When I was a child, one of my favorite things was the once-a-year joy of being able to choose what would adorn my birthday cake. There was a period of about three years when I only wanted a bear dressed as a ballerina (with a real tulle tutu!), but more often than not it was my fave Disney character that won the honor.
Since my day of childhood birthday parties it seems like the cake decoration business has seriously stepped up its game, and now birthday cakes have become serious works of art!
Take a look at these wonderful Disney themed cakes and see if you can walk away without immediately needing a slice of something sweet:
The Little Mermaid
The attention to detail with the seashells and the seahorse is awesome! Not to mention Flounders face, seriously look at that little guy!
This cake was made by the seriously talented Malena Makes. I love that the iconic silhouette of Ariel from The Little Mermaid poster was used, and the colors used were quite elegant and not totally cartoony (apparently it was made for someone in their twenties, so I know what I'm ordering next birthday!).
This masterpiece was made by Sweets by Selina and is of course based on the good fairy Fauna's failed attempt to make Briar Rose a 16th birthday cake. I don't know about you, but I think she nailed it!
Her Majesty Cakes made this beautiful Mulan birthday cake (let's face it, Mulan is definitely one of the best Disney gals!). The cherry blossoms and the little Mulan figurines are adorable, it's almost much too pretty to eat...almost.
It wouldn't be a Disney cake list without including a couple of [Frozen](movie:411685) cake, right?! This Olaf cake shows the movies resident lover of warmer climes in his grass skirt and ready for some warm hugs!
This wonderful Elsa portrait was made for a 7th birthday and, unlike most of the other cakes in this list, was not made with fondant meaning everyone got to enjoy all that frosting!!
Ahhh, Sulley cake!! I can't get over the texture of the 'fur' on this one, I don't know if I want to stroke it or STUFF IT ALL IN MY MOUTH.
The Haunted Mansion
This cake is the most amazing wedding cake I've ever laid eyes on! It even has the bride and groom in a little doom-buggy up on the top like they have in the real ride and it's even complete with a little ghost! The lucky couple who had this cake at their wedding was actually fortunate enough to get married at Disney as well!
The Princess and the Frog
I love the colors in The Princess and the Frog, the purple and green always look so elegant, and the lotus flowers are beautiful. This cake captures all of that and even had a little Tiana in a bubble! Maybe she needs to go into cakes after her take over of the Beignet market!
The Nightmare Before Christmas
This is another spooky themed wedding cake, made by Essence Cakery for a couple who got married on Halloween! What could be more fitting?!
This is one lucky-as-heck little one-year-old boy! I love the tiny little Dug in the garden!
I'm going to cut to what we all want to know: the balloons were made with almond M&Ms attached with icing to a styrofoam ball with the bottom hot glued to the pole.
This was made for a soon-to-be 3-year-old, and oh my gosh, I can't get over the details! The ripples in the water! The lanterns! The vines creeping up the side of the tower, wow. Seriously awesome effort.
Wow! Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair! This Tangled cake is the bomb, alright! Check out Pascal climbing the side of the tower, so cute!
Winnie the Pooh
I know I definitely had a Winnie the Pooh cake growing up, but nothing as amazing as this 3D beehive! The 100 Acre Woods better watch out, because I'm coming over for a slice of that action any minute.
Heck yes, Ralph the hero! Check out those muscles! Ralph was made with fondant, and his hair is modeling chocolate.
Bonus: The Cinderella Castles cake transformation for the 25th Anniversary in 1996
Yes, that's right! To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, Cinderella's Castle was transformed into an 18-story birthday cake! The 'cakestle' was in place for 15 months. The cake took 400 gallons of pink paint, 26 candles, 16 candy stars, 16 candy bears, 12 gumdrops, 4 stacks of lifesavers, 30 lollipops, 50 gumballs and 1000 feet of pink and blue inflatable icing. WOW.