Ideas for a Dance-Themed Cake


A cake decorated with a dance theme is a good option when you are throwing a dance party or a party for someone who loves dancing. You might think that a dance cake would be difficult because it is hard to show someone in motion on a cake. But consider the many symbols that go along with dance, or different genres of dance, and use those as inspiration for the cake.

Sock Hop Girl

  • Sock hops were popular dance parties in the 1950s. Use the sock hop as an inspiration for your cake. Create a cake that looks like a sock hop girl, complete with a poodle skirt. Use a Barbie doll or another type of plastic doll for this cake. Bake the cake in a deep, oven-safe bowl so that the cake is shaped like a poodle skirt.

    When the cake has cooled, remove the Barbie doll's clothing and place the it into the cake feet first, sinking her into it up to the waist. Frost the cake, in a bright pink color and use black frosting to pipe a poodle image onto the bottom right side of the cake. Use a cookie cutter and black fondant if you aren't comfortable drawing the image yourself. Use white frosting to create a T-shirt directly onto the doll's upper body.

Disco Dancer

  • Make a cake that is an homage to the disco dance trend that was hot in the 1970s. Bake two round cakes and stack them with a layer of jam or frosting between them. When the cakes are stacked, frost them with simple white or gray icing. Purchase sugar that is dyed a sparkling silver color from a local specialty baking store and completely cover the top and sides of the cake with it, so that the cake sparkles like a disco ball. Next, roll fondant out to about an 1/8-inch thickness. Choose a color that coordinates with the rest of your party decor. If you can find a cookie cutter that looks like a disco dancer, use that to cut out a shape. Otherwise, use a paring knife to cut out a simple disco dancer shape yourself. Place the disco dancer on the center of the cake.

Music Note

  • Music is the basis of all dance, so consider making a cake that is simply shaped like a musical note. Find a pan online or in a specialty baking shop that is shaped like a note. Pour cake batter into the pan and decorate the cake in colors that coordinate with your party. Otherwise, bake a rectangular sheet cake and use a serrated knife to cut out a basic music note shape.


  • Cupcakes have long been a popular alternative to a cake, so consider serving cupcakes rather than a large cake. Bake a batch of cupcakes and frost them in bright pink icing. Roll pale pink fondant to an 1/8-inch thickness and cut ballet slipper shapes out of the fondant. Place a slipper on top of each cupcake.

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