If you're the parent of a teen, you're well acquainted with the difficulty in pleasing him. When it comes to your teen's birthday, you can't throw a party like you did when he was a child. Chances are, balloons and party games aren't going to go over well. That doesn't mean you can't celebrate the occasion, but you may need to work with your teen to ensure that you throw a party he'll enjoy. Finishing the celebration with a cake tops off a birthday party and gives your teen a fun way to end his big day.
Choose the general design of the cake. This might be a color scheme, such as from your teen's favorite sports team. It could also be a theme cake that aligns with your teen's interests or passions, whether it's painting or hockey. Once you have a design in mind, you can choose embellishments and frosting colors to match.
Bake the cake. You can go the easy way and simply whip up a couple of boxed cake mixes, or you can prepare your teen's favorite cake from scratch. Either way, cook the cakes a day ahead of time so they have plenty of time to cool before you decorate them.
Shape the cake. This might mean trimming two cakes into smaller circles and stacking them in size order one on another to create a layered cake. To make a shaped cake, use a sharp knife to shave the edges of the cake to form the desired shape. For example, cut an oblong circle with pointed ends to create a football or two small circles with a rectangle connecting them to make a video game controller. If needed, carve part of the design from a few cakes and push them together to complete the finished shape.
Frost the cake. Mix up a bowl of each color you'll need to decorate the finished cake. This might be a rainbow of colors to make a paint palette, brown and green for a football-themed cake or black, red and white for a video game cake. Use piping tips to add details, such as the laces on a football or the features of a favorite animal's face.
Embellish the cake with candies, cookies and sprinkles. Large chocolate cookies might be tire wheels if your teen loves to watch car races. Use red candies to create video game buttons or spread brown, black and white sprinkles to create animal fur.