Cakes are always fun for celebrations. They’re a great way to bring a room of people together and focus on the celebration at hand. However, you’ve got to find the right cake for the right situation – as serving a pink flowery cake at a gentleman’s 60th probably won’t go down well. That’s why we’re looking at trendy birthday cakes for men.
These cakes all come from social media. They’re masterpieces that actual people have made and served. You could even use these as inspiration for building your own creative cakes or simply admire them.
A few of the posts come from bakeries that offer custom cakes. So, if you have the right design at the right time, someone might just make your dream cake for you.
You can also check out birthday cake delivery services. Their products often aren’t quite as elaborate as the cakes we’ve featured here, but you never know. One of them may offer exactly what you need.
Also, instead of making a single cake, you could consider a cake of the month subscription box so the party can continue for the rest of the year!
On-Trend Birthday Cakes For Men (With Pictures!)
Nutella Layer Cake
There’s a ton going on with this cake. For starters, it’s a Nutella chocolate layer cake, one that’s moist, rich, and packed with chocolate. Then you have the insane number of garnishes, including Ferrero Rochers, chocolate sticks, bars of chocolate, hazelnuts, and even a mini jar of Nutella.
This over-the-top garnishing trick is one of the best ways to jazz up a cake. You could even do this with a regular store bought cake. Doing so would give you an impressive-looking treat that didn’t actually require much work.
This cake is definitely for a certain type of man, perhaps one that sees himself as a player or loves partying. The cake could also be used as a fun way to give real money, if you wanted to take that route.
The bear on top is particularly cool and perfectly ties the whole thing together. If you were making a similar cake at home, you could easily use a toy rather than trying to craft your own figure.
For The Gentleman
There are a ton of cakes in this style now and they all look amazing. This particular version really encompasses the idea of being a gentleman. The silver chain and bow tie are particularly nice touches.
The design could easily be tweaked to focus on a different color of suit or even a different type of clothing. For example, another version uses a gray waistcoat and a brown tie. There’s even one that riffs on Superman.
You could make the cake even more special by matching the design to an outfit that the birthday boy wears regularly.
If the man of the hour loves Jack Daniel’s, why not go all out? This cake really drives the point home, with a Jack Daniel’s color scheme, miniature bottles of whiskey, and even the logo on the cake itself.
There’s also no shortage of chocolate and treats on the top, which makes the cake even more impressive. Of course, all these toppings would make cutting the cake a messy affair. Still, that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?
Okay, this birthday cake is cheating, as it’s not really a cake at all. It’s just lots of beer and two tiny bottles of Smirnoff to mix things up. Still, it’s a good approach if you don’t have the time and energy to make an entire cake.
Alternatively, you could get creative and make a layered cake and surround it with beer. If you did so carefully, the cake itself might stay entirely hidden until someone grabs a can of beer.
Anyone who watches Bond would love this cake. It has all the elegance of the movies, while the motorbike and moss add a touch of excitement.
The motorbike part isn’t essential though. You could easily make the second layer plain, with just dark frosting all the way around. Doing so would continue the theme nicely and would be much easier to create.
This seems like an excellent cake for a builder or anyone who thinks of themselves as a handyman. The layer of bricks half hidden behind frosting is a seriously cool effect. It’s much more interesting than a solid layer of frosting all the way around.
I love how the top has been kept simple as well, with just two macarons and a builder’s tool. Keeping this simple here really helps the brickwork to stand out.
Despite appearances, this really is a cake. Even the screwdriver seems to be a part of it. Impressive, right?
Cakes like this aren’t incredibly difficult to make either. They mostly just require plenty of care and attention to detail. Plus, once you’re familiar with the techniques, you can easily create your own designs.
Speaking of realistic cakes, what about this one? It’s designed to actually look like a grill and pulls it off well.
The Pinterest post links through to a tutorial that provides some details about how to make the cake yourself. Even if you don’t match their version, you should end up with a cake that looks amazing.
For Guinness lovers, a cake shaped like a large foaming mug of Guinness could be perfect. The style is a nice break from traditional cakes. It can also be tweaked in plenty of ways.
Some versions include a couple of figurines next to the beer cake or trying to drink out of it – showcasing the size. You could even use a little Guinness in the recipe when making the cake.
For The Muso
I love how this cake doesn’t try to precisely mimic the shape of a guitar. Instead, you have the tiered cake shape, with strings and the guitar’s headstock. The music notes on the cake and the sheet music highlight the theme further.
Some guitar cakes take a different approach and actually look like a real guitar. Those are fun too but they’re also more involved and don’t necessarily look any better.
This cake looks pretty simple at first glance, as there are just two sheet cakes that have been made to look like planks of wood. The suspended drill takes the cake to an entirely new level, especially as it seems to be fondant-based.
