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8 Ways to Up Your Cake Game

Let's face it: yoga and kale are wonderful, but what's life without the much-deserved splurge? In case you need an excuse to (temporarily) fall off the wagon, here are our eight favorite cake recipes.
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Let's face it: yoga and kale are wonderful, but what's life without the much-deserved splurge? In case you need an excuse to (temporarily) fall off the wagon, here are our eight favorite cake recipes.

VISUAL EFFECT
Our eye-popping checkerboard cake is easier to make than it looks--think boxed cake mix and quick, homemade cream-cheese frosting. Get the recipe.

(Bonus: Here's how to cut a round cake properly.)

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SOFT LANDING
Wanna wow your dinner party guests in seven easy steps? Whip up these foolproof cheesecake bars with melted chocolate. Get the recipe.

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POWER PUFF
Love a pretty cupcake but have no patience for getting the frosting to look just right? Marshmallows are the trick to these cupcakes that frost themselves. Get the recipe.

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EASY DOES IT
You only need one bowl for this super simple chocolate dump cake, which is so moist and rich, it needs no frosting. Get the recipe.

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SIZE MATTERS
The problem with baking? Make a big batch and you'll eat a big batch. If you don't need two dozen of anything sugary in your house, try our just-right recipe for exactly four cupcakes. Get the recipe.

(Bonus: Here's how to eat them the right way.)

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DOUBLE TIME
You'll never have to choose between cookies and cake again--these cake batter cookies are a little of both. Get the recipe.

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COFFEE BREAK
You usually have a coffee with your cake, so why not have coffee in your cake? It's all possible thanks to these coffee cupcakes with buttercream frosting. Get the recipe.

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CHILL OUT
Fact: You can freeze your cake and eat it too. If you make this recipe for ice-cream cake, that is. Get the recipe.

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