Top birthday cake ideas for adults

No matter what your age, no birthday celebration is complete without a cake. But while choosing a cake for little ones can leave you overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration, the opposite is sometimes true when choosing a cake for adults. Luckily, we can help – we’ve put together some of our favourite flavours and designs for adult birthday cakes to inspire you, whether it’s for your own birthday or a loved one.

White chocolate and raspberry

Chocolate and raspberry are the perfect flavour pairing but add a twist on a classic combination with white chocolate. The sweetness of the chocolate balances the sharp fruit for a sophisticated flavour profile that is guaranteed to delight your guests. Our white chocolate and raspberry cakes pair a moist white chocolate sponge with raspberry preserve, fresh raspberries and a light white chocolate buttercream. It’s a simple but elegant combination that’s perfect for a birthday celebration.

Gin and tonic

If you’re choosing a cake for a gin lover, why not combine their favourite tipple with their birthday cake? With a gin-infused sponge and lime-flavoured buttercream, gin and tonic cakes are refreshing and boozy, and make the perfect centrepiece for a grown-up birthday party. This cake would be a great choice to turn into individual cupcakes for a party favour, decorated with sugared lime wedges.

Chocolate and coffee

If you’re looking for chocolate birthday cake ideas, why not consider a rich chocolate coffee cake? Soft, deliciously moist sponge can be paired with a sweetened coffee buttercream, all covered with a silky chocolate ganache and chocolate-covered espresso beans for a bake that’s worthy of any birthday celebration. Coffee and chocolate work really well together, with the richness of the coffee bringing out a more chocolatey flavour that’s not too overpowering.

Classic Victoria sponge

You can’t go wrong with a simple but sophisticated Victoria sponge, and it’s a great choice for a birthday since it’s a popular flavour that everyone will enjoy. If you want to jazz up the design to compensate for the simpler flavour, a novelty cake topper can be a fun way to get creative and create a memorable moment for the birthday celebrations. From sports teams and film characters to uniquely shaped cakes, we can make custom cakes to any design you can think of, for a truly personal birthday cake in a flavour everyone’s sure to love.

Salted caramel

Salted caramel has long been a favourite, and it makes for a delicious accompaniment to cake. Everything from the sponge and filling to icing and finishing touches can be caramel flavoured, for an intense caramel hit and just the right level of sweetness. Why not choose a multi-tiered birthday cake filled with caramel buttercream, finished off with a caramel drizzle? Or maybe you’d like a subtler nod to salted caramel, in which case a caramel sponge with vanilla buttercream may be a good choice for the occasion.

Carrot cake

Carrot cake has a wonderfully nostalgic feel to it and it’s a firm favourite with all ages. Topped with a cream cheese icing, carrot cake is light and delicately spiced, often with added raisins or walnuts to provide an extra textural element that lifts the whole cake. Carrot cake works really well as a traybake cake too, making for an easy cake to serve to a crowd.

Whether you’re looking for a fun twist on a classic cake, something that will suit everyone’s tastes or a creative novelty cake for a birthday they’ll never forget, birthday cakes come in all shapes and sizes and can be made to your exact specifications. When choosing a birthday cake for adults, go for sophisticated flavours or twists on an old favourite, but don’t forget to have fun with the design.

Contact the team

At Harry Batten Cakes, we specialise in delicious custom cakes that are guaranteed to delight you and your guests. If you’d like to order a bespoke birthday cake, please get in touch with our team today.

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