It’s that time of the year again! After another 365 days around the sun, you’re ready to celebrate you or your child’s special day with a fun roller skating party.
One of the most fun parts of planning a party is deciding on what kind of cake you’d like to have. From the theme to the flavor to the decorations, there are so many different skating cake ideas and combinations your cake can take on.
However, you might be wondering where to start or even what kind of cake you should make. No worries!
Here, we’ll give you the rundown on how to make a showstopper and delicious cake.
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Skating Cake Ideas
Step 1: Pick a theme (Optional)
While not completely necessary, having a theme before choosing or making your cake could help you in the process.
Themes are a great way to add a unique element to your party and are the best excuse to wear costumes and go all out outside of Halloween. Your cake can easily fit into and complement the theme with the right decorations.
Here are some themes to get you brainstorming:
Roller skating has been evolving since the early 1900s. Every decade from the 1950s-2000s is known for its own roller skating culture and iconic style that are still celebrated today.
Parties usually go by one decade and have guests dress in that specific style. Coupled with the right décor, food, and music, the party will feel like it’s traveled back in time!
Glow parties are one of the most popular roller skating party themes as they’re pretty simple to put together and are super fun whether you’re young or old. All you have to do for the most part is have everything and everyone in bright, glowing neon colors.
Another popular theme is the rainbow unicorn, which you really can’t go wrong with. Because there’s no right way to approach this, the basic idea you should have in mind for this concept is incorporating elements of rainbows, unicorns, bright colors, and glitter.
You can be as creative as you want with the rainbow unicorn theme!
Bring the beach to your next party with a tropical theme. For inspiration, think of your last vacation at the beach. You could incorporate bright and bold colors, plants, coconuts, refreshing drinks, and more.
Step 2: Choose your flavor(s) and textures
The next step to choosing a cake is the flavor and texture. This is by far one of the most important parts of the cake other than how it looks.
When choosing a flavor and texture, you want to consider the theme, your favorite flavors, and your guests. You can always go for the classic flavors, but if you’re willing to explore a little more, you should go into a bakery to taste test new flavors.
You can consider some of the following flavors and textures:
If you’re looking to stick to the basics, then a vanilla cake is the way to go. With its fluffy texture and buttery flavor, this classic flavor is universally loved by all and is super easy to make.
This type of cake can easily turn into a normal sheet cake, layered cake, or even cupcake form.
If you or your child are chocolate lovers, this is a must-have for your cake. The moist crumb, fudge, and light texture are enough to make anyone drool. You can boost the flavor even more by adding chocolate buttercream and/or chocolate chips.
This cake is more than just a chocolate cake with red food coloring. It’s softer and velvet-like with a light touch of chocolate. And, of course, generously covered in cream cheese frosting. Its moist and buttery taste will surely have your guests asking for seconds.
Elevate your party with a caramel-flavored cake. Typically, there is a moist and somewhat dense yellow butter cake that has the perfect balance of sweetness. The caramel icing is what steals the show.
However, it’s not the easiest cake to make and is definitely a labor of love. Sharing it with your guests will make it that much more special.
Having trouble deciding on one flavor? Then why not get the best of all worlds with a Neapolitan cake?
This cake contains three colorful layers of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors that just scream “party”. Not only is it stunning to look at, but it’s just as delicious.
The three flavors are a surprisingly great combination that will knock everyone’s socks off!
Add some spice to your party with a carrot cake. Its flavor comes from a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and carrots that causes a taste explosion in your mouth.
The flavor is further amplified with the cream cheese frosting. While this kind of cake is dense, it makes up for it with its super soft and lush texture.
You cannot go wrong with lemon poppyseed. The lemon flavor gives you a refreshing taste, while the hundreds of poppy seeds add a gorgeous speckled appearance. It is also covered in a cream cheese frosting that adds the cherry on top to the whole cake.
There’s nothing more satisfying than eating ice cream cake, especially after a long session of skating. The best part about ice cream cake is that there’s so much you can do with it, from combining different flavored ice creams to even mixing in some real cake.
Any and all picky eaters will disappear once they have a taste of ice cream cake!
Need a cake fix in a pinch without having to turn the oven on? Mousse cake is the answer to your wishes. Its cool, light, airy, and fluffy texture definitely make it stand out amongst other cakes out there.
To make it truly no-bake, the whole cake should be made entirely of mousse. You could also add mousse as a filling in normal cake to give it that extra oomph.