Honestly, I have no idea how the cake creator created or suspended the drill. That’s part of the magic, isn’t it?
Black And Gold
I love the simple elegance of this piece. It even looks a little like a skyscraper, complete with gold or silver beams.
The simplicity of this cake isn’t a bad thing at all. Sometimes it’s nice to strip things back and focus on minimalism.
Here’s one for men who love their cars. It’s not particularly difficult to make either, as most cakes are circular to begin with.
The BMV theme isn’t essential. You could easily go with a different brand or even with no brand at all. If the cake isn’t large enough, you could try a tiered cake instead, where each tier is a tire.
Aged To Perfection
Some men prefer wine to beer or whiskey. For those men, this aged to perfection cake works well. After all, wine tends to get better with age. That’s a nice sentiment to pass on to anyone who’s a bit age conscious.
Ties, Ties, And More Ties
Many men end up with far too many ties, mostly from birthday gifts. This cake references the idea perfectly and looks fantastic at the same time.
Plus, the recipient could easily prefer these candy ties to the real deal.
This style isn’t common among custom cakes. That’s a shame, as it’s simply amazing. It looks like something out of a graphic novel or perhaps a noir movie.
The design doesn’t need to be based on a real city either. It would be much easier to make something entirely fictional.
A Harley Cake
Plenty of cakes take a Harley-Davidson theme. This one is particularly interesting because it’s so simple.
The logo and cake topper even look like they were purchased, rather than made by hand. This means you don’t need many creative skills at all to build a cake like this.
Truffle Cake For The Squares
The shape of this cake makes it stand out immediately. While square cakes aren’t terribly hard to make, they’re also not common.
Then you have the black and gold spheres and gold leaves. There are enough of these to make the cake stand out, but not too many. A cake like this would be excellent at a dress to impress birthday party.
What this cake lacks in elegance it makes up for in flavor. The focus on coconut and Kahlua makes this a rich and flavorful cake that’s a little different than normal.
The selection of toppings helps the cake to stand out as well. You could always add your own favorites to make it even more special.
Simple And Elegant
This cake goes in the opposite direction, with just a half circle of carefully chosen garnishes. And, why not? Cakes don’t need to be overloaded with toppings to look good.
Here’s one for any man who loves The Godfather (or thinks of himself that way). There are plenty of other Godfather cakes, but I like how this one uses a sheet cake and a comparatively simple design.
The hat is a particularly nice touch, making the cake even more engaging.
Chocolate Macaron Drip Cake
This cake manages to make a handful of garnishes look stunning. This is partly because of the chocolate drip style. This chocolate would taste amazing and stands out against the light color of the cake.
There’s even a little bottle of whiskey on top to make it more interesting.
Here’s a second Harley-Davidson cake to consider. This one has some fantastic color contrast going on.
The slogan ‘enjoy the ride’ is also perfect for a birthday party. That’s what we want from life, right? To have a good ride, even if there are a few bumps along the way.
Who Needs Color?
Black cakes always seem classy and masculine, regardless of their actual design. This one also happens to be pretty simple, so it’s an easy one to try out for yourself.
Mirror cakes get their name from having a stunning mirror-like finish. This one was developed as a Christmas cake, but it could easily be a birthday cake instead.
The combination of gold, black, and stars makes this cake particularly elegant. While it’s not very large, it doesn’t need to be either. There would still be more than enough servings for a small gathering.
An Elegant Take On A Biker Cake
I love how this cake takes the common theme of motorbikes in an entirely different direction. The use of black, blue, and a little gold works well to create an elegant treat that stands out.
It’s another fairly small treat, so there would be few leftovers the next day. That’s not necessarily bad though, as birthday cakes often hang around for far too long.
Who Loves Starbucks?
Here’s one for the man who can’t go without his cup of coffee. It’s an excellent cake too, as the different parts complement each other perfectly. There’s even artificial ‘ice’ on the cake itself.
The log cake theme has been done many times, but rarely like this. The checkered interior of the cake is certain to make everyone laugh, while the ax is seriously impressive.
Just make sure that the gift recipient has a good sense of humor.
Elegant And Masculine
Cakes don’t need to over the top to look amazing. This one manages to be elegant, even though it is completely minimalistic with just a black band around the bottom.
You could easily use other colors. That said, it’s the black and white contrast that really makes this cake stand out.
Was the last cake too simple? Well, here’s the other extreme, a gray chocolate drip cake that’s loaded with garnishes (and extras around the base, just for good measure).
I love how much chocolate there is on this cake. Not to mention the two baby bottles of Jack Daniel’s to round the whole thing off
Steampunk remains popular and for fans it can sometimes be all-encompassing. A steampunk themed cake is the perfect way to celebrate the birthday man’s passion in a way everyone can enjoy.
This particular cake is an impressive example, with two levels packed with intricate details and familiar imagery. Even the colors are exactly right.