Bowling fans will enjoy a birthday party themed after the sport they love. A creative birthday cake with a bowling theme will accent the food table and make the guest of honour smile. The bowling birthday cake ideas are easy enough to make at home with basic cake decorating skills.
Cut a sheet cake in half lengthwise. Stack the two halves with icing between them. Ice the cake with brown frosting. Add lines of lighter icing to create a wood grain look. Create bumpers along the edge with a thick line of frosting. Use a set of bowling pin candles, or make your own bowling pins from fondant. Use a gumball for the bowling ball. Place it on the bowling lane.
Use a spherical or ball cake pan to bake a bowling ball cake. Cut a small piece off of the rounded edge of one of the halves to create a flat surface. This will prevent the cake from rolling. Use a layer of frosting to hold the two halves of the ball cake together. Use a melon baller to cut out the finger holes in the bowling ball cake. Ice the cake with frosting in your preferred colour.
Make a template for the cake by tracing a bowling pin shape on a piece of thin cardboard. Cereal boxes work well. Lay the template on top of the cooled sheet cake. Cut around the template with a knife to create the bowling pin cake. Ice the cake with white frosting. Add the red bands along the neck of the bowling pin. Use a round pan iced with black frosting to make a bowling ball to accompany the bowling pin.
Use a sheet cake as the base for a pair of three dimensional bowling shoes. Cut the sheet cake in half width wise. Each half will be carved into a bowling shoe. Create a template for the basic shoe shape on a piece of thin cardboard. Place the cardboard template on one half of the cake. Cut around the template with a knife. Flip the template over to create a shoe for the other foot. Place the template on the other half of the cake and cut around it. Round the edges of each cake to create the appearance of a shoe. Ice the cake to resemble a pair of bowling shoes.