Our Best Birthday Cake Recipes

Put your own personal spin on a celebration-worthy cake. Here's how.


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Classic Vanilla Cake
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Classic Vanilla Cake

    Keep it simple yet stunning with this ultra moist cake. Sour cream adds a pleasing tart twist and makes the frosting extra creamy.

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Six-Layer Strawberry Cake

    Layers of white cake are filled with a luscious strawberry-and-lemon cream cheese frosting.

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Triple-Layer Lemon Cake

    With lemon zest and juice in the cake, the frosting, and the curd filling, this centerpiece is bursting with lemony flavor. Lemons sauteed with sugar create a rustic but beautiful topping.

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Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake

    This creative take on the classic red velvet cake includes a rich vanilla filling made with white chocolate and mascarpone cheese, as well as a luxurious chocolate ganache frosting.

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Double Chocolate Cake

    Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and a creamy chocolate frosting give this rich cake lots of chocolaty goodness.

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Butterscotch Marble Cake

    For an easy yet impressive birthday cake, try this recipe -- it starts with a boxed cake mix and butterscotch pudding. A rich, chocolaty icing adds a sweet finishing touch.

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Chocolate -Lover's Cake

    The ultimate chocolate cake is topped with a heavenly chocolate butter frosting.

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Walnut Cake with Caramel Whipped Cream

    This airy walnut-orange cake features candied nuts in the whipped cream filling. The easy caramel sauce can be made while the cake bakes.

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Italian Cream Cake

    This three-layer cake gets its rich flavor from coconut and pecans. Extra toasted pecans between the layers add just the right amount of crunch.

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Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

    Caramelized pistachio shards make a simple but elegant topping on this scrumptious special-occasion cake.

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Chocolate Cake with Malt Topping

    This cake's deep chocolate flavor makes it sophisticated enough for grown-up palates, while the malted milk balls make it whimsically fun.

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Strawberry-Chocolate Cake

    This easy-to-make pink layer cake is filled with creamy chocolate frosting.

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Dulce de Leche Cake

    With irresistible dulce de leche cream inside, and whipped cream frosting and caramelized sugar drizzle outside, this cake is sure to impress.

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Apricot Cream Cake with Chocolate-Mascarpone Frosting

    This creative buttermilk cake is flecked with bits of crunchy pecans and chewy dried apricots. Mascarpone cheese makes the chocolate frosting super -rich and extremely creamy.

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Orange Chiffon Cake

    Made with orange zest and juice -- then finished with orange fluff frosting -- this cake is full of citrusy goodness.

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Buttermilk White Cake with Coconut

    This delicate, tender cake is enveloped in fluffy frosting and coconut.

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Red Velvet Cake

    A little cocoa and red food coloring turn classic white cake into a red-hot dessert. Buttercream frosting adds an extra layer of decadence.

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White Russian Cake

    Based on the famous cocktail, this cake gets its punch from coffee liqueur and whipped cream topping. For extra decadence, drizzle chocolate syrup over the cake.

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Celebration Cake

    This spiced cake contains carrots and apples, which make it super moist and extra tasty. The natural embellishments of apple chips and cinnamon sticks give it an earthy, autumnal look.

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