Looking for fun and whimsical cake designs but don’t know where to start? These are fun and whimsical cakes that are perfect for all ages.
Coming up with new cake designs can be daunting, especially when you are in a rush for time. What I love about these cakes is that they work for all kinds of celebrations so you’ll never be without a unique cake design again.
These cakes start with inspiration from everyday themes like rainbows, milk splashing into milk, summer watermelon, winter snowflakes, and so many more.
My favorite part is how these cakes make you think and say, “wow, that’s a cake like this real pumpkin.”
This post will show you exactly why I love cake decorating so much because you can turn any inspiration into an impressive cake. Cake decorating is certainly a labor of love that will create incredible memories!
Tips for success:
- Read through all the ingredients and instructions so you can get a better idea of how much time and what you need to make these cake.
- If you are in a rush for time or you would like to break up the decorating, then make the fondant decorations the day before, so the fondant has plenty of time to dry.
- You can bake the cake layers ahead of time. Wrap the cake layers in plastic wrap and freeze up to one month.
- You can make the buttercream a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight. Then take them out to come back to room temperature. Make sure the buttercream is at room temperature before re-whipping.
- A single batch of this cake recipe makes three, 6-inch round cake layers or two 8-inch round cake layers. Double the cake recipe to make enough cake batter for three, 8-inch cake layers.
- Be careful not to overmix this cake batter, or else the cake will come out dense. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
- Food coloring gets darker over time, so it’s best to gradually add the food coloring, which is best for lighter colors.
- Serve cake at room temperature.
Here’s how to make 14 fun and whimsical cakes that are out of this world!
Let’s Get Decorating!
1. Rainbow Drip Cake
Learn how to make this bright and festive rainbow drip cake that’s colorful inside and out. This rainbow drip cake is made with soft layers of funfetti cake, vanilla rainbow buttercream, and white chocolate dripping down the sides. What I love most about this cake is how you can take simple baking and cake decorating techniques and turn them into an impressive cake!
Get the recipe here Rainbow Drip Cake
2. Fat Cute Unicorn Cake
This Unicorn Cake is perfect for any celebration, birthday, or just because it’s Friday! Learn how to make this unicorn cake easily at home. Use these cake decorating tips and tricks to create your fat unicorn cake. This fondant unicorn is lying upon a vanilla buttercream cake that is hand piped with rosettes.
Get the recipe here Fat Cute Unicorn Cake
3. Milk & Cookies Cake
Who doesn’t love milk and cookies? This milk and cookies cake is delicious and crazy cool. This milk and cookies cake has soft vanilla cake layers, filled with edible chocolate chip cookie dough and creamy vanilla buttercream. Then it has a whimsical white chocolate milk splash on top with a mini cookie dunking into it. This illustration is fun and creative, that’s perfect for any celebration!
Get the recipe here Milk & Cookies Cake
4. Watermelon Cake
Looking for something fun and sweet this summer, celebrate with this watermelon buttercream cake! It’s perfect for a watermelon birthday party or a summer family BBQ! This watermelon cake starts with a fluffy watermelon scented cake that’s filled with a tart lime curd and creamy watermelon buttercream. Then it’s decorated to look like the sweet summer fruit, which is the best part. Not only is this cake is beautiful, but it’s also beyond delicious!
Get the recipe here Watermelon Cake
5. Mermaid Cake
This mermaid buttercream cake is made with soft vanilla cake layers and creamy vanilla buttercream that looks like mermaid scales. The cake batter is colored with purple, blue, and green gel food color that are swirled together for a beautiful mermaid cake. It’s a perfect cake for birthday or summer parties. This mermaid cake is sure to impress and make everyone happy!
Get the recipe here Mermaid Cake
6. Ice Cream Cone Cake
This is a fun and festive Ice Cream Cone Drip Cake for people of all ages to enjoy. Fluffy, moist vanilla cake studded with funfetti rainbow sprinkles, coated in creamy vanilla buttercream, and hot pink chocolate drip. This semi-homemade cake recipe takes a store-bought box mix and a homemade pound cake. Together makes a moist foolproof cake every time.
Get the recipe here Ice Cream Cone Cake
7. Dragon Egg Cake
This Dragon Egg Cake is made with a foolproof red velvet cake recipe that anyone can make it, and everyone will devour. The bright red velvet cake is a perfect choice, and it’s incredible with rich dark chocolate ganache and creamy vanilla buttercream dragon scales. Whether you are throwing a Game of Thrones party or just want to be the Mother of Dragons for a day, you’ll love this Red Velvet Dragon Egg Cake!
Get the recipe here Dragon Egg Cake
8. Sprinkle Fault Line Cake
The fault line cakes are beautiful; you’ll see them made with sprinkles, fresh fruit, and even flowers! In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own sprinkle fault line cake! This sprinkle fault line cake is made with soft layers of dark chocolate cake and creamy vanilla buttercream. It’s a fun and creative cake that you can make your own.
Get the recipe here Sprinkle Fault Line Cake
9. Lucky Charms Cereal Cake
This cake is perfect for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, its colorful and sweet and made with the Lucky Charms cereal. What’s unique about this cake is how we’ll make cereal milk. The famous Lucky Charms marshmallows are decorating the outside of the cake and a whimsical white chocolate milk spill topping the cake.
Get the recipe here Lucky Charms Cereal Cake
10. Magical Unicorn Cake
Do you ever wonder how the professional bakers make the beautiful unicorn cake? It is so much easier than you think, any newbie baker can make a unicorn cake! To achieve the magical unicorn cake, it doesn’t take much, just a little creativity and a lot of glitter, edible glitter that is!
Get the recipe here Magical Unicorn Cake
11. Rainbow Bubble Cake
Are you a new baker that wants to make cool cakes at home? Learn how easy it is to make gelatin bubbles for your next cake! Making Gelatin Bubbles is not scary; it’s way easier than you might think. These are perfect for cakes but also great for making snow globe cupcakes for your next Christmas party!
Get the recipe here Rainbow Bubble Cake
12. Poison Apple Cake
Halloween is an excellent time of year to step out of your comfort zone and try new cake decorating tips and tricks! This Poison Apple Cake is made with bright green vanilla cake layers filled with creamy purple vanilla buttercream and black mirror glaze dripping down the cake. This is an impressive cake that anyone can make!
Get the recipe here Poison Apple Cake
13. Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
This pumpkin spice cake is made with soft pumpkin spice cake layers & creamy vanilla buttercream that’s decorated to look like a pumpkin you might find at your local pumpkin patch. This pumpkin spice cake is perfect for all fall celebrations and something that will undoubtedly impress your friends & family.
Get the recipe here Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
14. Snowflake Cake
This snowflake cake is simply beautiful with the ombre blue on the outside and the sanding sugar giving the cake the ice effect! After making your snowflake cake, you’ll feel your confidence rises in the kitchen and feel like you can take on every cake challenge. I can’t wait to see your blue ombre snowflake cake creations!
Get the recipe here Snowflake Cake
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These fun and whimsical cake designs are perfect for all kinds of celebrations. You can make these cakes for birthdays, baby showers, holidays, backyard BBQs, and more!
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