Birthday Cake, Cake, Cake

Why three times? Because these extravagant birthday cakes deserve it. Unique flavors, creamy frostings, beautiful design—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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    Cereal Cake

    This adorable cake tastes as good as it looks! It's made with actual cereal milk and topped with all your crunchy favorites. It's the perfect birthday cake for kids and adults alike! 

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    Chocolate Waffle Cake

    What could be better than a cake made from chocolate waffles? Plus, this delicious dessert is made from a boxed cake mix, which makes it so easy to prepare! Whip up a whole batch of chocolate waffles, then layer with a banana cream cheese frosting and top with fresh berries. Yum! 

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    Pink Lemonade Cake

    Make a gorgeous pink layer cake with all the flavor of this favorite summer drink. Plus, our easy recipe shows you how to get four pretty layers out of two cakes, instead of four! Top the cake with our Lemonade Buttercream Frosting and add a lemon garnish to each slice for an insta-worthy slice.

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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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    Vanilla Ruffle Cake

    Dress up a plain vanilla cake with the help of a frosting bag and our Almost-Homemade Buttercream Frosting. Decorate your cake with pink ruffles like we did, or opt for a color that matches the party theme. 

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    Double Chocolate Cake

    You can't go wrong with a classic chocolate cake for a birthday celebration. Top this delicious cake with a chocolate frosting, or go all out with sprinkles and frosted decorations—just don't forget the candles!

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    Peaches & Cream Prosecco Cake

    This gorgeous cake has Prosecco in the cake batter, and in the filling —what better way to celebrate a birthday? This delicious combination of cake, peach filling and whipped cream frosting is perfect for a grown-up birthday celebration any time of year. 

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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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    Polka-Dot Cake

    This bright and fun cake is perfect for birthday celebrations—for adults and kids alike! Make a layer cake in your favorite flavor, and decorate with polka-dots made from various colors of fondant. 

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    Berries & Cookies Cake Topper

    This fun cake decorating technique is perfect for any flavor of birthday cake; press cookies and sliced berries into a layer of thick chocolate frosting for a mouthwatering dessert. Add a whole strawberry and whole cookies to the top of the cake, or add one of each to the top of each slice as you serve this delicious cake. 

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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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    Layered Blueberry (Pan)Cake

    This fun cake is the perfect spin on breakfast for dinner—or dessert, in this case. Make a 'pancake stack' out of six layers of delicious blueberry cake, then top with white chocolate squares, maple syrup and whole blueberries. Yum!

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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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    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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    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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    Angel Food Ice Cream Cake

    Ice cream cake has always been a birthday classic. Make your own with a boxed cake mix and store-bought ice cream—it's easier than you might think!

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    German Chocolate Cake

    Whip up a homemade German chocolate cake for your next big birthday celebration. With a thick frosting of coconut and pecan, this classic cake is sure to be a hit.

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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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