1st birthday cake ideas that will stand out


by Adejumoke Ilori |
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We know the birth of your baby feels like it was yesterday and now here you are, thinking about the best party decorationsand 1st birthday cake ideas!

Despite how overwhelmed you might be feeling (and super excited at the same time) you are not alone. From thinking about what theme to choose, whether a dinosaur, princess or even a farm party, to what party favours to get, where to have the party itself and who to invite, the list goes on and on! A key part of any birthday party is of course the cake, so we've hunted out the best ideas to give you some inspiration. So, get those first birthday invitations ready, and give baby a party to remember.

Best at a glace:

  • The best overall 1st birthday cake idea: Pinata Photo Cake, from £75

  • The best 1st birthday cake idea for character: Cocomelon Celebration Cake, from £70

  • The best Vegan 1st birthday cake idea: Vegan Barbie Pink Unicorn Cake, from £70

From show-stopping centrepieces such as hidden sweetie surprise cakes, ice cream drip cakes, and even some with rainbow layers, we've also considered themes with stunning princess cakes, and cute characters. So whatever theme you're going for, whether it's a smaller family gathering or you'll be feeding a crowd, here are our top picks and design ideas for your baby's first birthday cake.

Best first birthday cake for feeding a crowd

This charming teddy bear holding balloons is the perfect first birthday cake! With its cleverly crafted details and stylish gold embellishments, this cake can also be personalised with your child's name. It feeds up to 30 guests, so a great one for a larger group.

Best 1st birthday animal cake

Grrrrrrr! Your little one will fall in love with Lottie the friendly lion cake, ready to add some excitement and extra sweetness to your party. With its lovely flavour options of vanilla or chocolate sponges, this hand decorated bright yellow and orange vanilla buttercream cake is ideal for a safari, zoo or jungle themed party.

Best pick-and-mix 1st birthday cake idea

Surpise your little one and guests with this sweet candy-striped showstopper cake! Filled with vanilla and rainbow sponge layers and jampacked with vanilla buttercream and raspberry compote, this cake will stand out. Decorated with rainbow vanilla buttercream and white chocolate drip, adorned with an array of sweets including chocolate jazzies, marshmallows and sprinkles, this cake will have everybody in awe.

Best unicorn 1st birthday cake idea

If your little one is already a fan of unicorns and all things pink, this truly scrumptious plant-based unicorn cake will add that extra sparkle to the party. With four layers of vegan Madagascan vanilla seed sponge, this creamy plant-based vanilla buttercream will have all your guests coming back for more.

Hey Duggee 1st birthday cake idea

Is your little bubba a Hey Duggee fan? Then this cake is for you. This 6inch cake is oreo flavoured, filled with a rich smooth buttercream frosting and colourful drip to finish the look with a creative flair. The cake topper can be personalised with your child's name and age and is a lovely keepsake for the day.

The best 1st birthday rainbow cake idea

How cute is this cake? If your child loves singing the rainbow song, then they'll love this. A six-layered, multicoloured sponge, made with only natural colourings, covered and decorated with smooth vanilla buttercream. Each side is coated with crunchy coloured sugar pieces and serves about 12 people.

The best Bing 1st birthday cake idea

This stunning Bing Bunny cake is perfect for celebrating your little one's birthday get-together. They will be able to enjoy a cute cake and two fun character toppers as well on their Bing cake. You can choose the number of tiers too.

The best mermaid 1st birthday cake idea

EntIf you're planning an under the sea or mermaid theme for your little one's first birthday, this cake is exactly what you need. This fluffly vanilla or chocolate sponge is decorated with amazing coloured buttercream. It also features sugar mermaid tails, topped with white chocolate shards and crumbled biscuit sand.

B est photo1st birthday cake idea

It’s all about YOU LITTLE ONE! Choose your favourite photo that means so much to you, and have it printed using edible ink and pop it on top of your chosen cake. With a selection of epic cakes, all you'll have to do is select your flavour and upload a photo.

Peppa Pig 1st birthday cake idea

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Price: From £138.95


Got a little Peppa Pig fan? This birthday cake will put a smile on everyone’s face at your party, plus it can also be personalised making it extra special.

Best Super Mario 1st birthday cake idea

Get ready for an interesting journey with this Super Mario-themed masterpiece cake. Inspired by the iconic video game, this cake includes Mario, Luigi, and their bright adventures.

The best Elephant 1st birthday cake

If you’d like to stick to more of a chic colour palette for your little one’s party then a grey and gold theme could be a good idea. We love the grey and gold hot air balloons on this design, topped with a cute elephant wearing a party hat. You can add your own personalisation and this will be so easy to pair with gorgeous modern decorations such as grey bunting or gold table confetti.

Best dinosaur 1st birthday cake idea

Have a wild party with this cute Green Dinosaur Cake! This handmade chocolate or vanilla sponge is decorated with chocolate buttercream and chocolate flakes for a really effective Jurassic feel. We love the buttercream dinosaur on top, complete with mini chocolate dinosaur eggs.

The best Toy Story 1st birthday cake idea

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Price: From £45.99


Reach for the stars and celebrate with this fantastic Woody Tiered Cake! Make this Woody themed cake extra adventurous by adding your childs name. You can choose the number of tiers and the topper can be saved as a keepsake.

The best 1st birthday cake idea for dancers

Do you have a little ballet dancer in the house? A Ballet Slippers birthday cake, with handmade sugar ballet shoes and pastel pink and lilac sugar ruffles is perfect for your tiny dancer. The cake is iced in fondant and finished with a non edible gold name cake charm, to have your childs name stand out. Bonus, you can keep the cake charm for future birthday cakes!

The best Disney princess 1st birthday cake idea

A princess and the frog 3 layered cake, with a yummy sponge cake finished and lilac buttercream and hand-cut edible characters from the Princess and the Frog. You will get to choose from vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, lemon and more, plus you can add a personalised message to your cake stand.

The best 1st birthday cake for adventure

Take a journey in the wild, with this intriguing and funny Madagascar movie-themed cake. Get ready to move it, move it, with every delicious bite that your guests take.

The best 1st birthday cake idea for counting

Make your child's day a special one, with a Number Blocks themed cake. This cake is inspired by the much-beloved animated TV series, and brings the fun talking characters to life.

The best 1st birthday cake idea for Cocomelon fans

Bring the most cherished world of Cocomelon to reality at your child's birthday bash with this themed cake. This lovely design features the loveable characters from the kids favourite show, making it the right centrepiece for a fun and colourful event.

The best Paw Patrol 1st birthday cake idea

Give your child's celebration a pawsitively and unforgettable adventure with the Paw Patrol themed cake. It comes with their favourite pups, and a delightful treat for your little adventurers.

1st birthday cake alternatives

Not everyone likes cake (believe it or not), so why not treat your family and friends to a delicious alternative on your little one's birthday?

Adejumoke Ilori is a Commercial Content Writer for Mother&Baby. She is a mum to a little girl and has worked for various digital platform. She has produced content that empowers women from all walks of life by sharing real life stories based on relationships, loving yourself and motherhood. She has also worked for OK! and New Magazine, writing product reviews, covering fashion and beauty, the latest celebrity news and lifestyle. Adejumoke enjoys spending quality time at home with her daughter creating precious memories – doing things like spa nights and grabbing popcorn and cuddling up.

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