Easy Kids Birthday Cakes

You can learn how to make easy kids birthday cakes simply by changing the decorating. These cakes can also please children of all ages or even young adults by adding various items or candy. For sure, the receiver of your birthday cake would be extra happy if you know and make the child’s favorite flavor of cake.

The lollipop cake below is really very easy to make. If you know how to bake, there is not much more to learning how to make easy kids birthday cakes like this lollipop one. I like to choose lollipops which have a lot of color. I try to use the same colors in a color scheme. This white cake recipe “melts in your mouth”. I added a little coloring matching the lollipops to the batter. The added color makes the pieces so colorful when the cake is cut. Adding touches of color to the frosting gives it a special festive look. I have found this cake pleasing to everyone from youngsters to young adults. I would not hesitate to give it to an older lady also.

Easy Kids Birthday CakesEasy Kids Birthday Cakes

I learned how to make easy kid’s birthday cakes by simply adding all kinds of candy for decorating. If your children do not get much candy throughout the year, they get really excited about having candy on top of their birthday cake. When I was young we never had candy. For Christmas, Dad would place bowls and baskets of candy, nuts and fruit under the Christmas tree. We were all so excited over waking up to these bowls and baskets. Still today, I describe the delicious unique candies to my daughter and friends which waited us on Christmas morning. I have seen children light up over the candy on their birthday cakes.

Another way to make easy kids birthday cakes is by decorating the cakes with figures and ornaments. When I am out shopping, I always check the discounted items. I usually find figures of people, dolls or animals, sometimes less than half of the original price. I buy these when they are marked down. I always find they come in handy for making easy kids birthday cakes.

Special easy kids birthday cakes can be made from cakes baked in ordinary pans. I have made dolls baked in oven proof bowls, clowns and worms baked in Bundt cake pans, hearts, trains, butterflies and all kinds of critters. These all win the hearts of youngsters.

NOTE: Leftover plywood makes great trays for putting special cakes on. They can be cut in any size or shape. Covered with foil, these make really sturdy cake trays and a great way to use up wood scraps.

NOTE: If you need to cut cakes in order to shape for easy kids birthday cakes, place in the freezer after cutting. Frozen cakes are much easier to frost.


Lollipop Cake RecipeLollipop Cake Recipe
  • 4 ½ Cups sifted flour
  • 2 Tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Cup softened butter
  • 3 Cups sugar
  • 8 Egg whites
  • 4 Teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 8 to 12 lollipops (I use Wilton’s lollipops; they are colorful, individually wrapped and have a good taste)

Preheat oven to 350F degrees: 

Grease, line with parchment paper, grease again and dust with flour 4 eight inch round cake pans.

NOTE: If you only have 2 or 3 pans, measure out the batter in separate small bowls. After baking the first ones, wash the pans making sure they are cool and dry thoroughly. Prepare the pans as with the first ones.

Combine sifted flour with baking powder and salt; sift 3 more times.

In a large bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add egg whites 2 at a time beating well after each addition.

Beat in vanilla; beat in flour alternating with the milk beating after each addition.

Distribute batter evenly among the 4 prepared pans. (About 2 cups to each pan)

TO MARBLE THE CAKES remove 2 tablespoons of batter from each pan and place in 4 separate small bowls. Using paste coloring, I colored 1 bowl with yellow, 1 with royal blue, 1 with green and 1 with dark pink. Using a teaspoon, scatter each color in different cakes. Run a knife through the top of batter to marble.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes; cool 5 minutes, remove from pans and cool completely.

Frost between layers, top and sides with favorite frosting; place lollipops around sides of cake and on top.

NOTE:  I always use Wilton’s recipe for decorating; for this cake I used 4 recipes.


When making easy kids birthday cakes, this frosting recipe is always great. Color it to match the occasion.

  • 1 Pound powdered sugar
  • 1 Cup Crisco shortening
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon meringue powder
  • 7-8 Tablespoons water

COMBINE AND BEAT all ingredients adding enough water to make a nice spreading consistency.

Cut Piece of the Lollipop CakeCut Piece of the Lollipop Cake


  • 1 Package (2 layer size) cake mix OR HOMEMADE
  • 1 Package (2 layer size) frosting mix OR HOMEMADE
  • Drops yellow food coloring
  • Decorating candies

Bake cake as package directs; bake in greased and floured 9X13 inch cake baking pan.

Cool cake completely; cut into 4 pieces of cake 4X2 ½ inches each.

Remove pieces from pan; cut 1 piece into 2 pieces 2X1 inches for smokestack.

Prepare frosting as package directs; add food coloring for train (Pale yellow is nice).

Frost tops and sides of small pieces; place on one of the cars for a smokestack on the engine.

Decorate train with pieces of candy; round candy or cookies for wheels; load cars tops with small candies; cover smokestack with candies.

DISNEY PRINCESS CAKE made with White Cake recipe

  • 2 ½ Cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 ½ Teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • ½ Cup solid shortening
  • 1 ½ Cups sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ Teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 4 Egg whites

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease and flour three 6 inch cake pans.

Combine sifted cake flour, baking powder and salt together; sift 3 times.

Cream shortening with sugar and flavorings until creamy.

Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture alternating with milk beating well after each addition.

Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold whites into batter.

Turn batter evenly into prepared pans; bake 25 to 30 minutes or until pick comes out clean.

Cool cakes 5 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.

Use your favorite frosting recipe (I used Wilton’s recipe); decorate with figures.

NOTE: I always check Ross Stores, Tuesday Morning Stores and TJ Max Stores for discounted cake decorating supplies. This is where I found the Disney Princess figurines; they are usually marked about half of the normal price. Having these on hand makes for an easy kids birthday cake.

POLKA DOT CAKE RECIPE made with strawberry cake

  • 2 ½ Cups sifted flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 Cup solid shortening
  • 1 1/3 Cups sugar
  • 1 Cup whole milk
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 Egg whites
  • ½ Cup frozen strawberries (thaw and drain)
  • 1 Small box strawberry jell-o

Preheat oven to 350F degrees; grease and flour two 8 or 9 inch cake pans.

Sift together sifted flour and baking powder; sift 3 more times.

In a large mixing bowl cream together the shortening and sugar.

Add flour mixture alternating with milk to creamed mixture.

Beat vanilla, strawberry Jell-o and strawberries into batter.

Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff peaks form; fold into batter.

Divide batter evenly between the prepared cake pans; bake about 25 minutes or until pick comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove from pans and cool completely on rack.

Use favorite frosting; decorate with cream cheese mints for “dots”.

The following strawberry frosting is good on this cake; fresh strawberries are good to decorate with.


  • 1 Pound powdered sugar
  • ½ Cup softened butter
  • ½ Cup frozen mashed strawberries (Thaw and drain well)
  • 2-3 Drops red food coloring

COMBINE all ingredients adding enough strawberries for spreading consistency; add enough drops of coloring as desired.


Easy kids birthday cakes can be decorated with this cream cheese mixture. Change the flavor by different extracts like strawberry for this strawberry cake.

Combine and blend 3 ½ cups powdered sugar and 3 ounces softened cream cheese. Add ¼ teaspoon of favorite flavoring and choice of food coloring. Shape little balls of mixture and flatten to make polka dots; the larger the balls, the larger the polka dots will be. Make ahead and place on tray lightly dusted with powdered sugar.