5 Easy Birthday Cake Recipes Your Kids can Help you Make

If you’re looking for simple and easy baking recipes your kids can help you make, I’m here to share 5 of my favorites. All are aimed at children starting out on their baking journeys. Plus they tend to be on the healthier side, withing reason of course.

When you teach your kids to bake, it helps them to think about the origins of food and how these delicious creations get come together. Plus, with all the cake beating, mixing, and decorating, it’s a cool way to practice some key skills like counting, coloring, and coordination.

So let’s have some fun and get our baking on….

1. Stained Glass Cake Recipe

Stained glass cake really has the fun factor! Layers of super soft sponge cake are covered with colorful shards, making it a special surprise and a real treat for a birthday party! This cake takes a little time to put together, but it’s really worth the effort and time in the end, especially if it’s for your loved ones. The colorful stained glass shards can be crafted as you like. You can either paste them out like we have or get experimental with your style.


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Prep:80 minutes
Cooking:70 minutes


  • Plain Flour: 350g
  • Baking Powder: 2 ½ tsp
  • Unsalted Butter: 240g
  • Caster Sugar Golden: 250g
  • 4 large Eggs: 4 large
  • Ground Almonds: 200g
  • Lemons: 3
  • Milk: 200 ml
  • Unsalted Butter: 225g
  • Icing Sugar: 600g
  • Double Cream: 100ml
  • Boiled Sweets: 600g
  • Liquid Glucose: 150g



  • Preheat oven to 170C. Now, Sift the baking powder and flour, then set aside. Next, beat the sugar and butter until creamy. Beat in the eggs; add a little flour after each egg addition.
  • Now, add in the rest of the ground almonds and flour. Next, add the juice from two lemons and the milk. Next, mix both until just combined. Divide between two 17cm round greased cake tins, and bake for 70 minutes, then allow to cool.
  • Beat the icing sugar and butter until smooth, then add the lemon juice and cream. Cut the risen tops of the sponges and cut them in half to make four even layers. By using a knife, now spread buttercream over 1 layer of sponge. Repeat the same process with the remaining sponges, then cover the whole cake with the buttercream.
  • Now, put all the sweets in separate pans according to color and add 1 part liquid glucose per four parts sweets. Melt over a low flame first, then turn high while stirring regularly. Next, pour this melted spread over the foil. When cool, break into shards and spread on the outer layer of cake into the buttercream.

Pro Tip:

To make an extra special birthday cake, use the shards to write a number or name on the cake.

Watch the full recipe here: https://www.goodto.com/

2. Chocolate & Marshmallow Birthday Cake Recipe


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Prep:40 min
Baking & Chilling:55 min

This deliciously sweet marshmallow and chocolate birthday cake is an ideal treat for kids. It’s also very easy to make.


For The Birthday Cake:

  • Dark Chocolate: 125g (4½ oz)
  • Unsalted Butter: 125g (4½ oz)
  • Caster Sugar: 175g (6oz)
  • Large Eggs: 5
  • Plain Flour: 55g (2oz)
  • Ground Almonds: 125g (4½ oz)

For The Filling And Icing

  • Double cream: 250ml (9fl oz)
  • Marshmallows: 55g (2oz)
  • Dark chocolate: 250g (9oz)

For The Marshmallow Topping

  • Whipped Double Cream: 300ml (½ pt)
  • Marshmallows: 150g (5½ oz)



  • First of all, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Now, melt the chocolate pieces in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
  • Mix the butter with 125g (4½ oz) of the sugar until pale and light using an electric mixer. Now add the egg yolks one by one and beat. Finally, whisk the sugar and egg whites until stiff.
  • Add the butter to the melted chocolate, mix with almonds and flour, and fold gently. Next, fold in the egg whites, then spoon into a 20cm (8in) round cake tin (greased and base-lined with greaseproof paper) and bake for 30-40 mins or until the center is just set. Cool it for 5 mins, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Heat the marshmallows and cream until the cream is just boiling for the filling and icing. Once marshmallows have melted, now pour over the chopped chocolate and mix gently until smooth, thick, and glossy.
  • Carefully cut the sponge horizontally into 4 layers. Spread 3 layers with some of the filling and sandwich together. Use the remaining mixture as icing and spread on the sides and top of the cake. Chill until set.
  • Beat the whipped cream and spread it on top of the cake. Now, decorate your cake with a mound of marshmallows.

Pro Tip:

Do not try to rush when you’re cutting the sponge into 4 layers. Because the cake is moist because of chocolate and layers aren’t thick enough.

Watch the full recipe here: https://www.goodto.com/

3. Chocolate fingers cake

This chocolate fingers cake would make your kids’ birthday celebration special, and it’s also easy to make.

This delicious finger cake will serve 6-8 people and take just 30 minutes to prepare while 25 minutes to bake. The chocolate fingers create a lovely nest for topping your cake with lots of M&Ms, smarties, and chocolate bars.

