Our Best Birthday Cake Recipes

Cake Decorating: Easy Frosting Designs
Celebrate the special days in your loved ones' lives with an elegant and delicious birthday cake! From red velvet to citrus-flavor cakes, we have a birthday cake recipe to suit even the pickiest guest of honor!

Buttermilk White Cake with Coconut

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

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 to this birthday cake recipe.

Chocolate Cake with Malt Topping

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

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.

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.

Classic Vanilla Cake

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

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.

Chocolate-Lover's Cake

The ultimate chocolate cake is topped with a heavenly chocolate butter frosting. It makes the perfect birthday cake for the chocolate lover in your life.

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.

Orange Chiffon Cake

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

Six-Layer Strawberry Cake

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

Double Chocolate Cake

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

Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

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

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.

Strawberry-Chocolate Cake

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

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.

Use household utensils -- a spoon and a fork -- to create easy frosting designs. We'€™ll help you achieve beautiful cake decorations on the cheap.

Cake Decorating: Easy Frosting Designs

With just a few household tools (a spoon and a fork!) even the most beginner baker can make impressive birthday cake designs. Watch to learn how!

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