5 Stunning Cakes with Sky-High Fan Reviews

Fans have spoken, and these 5-star cakes, with hundreds or even thousands of reviews, totally deserve their place on a pedestal.
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Cooking Channel Ina Garten Beattys Chocolate Cake

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Marshall Troy Photography, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Right Reserved.

Hey, if you're going to go to the trouble of sifting, measuring, whisking, preheating, baking, layering, frosting and slicing (we're exhausted just  typing all of that) to get your cake fix, it better be worth it. So when it comes to picking just the right recipe, you better go for one that's tried-and-true. The people have spoken, and these freshly baked beauties totally deserve their place on a pedestal. As of this moment, these cakes have a seriously stunning amount of shining reviews (and the numbers are only going up).

2,014 Reviews: Beatty's Chocolate Cake

The numbers don't lie. Thousands of fans agree that Ina Garten's chocolatey dream of a cake (pictured above) is simply the best. It achieves a deeply decadent richness with a secret-weapon ingredient: a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter.

653 Reviews: The Ultimate Cheesecake

Tyler Florence's creamy, berry-topped beauty gets its name for a reason: It's seriously the ultimate cheesecake you could ever hope to bake. It's got a homemade graham cracker crust and an expertly executed cream cheese filling, spiked with lemon zest and made even creamier with a cup of sour cream.

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A good carrot cake is always a crowd favorite, and Ina's fruity, jam-packed recipe is here to prove it with hundreds of shining reviews. A whole pound of grated carrots goes into the batter for Ina's fan-favorite recipe, but that's not even the half of it. This cake is also loaded up with chewy raisins, crunchy walnuts, and juicy and fresh pineapple, so each bite is extra-chunky — and goes perfectly with classic cream cheese frosting.

At a towering four layers, Ree's sky-high chocolate creation is perfect for birthdays, with its moist, buttermilk-rich cake and airy frosting.

667 Reviews: Lemon Yogurt Cake

Ina's lemony loaf cake doesn't need a bunch of fluffy frosting to garner hundreds of reviews. Her recipe calls for vegetable oil and yogurt instead of butter for added moistness, and its bright, citrusy flavor screams spring with every slice.

FN_Gale Gand Quick Vanilla Buttercream

FN_Gale Gand Quick Vanilla Buttercream

FN_Gale Gand Quick Vanilla Buttercream

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2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Bonus recipe! For many, the most-important part of any cake is the slathering of frosting. This classic vanilla-flavored buttercream is simply the best, and it can be used to top just about any cake, cupcake or even cookie you bake.

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