Another well-loved rich and creamy dessert is the cheesecake. While many cakes have cream cheese as the icing on the cake, cheesecakes are made of cream cheese. Its cool texture makes it the perfect cake to serve at a skating party or on a hot day.
In addition to the flavor and textures, you should also consider how the filling, layers, and finishing will tie together. While you ultimately have the freedom to make the cake however you’d like, it’s also important to keep in mind whether the combinations you choose will work together.
You want each of the components of the cake to complement each other and give your guests a harmonious cake-eating experience.
Step 3: Choose your size and shape
The next step in making your cake is determining its size and shape. This depends on a variety of factors, including how many guests you will have, what you’re looking to include on the cake, your own preferences, and how you want the presentation of the cake to look.
The following are some common cake shapes:
These are flat and rectangular-shaped cakes baked in sheet pans. You’ve most likely encountered this cake the most as they are common and easy to make for parties. If you’re not looking for anything fancy or complicated, sheet cakes may be your best bet.
Just as the name states, layer cakes contain layers. You’ll often see alternating layers of cake and fillings. Fillings include buttercream, cream cheese, or mousse. You could also layer with caramel, chocolate chips, fudge, cookie crunch, fresh fruit, marshmallow fluff, nuts, and many more.
Also known as a jelly roll, cake roll, or Swiss log. This is a rolled cake that looks like a log. It is often filled with whipped cream, jam, or icing.
This cake is known for its distinctive doughnut shape due to it being baked in the Bundt pan. It has grooves on its side and a hole in the center of the cake that is meant to evenly distribute heat and speed up the baking process.
Besides the design, many people love Bundt cakes because their shape can be adapted to any cake recipe out there.
Don’t want any of the mess that comes with a full-blown cake? Try cupcakes instead!
These are a smaller and easier way to serve cake to several people without dealing with the hassle of cutting a cake for each person. You also don’t have to worry about cutting specific portions for people as they can eat however many cupcakes they want.
A creative way to give the illusion of a whole cake with cupcakes is to have all of the cupcakes form a shape when laid out on a table. You can use icing or frosting to help with this illusion by decorating each cupcake individually
The latest cake trend to emerge is the cake pop. These are styled like a lollipop, where the cake is formed into a small ball or cube, covered in icing, and placed at the end of a lollipop stick.
You can use these as the main way to serve your cake or as a way to use up leftover cake or cake crumbs
If none of these shapes sound appealing to you, you can also consider doing a custom shape. With all of the advancements made in baking technology, almost nothing is off-limits. You can make cakes in the shape of anything from a football to roller skates.
Only your imagination is the limit here!
Step 4: Decorate!
Last but not least, it’s now time to decorate the cake! How you decorate the cake largely depends on your theme, size, and shape.
There are so many different tools and accessories you can use to achieve the look you want, some of which we’ll list below.
Icing or frosting
One of the easiest ways to decorate your cake without a lot of preparation beforehand is with icing or frosting. While it does take some getting used to, icing/frosting can be used to add some accents to the cake, write out words, or even draw an image using piping.
This special form of icing is used to sculpt and decorate cakes. Unlike most icings you know of, fondant has a firmer texture that makes it easy for you to shape it any way you want (kind of like clay). You can use it for anything from covering an entire cake to building sculptures to put on the cake.
Out of all the edible decorations out there for cakes, fondant is the way to go if you have a specific vision in mind.
In the cake decorating world, you’re not just limited to icing, frosting, or fondant. You can use any toppings you’d like to add some more pizzazz.
Some of the most popular toppings people use are fresh fruit, sprinkles, candy, powdered sugar, cocoa, shredded coconut, nuts, small cookies, chocolate curls, and sugar art.
Toppings are an easy way for you to make your cake look more interesting and sophisticated without having to do it yourself through other means.
Another way to make a simple cake look put together is to use cake toppers. These can range from non-edible decorations that can be stuck into the cake or custom edible prints.
While planning out your skating party, you’ll have to consider what kind of cake you want. However, there are many different factors you have to think about when it comes to deciding on a cake.
One of the first is whether you’ll have a theme or not. Having a theme for your party would make it easier for you to decide how to create and decorate your cake. If you don’t have a theme, you can pick from an infinite amount of options for your cake for flavors, textures, shape, size, and decorations.
When choosing what will go into your cake, make sure that they all work together.
With our ideas and suggestions in hand, we have no doubt that you’ll make a fantastic skating cake for your party!