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30 Circus Birthday Party Cake Ideas

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Come one, come all, come on! This week we are featuring one of the world’s most popular birthday party ideas for all ages: circus-themed birthday cakes.

You’ll have fun checking out decorations, favors and activities from moms and vendors who have successfully used party supplies and imagination to create the most delightful celebrations.

A circus birthday party just wouldn’t be the same without a cake so that’s our focus today.

These 30 Boy's Birthday Party Circus Cakes Ideas are showcased by Spaceships and Laser Beams.


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This circus birthday party for a boy's first birthday features lots of cute details and fun activities.

1. Circus-Themed Birthday

From Moondance Photography via Spaceships and Laser Beams

Isn’t this birthday cake so sweet for a little boy’s birthday party? It looks like a miniature carousel with its striped straw poles and little circus animals. I love how simple the base of the cake is. With simple white frosting and piped outline, you could recreate this cake yourself! Also take note of the adorable clown cupcakes made with sugar ice cream cones and printed cupcake wrappers.

This adorable boy's circus birthday cake features a circus tent and a performing elephant!

2. Big Top Circus Cake

From Astonishing Cakes via A to Zebra Celebrations

This blogger built their whole Big Top Circus Party around this darling cake, and we can certainly see why! A plain white cake wrapped with fondant is topped with an adorable circus tent featuring a tiny balancing elephant. The amount of detail in this cake is just perfect and I love all of the bright colors the designer used!

3. Circus Cake

From I’m Topsy Turvy

Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy is full of innovative ideas and this circus cake creation is no exception. Made for a circus themed baby shower, this cake is filled with gorgeous details and a super unique design that guests will fall in love with. An adorable fondant elephant, lion, monkey, and zebra hold up a carved big top tent.

This fabulous tiered birthday cake uses a great use of texture and patterns.

4. Big Circus

From Invento Festa via Hostess With the Mostess

Bold colors, festive patterns, and perfectly on theme details make this big circus birthday cake one of our all time favorites. Cobalt blue, black and white checked, flaming red, and golden layers are stacked high and then topped with a ring master’s top hat complete with a feather. This cake is sure to be the center of attention on any circus themed dessert table.

Sprinkles and bunting make this circus-themed first birthday cake spectacular.

5. Circus Carnival Party

From Sweet Candy Couture via Kara’s Party Ideas

This beautiful two layer birthday cake looks so festive and is easy enough to recreate at home! The extra tall bottom layer is coated in multicolored confetti sprinkles and a badge with the birthday boy’s name. A tiny  top layer boasts a bunting banner with a bold number one sitting on top made from fondant covered rice krispy treats.

This circus-themed cake makes use of basic colors and cute animal shapes with perfect effect.

6. Circus Party

From Where the Green Grass Grows

Simple yet colorful, this festive circus cake is the perfect cake design to take on yourself for a circus themed party. Bake up your little one’s favorite flavored cake, ice with plain vanilla icing, then decorate with simple fondant circus animals. Roll out red, green, blue, and yellow fondant then use cookie cutters to create tiny circus animals and the letters of the birthday boy’s name.

This pastel-colored birthday party decorated the birthday cake with circus tickets. Too cute.

7. Dessert Feature

From Eye Candy Cville via Amy Atlas

Everyone knows that you must have a ticket to enter the circus and this super fun cake has enough for everyone! The beautiful and elegant three tiered cake is covered in admit one tickets customised with the children’s names and then printed on edible paper in soft pinks, oranges, and reds. It is perfectly displayed with an array of other treats including candy apples, funnel cake cupcakes, and monogrammed ferris wheel cookies.

This baby boy's circus birthday cake includes the most incredible detail!

8. First Birthday

From Rebecca Sutterby via Flickr

An adorable elephant and friendly clown make the perfect partners on this brightly colored circus themed cake. Each tier is decorated with vibrant colors and bold patterns, along with those adorable fondant molded characters! I also love the little first birthday cake off to the side that is just perfect for those classic first birthday cake pictures.

Paper cut-outs make this circus party memorable.

9. Circus Party

From One Charming Party via Pottery Barn Kids

Making your own cake for your little guy’s special day? Add a cake topper that will amaze your guests! We are loving the downloadable template from One Charming Party that includes a few of our favorite circus acts. Just print out these graphics of a tightrope walker, trickster seal, and balancing elephant to spice up a plain white frosted cake. Add some fondant balls and a piped banner for added adorable detail.

