Birthday Cake, Cake, Cake

Why three times? Because these extravagant birthday cakes deserve it. Unique flavors, creamy frostings, beautiful designs -- each of these homemade cakes has something extra special about it. And if you think you're too old for a birthday treat, you're wrong -- these adult birthday cakes were made just for your big day.

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    Orange-Carrot Cake with Chocolate Ganache

    Thanks to the rich ganache and citrusy filling, this carrot cake probably can't count as a helping of veggies. But it's a birthday party -- treat yourself!

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    Chocolate-Hazelnut-Bacon Layer Cake

    Whoa. Chocolate, hazelnut, AND bacon? Well, it's a birthday cake, so you might as well go all out.

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    Strawberry Cookies-and-Cream Cake

    The stunning Oreo-and-strawberry display that tops this pretty cake complements the rich cocoa-and-coffee flavor inside.

    Get the recipe from Joy the Baker.

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    Chocolate-Cherry Stack Cake

    Are you one of those people who believes fruit should always be accompanied by chocolate? Then this is your cake.

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    Chocolate-Chile Splatter-Paint Cake

    This cake comes with a kick (a la cayenne pepper) to match its colorful exterior. And if that's not enough fun for you, there's an option to spike the frosting with tequila.

    Get the recipe from my name is yeh.


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    S'mores Cake

    S'mores-lovers, prepare yourselves. Layers of rich chocolate cake, fluffy marshmallow frosting, chocolaty ganache, and graham cracker crumbles combine to make a birthday cake you'll never forget.

    Get the recipe from What Should I Make For.

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    Buttermilk White Cake with Coconut

    This is perfect for the nonbirthday-lovers. They ask for a plain white cake, then bam! A bright buttermilk cake that's enveloped in creamy frosting and coated with coconut is sitting in front of them. Technically it's white cake, but definitely not plain.

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    Tres Leches Cake

    Vanilla cake gets all dressed up! Sandwich strawberries between two cake slices, then drench the dessert in creamy Tres Leches Sauce (sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, whole milk, and vanilla bean).

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    Peanut Butter Cup Overload Cake

    This cake has "overload" in the name for a reason. The recipe developer herself says it best: "I basically took my favorite chocolate cake, my favorite peanut butter frosting, tons of peanut butter cups, and smooshed it all together into one of the most fabulous cakes I have made to date."

    Get the recipe from Brown Eyed Baker.

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    Dark Chocolate Cake with Fresh Strawberry Buttercream

    Creamy strawberry frosting balances out a brownie-esque cake. It's like chocolate-covered strawberries, but in cake form!

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    Fruity Pebble Ice Cream Cake

    Swap sprinkles for cereal in this fun rainbow ice cream cake. And don't write this off as just a kids' cake -- the fruity flavor is sure to be adult-approved.

    Get the recipe from Beyond Frosting.

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    Chocolate Merlot Cake

    Chocolate and wine: aka what everyone wants on his or her birthday. Both this chocolaty cake and its cocoa frosting are spiked with a rich red.

    Get the recipe from Hip Foodie Mom.

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    Six-Layer Strawberry Cake

    Six layers (yes, SIX) of strawberry buttermilk cake alternate with layers of strawberry cream cheese frosting. Then a thick layer of buttercream frosting envelopes the entire cake in creamy goodness.

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    Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Lemon Cream

    For those people who enjoy the simpler things in life, we give you this pretty, lemony cake.

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    Dulce de Leche Cake

    The pretty design on top is what sells this stunning cake, but it's simply foreshadowing the creamy, caramely inside.

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    Chocolate and Vanilla Red Velvet Cake

    Can't choose between chocolate and red velvet? You don't have to. Plus, this cake features mascarpone-vanilla bean filling.

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    Chocolaty Harvest Fruit-Topped Cake

    This fall cake is perfect for anyone with an autumn birthday, but you can really bake it any time of the year. Nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon give the chocolate cake an unexpected flavor.

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    Animal Birthday Cakes and Cupcakes for Kids

    Go a little wild! Throw an animal-theme birthday party for your child. These birthday cakes and cupcakes are designed to please animal lovers with dogs, cats, an elephant, an octopus, monkeys, bears, and a menagerie of kids' favorites. Start with a purchased cake or cupcake, or use our recipes to bake one from scratch.
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