50th Birthday Cake Designs

Stacked layer cakes with fondant decoration.

stacked fondant cak

There are tons of options for 50th birthday cake designs that will perfectly fit your birthday person and the celebration you have in mind. The cake is usually the centerpiece of a birthday party, at least the food portion of it. So make it worthy of all that attention!


Dozens of cake styles, decoration styles, and flavor combinations. How do you decide? We'll list them and show you pictures of several designs to help you narrow it down. You'll love our birthday cake pictures, and we also have practical tips to consider.





Pastel colored frosting topped with fresh flowers.

pastel cake fresh flowers


Cake Designs: Shapes and Styles

The style of cake you choose might be determined by how many servings you need.

In this list of cake styles you will find a rule of thumb for servings per cake to help you choose from the best 50th birthday cake designs for your party.

  • Traditional layer cake - serves 12-18 depending on 2 or 3 layers
  • Cheesecake - serves 16
  • Sheet cake - full sheet is 108 servings, also consider 1/4 or 1/2 sheet sizes
  • Swiss roll - serves 12-16
  • Stacked cake - varies
  • Cupcakes - 1 or 2 per person
  • Constructed cake designs arranged into shapes like numbers, animals, cars, etc. - varies
  • Bundt cake - serves 12-16


50th birthday cake number shape

We have a free template for a "50" cake design.

Cake Designs: Decoration Styles

  • Whipped buttercream or sugar frostings with piped decorations
  • Glazes
  • Fruit, whole or sliced
  • Live flowers
  • Fondant covering, sculptures for smooth professional look


cake with fresh flower

Decorate with fresh flowers.

cream frosting with frui

Decorate with colorful fresh fruit.



fondant decorated cake


An artistic look with fondant bows and sculptures.



Cake Designs: Flavors

pretty easy cupcakes

Sometimes cake flavors will dictate some of the other choices you will make in your cake designs. For example, you might not plan to use a pink cake with an orange flavor.

  • Chocolate cake with whipped cream, fudge, caramel, cream cheese, or orange frosting
  • Yellow cake with chocolate, white/vanilla, strawberry, cherry
  • White cake with any flavors
  • Orange spice with orange frosting
  • Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Cheesecake with fruit toppings, chocolate, caramel
  • Cake alternated with mousse filling
  • Lemon cake with white frosting
  • White cake with lemon frosting
  • Lime cake with coconut frosting
  • Pineapple cake with coconut frosting
  • Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting
  • Bundt cake with powdered sugar or cocoa, whipped cream for topping


We hope you enjoyed these birthday cake pictures, designs, and ideas. If we helped you, we would love to hear from you here, or with a comment or Like on our Facebook page.



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