12 Months of Birthday Cake Recipes

Every birthday deserves a special cake that celebrates the season as well as the special day. Here, you'll find perfect birthday cake recipes for each month of the year.

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January Birthday: Coconut Citrus Layer Cake

The taste of bright citrus is always welcome in January. This light and tender birthday cake is bursting with orange flavor in both the cake and in the whipped filling, making it the perfect treat for a winter celebration.
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February Birthday: Cheesecake Layered Red Velvet Cake

A rich, ruby-hued chocolate birthday cake layered with cheesecake and sweet cream cheese frosting will warm the heart of your loved one born in February.
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March Birthday: Wearing O' Green Cake

You’re in luck if your birthday is in March: You get to celebrate with this tender poke cake! It’s flavored and striped with lime, and finished with a rich vanilla topping (and candles, of course).
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April Birthday: Old Fashioned Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This moist and flavorful layer cake with a super creamy frosting is a delicious choice to celebrate an early spring birthday.
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May Birthday: Rainbow Layer Cake

After a cold winter, this birthday cake celebrates long-awaited spring with brightly-colored layers and zesty lemon frosting. Make it in the honoree’s favorite hues!
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Mamaw Emily's Strawberry Cake

My husband loved his mamaw's strawberry cake recipe. He thought no one could duplicate it. I made it, and it’s just as scrumptious as he remembers. —Jennifer Bruce, Manitou, Kentucky
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Red, White & Blueberry Poke Cake

A sweet treat in the summer, this patriotic poke cake with dazzling red and blue stripes is a fun one to make with the kids. —Elisabeth Schulz, Blossvale, New York
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August Birthday: Unicorn Cake

Take your August birthday boy or girl to a magical place with this unicorn cake! Decorated with frosting and an ice cream cone horn, it’s the perfect conversation starter.
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September Birthday: Yummy Zucchini Chocolate Cake

With this birthday cake, the surprise is how moist and light it is, thanks to garden-fresh zucchini in the batter! Chocolate chips and pecans make the rich and crunchy topping on this chocolate cake, perfect for a crowd.
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October Birthday: Caramel Apple Cupcakes

If your birthday is in October, you get to celebrate with the sweet flavors of fall, like juicy, fresh-picked apples and gooey caramel in these gorgeous cupcakes. Here’s our list of fall birthday cakes.
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December Birthday: Minted Chocolate Torte

In a month full of holiday celebrations, make your loved one’s December birthday feel extra special with this stunning torte. The soft cake layers hold a rich chocolate filling, and are covered in a fluffy, minted frosting.

Nancy Mock
Nancy has shared her home cooking and baked goods with loved ones her entire life. Taking inspiration from her northeastern roots and Irish heritage, she shares her comfort food recipes on her site Hungry Enough to Eat Six. An expert in New England cuisine, Nancy enjoys delving into food history, viral recipes and regional dishes. Since becoming a Taste of Home contributor, she’s written about Fluffernutter sandwiches (a New England classic), re-created vintage Betty Crocker recipes, shared how to make “marry me chicken” and much more. When she’s not whipping up developing new recipes or testing cooking techniques, she loves finding vintage cookbooks from the last century to add to her growing collection.