If you or one of your family or friends has a birthday coming up, you may be already thinking about one of the most important parts of any birthday celebration – the cake! Whether you are young or young at heart, having a wonderful birthday cake is one of the best parts of turning another year older. Fortunately, there are a ton of birthday cake ideas for every age group and every budget.

When many of us think of birthday cakes, we automatically think about decorated cakes for children. There is an entire world of cake options for children. Some of the most popular birthday cake ideas for children involve character cakes. Cakes featuring popular characters from movies, television shows, books, and games are all available. Traditional cakes featuring figurines of such characters are quite popular. However, new technology has been developed to make these cakes even more detailed and accurate. There are now cake layon designs that are basically pictures or designs made with edible, safe “ink” that are printed on a special sheet that is then laid over the icing of the cake. This layon leaves behind a realistic, detailed picture of a character or of a scene featuring several characters. However, not all children’s birthday cake ideas have to feature a special character. There are still plenty of traditional cakes that any child will love. For example, if your child loves race cars, try to find a cake featuring bright, race car colors and generic race cars. If your child is fascinated with dinosaurs or cowboys, finding a cake dedicated to those should be a cinch. There are also princess, fairy, and cheerleader cakes that should thrill any child interested in those things.

However, what can you do when children start to get older? If you are planning for a tween or teen, there are still plenty of great birthday cake ideas. Cakes for this age group will probably not be character oriented, though that is not always true. There are movie and television franchises aimed at this age group that you might find on a cake. For the most part though, cakes in this category are typically more about shape, design, and color. Try to find cakes that feature your youngster’s favorite colors or favorite sports team. Is the child developing an interest in fashion, photography, or computers? If so, there are cakes that feature those interests.

There is also a plethora of birthday cake ideas perfect for adults. These cakes may take flavor into greater consideration. Cakes are available in a wealth of flavors, so try to find a bakery that will let you taste-test some of these flavors before you make your final order. Even though flavor may be more important in cakes for grown-ups, great decoration is still key. Some adults have interests or hobbies that translate easily into cake ideas. For instance, a love of cats and dogs or an interest in fishing or golf can all be the basis for great cake decorations.

Please visit Tiffany’s Bakery for more information on a variety of birthday cakes and for more birthday cake ideas for individuals of every age.