2nd Birthday: Cake, Cupcake or Cookie?

For Lucas’ 2nd birthday, we are just having a small at home family party. We don’t have any family members here with us in Alaska unfortunately, so we’re just keeping things small. Even though a huge party with lost of people, presents, candy and decorations isn’t involved, I still want to make his birthday special. I got the night off from work, as it falls on a day I usually work, and I’ve been trying to think about what we could do.

Obviously, he has to have a cake or cupcake or something similar, but here are my thoughts. I don’t want to make a huge cake because I don’t want to eat any and my husband doesn’t like cake. However, it is pretty simple and cheap to make a cake so I suppose it wouldn’t hurt and I could let him have the whole thing. Well, not really eat the whole thing but get some good pictures with it! 🙂

{Lucas on his 1st birthday. Obviously loving his chocolate cake!}

Or, I was thinking I could make one mini sized cake just for him. Or, I could make one cupcake just for him. Is it possible to make one cupcake? Or, I could make him cookies and put a candle on it.

OR I could buy him a cupcake from the store and call it good. But I feel guilty if I don’t make something (even though I am not a baker and I have no idea what I’m doing) and I hate to spend more money on his cake then on his birthday present itself.

Do you have any ideas for me?? What have you done to have a special and fun birthday for your little ones to make it memorable and fun, yet simple too? 

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

10 thoughts on “2nd Birthday: Cake, Cupcake or Cookie?

  1. Don't overthink it! It could even just be a muffin with a candle in the top and it'd be fine! I think you should go to a nice bakery and buy a cupcake. Easy Peasy. We had my sons 2nd birthday party this past weekend and I bought a box mix (which is not like me, I love to bake, I was just trying to make things easier on myself) and I only made half of it and everyone got tiny pieces. All the adults thanked me because if I had made the whole thing they would have eaten it, their kids would have eaten it and yes, it's tradition but no one really needs cake. I say, make it easy but have fun taking pictures!

  2. Mini cake, cupcake, muffin… I think they'd all be great ideas! I love to bake, so I would bake them myself. But a store bought would also be fun! I like to bake, but I am NO good at decorating cakes!

  3. You could make his favorite dinner and make that the special part and he can have a store bought cupcake for dessert. That way you still get to spoil him in the kitchen but you're not stuck with cake no one wants.
    If you decide to make a big cake you can give him a piece (or make him a little one from the batch) and donate the cake to the nearest reachers lounge or another family with older kids who may appreciate it.

  4. I am a cupcake girl but know what you mean about not wanting a whole big cake left over but it is a birthday and you should have a birthday cake…I dont know what to tell ya….both are yummy and im sure he would love either.

  5. It depends what you want your tradition to be…. for us the birthday cake is the special thing since we don't have family around or have party's with friends.

  6. Maybe get a smaller cake pan, like an 8 inch round instead of 10 or 11?
    I vote cake–and pop it in the freezer for a rainy day. Will he let you get away without eating any? My kids would force it down my throat, lol.

  7. WHy don't you make a muffin, or pancakes. I saw on a blog once, the cutest pancake party ever, for the two year old. I'm pretty sure they did have a cake, but pancakes ruled the menu on this party, and it was adorable.

    You can totally do something cute like that, so he can actually eat something kinda healthy, and still get all messy, and you can still decorate, and put candles in it too.

    Can't wait to see what you decide.


    Bella 🙂

  8. My little Max is celebrating his first birthday this weekend (!!!), and we're making him a carrot/pineapple cupcake minus the cream cheese icing from this website. It's made w/ agave nectar instead of sugar. Agave is low on the glycemic index and is metabolized by the body slower than sugar so it has a less severe effect on blood sugar fluctuations.


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