Cakes

What's not to love about cake? It's a mainstay of life's milestones: birthdays, weddings, and graduations, to name a few. And now it's easy for you to make stunning cakes -- luscious layered cake, creamy cheesecake, light-as-air angel food cake, simple sheet cake, and more in any flavor you can dream up -- with this guide to all things cake. If you've never made frosting, it's easy to learn how with our recipe for homemade butter frosting that's delectable on top of cakes and cupcakes. If you have mastered frosting and are ready to dive into cake decorating, try our guides for cake decorating, with tips and creative ideas as well as step-by-step tutorials. If you need a whimsical cake for a kid (or a kid at heart), check out our ideas. For more elegant affairs, there are a dozen keepsake recipes for special occasions. Avoid cake catastrophes with our expert advice on how to avoid tragedies such as cake sticking to the pan and how to convert cakes to cupcakes in a flash. There's something for everyone in this extensive cake collection.

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Buttermilk Caramel Cake

"Now, that is a Southern cake right there," says Belinda Smith-Sullivan, chef, author, and creator of this cake. It's true to the Southern classic--a moist yellow cake with a cooked, fudgelike caramel frosting--but we added some edible blooms for flair on this layer cake recipe.

Carrot Cake Quick Bread

Carrot cake in bread form? Yes, please! Keep the structure of the bread light by shredding the carrot by hand on the fine-shredding surface of a box grater (avoid using a food processor, which can result in a soggy, dense texture).

Pumpkin-Spice Icebox Cake

Once pumpkin season rolls around, you don't want to miss this delicious pumpkin cake recipe. The icebox cake only takes 20 minutes to pull together. The hard part will be waiting for it to chill.

Orange-Almond Cake with Cranberry Curd

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Jerrelle tripled the almond in this not-so-sweet cake: almond flour, extract, and toasted slivers are all included. The cranberry and orange flavors that are also in the mix make this a great fall or winter cake when you want a seasonal sweet.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

These gluten-free cupcakes get even more rich from a homemade chocolate ganache. Not feeling chocolate? See our variation for gluten-free vanilla cupcakes.

More Cakes

Gluten-Free Birthday Cake

Celebrate loved ones with a homemade gluten-free birthday cake. Adapted from our Test Kitchen's popular yellow cake recipe, you won't go wrong with this moist cake topped with buttercream frosting. Turn this into confetti cake by stirring 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sprinkles into the cake batter before pouring into the pans.

Raspberry and Rhubarb Swiss Roll

A serrated knife ensures clean slices and minimal squishing with all cake roll recipes.