A Birthday Cake for Daddy

I love making special birthday cakes for my family and usually I’m quite mean and don’t let the boys help. However, there are occassions when their cake decorating skills take centre stage and one of those days is Daddy’s birthday.

Daddy from daddy birthday cake

This birthday cake for Daddy is really easy and fun to make with young children and you can change it to suit your favourite colours or style. It’s also perfect for Father’s Day or (if you’re reading this Daddies) you can easily change it for Mummies too. If you don’t want to make a cake this can easily be done on a shop-bought ready-iced cake.

Making the cake

We made my go-to cake – my all-in-one vanilla sponge using two 20cm sandwich tins. This cake is ideal to make with children as it’s an all-in-one sponge so you just chuck all of the ingredients into a bowl (after carefully weighing them of course) and mix them up. Simple.

Making the cake

Once the cake had cooled we filled it with strawberry jam and butter icing, coated the whole of the outside of the cake with butter icing, and covered it with blue fondant icing (OK, I did this bit, as I get in enough mess by myself without the support of two little ones!).

Now as important as baking the cake is, it’s also important to clean up afterwards so I got Josh to work loading the dishwasher.

daddy birthday cake dishwasher

Decorating the cake

The first (and most important part of the decoration was the “daddy” sign. I rolled out some white fondant and Daniel used food colouring pens to write “daddy”. This was a little tricky as you have to press quite lightly with the pens, but after a few practice goes he got the hang of it.

daddy birthday cake writing

I then cut a rectangle around the writing and stuck it in the middle of the cake. I decided to cut the fondant after he had done the writing, as it meant I could get it to the right size for what he had written, and there was less chance of it accidentally getting misshapen.

Once he’d done the writing, he then drew some kisses on another piece of fondant which I cut into a circle shape. I then let Josh loose with the icing pens and some fondant and cut a circle around his drawing too.

Daddy cake drawing

The final step was to add some more colour. Daniel rolled out different colours of fondant and cut small circles and stars which we stuck on to the cake by slightly wetting the back.


Ta dah….. The finished cake

And here it is – Their Masterpiece (can you tell I’m a proud mummy!). Not only is it a special cake for Daddy, but we really enjoyed making it together too.

Daddy birthday cake


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  1. That looks brilliant! I love the fact your cake looks perfect and it has the children’s touch as well. It was a fab idea getting the writing done before cutting and adding the bits on top of the cake. x

  2. My birthday is in January!

  3. Aww, that really is a special cake. I hope Daddy appreciated it 🙂 #sharewithme

  4. Aww thats a beautiful cake!! You should be really proud of your boys too!

    • I was so proud of them. I had an idea of what it would look like in my head before we started but what they managed to do was better than I had imagined. They’re just amazing!

  5. That looks fabulous! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

  6. love it! They did such a good job. Just look at the concentration on their faces! I’d love for you to come and join in with #LittleChefs my Linky all about having fun with little ones in the kitchen 🙂

    • Thanks. Daniel in particular took it very seriously. He knew how important it was to make Daddy a nice cake and wanted to do a good job.

      I love the sound of your link up so I’ll come and take a look.

  7. Wow this looks fab and it’s always fun baking with the kids. How lovely. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Thanks Jenny. It was so much fun to make.

      I don’t bake with the boys as much as I’d like, but I’m hoping to do more of it this year.

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