The 35 BEST Cake Recipes

Cake time is everyone’s favorite time. Feeling down? Have some cake. Out on a picnic in summer? Have some cake. Wanting to celebrate? You guessed it, have some cake. Cake is not only perfect for celebrating birthdays but it’s used to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Christmas, anniversaries, weddings, and Thanksgiving.

It truly is one of life’s gifts and is perfect for every occasion. But how would you about baking a cake yourself? Luckily we have written this article to share with you some of our favorite cake recipes that both beginner bakers and top chefs can have a go at.

We promise these recipes are delicious, they are mouthwatering and they are truly amazing. We have narrowed the list down to some classic bakes such as carrot cake or chocolate cake to small sweets and treats such as tasty cupcakes perfect for the kids or sophisticated truffle and mouse cakes. So what are we waiting for?

Let’s dive in and find out what your next new favorite bake might be.

Southern Caramel Cake

Black Forest Cake

Traditional German Black Forest Cake Recipe | Also The Crumbs Please

Everyone’s heard of black forest cake before now and for good reason. It goes down a treat in both summer and winter and is super moist, full of flavor, and oozing with cherries and whipped cream. It’s decadent and indulgent and consists of three to four layers topped with extra chocolate shavings.

Cookies and Cream Cake

Cookies ‘n Cream Cake Recipe | Allrecipes

Cookies and cream cake, sometimes known as an oreo cake is simple, delicious and somehow always gets all the attention. It’s popular with kids and filled and topped with lots of delicious broken-up cookie pieces as well as a tasty vanilla frosting. What’s not to like?

Coffee Cake

Easy Coffee Cake (+VIDEO) | Lil’ Luna (lilluna.com)

If you’re looking for a recipe that is both simple and delicious, look no further than this coffee cake. It’s great for a breakfast meet-up and filled with cinnamon and buttery tastes. It’s soft, warm, and will leave you feeling satisfied all day long. 

Carrot Cake

Best Carrot Cake Ever Recipe | Allrecipes

You simply cannot go wrong with a good carrot cake. It’s sweet, filled with raisins and shredded carrots, and covered in cream cheese frosting, which is usually everyone’s favorite bit. Packed with warm cinnamon it’s a winter favorite and is perfect for pairing with a cup of tea in the afternoon.

Triple Chocolate Cake

Triple Chocolate Cake Recipe – Sally’s Baking Addiction (sallysbakingaddiction.com)

Chocolate cake is a staple in the cake world and this recipe promises to be super moist, yet fudgy, whilst also having a light texture and topped with some delicious buttercream and a generous amount of chocolate chips. For the ultimate chocolate experience, look no further.

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting – Sally’s Baking Addiction (sallysbakingaddiction.com)

Another classic, red velvet cake goes down a treat and is perfect for every occasion. With a moist, fluffy inside and a rich cream cheese frosting, you’ll be going back for seconds and maybe even thirds. Appreciate the buttery, vanilla, and cocoa flavors, we promise they won’t disappoint.

Berry Tres Leches Cake

Rustic-Style The Best Berry Tres Leches Cake Recipe (video) – Tatyana’s Everyday Food

This berry tres leches cake starts with layers of simple vanilla sponge but these are soaked in a three-milk mixture. It is then layered up with mascarpone whipped cream frosting and tonnes of fresh berries. It’s sweet, colorful, and looks great on the party table.

Coconut Sponge

The Best Coconut Cake You’ll Ever Make – Home. Made. Interest. (homemadeinterest.com)

The best way to the perfect coconut cake is to use fresh coconut and the secret ingredient included in this recipe to make it so fluffy and moist. It goes down a treat over the holidays yet also works as a summertime sweet treat in the park.

Fresh Strawberry Cake

Fresh Strawberry Cake – A favorite summer dessert! (spicedblog.com)

This fresh strawberry cake features lots of ripe berries and a light and airy whipped cream on top for the ideal summer dessert. It features layers of white cakes with strawberry frosting and promises to be the best strawberry shortcake you’ve ever tasted.

Vanilla Pudding Party Cupcakes

Vanilla Pudding Party Cupcakes – The BakerMama

These party cupcakes are moist, packed with vanilla, and covered in a delightful vanilla pudding frosting. They’re great for kid’s parties and super simple to make. They’re topped with sprinkles and make a tasty, fun bite-sized treat for all.

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Frosting

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Frosting | RecipeTin Eats

This blueberry cake looks pretty simple until you slice the first slice. Inside you will find tonnes of juicy blueberries and it’s topped with a delicious lemon cheese frosting. The flavors complement each other beyond belief and you’ll definitely be up for seconds if this is served at the party.