So, you can top it with your favorite fresh berries, Malteasers, White chocolate buttons, or jellied sweets. This cake is also covered with a Nutella layer. Still, you can substitute it for dark or white melted chocolate, milk chocolate, or chocolate buttercream.

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Prep:30 min
Baking:25 min


For the cake:

  • Butter: 200g
  • Caster Sugar: 200g
  • Eggs: 4 medium
  • Self-raising Flour: 150g
  • Cocoa Powder: 50g
  • Baking Powder: ½ tsp

To decorate and fill:

  • Nutella
  • Chocolate Fingers: 3 packs
  • Maltesers, Smarties, M&Ms


  • Preheat oven at 180°C (350°F). Next, grease two 20cm cake tins with greaseproof paper. Follow the all-in-one method to make your sponge; pour all ingredients into a large bowl and whisk with an electric beater until combined.
  • Now pour the mixture into the cake tins making sure they’re as even as possible. Bake in the oven for 25 mins until springy to touch.
  • Once baked, put the cakes out onto a wire rack and leave to cool a little. Next, spread Nutella over the base cake, then sandwich the 2 cakes together.
  • Pour and spread the rest of the Nutella over the top of the cake. To spread Nutella evenly, use a spoon or spatula. Wipe any excess chocolate spread with a wet cloth.
  • Start sticking the chocolate fingers around the cake, press firmly in the middle of each chocolate finger so it sticks properly.
  • Scatter the M&Ms over the cake and pile them up until you’re happy. Store this cake in the fridge when it’s ready to be served.
  • Ta-dah! Your yummy chocolate fingers cake is ready.

If you have any leftovers of chocolate finger cake, store them in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Watch the full recipe here: https://www.goodto.com/

4. Iced Fairy Cup Cake

Make sweet, perfectly soft cupcakes with Mary Berry’s iced fairy cakes recipe.

Kids can follow this easy recipe to make12 simple fairy cakes in just 25 minutes.

Top each fairy cupcake with marshmallows or a quick icing made using 2 ingredients; water and icing sugar.

  • Mary Berry iced fairy cakes recipe

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Prep:12 min
Baking:12 min


For the Fairy Cup Cakes:

  • Softened butter: 100 g (4 oz)
  • Caster sugar: 100 g (4 oz)
  • Eggs: 2 large
  • Self-raising flour: 100 g (4 oz)
  • Baking powder: 1 level tsp

For the Top Icing:

  • Sifted icing sugar: 225 g (8 oz)
  • Warm water: 2-3 tsp
  • A handful of sweets


  • To make these easy fairy cupcakes, preheat the oven to 200C. Then, place fairy paper cases into a 12-hole cupcake baking tray.
  • Measure all the ingredients together into a large bowl and beat for 3 mins until the mixture has a smooth consistency. Fill each cupcake case with the mixture.
  • Now, bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until your delicious fairy cakes are well risen and light golden in color. Lift the cupcake cases out of the tray and cool these cakes on a wire rack.
  • Sprinkle the icing sugar in a bowl and mix in the warm water until you have a stiff icing. Decorate the top of these cupcakes with fruits or sweets.

Pro Tip:

Add a few drops of food color to the icing sugar and water mixture to change the icing color on these cupcakes.

Watch the full recipe here: https://www.goodto.com/recipes/mary-berry-s-iced-fairy-cakes

5. Nutella chocolate cake recipe

A slice of this Nutella chocolate cake will sweeten up any afternoon tea break. Nutella chocolate cake is the recipe made with famous Italian spread’s delicious chocolate nutty flavor – and the chocolate center perfectly complements the light cocoa sponge. Drizzle with some single cream layer or add Maltesers to turn it into a chocolate finger cake if you want to take it to the next level. The tip is to make sure the cake is not completely cooled when spreading the Nutella on top.  Because the slight warmness to the cake will make the Nutella melt and make it much easier to spread evenly.


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Prep:20 min
Baking:25 min


For The Cake:

  • Butter: 100g
  • Nutella: 100g
  • Eggs: 4 medium
  • Caster sugar: 200g
  • Self-raising flour: 200g
  • Baking powder: ½ tsp

To Fill and Decorate:

  • Nutella



  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Take 2x 21cm/9inch cake tins with greaseproof paper to make this chocolate cake.
  • Whisk all the ingredients together in a large mixing bowl using an electric hand whisk. Once combined, pour the mixture into the cake tins, ensuring you’ve got an even amount in each.
  • Now bake in the oven for 20-25 mins until springy to touch.
  • Take out of the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack, but don’t let them cool completely. When the two cakes are warm, take one as your base and spread a thick layer of Nutella on it.
  • Put the top cake onto the base and press down, firmly sandwiching them together. Now cover the top of the cake with more Nutella. Spread Nutella with a spatula or the back of a spoon.

Watch the full recipe here: https://www.goodto.com/

I hope you’ll love making these easy-to-make recipes with your kids. So far, what’s your favorite recipe?

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