What To Put On A Retirement Cake? The Ultimate Guide


Someone is retiring and you’re busy with organizing the retirement celebration and you’re wondering, do you put candles on a retirement cake?

In general, you put a cake topper that says ‘Happy Retirement’ or ‘The Legend Has Retired’ on top of a retirement cake, instead of candles. Also, people write ‘Thank You‘, ‘We Will Miss You’, ‘Enjoy Retirement’, Cheers To Your Retirement’ or ‘Congrats’ on a retirement cake with icing or edible letters. And others like to put numbered candles to point out the number of working years.

In this article, you’ll find everything you need to know about what to put on a retirement cake. So let’s continue reading.

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What To Put On A Retirement Cake

There are a lot of different and amazing options you can put on a retirement cake, but the most popular one is a sparkling cake topper that says ‘Happy Retirement’. Almost any cake will look awesome with this cake topper, but there are also some other cake toppers that can be a great fit for your retirement cake. Here are my favorite ones you can get on Amazon.

Best Retirement Cake Toppers

Happy Retirement Cake Topper

The Legend Has Retired Cake Topper

Officially Retired Cake Topper

These are a couple of favorites but there are also retirement cake options such as ‘The Queen Has Retired’, ‘We Will Miss You’, ‘Goodbye Tension Hello Pension’ that you can get here.

Best Retirement Cake Candles Ideas

Making a wish while blowing out candles from a cake is a great start to any retirement (party). It’s the official start of an exciting new chapter and that’s why a lot of people like to stick to this tradition. Here are a couple of ideas you can do with candles.

  • You can put just as many candles on the cake as the years of the retiree’s career or years at the company with beautiful black gold candles.
  • Write ‘Congrats’, ‘Happy Retirement’, or ‘Retired At Last’ with the use of candles letters or make your own with a silicone letter cake mold.
  • End or begin a retirement celebration with ‘firework candles’ on top of cake like these.
  • Use numbered candles to point at the number of years on the job or number of working years in total.

Best Retirement Cake Sayings

Another great idea is to write a funny or sincere saying on a cake to make it more personal. For example, you can put a favorite or go-to-saying of the retiree on top of the cake or wish them the best on their (travel/ hobby) plans in retirement. And to help you out I’ve listed my 10 favorite retirement cake sayings below:

  1. The Best Is Yet To Come
  2. And So The Adventure Begins…
  3. Hello Forever Weekend
  4. Cheers To Your Retirement
  5. Retirement Is Oh So Sweet
  6. When You’ve Survived This, Retirement Is A Piece Of Cake
  7. You Can’t Retire From Being Awesome
  8. You’ve Been An Inspiration, Thank You
  9. No Work Ahead
  10. This Cake Tastes A Lot Like; You’re Not Having To Work Tomorrow

Still not yet what you’re looking for? Check out my article with almost 100 Retirement Cake Saying Ideas.

Amazing Retirement Cake Ideas

To make a retirement celebration even more special you can get creative with a fun theme for the retirement cake. For example, you can decorate the cake in the same theme as the retirement party or create a cake that matches the retiree’s plans for retirement such as travel, their favorite hobby, the beach, etc. And put matching sayings on top of the retirement cake. Here are 5 amazing retirement cake ideas:

1) Clock Themed Cake

A clock cake is one of the most popular retirement cakes. You can write Wish You The Best Time In Retirement, Great Time For Great New Beginnings, or Enjoy Your Retirement Time and use the words eat, sleep, shop every hour. Here is a video tutorial on how to make this last retirement cake.

2) Travel Themed Retirement Cake

You can make or order a travel-themed cake for a retiree with travel plans and write ‘Bon Voyage’ (boat lover), ‘Adventure Awaits’ or ‘The Adventure Begins…’ on top of the cake. And for someone that has planned a road trip in retirement you can put the text ‘Retirement is Not the End of the Road; It is the Beginning of the Open Highway’ on top of the cake.

3) Champagne Retirement Cake

Champagne is the ultimate symbol for a celebration, therefore a champagne-themed retirement cake can be perfect for any retiree. On top of the cake, you can write ‘Cheers To Your Retirement’ or ‘Cheers, Now Every Day It’s Weekend’.

4) Who Cares I’m Retired Cake

A messy cake with the clock letters all over the place is also a popular retirement cake. And it has the perfect text on top ‘Who Cares I’m Retired’. Here is an example of what the cake can look like.

5) Beach Themed Retirement Cake

Retirement is the time to relax and therefore a beach-themed retirement cake is a great idea as well. And you can put the text ‘Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy’ or ‘Surf Is Up’ on top of the cake.

Kirsten Veldman

I'm Kirsten. In 2017, my husband Léon, and I decided to retire from the rat race to travel the world and work and live location independently. In the last couple of years, I wrote over 100+ articles about retirement and did extensive research to help people prepare, enjoy and celebrate retirement in the best way possible.

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