5 Epic Cakes for a Summer Birthday

BIRTHDAY CAKE WITH HOT PINK BUTTER ICING Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa/Kids Picnic Party Food Network Unsalted Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Sour Cream, Vanilla Extract, Lemon, Allpurpose Flour, Cornstarch, Kosher Salt, Baking Soda, Confectioners’ Sugar, Milk, Pink Food Coloring, Pink and White Candy

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Our ridiculously delicious birthday cakes are perfect for celebrating. Whether you're going all-out with Ina Garten's three-tiered hot-pink cake or keeping it simple with a vanilla sheet cake with chocolate frosting, these desserts will elate any birthday boy or girl.

The secret ingredient for Ina Garten's moist cake layers? The addition of sour cream. Bake a 9-inch, a 6-inch and a 3-inch layer, and frost each separately with hot-pink icing. Chill each frosted layer before stacking, then pipe or spoon the remaining frosting around the base of each cake and around the top edge of the top layer before finishing with candy decorations. This is certainly a centerpiece cake that your crowd will remember.

BIRTHDAY SHEET CAKE Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa/Pooch Party Food Network Unsalted Butter, Sugar, Eggs, Sour Cream, Vanilla Extract, Lemon, Allpurpose Flour, Cornstarch, Kosher Salt, Baking Soda, Semisweet Chocolate Chips, Heavy Cream, Light Corn Syrup, Chocolate Candies

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Ina's vanilla and lemon-zest cake will be your hardest-working birthday dessert (it's really great for a celebration of any kind). A bit of cornstarch combined with all-purpose flour will approximate cake flour. It all comes together with just 15 minutes' prep time and is then covered in an easy chocolate frosting. Ina melts down chocolate chips for the frosting, but any bar of chocolate works as well. Kids can decorate the finished cake with their favorite chocolate candies.

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CAKE Ree Drummond The Pioneer Woman/Happy Birthday, PaPa Food Network Unsalted Butter, Flour, Cornstarch, Baking Soda, Salt, Sugar, Eggs, Sour Cream, Vanilla Extract, Strawberries, Powdered Sugar, Cream Cheese

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Get your kids involved in Ree Drummond's strawberry-filled cake — her girls helped with each of the steps. Slice an 8-inch round in half, and layer on hulled and mashed strawberries (that have sat in a bit of sugar to marinate). To make frosting the cake easier, Ree puts the cake layers in the freezer first for a few minutes. Put parchment on your cake plate before icing with a light and fluffy cream cheese frosting so that you can make a mess when you're applying. Just slide the parchment out when you're done. A topping of fresh strawberries ensures a beautiful presentation.

CARROT CAKE WITH MARSHMALLOW FLUFF CREAM CHEESE FROSTING Bobby Flay Throwdown With Bobby Flay/Carrot Cake Food Network Unsalted Butter, Crushed Pineapple, Eggs, Canola Oil, Vanilla Extract, Carrots, Fresh Ginger, Allpurpose Flour, Organic Cane Sugar, Muscavado Sugar, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Fresh Nutmeg, Salt, Crystallized Ginger, Toasted Pecans, Light Corn Syrup, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Cream of Tartar, Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Fluff,CARROT CAKE WITH MARSHMALLOW FLUFF CREAM CHEESE FROSTING Bobby Flay Throwdown With Bobby Flay/Carrot Cake Food Network Unsalted Butter, Crushed Pineapple, Eggs, Canola Oil, Vanilla Extract, Carrots, Fresh Ginger, Allpurpose Flour, Organic Cane Sugar, Muscavado Sugar, Baking Soda, Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Fresh Nutmeg, Salt, Crystallized Ginger, Toasted Pecans, Light Corn Syrup, Granulated Sugar, Vanilla Bean, Cream of Tartar, Cream Cheese, Powdered Sugar, Fluff

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Bobby Flay's carrot cake is moister than most thanks to a secret ingredient: pureed pineapple. It's filled with fabulous spices, like freshly grated ginger, crystallized ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, plus pecans to pair well with their flavors. Bobby turns traditional cream cheese frosting on its head with the addition of marshmallow Fluff.

TODD’S ORANGE AND RASPBERRY CAKE Giada De Laurentiis Giada At Home/Todd’s Midwestern Favorites Food Network Unsalted Butter, Flour, Box White Cake Mix, Orange, Orange Juice, Eggs, Vegetable Oil, Creme Fraiche, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Jam, Raspberries

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Giada De Laurentiis makes this shortcut cake for her husband's birthday because it's his favorite. Cut down on prep time by starting with boxed white cake mix, then give it a homemade touch by adding orange zest and orange juice. A bit of vegetable oil, which is flavorless, will keep the cake nice and moist. Divide the batter into two cake pans so you can make a two-tiered cake. Giada uses creme fraiche to add a nice creaminess to her frosting — it's similar to sour cream but without the tang and a little bit lighter than mascarpone cheese. Her husband, Todd, loves raspberry jam, so Giada incorporates it into the frosting itself and between the cake layers before topping the finished cake with fresh raspberries.

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