Ideas for an Adult Birthday Cake With Edible Decorations

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Ideas for an Adult Birthday Cake With Edible Decorations
Edible decorations help make adult birthday cakes festive. (Birthday cake image by Nikolay Okhitin from

Birthday celebrations are not just for children, and a thoughtful, unique birthday cake can make any adult feel truly special. However, since most adults have seen their fair share of birthday cakes, creativity is key when you want to make the perfect cake. By using a variety of edible decorations, you can make a personalised cake for any deserving grown-up.

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Classic Cakes

Some adults enjoy the nostalgia and simplicity of classic birthday cakes. A simple chocolate or vanilla layer cake with buttercream icing could be the celebrant's ideal cake. To add edible decorations to these cakes, consider a classic piped icing design or traditional sprinkles, decorating sugars or lustre dust to decorate a cake in the celebrant's favourite colours. Smooth fondant, hard sugar decorations, marzipan or fruit are other excellent options for a traditionally decorated party cake. You might also consider surprising the birthday boy with a cake designed to match his favourite cake from childhood.

Fanciful Cakes

Another direction for an adult birthday cake is an elegant, fancifully decorated cake. These cakes are not decorated in a traditional birthday cake style; rather, they have elaborate icing, unique flavours and interesting colour palettes that make them party worthy. Meringue piped into different shapes can give a cake a striking appearance that resembles anything from a cloud to a seashell to a fluffy white porcupine. White chocolate and raspberry sauce form a striking contrast, as do homemade marshmallows and chocolate or homemade caramel and white frosting. If the celebrant has a favourite restaurant dessert, consider creating a cake based on her tastes.

Picture-perfect Cakes

Many grocery stores now offer screen-printed cakes; you can send or take a photo to the store and have it transferred onto the icing of a cake. While this can certainly be a fun option for your celebrant's cake, you can use this technology in a number of ways. First, consider using a photo altered using computer software to add your celebrant into a scene; he could be onstage with a favourite band, on the red carpet with a favourite celebrity or in a scene of a favourite movie.

In addition to photo transfers, this printing ability can also transfer patterns to a cake. Consider transferring a scan of the wrapping paper to be used at the party or a piece of scrapbook paper to give the cake a unique and artistic appearance.

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