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…

1 of

Ad break

  • Tesco Despicable Me Minions cake, £11.50

    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 jolly yellow number is filled with buttercream and raspberry jam and covered  soft icing and sugar decorations. And, let's face it, who doesn't want to eat a Minion, right? 😀

    • Serves: 20
    • 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 Candyland Ultimate Cupcake, £10

    If you like your icing - thing might just be for you. It's extreme cup-caking, not for the faint-hearted. You said you like  sugar rush, right?

    • Serves: 20
    • Available from: Asda

  • Vegan flower cake, £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

  • Continue slideshow >

  • Sainsbury's Freefrom Safari celebration cake, £9

    If your little one has a milk or gluten allergy this cute safari cake compete with jungle friends might just hit the spot.

  • Cake-Cetera 4 luxury cake pots, £34

    If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, then these  gorgeous lemon cake pots with individual messages could be just the thing.

    Avoid all the mess and stress of slicing cake with these individually packaged treats. Each cake pot contains layers of lemon, poppy-seed ginger cake, freshmade lemon curd, meringue pieces and cream cheese frosting finished with gold dust. Just. Wow.

  • 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

  • Continue slideshow >

  • 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 Unicorn rainbow cake, £52

    Awwwwwww, what more needs to be said really - than the fact this is a unicorn cake. It's mad of real unicorns, too. Oooh - joking. It's a sponge base with butter cream and jam....yum!

    Serves: 20

    Available from: The Brilliant Bakers