Celebrate: 10 best kids' birthday cakes

From a bespoke chocolatey fire engine to a rainbow-coloured sponge packed with sweets, we tasted (helped by some mini testers) a range of cake to find the tastiest creations for children’s parties this summer

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No kids’ birthday is complete without a cake. But not every parent likes baking and many don’t have the time to make one anyway. If you fall into either category, our round up will help you decide which ready-made cakes are worth buying.

We got our little testers on the case, they tried a range of sweet treats; from Sainsbury’s good-value bake for DIY-decorating up to Harrods’ seriously decadent bespoke creations. Whether you’re strapped for cash or money is no object – and whether your child is a small toddler or strapping teenager -  we have it covered.

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Verdict: For sheer wow factor (even on the inside of the cake), our vote goes to the Fortnum & Mason Pinata Celebration Cake. For a budget option, we like the Sainsbury’s Decorate Your Own Cake, which gives parents a chance to provide their own personal touch.

Buy now

1. Waitrose Fire Engine, £25

2. Mars M&Ms Cake, £11

3. Hummingbird Bespoke Number Cake, from £42.95

4. Sainsbury’s Decorate Your Own Cake, £4

5. Harrods Bespoke Birthday Cake, From £250

6. Asda Caterpillar Celebration Cake, £4.98

7. Fortnum & Mason Pinata Celebration Cake, £55

8. M&S Large Balloons Cake, £12 (in store only)

9. Bettys Bear Cake, from £56

10. Chococo Purbeck Marble Cake, from £26.95

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