The 50 All-Time Best Cake Recipes

Chocolate, carrot, vanilla, confetti, cheesecake ... what's your favorite?

Some people are cake people. Others are pie people. We’re happy to each both (even at the same time), but it’s hard to argue that pie could ever be as celebratory as cake. It goes hand in hand with celebrations. Birthday cakes. Wedding cakes. Graduation cakes.

Whether it’s the amount of work that goes into a beautiful layer cake or the sprinkling of confetti sprinkles atop a simple sheet cake, there’s just something exciting about a cake.

While most cakes are reserved for an occasion, we found 50 cakes that should be baked and eaten any time -- preferably, all the time, because life is too short to not eat cake. Here are the 50 all-time best cake recipes, go on and have a slice (or four).

1
Half Baked Harvest
Better Together Chocolate Vanilla Birthday Cake
2
How Sweet Eats
Tres Leches Confetti Cake
3
Half Baked Harvest
Coconut Pecan Caramel Butter Cake
4
Half Baked Harvest
Simple Chocolate Cake With Whipped Chocolate Buttercream
5
How Sweet It Is
Easy Lemon Cake With Marshmallow Frosting
6
Bakers Royale
Citrus Olive Oil Cake
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7
How Sweet It Is
No Bake Milk Chocolate Bailey’s Truffle Cake
8
Half Baked Harvest
Almond Honey Cake With Strawberry Ripple Cream
9
How Sweet It Is
Chocolate Pound Cake With Bacon Bourbon Frosting
10
i am baker
Neapolitan Cheesecake
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11
Bakingdom
Confetti Cake With Chocolate Filling And Vanilla Buttercream
12
The Faux Martha
Carrot Cake With Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
13
Annie's Eats
Gooey Butter Cake
Get the Gooey Butter Cake recipe from Annie's Eats
14
Sweetapolita
Twinkie Bundt Cake
Get the Twinkie Bundt Cake recipe from Sweetapolita
15
Brown Eyed Baker
Coconut-Vanilla Bean Cake With Coconut Meringue Buttercream Frosting
16
Leite's Culinaria
Pistachio Lover’s Pound Cake
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17
Sweetapolita
6-Layer Chocolate Sprinkle Cake
Get the 6-Layer Chocolate Sprinkle Cake recipe from Sweetapolita
18
Brown Eyed Baker
New York-Style Cheesecake With Fresh Strawberry Topping
19
Brown Eyed Baker
Six-Layer Chocolate Cake With Toasted Marshmallow Filling And Malted Chocolate Frosting
20
Life, Love & Sugar
Funfetti Millionaire Cake
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21
Half Baked Harvest
Red Velvet Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes
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22
i am baker
Green Ombre Cake
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23
Half Baked Harvest
5-Ingredient Chocolate and Peanut Butter Ice Cream Cake
24
Pineapple & Coconut
Three Layer Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake Cake
25
How Sweet It Is
Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cake
Get the Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cake recipe from How Sweet It Is
26
Life, Love & Sugar
Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake
Get the Sparkling Cranberry White Chocolate Cake recipe from Life, Love & Sugar
27
Annie's Eats
Vanilla Caramel Latte Cake
Get the Vanilla Caramel Latte Cake recipe from Annie's Eats
28
Apt. 2B Baking Co.
Orange-Almond Upside-Down Cake
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29
How Sweet It Is
Spiked Almond Joy Poundcake
Get the Spiked Almond Joy Poundcake recipe from How Sweet It Is
30
Sally's Baking Addiction
Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Get the Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction
31
Cooking Classy
Carrot Cake Cheesecake
Get the Carrot Cake Cheesecake recipe from Cooking Classy
32
Life, Love & Sugar
Oreo Layer Cake
Get the Oreo Layer Cake recipe from Life, Love & Sugar
33
James Ransom/Food52
Cold Oven Pound Cake
Get the Cold Oven Pound Cake recipe from Muffinj via Food52
34
Kitchen Confidante
Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake
Get the Nutella Ganache Covered Cheesecake recipe from Kitchen Confidante
35
nannydeb/Food52
Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Cake With A Hint Of Mint
36
Hungry Rabbit
Pistachio Baklava Cake
Get the Pistachio Baklava Cake recipe from Hungry Rabbit
37
Annie's Eats
Yellow Butter Cake With Chocolate Frosting
38
A Spicy Perspective
Mousse Cake
Get the Mousse Cake recipe from A Spicy Perspective
39
Life, Love & Sugar
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake
Get the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Layer Cake recipe from Life, Love & Sugar
40
Half Baked Harvest
Fudgy One-Bowl Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cake
41
The Hungry Housewife
Blue Ombre Petal Cake
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42
Seasaltwithfood
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
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43
Half Baked Harvest
Meringue Encased Chocolate Mousse S’more Cakes
44
How To: Simplify
Mini Fruit And Chocolate Bundt Cakes
45
Cook Republic
Milk Bundt Cake
Get the Milk Bundt Cake recipe from Cook Republic
46
Sugar Hero
Doughnut Layer Cake With Mocha Whipped Cream
47
Handle The Heat
3-Layer Pistachio Cake
Get the Three-Layer Pistachio Cake recipe from Handle The Heat
48
Life, Love & Sugar
Nutella Chocolate Cake
Get the Nutella Chocolate Cake recipe from Life, Love & Sugar
49
Becca Bakes
Cereal Supreme Cake
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50
Brown Eyed Baker
Meyer Lemon Pound Cake
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