Crowd-Pleasing Cake Recipes

Bake up these great cakes for any occasion, from birthdays to holidays.
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Fluffy Confetti Birthday Cake

Using a blend of butter and oil for this cake makes it light but moist. With its tall layers and fluffy frosting, this colorful dish is perfect for any birthday party.

Get the Recipe: Fluffy Confetti Birthday Cake

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

The secret ingredient that makes Ina's layer cake super rich and chocolatey? A cup of hot brewed coffee.

Get the Recipe: Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Two big, fluffy cake layers make this an especially impressive version of an old favorite. Vegetable oil is traditionally used in red velvet cake, and we add just enough to keep the layers tender and super moist without an oily taste or feel.

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Snowy Pink Coconut Bundt Cake

Feeling nostalgic for the pink Snowball snack cake? Try our giant version: a moist chocolate cake covered in sweet marshmallow topping and covered with bright pink coconut.

Get the Recipe: Snowy Pink Coconut Bundt Cake

Celebration Carrot Cake

Pineapple adds a tropical twist to classic carrot cake.

Get the Recipe: Spring Celebration Carrot Cake

Marble Cheesecake

Round out your next wine and cheese party with this sophisticated dessert. For the marbled effect, fill your pie crust with the cheesecake batter before drizzling a chocolatey, cream-based mixture on top, then swirl with a knife for your desired pattern.

Get the Recipe: Marble Cheesecake

German Chocolate Cake

This chocolatey classic is all about the coconut filling. We cook up ours like a custard so it is extra rich and creamy. Made with cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate, the cake has a light texture and subtle chocolate flavor. Semisweet chocolate is also used in the simply delicious ganache frosting.

Get the Recipe: German Chocolate Cake

Strawberry Poke Cake

This beloved dessert consists of not-too-sweet buttermilk cake and very lightly sweetened whipped cream. The cake tastes best only slightly chilled, so let it warm up a bit after being refrigerated as you whip the cream for the topping.

Get the Recipe: Strawberry Poke Cake

Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Bundt Cake

Piping chocolate and vanilla cake batter into the swirls of a Bundt pan makes creating this beauty a breeze.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Bundt Cake

Billie's Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries

Ree separates fluffy layers of coconut cake with a coconut-pecan frosting and fresh blueberries. Pile the layers high for a stunning centerpiece on your table.

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Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

Ree's four-layer chocolate cake is sure to please the chocolate lovers at every party.

Get the Recipe: Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

Angel Food Cake

Lighten up traditional birthday fare with Melissa's angel food cake. Toasted coconut, sour cream and orange slices make for a fresh and elegant garnish –– you won't even miss the frosting.

Get the Recipe: Angel Food Cake

Hazelnut Crunch Cake with Mascarpone and Chocolate

Giada dolls up a chocolate cake from a boxed mix with a rich hazelnut brittle and mascarpone filling.

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Purely Pound Cake

This buttery pound cake would make an excellent addition to brunches or bake sales. For convenience, you can prepare the cake a day in advance; wrap in parchment paper before serving, as it helps the cake stay moist.

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David's Favorite Carrot Cake with Pineapple Cream Cheese Frosting

Celebrate the bounty of spring with a slice of this hearty carrot cake, chock-full of nuts and pineapple.

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Chocolate Cake with Divinity Icing

Trisha spreads sweet, marshmallow icing over decadent chocolate cake for an elegant, Southern-style dessert worthy of a spot on the buffet table.

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Berry Layer Magic Cake

This cake is truly magic. You make just one batter, but after baking you end up with three distinct layers of cake, fruit and custard.

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Caramel Peach Upside-Down Cake

Peaches bake up on the bottom of the cake pan, caramelizing in their own juices.

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Classic Cheesecake

You can't go wrong with this classic cheesecake, velvety and rich and topped with a sour cream cap for a hint of tartness.

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Quick Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

This amazing basic homemade frosting will make any cake special.

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Mayonnaise — yes, mayonnaise — steps in for oil and butter as the tenderizer and flavor-enhancer in this retro frosted layer cake. And it does a wonderful job; no one will ever detect that it's your secret ingredient.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Icebox Cake with Orange-Caramel Cream

Homemade orange-caramel sauce is used two ways in this recipe: It's folded into the whipped cream filling and drizzled over the cake.

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Marshmallow Creme-Filled Bundt Cake

Twinkie lovers won't be able to resist this easy dessert. The iconic yellow cake gives way to a fluffy cream filling.

Get the Recipe: Marshmallow Creme-Filled Bundt Cake

Pineapple Cake Roll

This cake looks and tastes like a tropical vacation. Fresh pineapple is filled with maraschino cream, then rolled in a coconut sponge and finished with pillowy coconut frosting and cherries on top.

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Spiked Mudslide Cake

This old-fashioned cake is buttery, tender and not too sweet, with a slightly dense crumb. The elegant frosting, a meringue-based buttercream, is perfumed with coffee liqueur. Make sure your butter is at room temperature, and beat it with the sugar for the full five minutes so the cake will bake up light and fully rise. It tastes best when served the day it is made.

