10 best shop-bought children's birthday cakes

Party cakes from supermarkets including Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, Waitrose and M&S - for those of us who aren’t quite Mary Berry…

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  • Tesco Cheeky Monkey Cake, £8

    Maybe the thought of baking a cake on top of all the other birthday prep is making your head spin. Perhaps you’ve run out of time. Or you just can’t bake, won’t bake. We've all been there. The country might have gone completely bake-off bonkers, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours slaving over a soggy sponge, then ‘tart it up’ with runny icing before finally presenting your lopsided efforts.

    So, for those time-pressed or bake-challenged we’ve rounded up the best birthday cakes that you can nip out to the supermarket and buy or order online a few days before the big event. We’ve got supermarket bargains as well as nut-safe, gluten-free, dairy-free and eggless. Phew!

    Just don’t forget the candles…

    This sponge cake is filled with buttercream and raspberry jam, covered and decorated with soft icing, sugar decorations and chocolate frosting.

    Serves: 12
    Available from: Tesco

  • Morrisons Disney Frozen Cake, £8.99

    When only Frozen will do, give your little princess her just desserts. Hand decorated and made with no artificial colours or flavours, this cake features an icing Olaf with Princesses Elsa and Anna.

    Serves: 18

    Available from: Morrisons

  • Asda Pablo the Pug Cake, £10

    This funny pug cake is a real a crowd pleaser. The soft sponge is filled with buttercream and fruity raspberry jam and topped with soft icing. The perfect centerpiece for your party!

    Serves: 8

  • Vegan cake with multi coloured stars, £18.25

    If you’ve got special dietary requirements to cater for, this vegan bakery based in Derbyshire could be the answer. All of their cakes are vegan, dairy free cake and eggless. This 4” cake is decorated with multi-coloured stars and can be delivered to anywhere in the UK in 3 days.

    Serves: 4

    Available from: Vegan Cake Direct

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  • Tesco Disney Cars 2 Cake, £12

    If your little one is Cars mad then they'll just love this character cake. The hand decorated sponge cake has a crème and raspberry jam filling covered with red soft icing and coloured icing decorations.

    Serves: 18

    Available from: Tesco

  • Cake-Cetera 12 Strawberry Push Pops, £30

    If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, then these handheld strawberry cake push pops could be just the thing. Avoid all the mess and stress of slicing cake with these individually packaged treats. Each push pop contains layers of vanilla sponge topped with strawberry butter-cream and sprinkles. You can even add a personalised sticker.

    Serves: 12

    Available from: Cake-Cetera

  • Sainsbury's Just Love Food Company Nut Safe Chocolate Partybake, £3

    This nut-safe party bake is great value. The moist sponge cake has a butter based frosting topped with individual treats. 

    Serves: 6

    Available from: Sainsbury’s

  • M&S Pirate Ship Cake, £45

    If you’re looking for a real show-stopper then this pirate ship cake will really float your boat. (Sorry.) The chocolate sponge cake is filled with milk chocolate ganache, covered with soft icing and finished with soft and royal icing pirates.

    You can also personalise it with a message up to 40 characters.

    Serves: 40

    Available from: Marks and Spencer

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  • Waitrose Ladybird Cake, £24

    This sweet little ladybird is made up of golden sponge cake with a raspberry jam and vanilla buttercream filling and covered in soft icing topped with sugar paste decorations. But the best bit is, you can personalise it with a hand-piped message of up to 25 characters - so it'll look homemade without the effort!

    Serves: 25

    Available from: Waitrose

  • The Brilliant Bakers On The Farm Cake, £49.95

    This 8-inch square cake is available in gluten free vanilla sponge jam and butter cream, regular vanilla or chocolate fudge. The cute cake includes keepsake farmyard animals.

    Serves: 20

    Available from: The Brilliant Bakers