10 Creative 1st Birthday Cake Ideas!

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First birthdays are a big milestone for your little one (and perhaps even more so for the parents…). Whether you are planning a large celebration with family and friends or a smaller more intimate gathering, choosing the perfect cake that fits within the party theme can help pull the party together. Over the years we’ve created a wide variety of first birthday cakes ranging from large and detailed multi-tier topsy turvy cakes down to single tier celebration cakes.

Here is a selection of some of our favorite First Birthday cakes from the past 10 years!

Creative 1st Birthday Cakes

  • 1
    Over sized Giraffe (or your little one’s favorite animal)
    Ex. JJ’s First Birthday Cake

    1st Birthday Giraffe Cake

    Owner, Anne Heap had created this cake for her son JJ’s very first birthday. This cake is overwhelmingly popular for both boy and girl birthday parties and even made it to our “Year In Review – Our Favorite Cakes From 2013“. The over sized giraffe with his birthday balloon creates a memorable cake and can be done in colors to match your color scheme.

    Smaller giraffes, in combination with other animals, are equally as popular such as this cute safari themed animal cake.

    Safari Birthday Cake with Animal Cookies

    Safari Birthday Cake with Animal Cookies

    It’s also fun to pair up animals like this topper which combines a giraffe with a adorable monkey:

    Monkey on top of Giraffe

  • 2
    Beep! Beep! Transportation Cakes
    Ex. Ex. Aryan’s First Birthday Cake

    1st birthday car and cloud cake

    Beep! Beep! Beep! Make way for cakes with a transportation theme which is so much fun for children’s cakes! (We often get requests for adults too in a more realistic style cake). This particular cake features brightly colored cars against a bright blue tier with fluffy white clouds. The block number one textured with polka dots stands out on top to celebrate Aryan’s first birthday.

    Different color scheme needed for your party? For Nicholas’s first birthday we used a light turquoise fondant as the base color scheme. (Not sure what fondant is? Check out our fondant 101 article)

    Nicholass First Birthday Car Cake

    Does your child love a different type of transportation method? No problem! We have fun with “choo-choo” trains, cars, planes, dump trucks and so much more! Check out our other ideas such as our “Airplane Themed First Birthday Cake“.

  • 3
    French Themed Girly Girl Cakes
    Ex. Parisan Themed First Birthday Cake

    Parisian Themed Cakes

    Ohhh la la! Parisian themed cakes add a girly and feminine flair to birthday parties. Two of these cakes incorporate a poodle to add “oodles” of fun for this first birthday! Each of the bow’s center has a crystal brooch to make these cake shine along with the silver Eiffel Tower standing on top among hydrangea to bring the look together.

    You can find more of our Parisian themed cakes here.
  • 4
    Tiki and Luau Themed
    Ex. Tiki Birthday Cake

    Bamboo Birthday Cake

    This is perfect for the child who is born in the summer months (but have also been requested throughout the year with a luau theme). Bright colors brighten up this birthday with green bamboo and a colorful tiki face that will make your little one smile ear to ear!

    Also check out other Tiki Birthday cakes ranging in ages over the years!
    Tiki and Tropical Birthday Cakes

    Tropical themed cakes and cupcake towers

  • 5
    Animal Print Cakes
    Ex. Leopard Print Birthday Cake

    First Animal Print Birthday Cake

    This funky leopard print is paired with hot pink to bring together a diva’s first birthday. Animal print can be done in a range of different colors and styles and is also fun on our safari themed cakes which are popular among boys and girls! This cake also had a side of fondant covered cupcakes in cheetah, giraffe and zebra as seen in the picture. This is another creative way to incorporate animal print decorations into your sweets!

    Continuing the theme of animal print cakes, here’s a zebra themed first birthday cake that was featured in our zebra print article.

    Zebra Print First Birthday Cake

    First birthday zebra print cake, smash cake and cupcakes

    To create a surprise on the inside – check out our Interior Cake Designs which include leopard and zebra print cake designs!

    Zebra print pattern baked into cake with sprinkles

  • 6
    Cupcakes and Candy Theme
    Ex. Lollipop Cupcake First Birthday Cake

    Pink Cake Box Cake

    Pastels are perfect for  a little one’s party, but can also be done in bright colors or colors of your choice. This popular confection includes whimsical lollipops coming out of the sides, “Frosting” drippings and will have your child begging pretty please with a cupcake and cherry on top!

    More candy themed cakes can be found in our gallery here.
  • 7
    Winter Babies- Peppermint Themed
    Ex. Winter Candy Caned Themed Birthday Cake

    Pink Cake Box Cake

    Winter birthdays are not complete without snowflakes and cute little snowmen! The colors reflect traditional candy cane colors in red and white with a little pink added. You and your guests can celebrate being in a marshmallow world to celebrate this little one’s first birthday!

  • 8
    Winter Wonderland Cakes
    Ex. Francesca’s Winter Wonderland Birthday Cake

    Pink Cake Box Cake

    This winter birthday went with more pastel colors with a touch of silver and a too cute penguin with rosy cheeks which can also be found on Our Top Five Winter Wonderland  Themed Cakes!

    Penguins are a popular winter friend and you can find more cake ideas involving these little pals here.
  • 9
    Monkey Cakes
    Ex. Tyler’s First Birthday Monkey Cake

    Tylers First Birthday Cake!

    This cake “monkey-ed” around with JJ’s First Birthday Cake and although similar in design this first birthday included a monkey on top instead of a giraffe and primary coloring.

    Need more inspiration? Check out our article for more monkey cake ideas!
  • 10
    Garden Themed
    Ex. Garden Bug 1st Birthday Cake

    Another perfect summer or spring time cake includes brightly colored gerber daisies with cute ladybugs, butterflies and bumble bees to share the “buzz” of this first birthday!

    This cake has also been done in a topper cake with matching cupcakes or even a smaller version of the cake. Here’s a medley of our favorite garde themed first birthday cakes!

  • 11
    BONUS: Safari Themed Party Cakes
    Ex. Sporty Safari 1st Birthday Cake

    Whether it’s a zoo, jungle or safari themed party, animal themed cakes are a popular option for first birthdays. Liam’s cake was a special cake for us as we’ve had the opportunity to work with Liam’s family for many years and were thrilled to collaborate on this cake.

    In Liam’s case, we dressed up each the jungle animals with a variety of sports related accessories including hockey, baseball and football. To see Liam’s cake and a few more first birthday inspired animal cakes check out this post.

  • 12
    BONUS: Barnyard Themed Party Cakes
    Ex. Farm Animal Themed 1st Birthday Cake

    1st birthday barnyard cakes

    1st birthday barnyard cakes

    Another popular choice for 1st birthdays is the barnyard theme. We usually incorporate many of the staple farm animals into these type of cakes including pigs, cows, sheep and duckies. We sometimes sneak in a ladybug or two :).

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    BONUS: Woodland Themed Party Cakes
    Ex. Reagan’s Owl Themed Birthday Cake

    Woodland Creatures First Birthday Cake

    Sweet woodland creatures birthday cake!

    To wrap this up, here’s an adorably sweet woodland themed cake for Reagan’s first birthday. Bright colors and tiny woodland creatures dressed in party hats decorate each tier of the cake. Happy Birthday Reagan!

After deciding your theme for your little one’s very first birthday, designing the perfect cake should be a “piece of cake”!

You can find more design ideas for your First Birthday Cakes in our gallery here! We also have a selection of first birthday cakes which can be found on our Pinterest Board: First Birthday Cakes.

Want to pin this? Use this image of all the cakes for your own board!

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