Get the Recipe: Spiked Mudslide Cake

Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

This is everything you love in a traditional tres leches ("three milks") cake –– it's sweet, creamy and custardy –– but with an impressive new look and shape since it's baked in a tube pan. If you have leftover cake, be sure to refrigerate it on a rimmed plate, as some of the sweet milk mixture will run out of the cake and puddle on the plate. The next day, just spoon some of the liquid over the cake slices.

Get the Recipe: Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

We were aiming for a moist and tender classic yellow birthday cake here, and that's what you'll get with this super-easy cake mix made with familiar pantry staples. Put together a batch or two to store away for those days when you're in a homemade-cake mood. Just add eggs, oil and vanilla and you'll be ready to go. 

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Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

If you have five minutes, you have time to make this cake mix. Then when you are craving a moist, cocoa-rich chocolate cake, you just have to mix it with eggs, vanilla and oil in a bowl, no machinery required. It's as easy as using a boxed mix, but it's homemade. 

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Cocoa Whipped Cream

Alton's indulgent whipped cream frosting comes together with the help of one surprising ingredient: a pinch of cayenne to complement the rich cocoa powder and balance out the sugar.

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Lemon Cake

Ina's zesty loaf cake tastes even better the next day, so if you're having a party, it's a great recipe to make in advance.

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Rainbow Ribbon Cake

Party guests will be awestruck by the bright bursts of color on this stunning cake, but you don't have to tell them it's easier than it looks. For the rainbow effect, Sandra uses colored icing and a variety of gelatin flavors to stain the frosting and cake, respectively. 

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Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry-Rhubarb Glaze

For a special occasion, dress a simple Bundt cake up with a sweet glaze.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry Rhubarb Glaze

Naked Chocolate Cake

There's no need for frosting when you use a flavorful sugar substitute — like the natural sugars found in the fruits that adorn this "naked" cake. Add to that a homemade whipped cream (where you can control the sugar) and a no-fat chocolate sauce, and you have a decadent dessert with fewer calories that will satisfy all your sweet cravings.

Get the Recipe: Naked Chocolate Cake

Orange Poppy Bundt Cake

A Bundt emerges from its namesake pan looking gorgeous every time, and a simple glaze is all you need to make it even more delicious. The orange zest in this sweet topper adds freshness and depth to the dessert.

Get the Recipe: Orange Poppy Bundt Cake

Classic Vanilla Cake

Keep this go-to recipe in your back pocket for any celebration. The oil in the batter keeps the cake moist, and the simple American buttercream is sweet and fluffy.

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Tie-Dye Rainbow Reveal Cake

Birthdays are made for surprises, after all — and this cake's got two of them. You'll slice it open to reveal an impressive rainbow pattern and the guest of honor's age.

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Snickerdoodle Cake

This nostalgic cake tastes just like the classic cookie, thanks to its light, fluffy texture and plenty of cinnamon.

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Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake

The Italian bakery cookie's iconic almond flavor and colorful stripes are on display in this giant-sized twist on the dessert. Store-bought almond pastry filling takes the place of almond paste here, offering extra richness and a superbly moist texture.

Get the Recipe: Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake

Election Cake

In pre-Revolutionary times, Election Day was almost as important as Thanksgiving is today, and it was celebrated with a rich Election Cake. You can celebrate our country's democratic process with this Bundt version, leavened with baker's yeast and filled with dried fruits, nuts, spices and a touch of brandy.

Get the Recipe: Election Cake

Raspberry Cheesecake

A buttery, inch-thick graham cracker crust lays the foundation for Ina's creamy, lemon-spiked and raspberry-topped cheesecake.

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Blueberry Crumb Cake

Finish Ina's top-rated, lemon-infused blueberry cake with a buttery streusel topping.

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Chocolate Cake

This cake can be made in advance, tightly wrapped and kept at room temperature for up to 2 days. Frost the cake up to two hours before serving.

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Cappuccino Magic Cake

One simple batter separates into three distinct layers in this amazingly easy cake. Be sure your eggs are at room temperature and that your beaters and bowl are super clean.

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Passion Fruit Cheesecake

This creamy cheesecake is made with Greek yogurt and topped with tart passion fruit.

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Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream Cake

Turn store-bought ice cream and chocolate sauce into a cake fit for a celebration with an easy homemade graham cracker crust and a torched mini-marshmallow topping.

Get the Recipe: Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream Cake

Chocolate-Coconut Cupcakes

Sour cream makes these chocolate cakes extra moist, while a little brewed coffee makes the chocolate flavor pop. A sweet coconut glaze gives an extra-special touch.

Get the Recipe: Have Your Own Cake and Eat It Too (Individual Chocolate Cakes)

Gold Cake

Alton's birthday classic pairs fluffy gold cake with a sweet and airy whipped chocolate frosting –– a tried-and-true combination partygoers will love.

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Shortcake Royale

Make a special dessert in a flash by layering prepared pound cake with berries, orange liqueur and whipped cream.

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Hazelnut-Mocha Dacquoise

The rich chocolate ganache complements the airy layers of whipped cream and meringue in this French-inspired cake.

Get the Recipe: Hazelnut-Mocha Dacquoise