This tiered circus birthday party cake includes a circus tent and cute marzipan animals.

10. Circus Party

From De La Rosa Cupcakes via Party Inspirations

I love this simple yet elegant three tiered circus cake from De La Rosa Cupcakes. The top tier of three has gorgeous golden curtains pulled back, as if inviting you to enter the circus. An adorable fondant monkey and lion welcome you from the sidelines. This cake would be perfect for a birthday party or baby shower with a modern circus theme.

This adorable circus birthday party cake makes great use of unusual colors and asymmetrical details.

11. Circus Work 

From Studio Cake Design via Indulgy

This indulgent big top circus birthday cake is filled with wonderful details that you will be dreaming about for years to come. Three topsy turvy tiers are decorated with detailed carousel animals, a big top tent, and a little train carrying all of the circus treats you can think of. Think about cotton candy, circus peanuts, and fresh popped popcorn.

This circus-tent birthday cake is perfect for this theme.

12. 1st Circus Birthday

From Tabletop Treats via Hostess With the Mostess 

Come one, come all to the fabulous backyard big top circus! The centerpiece of this fun backyard bash was a beautiful big top smash cake set atop a glass cake stand and surrounded by peanuts. The cake is decorated to look just like a circus tent with bold red and white stripes, fondant circus animal cutouts, and a little flag topping it off!

This stars and elephant-themed cake is perfect for a boy's circus party.

13. Brayden’s 1st

From The Sweetest Occasion

A simple birthday cake with a twist! Bright aqua elephants and cherry red accents really pop against the white background of this beautiful fondant cake. The design is simple but completely adorable, with red and blue scallops along the bottom of the cake and little elephants walking along the sides. I also love the red and white starred ribbon wrapped around the white cake plate.

This cute tiered birthday cake is decorated with stripes and polka dots, and topped with a cute clown.

14. 1st Circus 

From KLM Events via Catch My Party

Clowns, stripes, and polka dots are guaranteed to inspire a great big grin from the birthday boy with this sweet first circus cake. The bright colors in this cake make for such a fun celebration and the name badge on the front is the perfect way to personalize a cake. The adorable clown sitting on the ledge of that second tier only adds to the adorableness!

This circus birthday makes use of classy patterns and colors.

15. Circus Feature

From Jayme Marie Designs via Amy Atlas

A harlequin design full of beautiful color and pattern is a novel take on a circus cake. I love it! This modern take on a circus themed cake is such a fun centerpiece for a birthday party dessert table, especially topped with the birthday boy or girl’s first initial. This harlequin cake was perfectly presented with glass jars filled with various candies and some sweet cupcakes topped with mustaches.

 

These cupcake clowns are easy to DIY and absolutely perfect for a circus-themed birthday.

16. Circus Birthday Party Ideas

From Satisfied Customer via Spaceships and Laser Beams

I had to include these darling clown cupcakes on this list because they use our own printable clown cupcake wrappers. Homemade cupcakes were topped with ice cream sugar cones decorated with some little candies to look just like clown hats.  Plus, I know you will be inspired by how easy these clown cupcakes are to put together.

This classic circus big tent birthday cake is absolutely darling.

17. Circus Birthday Cake

From Tutulicious via A to Zebra Celebrations

Gain inspiration from this big top cake and its smaller, coordinated smash version from an adorable circus themed first birthday party. The big cake is decorated to look just like a circus tent with red and white stripes and pulled back curtains. The smaller companion cake is decorated in the same colors, perfect for pictures of the birthday boy or girl smashing in to!

18. 1st Carnival

From Dreamer’s Joy

This party’s color scheme consisted of red, white, yellow, and teal with beautiful circus themed elements throughout. The whimsical cake was the centre of attention, with three beautifully decorated tiers that perfectly tied into the vintage carnival theme. Harlequin print, cute red banners, and a circus tent were tied together with adorable fondant characters.

This cute boy's circus birthday cake is tiered and topped with a clown face.

19. Circus Birthday Cake

From Isa via Flickr

Now this is a cake that makes a statement. A cherry red fondant background is decorated with bold yellow and white harlequin diamonds, stripes, stars, and the birthday boy’s name in beautiful lettering. A friendly clown sits at the very top of the cake, pulling the whole theme together. This cake is ready for a party!

20. Conner’s 2nd Birthday

From J.Lynne Photography

Filled with bold patterns and bright colors, this second birthday celebration is a beautiful take on the circus theme. With a fun polka dot background, the two-tiered cake definitely stands out. Decorated in light teal, stark white, and cherry red, the cake boasts the birthday boy’s name in harlequin diamonds and a top tier that looks just like a circus tent.

