There are so many milestones during a girl’s teen years, but the sweet 16 birthday stands out from the rest. Sure, you’re probably hyperventilating into a brown paper bag at the prospect of your teen driving soon, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate the big 1-6 with a super special sweet 16 cake. Because even if you aren’t throwing a huge party, an impressive dessert is called for—gone are the days when a simple round cake with iced flowers would do.
More formal than a regular birthday party cake, but not quite as fancy as a tiered wedding cake, sweet 16 cakes should reflect a teen’s unique personality and tastes. From soccer-themed sweet 16 cakes to geode-inspired edible masterpieces, there’s a sweet 16 cake for just any number of your teen’s passions. As you gear up to celebrate this milestone birthday, let one of these 11 super sweet 16 cake ideas inspire you. (And once the sweet 16 festivities are over, then you can go back to panicking about her getting behind the steering wheel.)