30th Birthday Cake Decorating Ideas

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Turning 30 marks end of young adult life and the beginning of another era. Many people choice to celebrate this birthday with special festivities. No matter what form of party is in the works, the cake should reflect the theme. Three ideas that can be adapted for a number of party themes include cupcake pyramids, double cakes boasting the numbers "3" and "0," and a cake custom designed for the guest of honor.

Cupcake Pyramids

  • This cake idea works well for a number of different party themes. The cupcakes can be decorated in exotic colors, patriotic or sports-related themes, or left relatively plain. Depending on the number of guests, bake extra cupcakes that can be stored until they are needed. Using a cupcake stacker, dessert tree or a three-tier party stand, stack the cupcakes, ensuring that there is room for a candle in each. Most cupcake stands hold only 20 to 25 cupcakes, but a few extras can be placed on the table at the base of the stand.

Three and Zero Cake

  • For large parties, opt for two large cakes decorated with the numbers "3" and "0." These are easy and will feed a large crowd. Ice with one solid color before using a contrasting color of icing to draw in the numbers. Crafty cake makers may even decide to cut out the numbers prior to icing the cake. This will feed fewer people, but it will leave a lasting impression.

Designer Cakes with Special Inspiration

  • For a truly inspired cake seek a professional touch. Ask the cake maker to add designs that will speak to the birthday man or woman. For example, a party recipient who played basketball in high school and drove a Jeep throughout college may appreciate these details added to the cake. Fill the entire cake surface with similar mementos. They may not go together, and only the birthday man or woman will truly understand the significance of the designs, but it is a guaranteed conversation starter.

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