This vintage circus birthday cake makes use of the most perfect pastel colors and is topped by the sweetest little lion.

21. Vintage Circus 1st Birthday

From IDEA! event + style via Spaceships and Laser Beams

A tame lion sets on top of yellow and green for a fresh circus color theme.

This popcorn-decorated circus cake is perfect for a memorable circus-themed first birthday party.

22. Circus-Themed 1st Birthday

From Piece of Cake via Cake Central

Any circus loving birthday boy would fall head over heels for this super fun birthday cake. It’s decked out with bright colors, beautiful patterns, and plenty of circus themed motifs. The top layer is a big container of popcorn, with fondant popcorn pieces overflowing onto the cake! You will also find a bunch of birthday balloons, the birthday boy’s age, and an elephant balancing right on top.

This whimsical circus birthday cake is sure to have guests ready to step right up to tuck in.

23. Christian’s Birthday

From Roxanne M. via Catch My Party

Whirligigs and lollipops take the starring roles on this happy looking cake. It’s filled with super fun decorations that will transport you to a day at the circus. I love how many small little details the designer included that really make this cake pop. The top tier looks just like a big circus tent and the admit one tickets along the bottom are so cute.

24. Carnival Birthday

From Adriana Garcia via Design Dazzle

There are so many young and fun colors in this first birthday circus themed cake. Sunny yellow is the predominant color with polka dots and carnival characters topping it off. The amount of detail in the cake topper is seriously impressive! I love all of the amazing bold patterns and brightly colored letters spelling out the birthday boy’s name.

25. Carnival Themed Birthday Cake

From Kawea via Cake Central

Made for a special niece’s fifth birthday, this impressive cake boasts so many wildly fundetails. All decorated in teal blue, cherry red, bright yellow, and crisp white, each layer offers a new pattern even more fun than the last. Stars, polka dots, stripes, and harlequin diamonds are all topped with a fondant circus tent and birthday age.

This darling birthday cake is shaped like a circus tent! Sweet.

26. Circus Spectacular

From Partylicious via Catch My Party

A red and white tent is simple, but makes the perfect cake for a circus themed bash. Bold red and white stripes take me right back to going to the circus when I was a little kid and all of the excitement that came with it. Add some candy details, yellow fondant streamers, and a bright blue flag and you have yourself an adorable birthday cake.

27. Circus Birthday

From Cara Lee Cupcakes and Cake

A whimsical little elephant sits at the tent opening of this big top cake, just waiting for the party begin! You can recreate this cake yourself with some fondant and rice krispy treats. The rice krispy treats help keep the circus tent nice and sturdy and the cake underneath is perfectly decorated with red, blue, and yellow harlequin diamonds.

This classic birthday cake incorporates a circus theme by adding themed bunting.

28. Vintage Circus

From 5 to 9 Blog via A to Zebra Celebrations 

Sometimes simple is best! This beautiful white cake is dressed simply with confetti sprinkles and a mini pennant banner strung up between two striped straws. This would even be a great way to make a store bought cake a little more special and fit your circus themed birthday party. Add to the fun with some bright red polka dot wrapping paper wrapped around the base of a cake stand.

29. Dumbo Circus Birthday Cake

From Immaculate Confections

Bunting banners, a big top and the cutest little elephant – this cake has it all! This cake was originally designed for a christening, but it would make a wonderful cake for birthdays and other circus themed occasions. Dumbo sits front at centre at the entrance to the circus tent, a familiar face that all of your little circus loving guests will appreciate.

This brightly colored boy's circus birthday cake is so cute.

30. Carnival Circus

From Cake Sisters via Cake Central

Four tiers means four times the celebration. This carnival circus cake is seriously impressive and features so many fun and whimsical details. Bright yellow stars, bold yellow and red backgrounds, and a big top circus tent right on top are beautifully decorated with fondant clowns and circus animals. Any birthday kid would go crazy for this amazing cake.

Bonus: How to Make Clown Cake-pops

From Bird’s Party Blog

How stinking cute are these clown cake pops for a circus themed birthday or baby shower? They are super easy to make too – you can even get the kids involved! Follow the simple step by step instructions to create these clown pops yourself with normal cake pop ingredients, some little candies, and ice cream cones.

Create your own circus cake masterpiece with these great sources gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams.

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.