Classic Cake Recipes

Triple-Layer Lemon Cake
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.

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.

Don't let cake decorating intimidate you - it's easier than it looks. With a few of our tricks up your sleeve, you'll be a pro in no time.

Give Your Cake the Ultimate Smooth Edge (Without Fondant)

Take your cake from amateur status to pro level with this simple tip. All you need to frost a super-smooth finish is a few common kitchen tools. 

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.

Create a beautiful birthday cake or a cake for a special celebration. Our Test Kitchen expert walks you through how to decorate a cake with a pastry bag, including the answer to the question: €"Are disposable pastry bags OK to use?"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Milk Chocolate Marble Cake

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

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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