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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 birthdays. Every day this week 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 boy’s birthday party dessert table 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. From Moondance Photography via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Circus-Themed Birthday 

A simple round cake becomes oh-so-wonderful when a carousel circles the top.

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

2. From Astonishing Cakes via A to Zebra Celebrations: Big Top Circus

This darling cake was actually a contest winner –  for good reason!  An elephant balancing on a ball, the cut-away tent and ruffles look like fabric – sweet!

3. From I’m Topsy Turvy: Circus Cake

Ashlee is full of innovative ideas and her circus cake is too! Animal pillars support the Big Top in the most engaging fashion.

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

4. From Invento Festa via Hostess With the Mostess: Big Circus

Cobalt blue, black and white checks, flaming red and a golden upper layer wear a top hat with a feather!

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

5. From Sweet Candy Couture via Kara’s Party Ideas: Circus Carnival Party

Wow! What a confetti cake!

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

6. From Where the Green Grass Grows via Hostess With the Mostess:  Circus Party

Here’s a cake that is simple enough for mom to make at home and cute enough to feel proud of.

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

7. From Eye Candy Cville via Amy Atlas: Dessert Feature

You must have a ticket to enter the circus; this fun cake has enough for everyone!

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

8. From Rebecca Sutterby via Flickr: First Birthday

An elephant and a clown partner on this cake that celebrates the circus for a first birthday.


Paper cut-outs make this circus party memorable.

9. From One Charming Party: Circus Party

Here’s another sweet cake that even a non-professional could put together, with great results.


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

10. From De La Rosa Cupcakes via Party Inspirations: Circus Party

The top tier of three has tent curtains pulled back, as if inviting you to come to the circus. A monkey and a lion welcome from the sidelines.

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

11. From Studio Cake Design: Circus Work 

The big top, a carnival ride plus a carousel grace this edible piece of art.


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

12. From Tabletop Treats via Hostess With the Mostess: 1st Circus Birthday

What a smash cake!


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

13. From The Sweetest Occasion: Brayden’s 1st

Elephants in aqua and red pop against the white background.

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

14. From KLM Events via Catch My Party: 1st Circus 

A clown, stripes and polka dots inspire a great big grin!

This circus birthday makes use of classy patterns and colors.

15. From Jayme Marie Designs via Amy Atlas: Circus Feature

A harlequin design full of color and pattern is a novel take on a circus cake. I like it.


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

16. From Satisfied Customer via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Circus Birthday Party Ideas

I had to include these darling cupcakes because they are so cute and I know you’ll be inspired by how easy they are to put together!

This classic circus big tent birthday cake is absolutely darling.

17. From Tutulicious via A to Zebra Celebrations: Circus Birthday Cake

Here’s a Big Top cake and its smaller, coordinated smash version to inspire you.

18. From Dreamer’s Joy: 1st Carnival

A monkey, a clown and an elephant embellish this cake decorated in red, white and teal.


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

19. From Isa: Circus Birthday Cake 

Red and yellow stripes on a white cake with stars, harlequin diamonds and a clown on top; looks like it’s ready for a party!

20. From J.Lynne Photography: Conner’s 2nd Birthday

Red and white stripes and a circus tent top this double-tiered confection.



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

21. From IDEA! event + style via Spaceships and Laser Beams: Vintage Circus 1st Birthday

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. From Piece of Cake via Cake Central: Circus-Themed 1st Birthday

An elephant balances on a ball in a bag of (cake) popcorn, on top of a round of colorful stripes and dots.

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

23. From Roxanne M. via Catch My Party: Christian’s Birthday

Whirligigs and lollipops take the starring roles on this happy looking cake.

24. From Adriana Garcia via Design Dazzle: Carnival Birthday

Sunny yellow is the predominant color with polka dots and carnival characters topping it off.

This blue, red and yellow boy's first birthday party circus cake features classic birthday patterns.

25. From Simply Sweets: Dean’s Birthday

Blue, red, yellow and white (circus colors!) color this confection that includes diamonds, stars, balloons and balls.

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

26. From Partylicious via Catch My Party: Circus Spectacular

A red and white tent is simple, but so perfect!

27. From Cara Lee Cupcakes and Cake: Circus Birthday

A whimsical elephant sits at the tent opening, just waiting for the party to begin.

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

28. From 5 to 9 Blog via A to Zebra Celebrations: Vintage Circus

The festive cake is dressed simply with confetti sprinkles and a mini-pennant banner; the cupcakes are perfectly coordinated.


This impeccably decorated boy's birthday cake is perfect for a circus party.

29. From Sue’s Sweets: Circus Birthday Cake

Adorable fondant figures top two tiers of yum.

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

30. From Cake Sisters via Cake Central: Carnival Circus

There are FOUR tiers to celebrate with on this Big Top representative!

A Little Extra

From Bird’s Party Blog: How to Make Clown Cake-pops

Want something else that you can add to your celebration? Bird shares her step-by-step instructions for making comical clown cake-pops.

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.