Blueberry Cake with Lemon Frosting

Baileys Cupcakes

The Best Recipe for Baileys Cupcakes – Confessions of a Baking Queen

If you love the famous Irish liqueur, Baileys, this could be the recipe for you. This recipe makes some delicious moist cupcakes that are topped with a Baileys Swiss Meringue buttercream. They are a perfect bake if you are looking for something for St Patrick’s Day and if you want a non-boozy option, simply use the Baileys Non-Alcoholic Creamer.

White Chocolate Cake

White Chocolate Cake – Liv for Cake

This classic white chocolate cake promises to be one of the most decadent and delicious cakes you’ve ever tasted. The white chocolate is oozing between each layer and the white chocolate frosting with a drip makes for a stunning monochrome effect that is sure to impress all your guests. It’s also topped with some white chocolate truffles and white chocolate shavings. Yum!

Mango Cake

Mango Cake Recipe (VIDEO) – NatashasKitchen.com

This mango cake is bursting with sweetness and great flavor. It’s packed with fresh mango and surprisingly, is only made with 9 ingredients. It’s a show-stopper at parties and the sweet mangos incorporated in this cake are always a winner.

Make sure you pick some sweet ripe mangos to make this cake taste as great as possible. Mangos give a wonderful color pop and even a healthy boost of nutrients too.

Lemon Mousse Cake

Lemon Mousse Cake Recipe (video) – Tatyana’s Everyday Food

This lemon mousse cake promises to be the ultimate lemon cake recipe. It’s light, fluffy, and full of citrus. It’s made with lemon layers topped with lemon curd, whipped cream, and the best part, the lemon curd mousse.

It’s then topped with lemon jello and some dollops of whipped cream on top. It can be a slightly tricky cake to get right and so might be best for slightly more advanced bakers.

Chocolate Roulade

Chocolate Roulade Recipe | Martha Stewart

Everyone loves a roulade and everyone loves chocolate cake so why not combine the two and make a delicious chocolate roulade that is rich, yet light and looks beautiful when presented to guests on any occasion.

This roulade will give off a light mocha flavor yet water can be substituted and don’t be afraid of the cake cracking slightly as you roll, this is normal. It uses an unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder for dusting and to top off that gorgeous rich flavor.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Pineapple Upside Down Cake | RecipeTin Eats

This pineapple upside-down cake takes you back a few years a promises to be a retro classic at your next party. Filled with tropical flavors of pineapple and sweet, caramelized edges, this cake will brighten your mood and leave you feeling as cheerful as can be.

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake

Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake – Sally’s Baking Addiction (sallysbakingaddiction.com)

If you love chocolate cake, you’re going to love this mousse cake. It uses unsweetened cocoa powder as well as dark cocoa powder for an extra rich flavor and is layered with rich chocolate mousse. It’s then topped with a chocolate ganache, which makes it the ultimate chocolate heaven.

Chocolate Stout Cake

Chocolate Stout Cake Recipe | Epicurious

If you’re looking for a St Patrick’s Day bake, the chocolate stout cake is perfect. Oozing with chocolate whilst also being infused with stout, this cake is intense yet not overly sweet and will certainly be a show stopper.

Watermelon Cake

Watermelon Cake Recipe: How to Make It (tasteofhome.com)

This cake is truly incredible and with an easy assemble, it’s even perfect for kids to have a go. We know you’ll be back for seconds of this melon cake, that is bursting with sweet flavors and looks great on the party table. Add chocolate chips to recreate the seeds and get your mini chocolate fix at the same time.

Berry Custard Cake

Berry Custard Cake | Bakers Royale

This berry custard cake started as a blueberry magic cake but the baker’s failure turned into a success as the berry custard cake was born. The cake is topped with custard and colored and flavored with dehydrated blueberries, meaning it not only tastes great but looks pretty cool too.

Summer Fruit Sangria Cake

Summer Fruit Sangria Cake Recipe (video) – Tatyana’s Everyday Food

This summer fruit sangria cake allows you to enjoy all of your favorite summer fruits, whilst paired with sangria, in cake form! What more could you want! This recipe is made with a light and fluffy sponge and packed full of sun-ripened fruit and sangria. It’s finished with fluffy berry cream and promises to knock you off your feet.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Pumpkin Glaze

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Pumpkin Glaze – Damn Delicious

This pumpkin bundt cake with a pumpkin glaze is a firm fall favorite. It’s a great cake for the holidays and will surely be a crowd-pleaser. It’s moist and tasty and the pumpkin flavor doesn’t overpower the whole bake. Perfect for pumpkin lovers!

Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake

The Most Delicious Raspberry Chocolate Truffle Cake with Chocolate Ganache | Cake by Courtney

This moist chocolate truffle cake is a great decadent chocolate cake for Valentine’s Day. It’s made with cake layers infused with raspberries, a rich chocolate ganache, chocolate buttercream, as well as chocolate layers of cake and a sweet raspberry cream filling.

