The Best Birthday Cake Recipes
We love a classic layered birthday cake, but these recipes take a party favorite to the next level with sophisticated ingredients like brown butter and salted caramel. With everything from a baked Alaska ice cream birthday cake to a dreamy, creamy milk chocolate layer cake, these recipes will get the party started. Whether you're turning six or sixty, we have your perfect birthday treat.
Ice Cream Birthday Cake
This awesome cake for a crowd features chocolate cake, two flavors of ice cream, thick layers of fudge sauce, layers of chocolate crunchies and a luscious ganache topping.
Triple-Layer Sour Cream Chocolate Cake
This magnificent cake has three layers of moist, tender chocolate with a hint of cinnamon and a silky chocolate ganache.
Caramel Layer Cake
This impressive cake is encased in a fudge-like caramel frosting. Pastry chef Lisa Donovan adapted it from a recipe by Southern-cooking doyenne Edna Lewis.
Four-Layer Coconut Cake
Coconut oil and toasted ground coconut are baked into the batter of this beautiful cake, which is then layered with bittersweet marmalade and fluffy white frosting.
Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer Cake
Yellow Layer Cake with Vanilla Frosting
This classic cake is a birthday party staple.
Crunchy Milk Chocolate-Peanut Butter Layer Cake
The genius of this layer cake is its extraordinarily crunchy filling, made with almonds, salted peanuts, creamy peanut butter, chocolate and Rice Krispies. The silky milk-chocolate ganache frosting almost pushes the recipe over the top.
Brown-Butter Layer Cake
Seattle chef Tom Douglas uses brown butter for an indulgent nutty flavor in this fun twist on a classic white cake.
Baked Alaska Birthday Cake
This ultimate birthday cake features three flavors of ice cream, moist chocolate cake, nutty ganache and fluffy meringue.
Best-Ever Birthday Cake
Who can argue with a classic yellow cake dotted with sprinkles and finished with a chocolate icing? This recipe is exactly that, no boxed mix required.
If you're looking for a colorful celebration cake, this rainbow stunner is the way to go.
Lemon Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
When you want to keep things simple and bright, this easy and delicious lemon cake only takes one bowl to throw together.