From the age of one to 101, a number cake is a brilliant way to celebrate a birthday.
Fun themes and numerical cake shapes are a formula for birthday success, and with added inspo from the Mum’s Grapevine Facebook community, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 (or thereabouts!) to create a memorable cake.
Here’s how to create a number cake, plus 29 designs that will score a 10 and go down in family folklore. Hip, hip and hooray!
Five ways to add a number to a cake
1. Build a number-shaped birthday cake
2. Stick on a numbered cake topper
The classic way to mark a birthday is with a numbered candle, but get creative with a personalised topper. This one is from Etsy seller, Stylish Paper Shop ($20).
3. Arrange cupcakes in a number shape
Lay out cupcakes in the shape of the number. Cupcakes + icing = yum. (via Ambrosia Baking)
4. Bake a number-shaped cake
Buy or hire a number-shaped cake tin and the sponge will turn out perfectly. (image via Temptation Corner)
5. Add a number to a round cake
Alternatively, stick with a round cake and add a number to the top with sprinkles, lollies or fondant icing. (via Kristine’s Kitchen).
Number cake inspiration
There is a number cake for every age and interest, starting with this smorgasbord of sweet ideas:
The mighty jungle
Bubba will go wild for a cake that looks like a giraffe! (via Bec-A-Licious Cakes)
Spell out the number and get three cakes for one birthday. Genius! (via Big Fat Cook on Pinterest)
Polka dot delight
Up the difficulty level with a stand-up number cake. This circus-themed one balances colour and creativity. (via Celebrate with Cake!)
This farmyard cake will get an “e, i, e, i, oh yay” from toddlers. (via Kat Moss on Flickr)
Guests will be off and racing after a slice of this cool car-themed cake. Vroom! (via MMJ Events)
Tots, trains and automobiles
If the birthday bambino can’t decide between a train or car theme, make a combo cake. Puff, puff, beep, beep! (via Melania Osborne on Facebook)
Build a construction cake for littlies to dig into. This crumbly, chocolatey creation is scoop-a-licious. (via Natalie Newberry on Facebook)
There be skullduggery ahead with these numbered cupcakes for pint-sized pirates. X marks the fourth birthday! (via Alli Chew on Facebook)
M&Ms all over
Gummy bear decoration
Replace M&Ms with gummy bears for a whole new world of fun. (via Oh Happy Day)
This tie-dyed rainbow cake serves up the colour inside and out – bake to impress! (via Tablespoon)
Stacks of colour and lashings of butter cream icing make for a happy birthday. (via Angela Eagle on Facebook)
With racing stripes and the Transformers badge, Mr or Ms Five will get a buzz out of this Bumblebee cake. (via Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary)
It’s the final countdown – oops, count up – with this cake. (via One Charming Party)
Power-up with a superhero cake and sidekick cookies. (via Celia Spykers on Facebook)
Then combine the forces of cake-making like this incredible creation. Ka-pow! (via Cake Ali)
This gravity-defying cake is an OMG way to mark a six-year-old’s birthday. (via Artisan Cake Company)
Mess about with boats and bunting for this cruisy cake. (via Creative Jewish Mom)
With a plain top and petals on every side, this number seven is a big bunch of beautiful. (via Sprinkles & Crumbs)
Frozen goes luxe
Big kids will be all over this action-packed cake. Ready, aim, eat! (via Mrs M’s Homemade Cakes)
Swimming pool fun
Make a splash with a number eight swimming pool cake. (via Verusca at Deviant Art)
Score a winning goal with a sport-themed number cake. (via Cakes Beyond Belief)
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