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History of Baby Birthday cakes, and some tips

Baby birthday cakes are a delicious and visually appealing way to celebrate a baby's 1st birthday. These cakes are usually small, simple, and decorated with bright colours and fun designs that are sure to delight both the baby and the guests. In this blog, we'll explore the history and significance of baby birthday cakes, as well as provide some tips for making sure you get the perfect cake for your little one's special day.

History and Significance of Baby Birthday Cakes

The tradition of celebrating birthdays dates back a long time (think early pagan era) when people believed that evil spirits were more likely to visit a person on their birthday. To protect themselves from these spirits, people would gather together and bring gifts and offerings to the birthday person. Over time, the celebration of birthdays became more elaborate, with the addition of cakes, candles, and other festivities.

The tradition of baby birthday cakes specifically dates back to the early 1900s, when the first birthday parties for children became popular among the middle class. Prior to this, birthdays were primarily celebrated by the wealthy, who would host lavish parties and serve elaborate cakes. However, as the middle class grew in size and wealth, they began to adopt these traditions and create their own unique celebrations.

Baby birthday cakes are particularly significant because they mark the first year of a child's life, which is a major milestone in both the child's development and the parent's journey. The first year of life is filled with many challenges, joys, and changes, and a baby birthday cake is a way to celebrate all of these experiences and memories.

Nowadays, most new parents will celebrate their child’s first year of life, regardless of what economic class they belong to. This is because cakes especially have become more affordable with the development in technology, and the cost of ingredients. Deciding on where you get your cake will depend on your budget, mostly, on what you want the cake to look like, and even how big the cake should be.

Some people may wonder why you would want to throw a big party for a one-year-old, but it is an important time in a child, and parents' life. Just remember, your child is unlikely to remember the day, so you don’t need to go over the top when it comes to decorations or the cake if you don’t want to, or can’t afford to.

Tips for deciding on the perfect Baby Birthday Cake

If you're planning on making or buying a baby birthday cake for your little one, here are some tips to help you create the perfect cake:

Keep it simple: Baby birthday cakes don't need to be elaborate or complicated. In fact, simple is often better when it comes to these cakes. A small, round cake with minimal decorations is all you need to make a big impact.

Use bright colours: Babies are attracted to bright, bold colours, so consider incorporating these into your cake design. You can use food colouring to create vibrant hues or use colourful sprinkles or edible decorations to add some pizzazz. This can also apply to ready-made cakes that you could embellish and make your own. Basically, think about all the bright colours you see on children’s TV programmes, such as Sesame Street, and apply that to the colour theme of your cake to make it more engaging for your child.

Choose a safe design: When it comes to decorating baby birthday cakes, safety should always be your top priority. Avoid using small decorations or anything that could pose a choking hazard. Stick to larger, edible decorations, such as a printed cake topper, that are easy for your baby to handle. We would also recommend avoiding hard decorations make with royal icing, for instance, as your baby is unlikely to be able to eat those safely, even if they are large.

Consider dietary restrictions: If your baby has any dietary restrictions or allergies, make sure to choose a cake recipe that is safe for them to eat. There are many delicious and healthy cake recipes out there that are free of common allergens like dairy, gluten, and nuts. We cater for many dietary requirements, so check out our free-from cakes if you’re worried about tackling this type of baking yourself.

Get creative: Baby birthday cakes are a chance to let your creativity shine. You can experiment with different flavours, shapes, and decorations to make a cake that is uniquely yours. Don't be afraid to try something new and see where your imagination takes you.

Make it playful: Remember, babies grab everything. So, if you put a cake in front of them, be prepared for those little hands to get grabby. They enjoy the sensation of feeling new textures as well as exploring more flavours. You may want to consider having some other cakes ready for guests if the main cake is going to have baby hands all over it.

Flavours: This will likely be the first or one of the first cakes your baby will try, so be mindful of the flavour of the cake. Some cake flavours can be a bit dry, so it might be best to stick with softer cakes, such as Victoria or lemon. But ultimately, most babies will try anything, so think about what they might enjoy the most.


Baby birthday cakes are a fun and festive way to celebrate the first year of a child's life. Whether you choose to make the cake yourself or order one online from a bakery, these cakes are sure to delight both the baby and the guests. By keeping it simple, using bright colours, choosing a safe design, considering dietary restrictions, and getting creative, you can make the perfect baby birthday cake that your family will remember for years to come.

Why not save yourself the effort of making a Baby Birthday cake from Sponge. We have a great range of birthday cakes that would ideal for a child’s first birthday, and they’re all available for delivery across the UK.