A boy's 16th birthday is a pretty big deal for him. From getting a part-time job to getting a driver's license, most teens look intensely forward to turning 16. When developing a design for a 16th birthday cake for a boy, think about his favorite hobbies and interests to give you a clue to the type of design that he would most like.
Movie/Video Game Themed
Most teens have a slew of favorite movies they enjoy watching with friends. Likewise, you would be hard pressed to find a 16-year-old boy who doesn't own a Game Boy, Wii or other video game system. An excellent way to get a movie/video image onto a birthday cake is to take an image into a cake shop that has a machine that can print an edible photo design directly onto the cake. Alternatively, if you are an experienced cake decorator you can use a photo as a guide to duplicate the design in a rougher form.
Whether your teen is a baseball fan or enjoys watching NASCAR, an excellent approach for a birthday cake is to create a design that both represents the sport and the number 16. For instance, for the baseball fan, a player hitting a home run wearing the number 16 on his uniform or 16 players on the field is an excellent way of signifying his 16th birthday. For a NASCAR-themed cake, a race car numbered 16 with driver inside is ideal.
Draw inspiration for your boy's 16th birthday cake design by looking at his hobbies and interests. For example, if your teen plays a mean guitar, create (or order) a cake design with a boy rocking out as he plays. Add a 16 to a t-shirt the guitarist is wearing in your design. If your teen is an avid surfer, try a photo of him on the beach with a surfboard in hand, along with 16 surfboards, each numbered, framing the image. Again, select a cake designer that has equipment that can transform your photo into a cake decoration.