Birthday cakes are often the centrepiece for any kids party, and as tastes change almost every year, it's likely that you'll regularly be looking for inspiration for ideas to make your kids cake fantasty come true. If you're not sure where to look, here's some ideas for you:
I could spend hours on Pinterest pouring over the galleries of cake ideas as there are so many wonderful choices on there. The upside to Pinterest is the fact that there are thousands of ideas on there; more than you'll ever have time to bake. The downside is that sometimes full instructions and recipes aren't included, as often it can just be pictures. Additionally, I've sometimes found a cake I want to make, but then found that it is an American recipe and I can't source the ingredients in Australia very easily. It's a great site for inspiration, but you might sometimes have to do a bit more research to find the cake you are looking for.
This site features some of the easiest cakes to make, with ideas that you just wouldn't think up yourself. The recipes are pulled together from a myriad of websites, so just click on the cake that you like and then you'll be redirected to the website for the full instructions. I like that there are full step by step instructions for each cake, and that these cakes are really simple to make, with no prior icing experience really needed. The concoctions that you can create with multiple cupcakes is great for the novice baker.
There are hundreds of ideas here for birthday cakes, most of which come with a 'star rating' from users who have tried to make them themselves. Recipes are added to over time, so there's always something new to try. There are full instructions provided, and with so many choices, you can find something to suit your baking skill. You can even use the diffculty guide to ensure that you choose a cake that you feel comfortable to cook yourself; for absolute beginners look out for 'easy' as the difficulty rating.
For some great ideas, head to the Huggies birthday cake page, where you can even narrow down your search using particular themes, or by the gender of the child you are baking for. It's a user friendly cake search with cakes made by parents so this keeps a lot of the designs simple and easy to copy. This is more of a gallery of ideas, rather than recipes, but the designs are typically easy to replicate at home.
This is a great site for beginners to cake making, as full instructions are provided for even how to make the basic sponge or icing. There are some great ideas for some simple but effective birthday cakes for kids, in addition to over 150 other recipes for birthday cakes to search through.