Ideas for a Cake Top for a 90th Birthday


Although deluxe and extravagant cakes are typically thought of as being associated with weddings, an elaborate cake is appropriate for any great milestone, including a 90th birthday. Coordinate the cake top to the theme of the party or to the birthday person's interests and tastes. All portions of the top of the cake do not necessarily need to be edible--you can purchase plastic and glass cake toppers for any theme. And when the cake is gone, the topper can be kept as a memento of the celebration.

Golden Years

  • Someone celebrating her 90th birthday is truly into the golden years of life. Perhaps her chore-less days are filled with time spent doing exactly what she wants. Use this as a theme for the top of the birthday cake by using golden decorations and accents. Use a golden topper such as a statuette representing her grandchildren or a garden rose . Use an edible gold paint to decorate the frosting and sugar flowers as well. This shimmering cake will clearly highlight her golden years past and yet to come.


  • Play off the year the birthday person was born with the cake decorations. For instance, frost the cake in a way that transforms the cake top into a country or city road. Use red, green, yellow, brown and gray food coloring in vanilla frosting to achieve an array of colors. For the cake topper, place a toy automobile that resembles the car models that were popular when he was young. This edible, blast-from-the-past masterpiece will become a tribute to someone whose life has encompassed so many changes in technology and transportation.


  • Many cake vendors now are equipped to scan your personal photograph and print it onto an edible decal that is then applied to the cake. Choose a photograph from the birthday person's youth. This will likely be a delightful surprise to all at the party, especially the birthday person. For an added touch, have all of the descendants of the birthday person sign the cake with icing or cake writing gel to show just how much the family has grown because of this person.

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