Sketchbook Update: Happy Birthday!


For the longest time I’ve been meaning to sketch something up I could use to wish people a happy birthday on Facebook, via email, etc. Yesterday I was noodling around in my digital sketchbook and I started drawing silly cupcakes. Eventually it morphed into this. It’s a bit bizarre but it will do for now.

If you’d like to post/share this image on Facebook, feel free. If you’d like to use it for any commercial ventures please contact me and I’ll be happy to discuss pricing.

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Birthday Cake Topper Concepts

One of my clients is DecoPac, Inc., a company that specializes in novelty birthday cakes. Most of my work for them involves licensed characters from Disney, DreamWorks, Cartoon Network, etc. but every once in a while they hire me to work up an original cake concept. In this case they wanted to create a jumbo “Happy Birthday” cake design. This would be a “signature” cake, meaning it would be much larger and taller than a typical birthday cake.

The challenge was to create something fun and festive that hadn’t been done a hundred times before. I started by brainstorming a few possible novelty toys or doo-dad’s that could go on top of the cake. Something small and fun, but hopefully not too cliche. These were my first rough ideas:

Birthday cake topper ideas by Cedric Hohnstadt
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I also played around with a few ideas for a theme on the actual cake itself.:

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The liked the 4th and 6th cake ideas, so I combined them into this concept:

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You can also view the final product on the DecoPac website.