16th birthday cake ideas for boys

Updated April 17, 2017

A boy's 16th birthday is a pretty big deal for him. From getting a part-time job to getting a driver's license, most teens look intensely forward to turning 16. When developing a design for a 16th birthday cake for a boy, think about his favourite hobbies and interests to give you a clue to the type of design that he would most like.

Film/video game themed

Most teens have a slew of favourite films they enjoy watching with friends. Likewise, you would be hard pressed to find a 16-year-old boy who doesn't own a Game Boy, Wii or other video game system. An excellent way to get a film/video image onto a birthday cake is to take an image into a cake shop that has a machine that can print an edible photo design directly onto the cake. Alternatively, if you are an experienced cake decorator you can use a photo as a guide to duplicate the design in a rougher form.

Sports themed

Whether your teen is a football fan or enjoys watching Formula 1, an excellent approach for a birthday cake is to create a design that both represents the sport and the number 16. For instance, for the football fan, a player's shirt from his favourite team featuring the number 16 is an excellent way of signifying his 16th birthday. For a Grand Prix-themed cake, a racing car numbered 16 with driver inside is ideal.

Favourite hobbies/interests

Draw inspiration for your boy's 16th birthday cake design by looking at his hobbies and interests. For example, if your teen plays a mean guitar, create (or order) a cake design with a boy rocking out as he plays. Add a 16 to a T-shirt the guitarist is wearing in your design. If your teen is an avid surfer, try a photo of him on the beach with a surfboard in hand, along with 16 surfboards, each numbered, framing the image. Again, select a cake designer that has equipment that can transform your photo into a cake decoration.

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Daniel Ketchum holds a Bachelor of Arts from East Carolina University where he also attended graduate school. Later, he taught history and humanities. Ketchum is experienced in 2D and 3D graphic programs, including Photoshop, Poser and Hexagon and primarily writes on these topics. He is a contributor to sites like Renderosity and Animotions.