Personalized Cake Topper for Any Occasion

A personalized cake topper makes for one of the simplest party planning hacks out there. I love creating my own custom cake toppers (or cupcake toppers) to match with whatever party theme or decor I have planned. Instead of paying a cake decorator, grab a plain cake and add your own cake decorations.

Letterboard saying "today I eat cake" next to small pink and white smash cake with #1 topper in it.

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Start with your favorite grocery store or bakery cake. My personal favorite is Whole Foods’ Carousel Cake. I order whatever size I need and just ask them to ice it smooth with plain white icing. (For my daughter’s first birthday I had them do an ombre effect while still keeping the top plain and smooth).

Here’s where the fun comes in. Get creative on how you can add some personality to your cake. Whether you purchase something, like a Minnie Mouse cake topper, or create your own, have fun with it.

Small white cake with pink and silver sprinkles, disco balls, and a large #3 standing upright on a wooden skewer.
Minnie Mouse birthday cake topper with mouse ears and pink fondant bow along with a pink and white polka dot #2 on the front of the cake.
First birthday party cake set up with large pink and white sheet cake with "one" banner as a cake topper next to smaller smash cake with #1 cake topper next to a sign reading "today I eat cake".
White sheet cake covered in blue sprinkles with blue toy plane. Paper plane and cloud banner made with white paper and hanging from tall skewers.


White sheet cake with sprinkles and disco balls next to smaller white cake on a glass cake stand with #3 cake topper.

If you have a cricut or silhouette, your opens for creating and printing your own designs are truly endless. If not, no worries! Get yourself some small objects, cardstock paper, good scissors, and get to work on your own personalized cake topper.

You can also find some amazing cake toppers online, like this one, that we used for my daughter’s Oh Twodles birthday party.

Party planning can really wreak havoc on your bank account if you let it, so I’m always trying to come up with creative and affordable ways to save. Nixing traditional decorated cakes in lieu of something more simple with your own happy birthday cake topper (or for any occasion) is a great swap to try out.

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