THE SWEETEST DAY

Delight little partygoers with these fanciful birthday treats

Photos by Farrar Photography

Little people deserve big birthdays, and birthdays mean cake. This time, we let the pros do the work – and they came up with a jungle of friendly cupcake creatures, a whimsical sailboat helmed by a teddy bear, an eye-popping polka dot party spread and this sweet farm scene.

  • Down on the farm Down on the farm Simply Sweet Cake Design dreamed up this adorable barnyard scene, complete with cupcakes frosted with buttercream “grass” and topped with pigs, ducks, cows and other familiar animals. A cake that looks like a fence overgrown with flowers adds to the down-on-the-farm vibe.
  • Down on the farm Down on the farm Simply Sweet Cake Design dreamed up this adorable barnyard scene, complete with cupcakes frosted with buttercream “grass” and topped with pigs, ducks, cows and other familiar animals. A cake that looks like a fence overgrown with flowers adds to the down-on-the-farm vibe.
  • Down on the farm Down on the farm Simply Sweet Cake Design dreamed up this adorable barnyard scene, complete with cupcakes frosted with buttercream “grass” and topped with pigs, ducks, cows and other familiar animals. A cake that looks like a fence overgrown with flowers adds to the down-on-the-farm vibe.
  • Red dot, blue dot Red dot, blue dot Superstar Pastry Design in Anchorage came up with this eye-popping tiered confection. This red-and-blue dotted cake bursts with a fireworks-like topper, and comes paired with a sweet tray of cupcakes and cookies. It’s a festive, bright cake appropriate for anything from a baby shower to a 6-year-old’s birthday party.
  • Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! These wild animal cupcakes from Creative Cakes by Jeryll were inspired by a client who wanted them for her child’s 1st birthday party. “They just have so much personality,” says Jeryll, who made them using chocolate cake and buttercream frosting topped with fondant.
  • Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! These wild animal cupcakes from Creative Cakes by Jeryll were inspired by a client who wanted them for her child’s 1st birthday party. “They just have so much personality,” says Jeryll, who made them using chocolate cake and buttercream frosting topped with fondant.
  • Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! These wild animal cupcakes from Creative Cakes by Jeryll were inspired by a client who wanted them for her child’s 1st birthday party. “They just have so much personality,” says Jeryll, who made them using chocolate cake and buttercream frosting topped with fondant.
  • Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! Lions and zebras and elephants, oh my! These wild animal cupcakes from Creative Cakes by Jeryll were inspired by a client who wanted them for her child’s 1st birthday party. “They just have so much personality,” says Jeryll, who made them using chocolate cake and buttercream frosting topped with fondant.
  • The good ship teddy bear The good ship teddy bear Alaska Cake Studio dreamed up this playful teddy bear sailboat cake. Layers of midnight blue fondant-frosted cake sit on a cookie-crumble beach, with metallic (and edible!) sugar seashells. Perfect for a nautical-themed party, this cake would be appropriate for little sailors and teddy bear lovers alike.
  • The good ship teddy bear The good ship teddy bear Alaska Cake Studio dreamed up this playful teddy bear sailboat cake. Layers of midnight blue fondant-frosted cake sit on a cookie-crumble beach, with metallic (and edible!) sugar seashells. Perfect for a nautical-themed party, this cake would be appropriate for little sailors and teddy bear lovers alike.