Tips for creating kids’ birthday cakes on a budget


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The centrepiece of a child’s birthday party is usually the birthday cake. Maybe it’s in the shape of their favourite cartoon character or decorated to look like a fairy-tale castle. In terms of flavour, It could be a chocolate sponge or a vanilla cake layered with jam and cream. Whatever they have chosen, the only thing a parent cares about is the smile on their child’s face when the cake is brought out. The candles are lit, the lights are dimmed and memories are made.

Your child’s dream cake

Here at Cakes by Robin, we know how to create a standout cake. We understand that for children even more than adults, details matter, whether that’s accurately recreating their favourite Paw Patrol character or finessing every bow and flounce on the ballgown of our popular princess cake. We specialise in bespoke creations, meaning that we can cater for specific dietary needs and we can make almost any design a reality. After all, who doesn’t want to make their child’s dreams come true, especially on their birthday?

No stress

By ordering a cake from us, you are guaranteed a showstopper that your kids will talk about for years to come. Kids’ parties involve a lot of planning, but we can at least take the stress of baking off your shoulders, leaving you more time to enjoy these precious occasions. Just tell us what you need and we will deliver an immaculate cake made to your exact specifications that not only looks amazing but tastes delicious too.

Keeping costs down

On a budget? We get it. That’s why we also offer a range of gorgeous, kid-friendly budget cake options that cost a bit less than our other ranges. You get all the taste and finishing that make our cakes so special but at a lower price.

Of course, you don’t have to leave things to the professionals. With a bit of preparation and a few tools there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to make a birthday cake yourself. Although it can be daunting at first, baking is a fantastic skill to perfect – why not check out some of our videos to build up your confidence? You’ll need to invest in a few pieces of equipment to get started but once you have everything you need to hand, making your own cake can be a good way to save money, especially if you follow our tips below.

Keep it simple

If you need to keep costs down, it’s best to choose a simple design that won’t involve splashing out on hidden extras. Tall, layered cakes or those with intricate detail often require wooden supports, a range of food colours, palette knives, piping bags and lots of other equipment besides. It’s more cost-effective to go for a simple shape such as a heart or a star, which can easily be cut from a round cake, or to think about turning a round cake into an animal face or similar. Ice it in buttercream or ready-roll fondant to keep costs low.

Hire tins or buy second-hand

If your child wants a car or a castle, a rocket or even a unicorn, the chances are you’re going to need a specific cake tin. Buying tins can quickly get expensive, especially if you only use them once, so it’s a good idea to look into hiring a tin from a local company. As well as cutting costs it also reduces waste. Nowhere to hire a tin near you? Try entering your search terms in an online marketplace; you might be able to source one second hand.

Order a personalised cake topper

Even the plainest of Victoria sponges can be jazzed up with an exciting cake topper. Costing just a few pounds, these versatile decorations on sticks come in all sorts of designs, from numbers to favourite animals, and can simply be stuck into the top of a cake for a personalised look. A cake topper is a quick and easy way to make a cake look special without breaking the bank. What’s more, you won’t need to spend much time or money on the icing. Top your cake with a simple fondant or buttercream, stick in your cake topper, et voila.

No time to make your own? Or perhaps you’d rather leave the mess and stress to us? We love to talk cake. Call our team to discuss how we can make your child the cake of their dreams.

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