Birthday Cake Recipes

We’re bringing you the best birthday cake recipes, baking tips and decorating advice you could wish for. With easy guides to classic cakes like chocolate and vanilla to zany cupcake ideas the kids will adore, you’ll make this trip around the sun the greatest one yet.

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Air-Fryer Mocha Cupcakes

These luscious air-fryer cupcakes smell wonderful while they cook. If you have the drawer-type air fryer, you'll need to use individual silicone cupcake liners. If you have a bigger air fryer, a 6-cup muffin tin should fit in nicely. —Mary Bilyeu, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Vanilla Frosting

80 reviews

Don't know how to make icing for cake but don't want to settle for store-bought frosting? This four-ingredient easy vanilla...


Almond Custard Cake

This white cake pairs well with all sorts of frostings and fillings, but the chocolate frosting in this recipe is...


Sour Cream Sugar Cookie Cake

1 review

My husband requested a giant sugar cookie for his birthday. I wanted to do something a bit more exciting than...


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The Ultimate Guide to Birthday Cake

Break out the candles! This guide contains our best birthday cake recipes, tips and decorating ideas.

15 Crazy Fun Confetti Treats

Toss some sprinkles into the mix, and any dessert's a party. Here, home cooks share the best confetti desserts around,...


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33 Birthday Cake Ideas

Blow out the candles and make a wish. These tasty birthday cake ideas, from fudgy chocolate to pink lemonade, will...

Homemade Confetti Cake

12 reviews

This is a moist and fluffy vanilla cake with lots of sprinkles and a whipped vanilla buttercream. It's almost impossible...


Coconut-Lemon Ice Cream Cake

2 reviews

This lemon ice cream cake is a cool treat my family loves anytime, but we find it especially refreshing on...


Apple Cake for Passover

Adding a dollop of whipped cream is a sweet addition to this passover cake! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee,...


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33 Fun Birthday Cake Decoration Ideas

Need to know how to decorate a birthday cake? These fun ideas are just as beautiful as they are delicious

Mint Swirl Fudge Cake

1 review

Mint pairs with a silky, mild chocolate flavor for this colorful, beautiful cake that will be the talk of the...


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Reindeer Cake

Whether you turn this cake into a reindeer or decorate it with your own creative vision, it’s a three-layer stunner...


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Banana Split Icebox Cake

28 reviews

One day a friend showed me how to make a traditional icebox cake with just cream and graham crackers. I...


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Creme de Menthe Cupcakes

We use creme de menthe liqueur (the term means "mint cream" in French) to add a cool touch to these...


Cranberry-Carrot Layer Cake

3 reviews

This moist cake smothered with rich cream cheese frosting makes any dinner festive. Every autumn, I go to a cranberry...

Marshmallow-Filled Banana Cupcakes

15 reviews

A friend gave me this recipe when I first moved into my neighborhood 40 years ago. It might seem more...


Best Chocolate Cake

17 reviews

With a tender crumb and rich frosting, a layered chocolate cake always impresses, no matter the occasion. One bite and...


Toffee Mocha Cupcakes

10 reviews

Chocolate, toffee and espresso make a mouthwatering concoction. The yummy sweets are perfect for any party or gathering. Make plenty,...


Glazed Lemon Tube Cake

36 reviews

This easy lemon cake recipe is just the dessert to brighten up a gray winter day (or any day). Lemon...


Chocolate Angel Cake

26 reviews

When I was married in 1944, I could barely boil water. My dear mother-in-law taught me her specialty—making the lightest...


Gingerbread Torte

This old-fashioned gingerbread cake is excellent. Lemon zest is a nice addition to the sweet cream cheese frosting. —Ginger Hendricksen...


Maple Walnut Cake

20 reviews

This maple-flavored cake with candied walnuts honors beloved my grandpa, who made maple syrup when I was a child. It...


Cuppa Joe Caramel Cake

2 reviews

I get compliments on this cake wherever I take it. It is very much an adult cake, with the hit...

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Lady Baltimore Cake

4 reviews

I first made this cake for my fathers' birthday and now it is the only cake that he requests. This...


Caramel-Pecan Mocha Layer Cake

My version of a prize-winning chocolate cake is irresistible, especially when the rich caramel sauce oozes down the sides. —Judy...


Cherry Cola Cake

26 reviews

Cherry cola and marshmallows make a zippy chocolate dessert that is scrumptious topped with vanilla ice cream. — Cheri Mason,...


Dark Chocolate Carrot Cake

8 reviews

Carrot cake has a dark side—and it’s divine! Cream cheese and shredded carrots in the batter keep the cake moist,...


German Black Forest Cake

9 reviews

As far as I know, this cake recipe can be traced back to my German great-grandma. When I got married,...


Apple Walnut Cake

13 reviews

This moist apple walnut cake is perfect for brunch. It gets its appeal from big chunks of sweet apples, nutty...