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Best Celebrity Cakes: Birthday Edition

Angela Simmons Birthday Cake

It seems like everyday some celeb is toasting to another year of the good life. That only means we're stalking their social networks to see how far they go out to bring in their birthdays. Between the various clubs, trips, and poured champagne many forget the key ingredient to a successful celeb celebration: the cake. Take a look our favorite elaborate  celebrity birthday cakes!

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Angela Simmons

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Trey Songz Birthday Cake

Trey Songz

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Beyonce Birthday Cake

Beyonce

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Elton John Birthday Cake

Elton John

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Lebron James Birthday Cake

Lebron James

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Solange Knowles, sister of Beyonce Knowles birthday cakeSolange Knowles

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Nick Cannon

Nick Cannon

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Nick Cannon Birthday Cake

Nick Cannon

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Vashtie Birthday Cake

Vashtie

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Rick Ross Birthday Cake

Rick Ross

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Nelly- Birthday Cake

Nelly

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Ashanti Birthday Cake

Ashanti

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Cassie Birthday Cake

Cassie

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Ariana Grande Birthday Cake

Ariana Grande

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Justin Combs Birthday CakeJustin Combs

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Nicki Minaj Birthday Cake

Nicki Minaj

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Sherri Shepard Birthday Cake

 

Sherri Shepard

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kim Kardashian Birthday Cake

Kim Kardashian

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Kelis Birthday Cake

Kelis

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Chris Brown Birthday Cake

Chris Brown

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Fergie Birthday Cake

Fergie

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Naya-Rivera Birthday Cake

Naya Rivera 

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Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj

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Gabrielle Union Birthday

VIBE-Vixen- Birthday Cake

Fabolous

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Rihanna Birthday Cake

Rihanna

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Nelly Birthday Cake

Nelly

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Trina Birthday Cake

Trina

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Chingy Birthday Cake

Chingy

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Floyd Mayweather Birthday Cake

Floyd Mayweather

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Kanye WestBirthday Cake

Kanye West

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karrueche-tran-birthday-cake

Karrueche Tran

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shannon brown birthday

Shannon Brown

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Lance Gross Birthday Cake

Lance Gross

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Kim Kardashian Birthday Cake

Kim Kardashian

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Carmelo And La La Anthony Celebrate The Birthday Of La La Anthony At TAO

Lala Anthony

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Kevin Hart- Birthday Cake

Kevin Hart

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Lala Anthony Birthday Cake

Lala Anthony

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 Tip Harris' Birthday Celebration

TI

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Diddy Cake

Diddy

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Christina Milian Birthday Cake

Christina Milian

Sean "Diddy" Combs' Birthday Celebration

Diddy 

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Remy Martin V Celebrates Big Sean's 25th Birthday Dinner

Big Sean

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Bridget Kelly Birthday Cake

 

Bridget Kelly
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs Birthday Party at The Supper Club

Diddy

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Ciara Birthday Cake

Ciara

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Kelis Presents Nas' Surprise Birthday Party

Nas

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Fabolous' Private Birthday Dinner

Fabolous

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TPain-Cake

T-Pain

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ne-yo-birthday-cake

Ne-Yo

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