Cakes for Any Occasion

Feast your eyes on our loveliest, fluffiest, most crowd-pleasing cakes, each fit for a special occasion.

We shove frosting in our soul mates’ faces on our wedding days and sing over flaming cakes on birthdays. No matter how many tiers are stacked or candles are lit, there’s something innately celebratory about a slice of homemade cake.

As far as we’re concerned, there are so many reasons — both official and unofficial — to get together and party. Feast your eyes on our loveliest, fluffiest, most crowd-pleasing cakes, each fit for a special occasion. If you can’t think of a reason to celebrate, we can think of a few excuses.

Birthday Party

It’s on a person’s birthday that they definitively decide: chocolate or vanilla? Luckily, we have both covered. Bake the boxed version of Fluffy Confetti Birthday Cake from scratch this time, sprinkling in some color.

And, if you have a constant hankering for chocolate, you won’t be able to wait another year for Ree’s Big Chocolate Birthday Cake.

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Bake Sale

For something that’ll fly off the shelves, Purely Pound Cake is a simple, sliceable cake that kids will devour by the pound.

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Tea Party

Pinkies up, everyone. Amidst finger sandwiches and sugar cubes, Billie’s Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries is a stately centerpiece, with sloppy-chic tiers of fresh blueberries and creamy frosting.

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Grown-Up Dinner Party

A civilized affair needs a sophisticated cake to match. Swirl chocolate ripples into a graham cracker-crusted Marble Cheesecake for a picturesque post-dinner treat.

Spring Get-Together

When the weather starts behaving, you can bet friends and family will while away the daytime hours outside. Say cheers to the season with a pineapple-topped Celebration Carrot Cake brimming with fresh carrots, walnuts and loads of spice.

Kids’ Party

Little ones will go bonkers over Sandra Lee’s Rainbow Ribbon Cake. Even if it’s baked from the box, wisps of color make this kaleidoscopic cake extra special.

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Weekend Brunch

After a morning of eggs and mimosas, Melissa’s light Angel Food Cake is a welcome conclusion, especially when garnished with oranges and toasted coconut.

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Cocktail Party

Pair your drink with something sweet. Spiked Mudslide Cake keeps the party going, with a coffee-flavor frosting that gives guests the pep-up they need.

Just ‘Cause

It’s the kind of treat you leave sitting on the kitchen counter for passersby to slice and nibble at will. Ina’s zesty Lemon Cake is light and fluffy from buttermilk, and bright from fresh lemon zest and juice.

For more frosted beauties, check out the full collection of crowd-pleasing cakes.

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