55 of the Best 90s Cake Ideas for any Birthday Celebration

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Last Updated on July 27, 2022

When you order a cake for a 90s themed birthday party, there are four main components to consider: the cake itself (vanilla, chocolate, and so forth), the frosting, the filling, and most importantly the decorations (and here is where things get creative!). An attractive decoration is usually colorful and evocative, which is why themes from favorite things from childhood or teen years are so popular with grown-ups ordering their own party cake!

This brings us to this list of inspirational 90s cake ideas… Chances are that if you were a kid during the 90s, you are old enough to jump on the nostalgia wagon and order one of these for your next reunion.  

Keeping our favorite pop culture icons in mind, I’ve put together a quick list of my favorite decorated cakes out there. Get inspired and use them as a reference next time you reach out to a patisserie to procure yourself a piece of sweet delight. Your friends will definitely enjoy reminiscing about your old favorites together!

Cakes Inspired in the Decade

The 90s is filled to the brink with iconic cultural references that have shaped and molded our everyday life. From outdated pieces of tech, favorite past foods, things we used to entertain ourselves, and more!

General Inspo

General 90s Cakes

Cassettes, old tv series, and prehistoric gaming devices come together for these cakes that take the whole decade as inspiration. Even super popular tv channels like MTV, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Warner Brothers make an appearance!

Colors of an Era Cakes

90s Color Idea Cakes

There is nothing that says the 1990s like fluor colors. I mean, we used them for clothing, for food, for furniture… The more radioactive the better! I even remember a sweet fifteen party decorated in fluor colors to match a cake just like that chocolate-tiered one. 

Remix Tapes

Remix Tapes Cakes

One of the easiest and most nostalgic designs ever, these cassettes and remix tapes make for an awesome square cake that you can try making yourself!

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Inspired in Movies

Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters Cakes

Ghostbusters is an iconic 1984 American supernatural movie with plenty of popular and recognizable characters and imagery, particularly the Marshmallow man, the Slimer, and the Ghostbuster’s logo! Plus, the signature ghost green goo is a favorite of every kid and their neighbor loved!

Clueless

Clueless Movie Cakes

Clueless is one of the most important fashion films ever. The movie was released in 1995 and became a coming-of-age comedy for the ages. Alicia Silverstone played Cher, a beautiful and popular high school student who decides to befriend a newcomer and give her a makeover to improve her looks and possibilities in love!

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Scream

Scream Movie Cakes

The queen of Slasher movies, Scream makes for a bloody good cake! Of course, the mask cannot be missing and movie-related stuff like popcorn and knives are a must as well!

Disney Movies

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid Cakes

When it comes to kids’ favorites, Disney movies are at the top of the list, and with good reason. The 90s gave birth to all-time favorites like the Little Mermaid and forever immortalized both the red-haired adventurous mermaid princess Ariel and her sidekicks, Flounder and Sebastian. 

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast Cakes

The second favorite of mine, Beauty and the Beast, has it all: music, a love story for all ages, and quirky funny characters like Mrs. Potts, Tick-Tock, and Lumiere. Who by the way, all make for super lovely cake decorations and might be easier to put together than Beauty or Beast for novice patisseries. 

Mulan

Despite not being one of the most famous, or popular, Disney movies of the decade… Mulan is a lovely story about how one girl’s courage overcame society’s standards and how she helped her family and saved her country in the process. Even a grown adult can adhere to that message, don’t you think? This is precisely what makes Mulan the perfect cake decoration for your 30 or 40th birthday!

Cartoons Inspired

Rugrats Cake

Rugrats Cakes

Rugrats is one of those American cartoons that reigned supreme over Nickelodeon’s prime-time hours. The babies, no matter which was your favorite, make for amazing inspiration for all sorts of decorations. From the super detailed couch with all the main characters to the printed-on fondant one-tier cake decorated with dripping green goo, there’s something for all levels of expertise. 

Rick & Morty

Rick and Morty Cakes

This adult cartoon originated from a parody of Back to the Future, hence the adult humor and dimension traveling. It might not be for everyone, but the cucumber cake is a super fun cake decoration!

Powerpuff Girl

Powerpuff Girls Cakes

I am all for colorful cakes with adorable fondant cartoon characters but my absolute favorite of the many many cakes I scrolled through to make this list was this pastel-colored, three-tiered cake, which featured the three main heroines of the Powerpuff Girls: Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup.

The Simpsons

The Simpsons Cakes

As kids, we might not have been able to appreciate the witty humor of the Simpsons in all its glory as our parents did… But as grow-ups, it’s the absolute perfect theme for an adult cake decoration! I mean, aren’t those donuts simply gorgeous? You could even make the birthday food all about donuts and beer-decorated cookies. 

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TV series that made the cake

Beverly Hills 90210

Beverly Hills 90210 Cakes

Sometimes, going for a simple design is more than enough. Case in point these cakes that feature the iconic 90210 series logo on top. 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Cakes

It is no wonder that series that have spawned dedicated hordes of fans are the ones with the best cake decoration examples. I mean, those stakes look amazing, don’t they?

Friends

Friends Cakes

If you are a true Friends fan, you will easily recognize the Thanksgiving chicken, the Central Perk coffee mug, and the orange sofa that was as central to the series as any of the beloved characters. I would certainly welcome any of these cakes for my own birthday, but the third is definitely my favorite because of the memories it brings back!

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Inspired by Toys of the era

Barbie

Barbie Cakes

Barbie is undoubtedly one of the most famous toys of the 90s. And with the new movie being filmed as we speak, it is no wonder that Pinterest is flooded with Barbie cakes of all colors and shapes.

Polly Pocket

Polly Pocket Cakes

Polly Pocket is arguably one of the most common toys of the era and it inspired countless iterations over the years. It is also being made into a film this year as the 90s craze continues to rage on. 

Ninja Turtles

Ninja Mutant Turtles Cakes

The Ninja Turtles are a great idea for cake decoration, especially if you make it a pizza birthday party! Keeping the food on topic will delight your friends who either watched the cartoons or played with their own action toys, and kids will have a blast eating the same things the Turtles do. 

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Lorena Lombardo is a fashion designer specialized in trend forecasting and fashion journalism. She studied at the UAL (University of London), ORT (Universidad ORT Uruguay), and taken various courses about traditional craftsmanship while living in Tokyo. Some of her favorite memories during the 90s include wearing bucket hats and trying to copy Rachel’s hairstyle. Her absolute favorite show was Buffy: the Vampire Slayer but she was also a huge fan of Clueless because of its amazing fashion choices. Her top track of the decade is currently disputed between How soon is Now? by the Smiths and Here with me by Dido. Both also happen to be the opening songs for two great 90s shows: Charmed and Roswell. Coincidence? I think not!

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