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Classic Cake Recipes

For a versatile dessert that is sure to please a crowd, try one of our classic cake recipes. With traditional vanilla, red velvet, chocolate, tart lemon, fluffy angel food, and more, we've got a cake recipe for every special occasion, whether it's a birthday party, holiday event, or summer potluck.

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    • Carrot Cake

      Shredded carrots provide irresistible texture to this classic carrot cake recipe, while applesauce makes it extra moist. Top the carrot cake with a cream cheese frosting and sprinkle of chopped pecans or fresh pineapple slices.

    • Classic Vanilla Cake

      Three-layer vanilla cake with 25 minutes hands-on time? It can be done! Cover your stacked-high masterpiece with savory cream cheese frosting for a birthday-worthy dessert.

    • Best-Ever Chocolate Cake

      Make any gathering special with our ultimate chocolate cake recipe. Moist and rich, the dessert gets its irresistible flavor from a cocoa-flavored cake and chocolate-sour cream frosting. Serve with ice cream and enjoy!

    • Red Velvet Cake

      Red velvet cake, the luxurious chocolate dessert traditionally topped with cream cheese frosting, gets its red hue from food coloring. Buttermilk makes this red velvet cake recipe extra light and fluffy.

    • Devil's Food Cake

      Enticingly airy, devil's food cake is a chocolate-lover's dream. The sinful dessert is richer, darker, and fluffier than its traditional chocolate cake counterpart, thanks to a dollop of shortening, extra dose of baking soda, and sprinkling of cocoa powder.

    • Classic Coconut Cake

      Whole milk and sifted cake flour transform this classic coconut cake recipe into a mouthwatering dessert. Fresh coconut flakes make for a pretty presentation.

      Cake Recipe Tip: Any extra coconut water can be used as a replacement for part of the milk.

    • Yellow Cake with Chocolate Butter Frosting

      Please a crowd with this basic yellow cake recipe. With simple ingredients and just 20 minutes of prep, the classic cake can be transformed into cupcakes, a layer cake, or a specialty cake with the simple swap of a pan.

    • German Chocolate Cake

      A rich and nutty coconut-pecan frosting fills the moist layers of this classic German chocolate cake. The recipe calls for traditional ingredients like sweet baking chocolate to flavor the cake.

    • Decorate a Cake Like a Pro!

      A pastry bag makes cake decorating easy. And with our secrets to success, you'll see how easy it is to hone your pastry-bag prowess.

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      Angel Food Cake

      With just six ingredients, you can create a decadent angel food cake. Prepare this classic angel food cake recipe for a light, fluffy indulgence, or sift in 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for chocolate angel food cake.

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      Classic New York-Style Cheesecake

      Wow guests with this impressive New York-style cheesecake recipe. A graham cracker crust, flavored with a pinch of cinnamon, cradles the dessert. Delicate and delicious, the cheesecake can be made up to 1 month in advance.

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      Champagne Cake with Fresh Strawberries

      Elevate packaged white cake mix with bubbly champagne. This simple champagne cake recipe calls for just five ingredients yet results in a decadent cake complete with a topping of fresh strawberries and vanilla frosting.

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      Classic Pound Cake

      Deliciously dense with a velvety, fine crumb, this perfect pound cake recipe uses simple ingredients yet tastes complex. Our recipe incorporates cake flour for a lighter pound cake, but all-purpose flour can be used if you don't have cake flour.

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      Milk Chocolate Marble Cake

      Can't decide between chocolate cake and vanilla cake? Have both with this delicious marble cake recipe!

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      Triple-Layer Lemon Cake

      This tart and refreshing lemon cake is sure to brighten any special occasion. Layers of fluffy lemon cake sandwich a zesty lemon curd filling, while a lemon cream cheese frosting covers the surface.

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      Chocolate Lava Cake Recipes

      Whether you call them molten chocolate cakes, chocolate pudding cakes, or chocolate lava cakes, one thing's for certain: These warm and decadent desserts are brimming with melty chocolate goodness that's delicious to the last bite.
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