Birthdays need cake. Well maybe not need, but I wouldn’t like to imagine the look on our children’s faces if I said that a birthday was not going to be accompanied with something sweet from the oven. I don’t think of myself as particularly artistic, but with a basic cake, a large amount of icing, and a bit of imagination, even I have managed to create something approaching 50 bespoke birthday cakes.

To inspire the nervous birthday-cake baker, here is a sample of some of those 50.