Zoo animals, trains and classic cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Scooby-Doo, are popular birthday cake themes for young boys, and superheroes, sports, and video games such as Minecraft and Super Mario are popular among older birthday boys. Popular movies, construction themes, pirates, race cars and airplanes are popular among boys of all ages.
First birthday cakes for boys often feature whimsical designs with lots of color. Elephants, giraffes and circus themes are popular choices, as are cake designs based on favorite bedtime stories, toys and Disney characters. A birthday cake for a toddler or preschool-age boy usually reflects his personal interests. Cartoon characters are popular themes, and so are trains, cars, spaceships and tractors.
School-age boys typically have diverse interests. Pirate ships, construction sites and popular movie characters such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the cast of "Star Wars" decorate many birthday cakes for this age group. Super hero themes are also popular, including Spider-Man, Superman and Batman.
Tween and teen boys often have more sophisticated tastes. Sports and sports teams, fast cars, and technology-themed cakes are popular ideas for these birthday celebrations, as are video games, music themes and cakes that resemble favorite food items.