The raspberry and chocolate combination works well and when decorated will definitely please your partner on that special day.

Blueberry Mug Cake

Blueberry Mug Cake – Kirbie’s Cravings (kirbiecravings.com)

Mug cakes have become a super popular way of making a quick, tasty treat after dinner in recent years so why not take the flavor of your favorite blueberry muffin and pop it in a mug. This recipe is simple, it’s not too sweet and of course, it is packed with fresh blueberries. 

Key Lime Pie Layer Cake

Key Lime Pie Layer Cake | The Best Key Lime Cake Recipe (lifeloveandsugar.com)

This layer cake is traditional key lime pie in a cake. It’s made with lots of layers of delicious cake infused with lime, key lime frosting, and topped with graham cracker crumbs. The layers are packed with lime flavor from the key lime juice and the key lime zest and this promises to be a sugary lime-packed treat.

Tiramisu Cake

Classic Tiramisù Recipe – NYT Cooking (nytimes.com)

When made correctly, this classic tiramisu can be creamy, rich, and decadent. Topped with ladyfingers soaked in espresso and surrounded by plenty of whipped cream, you’re on to a real taste of authentic Italian dessert culture.

Southern Caramel Cake

Southern Caramel Cake – Spicy Southern Kitchen

This southern caramel cake is a rich and tasty treat. It’s decadent and sweet and made with layers of moist cake that are often a lot lighter than regular caramel cakes. The icing is the star of the show and if you have a serious sweet tooth, this cake recipe was made just for you.

Strawberry Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

Cake by Courtney: Strawberry Dark Chocolate Truffle Cake

This cake is rich, layered with tonnes of fresh berries, and topped with a generous serving of sweet strawberry buttercream and chocolate ganache. It also looks stunning when decorated and will go down a hit at your next engagement party or anniversary celebration.

Chocolate Lava Cake

EASY Chocolate Lava Cakes (Tips, Tricks, Freezer Instructions) (carlsbadcravings.com)

Using only 5 ingredients, these chocolate lava cakes will leave you with a chocolate explosion in your mouth. They only take 10 minutes to make and the warm, oozing chocolate liquid in the middle will leave every mouthful bathed in a rich velvet chocolate sauce.

Lemon Pound Cake

The Absolute ULTIMATE Lemon Pound Cake Recipe- The BEST Online! (grandbaby-cakes.com)

This lemon pound cake claims to be one of the best recipes on the internet. It’s sweet, full of lemon, and made with a secret ingredient that will make you go back for seconds, thirds, and maybe even more after that. If you’re a fan of lemon, this is a must-try. Don’t forget to top with a delicious lemon glaze drizzle for the ultimate lemon feast.

Bermuda Rum Cake

Bermuda Rum Cake – Jo Cooks

This Bermuda rum cake is the ultimate cake when you’re looking for something fun and boozy. It’s not only boozy but also sweet and packed with citrus flavors. It’s glazed with delicious butter and dark rum caramel sauce for a completely decadent finish. Forget the box mix for this recipe, it’s completely homemade and so so tasty, you’ll be back for plenty more.

Cherry Cupcakes

Cherry Cupcakes – The Itsy-Bitsy Kitchen (itsybitsykitchen.com)

Cherry cupcakes have always been overlooked. But whip these up at your next party and they’ll be a hit with everyone. They feature a light pink cupcake and are filled with maraschino cherries.

They are then topped with a creamy, rich maraschino cherry buttercream and are perfect for pink-themed parties. They’re also super simple to make and no special techniques or equipment are needed.

Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake – Brown Eyed Baker

Hummingbird cake is a super simple bake and allows you to enjoy the sweet and delicious taste of the tropics. It’s packed with flavors of banana, toasted pecans, and pineapple and finished with a cream cheese frosting. It’s a Jamaican tradition that all your guests are guaranteed to love.

Banana Cake

The Best Banana Cake – Spend With Pennies

This banana cake is soft, rich, and moist, and once made and cooled, it is topped with a lemon cream cheese frosting for the ultimate fusion of fruity flavor. It’s perfect for those winter nights where you want a cozy teatime treat or can be packed in your summer picnic, making it not only delicious but completely versatile and great for a range of occasions.

Final Thoughts

We hope by reading this article, you have picked up a few new cake recipes that you’re keen to try and bake and introduce them to your next celebration or special occasion. We’ve given you some simple cupcakes perfect for kids pirates, to rich chocolate bakes suited for Valentine’s Day, to traditional homemade comforts.

Imagine the look on your friend’s and family’s faces when you bring one of these delicious bakes out of the kitchen. We promise it will be worth it.

Brandon White