Food & Drink

The Best Birthday Cake Recipes, From Layer Cakes To Sheet Cakes

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01/23/2018 05:46am ET
Hummingbird High

Is a birthday without a cake really a birthday at all?

Sure, we’ve had happy birthdays that were celebrated with key lime pie and brownie sundaes. But even if you’re not a cake person, nothing says “I love you,” or “I love you but I’m afraid to tell you because I fear rejection,” or maybe just “I can tolerate sitting next to you at work pretty well, at least on most days” better than a cake.

Making a layer cake does take a little effort ― there are multiple layers to be baked, each of which needs proper cooling before stacking it up and frosting it without it toppling over. We’ve got 50 of those gorgeous doozies for you below.

If you’re a little less ambitious or less coordinated, go with a sheet cake. Most of them just require a quick bake in the oven, some time cooling on the counter and an easy dollop of frosting on top. We’ve got 25 of those recipes for you below.

Now go forth and bake with courage. You’re about to make someone’s day.

LAYER CAKES

1
Classic Yellow Cake With Chocolate Creme Fraiche Frosting
Hummingbird High
2
Brooklyn Blackout Cake
Half Baked Harvest
Get the Brooklyn Blackout Cake recipe from Half Baked Harvest
3
Bourbon Butterscotch Layer Cake
Completely Delicious
Get the Bourbon Butterscotch Layer Cake recipe from Completely Delicious
4
From Scratch Strawberry Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
I Am Baker
5
Chocolate Avocado Cake
I Am Baker
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6
Ding Dong Cake
I Am Baker
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7
Nutella Cake
Handle The Heat
Get the Nutella Cake recipe from Handle The Heat
8
Zucchini Caramel Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream
Completely Delicious
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9
Vegan Chocolate Cake with Creamy Chocolate Almond Butter "Buttercream"
Half Baked Harvest
10
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Cake
Hummingbird High
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11
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Sallys Baking Addiction
Get the Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
12
Pinata Cake
Sallys Baking Addiction
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13
Homemade Strawberry Cake
Sallys Baking Addiction
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14
Salted Caramel Apple Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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15
Chocolate Cake With Lavender Ruffled Frosting
Hummingbird High
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16
Six-Layer Chocolate Cake With Toasted Marshmallow Filling And Malted Chocolate Frosting
Brown Eyed Baker
17
Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction
Get the Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
18
6-Layer Chocolate Sprinkle Cake
Sweetapolita
Get the 6-Layer Chocolate Sprinkle Cake recipe from Sweetapolita
19
3-Layer Pistachio Cake
Handle The Heat
Get the 3-Layer Pistachio Cake recipe from Handle The Heat
20
Bananas Foster Layer Cake
Life, Love And Sugar
Get the Bananas Foster Layer Cake recipe from Life, Love And Sugar
21
Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction
Get the Raspberry Chocolate Chip Layer Cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
22
Three Layer Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Cake
Pineapple & Coconut
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23
Matcha Green Tea Cake With Vanilla Honey Cream Cheese Frosting
Half Baked Harvest
24
Chocolate Bourbon Peanut Butter Buckeye Cake
Half Baked Harvest
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25
White Chocolate Malt Cake
Hummingbird High
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26
Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Cake
I Am Baker
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27
Oreo Layer Cake
Life, Love & Sugar
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28
Nutella Chocolate Cake
Life, Love & Sugar
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29
Boozy Yellow Birthday Cake With Chocolate Frosting And Caramelized White Chocolate Ganache
Hummingbird High
30
Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Layer Cake
Averie Cooks
Get the Nutter Butter Peanut Butter Layer Cake recipe from Averie Cooks
31
Chocolate Coffee Layer Cake
Completely Delicious
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32
Green Ombre Cake
I Am Baker
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33
Vanilla Caramel Latte Cake
Annie's Eats
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34
Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake
Half Baked Harvest
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35
Mississippi Mudslide Cake
I Am Baker
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36
Birthday Cake Lasagna
I Am Baker
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37
Coconut Cream Lime Cake
Completely Delicious
Get the Coconut Cream Lime Cake recipe from Completely Delicious
38
Zebra Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction
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39
Boston Cream Pie
Brown Eyed Baker
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40
Fudgy One-Bowl Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cake
Half Baked Harvest
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41
Southern Coconut Cake
Completely Delicious
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42
Red Velvet Layer Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Sally's Baking Addiction
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43
Cookies And Cream Oreo Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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44
Funfetti Cake
Completely Delicious
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45
Chocolate And Earl Grey London Fog Layer Cake
Hummingbird High
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46
Banana Cake With Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Sally's Baking Addiction
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47
Sweet Potato Spice Cake
Completely Delicious
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48
Banana and Chocolate Crunch Cake with Graham Cracker Frosting
Hummingbird High
49
Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird High
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50
Chocolate Bourbon Caramel Macaron Cake
Half Baked Harvest
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SHEET CAKES

1
Funfetti Sheet Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction
Get the Funfetti Sheet Cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
2
Salted Caramel Apple Sheet Cake
Handle The Heat
Get the Salted Caramel Apple Sheet Cake recipe from Handle The Heat
3
Copycat Cracker Barrel Double Fudge Cake
I Am Baker
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4
White Chocolate And Raspberry Sheet Cake
Hummingbird High
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5
Chocolate Sheet Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting
Sally's Baking Addiction
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6
Pineapple Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
Sally's Baking Addiction
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7
Tres Leches Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
Get the Tres Leches Cake recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
8
Chocolate Caramel Poke Cake
Handle The Heat
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9
Yellow Sheet Cake With Fudge Frosting
Sally's Baking Addiction
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10
Best Banana Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction
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11
Chocolate Mint Texas Sheet Cake
A Spicy Perspective
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12
Oatmeal Raisin Snack Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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13
Black Forest Sheet Cake
Macheesmo
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14
Carrot Sheet Cake
Handle The Heat
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15
Chocolate Mudslide Poke Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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16
Lemon Sheet Cake
Cooking Classy
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17
Coca-Cola Chocolate Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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18
Banana Sheet Cake
Roxana's Home Baking
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19
Peppermint Texas Sheet Cake
Recipe Girl
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20
The Best Pumpkin Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction
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21
Chocolate Dump-It Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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22
Red Currant Walnut Sheet Cake
Catalina Bakes
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23
Red Velvet Poke Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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24
Banana-Chocolate Chip Snack Cake
Brown Eyed Baker
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25
Coconut Sheet Cake
Cooking Classy
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