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milestone birthdays

This post is dedicated to cakes for milestone birthdays. My little brother turned 30 last week (I can’t believe it!!) so I made him a cake to celebrate. It was the 3D Oscar the Grouch cake for his 20th birthday that started the very idea of Cakes by Beth, and last year I carved a glow in the dark 3D Mr Oogie Boogie man so this year, I thought I would go for something completely different…more cake-like. Here is Jack’s Chocolate Extravaganza cake! Featuring a selection of orange, caramel and banoffee chocolates from Thornton’s, some really funky Lir contemporary chocolates, milk and dark cigarillos and home-made chocolate chip cookies. Inside, the cake is double chocolate, covered in white chocolate ganache, iced in chocolate sugarpaste and then drizzled with white chocolate. That really is a whole lot of chocolate!! I picked out the blue shell of the raspberry Lir as the accent colour for the name and age badges, and the board covering and ribbon, then finished it off with three big fountain candles; one for every decade. A massive happy birthday Jack, mwah! xx

Jack 30th birthday chocolate indulgence

So onto some other special celebrations. First birthdays are very emotional occasions, especially for parents, so I feel very honoured to have created cakes for such special times. Here are two tier cakes based on each child’s favourite character, and expanding the theme out to a fun pattern across the cake. Lali’s favourite toy was her beanie monkey so I recreated him in rice krispies on top of the cake and then used a banana colour palette and pattern for the cake. I added touches of yellow gingham for an added feminine touch. Adam was really into Elmo so baby Elmo, complete with nappy, was his topper, leading to a really fun spotty and stripy design. I focused on red to match Elmo and particularly loved using the stitchy ribbon as a fun extra detail.

First birthday two tier birthday cakes favourite toy

For smaller first birthday parties, these single tier cakes were also really good fun to create and made just as much of an impact. Lochie loves diggers so I created a chocolate buttercream building site with big yellow smiling digger, warning signs and his name and age written in rocks. Rufus’ dad designed his cake, featuring Squiglet from Get Squiggling, with characters form the show spelling out his name. U is for pink spotty underpants 🙂

First birthday single tier characters

These cakes show that a sweet and simple can be perfect for different ages, just by tweaking very minor details. This is one of my very favourite cakes to create as I love how the colours match, and how you can make a paler or brighter version with just as much feminine charm.

16th and 50th birthdays pale blue and dotty

These two lovely ladies wanted make up and fashion themed cakes with a focus on pink. The hot pink cake features an Illamasqua make up compact with gravity-defying lid and lots of matching make up products around the sides. Loretta loves shoes and handbags so her cake featured lots of these, plus bold sequinned sparkle trim with an airbrushed blended pastel finish.

18th and 40th birthday cakes for girls who love makeup and fashion

Marcus is a huge fan of The Walking Dead so for his 18th birthday, his parents requested a cake with this as a theme, with two characters from the show adapted to look like Marcus and his girlfriend. I had a huge amount of fun creating the zombie arms reaching for the couple on top of the dumpster, plus painting in “blood” and distressing everything to give it that post-apocalyptic feel. Here also is a photo of the birthday boy celebrating with his cake at his slap up meal at Jamie’s Italian in Manchester city centre.

18th birthday Walking Dead fan

Alex had always coveted Perrier Jouet champagne so his parents surprised him with a bottle for his 21st birthday. It was a great honour and a lot of fun to design a cake incorporating the champagne as part of the design. We went through loads of different options and ideas before we decided to keep it really classical with a faded wooden crate and champagne grapes.

21st birthday champagne crate and bottle

Laura and Emily both celebrated their 30th birthdays in the same year that they married each other, so 2015 was a very special year for them indeed! Their cakes were completely different, with Emily having an 80’s themed party, and Laura celebrating with champagne on ice.

30th birthdays

It can sometimes be difficult to design cakes for men, so when they have a love of films or music, these are great topics to focus on. Meet Phil Skywalker with the Death Star, and a 3D cake replica of The Stone Roses’ first album cover.

40th birthdays Star Wars and The Stone Roses

I love the combination of gold, duck egg blue and pastels on this vintage birdcage single tier birthday cake for a regular client of mine’s mum. I combined pearls, twisted rope, a picture frame and lace to add extra detail to the trim, whilst keeping the colours fresh yet vintage in feel.

50th birthday vintage birdcage

I always find it very emotional and a great honour to create cakes for people who have reached such milestone ages as 80 and 90. The absolute loveliest people ordered these cakes for their hillwalking grandad and nana who loves red and roses.

80th and 90th birthdays

I hope you enjoyed looking at these milestone birthday cakes as much as I enjoyed creating them! Happy birthday to everyone featured, it was a pleasure to be a part of your special celebrations.

Until next time,

Beth x

Beth is a leading wedding cake designer based in Manchester, UK. For further information, please visit