Retirement cake ideas to celebrate the end of an era

Check out these fun retirement cake ideas, perfect for the recently retired man or woman in your life.

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by Emily Gilbert |

Whether you’re thrilled to be retiring or a little sad, after years of hard work you deserve a retirement cake you won’t forget. But choosing the design of a cake - whether it's for you or someone else - can be a hard decision to make. Luckily we’ve done all the hard work for you so peruse our list of inspiration retirement cakes and put in that order!

Hobbies retirement cake

Got a burning passion you’re known by friends and family for, such as baking, swimming or knitting? Why not implement this into the design for a truly personalised cake. Consider having a miniature version of you to sit on top of the cake too which you can then keep afterwards as well.

This cake is ideal for the man in your life who loves to garden!

Retirement plans cake

This one’s for you if you’ve got big plans for your retirement – or even small plans like the chance to dedicate time to finally sitting down and getting through Downton Abbey like you’ve been trying to for years. Thinking about getting a pet now you’re retired? Why not make your cake dog or cat themed in honour of your future furry friend?

We love this very pretty option, perfect for the woman in your life who has recently retired.

Travel retirement cake

If you’ve got big travel plans for your retirement – whether that’s Singapore or Somerset – a travel-themed cake is a must to celebrate your last few days of work.

Time theme retirement cake

Retirement provides one thing in particular in buckets – free time! For this reason, time themed cakes are hugely popular, often featuring watches or clocks.

Career retirement cake

Bit of a work-a-holic? Honour your dedication to your job and go out with a bang with a cake based around your career. This may prove tricky for certain jobs but chat to your cake maker who is bound to have loads of wonderful suggestions which work for your former job. It’ll make a nice goodbye too and taste delicious of course!

We love the below cake made for an NHS nurse to celebrate their retirement!

Humorous retirement cake

A wicked sense of humour should be celebrated and what better way to do so then with a funny cake? It'll be sure to be memorable!

Know a teacher? This kind of humorous option is great for a teacher coming up to retirement.

Floral retirement cake

If the recipient loves flowers or are a keen gardener, a floral design is relatively simple to do yourself. Top an iced sponge cake with edible flowers or look into which fresh ones are safe to use.

DIY retirement cake

While many retirement cakes are made by professional bakers, there's nothing to say you can't make your own retirement cake, especially if baking is something you enjoy anyway.

Alternatively, create your very own photo cake at Asda and Morrisons.

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Other things to consider adding to your retirement cake

  • A cake topper - There are a huge variety of different cake toppers options that you can buy ready-made for your bake, whether it's a mini figurine of the recipient or a beautiful message.

  • Ribbons - An easy way to instantly add some flair to your cake, ribbons are available in different colours and patterns so you can easily match a theme.

  • Cake Strips - Ever wondered how to bake a level cake with no crowns, cracks or crusty edges? The answer is cake strips. These fabric bands work by insulating the sides of your cake pan so that your batter cooks evenly. Genius!

  • Edible glitter - Why not add some sparkle to your bake? After all, it's a very special occasion!

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