Celebrate by making one of our editors' favorite birthday cake or cupcake recipes for your guest of honor this year!
October 16, 2018
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White Birthday Cake with Italian Meringue Icing
White Birthday Cake with Italian Meringue Icing Recipe Give your birthday boy or girl the royal treatment by baking their favorite cake. Add candles, sing "Happy Birthday," and start off the year on a tasty note.Tip: When icing a cake for a celebration, pick an icing that glides on seamlessly. Meringue icing is easy to smooth on over a layer cake, making it a perfect backdrop for your best birthday wishes.
2 of 15Photo: Thomas J Story
Rainbow Sprinkle Cake
Rainbow Sprinkle Cake
Recipe A happy birthday, indeed! Pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles -- what more could you need? Make this joyful cake ahead of time, and ice the day of, so you don't have to do it all in one day.
3 of 15Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting
Yellow Sheet Cake with Chocolate Frosting Recipe This simple sheet cake with homemade chocolate frosting will make you forget that store-bought yellow cake mix and canned frosting ever existed. The thick, creamy icing will have you licking your plate.
4 of 15Photo: Charles E. Walton IV
Orange-Carrot Cake Recipe Make a classic family favorite stuffed with tasty ingredients including cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, and, of course, grated carrot. This twist on the original adds orange zest and juice for an extra hit of bright flavor to complement the smooth cream cheese icing.
5 of 15Greg DuPree
Chocolate-raspberry Cake Recipe Punch up a basic chocolate cake with a raspberry jam filling and a buttercream icing flavored with raspberry-flavored liqueur, such as Chambord. The icing will keep its cream-colored hue, so the berry bite will be a pleasant surprise.
6 of 15Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Basic White Cupcakes
Basic White Cupcakes Recipe Follow the latest trend and serve tasty cupcakes instead of a whole cake at your next celebration. These "basic" cupcakes are anything but. Moist, rich, and flavored with a hint of almond and vanilla, they're sure to melt in your mouth. Frost with your favorite icing, or follow our suggestion for coconut cupcakes, found on the recipe page.
7 of 15James Carrier
Maple Pecan Cake
Maple Pecan Cake Recipe When using minimal frosting, get the most out of your recipe. This cream cheese frosting is laced with maple syrup, to add extra sweetness and a hint of deep flavor.
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Candy Bar Cake
Candy Bar Cake Recipe Bake a kid-friendly cake that's sure to make you the hit of the neighborhood. Mini candy bars are melted and mixed into cake batter before baking and a creamy chocolate-marshmallow frosting pulls double duty as both filling and icing.
9 of 15James Carrier
Toffee Crunch Cake
Toffee Crunch Cake Recipe Add dynamic texture to your dessert offering by serving a rich, moist chocolate cake layered with a crunchy mixture of toffee candies and caramel créme. Frost with caramel créme and top with toasted almonds.
10 of 15James Carrier
Berry-lemon Cake Recipe Sandwich raspberry jam and lemon curd between layers of butter cake, then top with a fragrant lemon whipped cream icing. Serve the summery dessert topped with seasonal berries in lieu of candles.
11 of 15Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham
Recipe If you've never known the glory of a mayonnaise cake, you're in for a treat! The staple ingredient yields an ultra-moist crumb and keeps the sugar from taking over your taste buds.
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Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake
Sweet Tea-and-Lemonade Cake Recipe For a summery Southern-inspired birthday party, bake this twist on an Arnold Palmer, complete with citrusy sweet tea-infused cake and sweet lemonade frosting.
13 of 15Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
Café au Lait Angel Food Cake
Café au Lait Angel Food Cake Recipe Serve slices of cake with a smooth hazelnut-custard drizzle. The hazelnut liqueur brings out the subtle espresso flavor in the angel food cake. Garnish with a few coffee beans or nuts to accent the ingredients.
14 of 15Howard L. Puckett
Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake
Chocolate Coca-Cola Cake Recipe Make a moist chocolate cake topped with a fun icing using a familiar ingredient. Spread the icing while the cake is still warm for an ooey-gooey treat. Miniature marshmallows, mixed into the cake batter, are an added sweet surprise.
15 of 15Photo: Charles Walton
Banana Split Cake
Banana Split Cake Recipe Bring the best of your favorite ice cream treat to the party in cake form with a festive and fruity dessert. Mashed bananas, flaked coconut, crushed pineapple, and cherries add fun color and flavor. Top with grated chocolate, chopped nuts, and hot fudge sauce.