60". You can also make small flags for the tops of the buns. Print the number "60" on card stock. Cut out around the number to create a triangle, square or circle. Glue or tape the flags to a toothpick or piece of a bamboo skewer. Press the skewer into the bun.

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Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience comes from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.