So, you’ve decided to organize a birthday party for a special someone. When it comes to arranging the perfect event, it can be tough to know where to start. However, we all know that the birthday cake is one reason people are there at birthday parties (apart from the birthday celebrator, that is).

A stunning cake can make a huge difference between an ordinary birthday and one that the celebrator and your guests will never forget.

Here are five things to keep in mind when selecting the ideal birthday cake for someone you care about.

Size

Let’s start with the basics. How many people will your cake serve?

Knowing how many people will be attending your celebration is an important first step in selecting the ideal birthday cake for that special someone since having enough cake for everyone assures that no one will be disappointed. Most cakes come with an estimate of how many people they will serve. These instructions are quite helpful, however, they do not take into account the type of people who will be attending the party.

If you know that some people may want second helpings or to take some home, it’s not a bad idea to have a few extra slices of cake on hand. There’s also nothing like finishing a party with a birthday cake leftover for the birthday celebrator to enjoy for a few days thereafter. When you spend so much money on something as precious as a birthday cake, you want to ensure you get enough to be completely satisfied.

Not only does the size of the cake determine the amount of cake to serve, but it also determines how visually appealing the cake is. A stunning, enormous cake will serve as the party’s centerpiece and a main focus for the attendees. The attention to detail that goes into selecting the ideal birthday cake reflects the care that went into planning the occasion for your loved one. However, as impressive as a giant cake might be, don’t overlook the power of a smaller, more discreet birthday cake to serve as the perfect backdrop to a more intimate birthday celebration.

Flavors

Unless you know the exact flavors the birthday girl or boy prefers, choosing a flavor will most likely be the most difficult decision you will face when selecting the perfect birthday cake. Not only must the birthday girl or boy love the flavor, but so must all of the partygoers. It’s a huge task to please everyone!

If you’re unsure where to begin, start with the classic flavors — vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and strawberry — and work your way up from there. Fortunately, all of these flavors may be combined with one another as well as with a variety of other flavors. Consult the maker of your birthday cake because they will know best what flavors complement each other and may even have unique mixes that they work with.

Color

The color palette of your cake is the next factor to consider when selecting the perfect birthday cake.

The color you chose for your cake should reflect the individual for whom the cake is intended. It should also establish the overall concept of the celebration and the tone for your party.

If you’re organizing a kid’s birthday celebration, for example, you might want to go for a brighter, more colorful cake. If you’re organizing a party for a woman in her twenties, you might want to stick to more sophisticated pastel color schemes. If you’re organizing a birthday party for your father, you should generally stick to a more earthy color scheme.

Toppings

In addition to the colors of your cake, the toppings you use will take your cake from ordinary to extraordinary. You can be even more creative with the toppings, making your birthday cake even more special and personal for the birthday girl or boy. 

Toppings can be used to add flavor to your cake in the form of flavored drips or toppings such as sweets, macarons, almonds, fruit, and so on. They can also be used to express the birthday girl or boy’s personality, hobbies, and interests.

Budget

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Regardless of how large or small the budget for the birthday celebration cake is, make sure to be transparent from the outset. This is because you will need to spend money on other birthday party elements such as a happy birthday banner, decorations, food, and lighting.

When you’re open about your finances, you’ll be able to choose the right cake while staying within your budget. If you are purchasing a birthday cake from a bakery, informing the baker of your cake budget will guide you in selecting the appropriate cake designs, customizations, and flavors. When buying a cake in an online store, use the price filter to ensure you stay within your budget. 

Cake Shop

Choosing the best and most trusted cake shop is one of the best tips for selecting a cake for any celebration. This simplifies your job because you won’t have to worry about the quality of the cake or how it will taste. It’s usually a good idea to go with a cake shop that specializes in the type of cake you want for a special occasion. Always go with a cake shop that has a variety of flavors, can accept customizations, and charges reasonable prices.

Still undecided about which cake to buy for the birthday girl or boy?

If you’re still stuck after reading all of the above and still can’t decide on the perfect birthday cake, consider ordering multiple cakes!

A variety of smaller cakes can sometimes be just as striking as a single, larger cake. Because not everyone has the same cake preferences, making more than one birthday cake for a single party helps ensure that every single guest leaves satisfied with their cake fix. You will be able to be more experimental with the flavors, designs, and toppings you choose with each cake as long as you have a wide diversity of flavors between each cake. This will satisfy more people’s taste buds.

Choosing the perfect birthday cake, as we’ve seen, may be a difficult undertaking. However, this shouldn’t be the case. Getting a birthday cake should be a pleasant and unique way to convey your affection for the birthday girl or boy. By doing things step by step, you should be able to have fun while choosing a wonderful and unique cake that the person you’re celebrating will like!

Are you looking for the perfect birthday cake in the Denver metro area? Visit Wave the Grain today to order the best cake for that special person in your life. We can make gluten-free, keto-friendly, and vegan custom cakes and desserts just for you! Contact us today at 303-721-7547 for more information!