Sweet Sixteen Cakes

lit sweet sixteen cakes in front of birthday girl

Your cake is an important aspect of the party and should say a little something about you! The cake should also match the theme of your sweet sixteen. The cake should incorporate some of the theme’s design elements to tie the party together.

Cakes can be one level, multi-level or you can have multiple cakes! They can feature elaborate decorations showing off your personality and have many different cake flavors.

Sweet Sixteen Cake Flavors

Sweet sixteen cakes can be simple or complex and should be based on the personality and interests of the birthday person. Find the right sweet sixteen cake flavor for your cake based on our flavor personality profiles.

Fondant vs. Buttercream

Cake icing is varied almost as much as the cake flavors and are what separates a boring sheet cake from a sweet sixteen showstopper. Knowing which types of icing there are and which ones would be a good fit for your cake will help you when you meet with your cake designer. Fondant gives the cake a polished high-end look at a high-end price. More elaborate and smooth designs can be achieved with fondant but it isn’t something everyone loves to eat. Traditional buttercream will look good and taste good all the way through but you may not achieve a perfectly smooth design. Learn about the different types of icing and decorations used on sweet sixteen cakes.

Where Should I Get My Cake?

mardis gras cake sweet sixteen multi-level fondant purple yellow light blueFor the best possible results you should look for a local pastry shop or wedding cake shop that can deliver the cake style that you are looking for. A good bakery will work with you on the design and help you customize your dream cake.

Using sites like weddingwire.com or yelp.com will help you find the most highly rated vendors in your area based on other customers’ reviews of their work.

Average Sweet Sixteen Cake Cost?

A cake from a reputable baker will cost between $3-$8 per person including delivery and setup. You should be able to go to the shop and have a tasting of the different cakes until you find one that you love.

One way to manage the cost of the cake is to have a smaller (but spectacular) cake that will be photographed and used for candle ceremonies and singing. Then, purchase an inexpensive grocery store sheet cake to feed guests. No one will notice once the slices are cut and served!

The cost of the cake can vary greatly based on: 

  • number of levels
  • icing type (fondant, buttercream)
  • flavors
  • decorations
  • shape or intricate designs
  • time of the year

A lot of time goes into creating truly wonderful cakes but the result is worth it!