Everyone knows that cupcakes are really just regular cakes that haven’t grown up yet … which makes them perfect for a first birthday party. Surprise those wide eyes and gaping mouths with an amazingly decorated treat that’ll have their hands clenching, “Gimme, please!” Whether your little one is a vegan or frosting fiend, click through our album to find a recipe that’s just right.

Big Birthday Cupcake

Okay, sometimes a cake-sized cupcake is better than a cupcake-sized cake. Especially when it’s as big as our babe’s O-N-E celebration. This giant dessert by Jen from Around the World in 80 Cakes is actually shaped from three tiers, making it stand over a foot tall. Definitely meant for sharing with at least 40 people, this cake was about $250-300.

 Photo by Jennifer Airone Rao

 

Have any cupcake tricks, baby-friendly substitutions and more? Share them in the comments below!

— Christal Yuen