Easy Birthday Cake Recipes

Surprise the guest of honor with a homemade birthday cake by preparing one of these fluffy, fruity, frozen or chocolatey confections. 

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Simple Birthday Cake with Marshmallow Frosting

Sour cream gives this white layer cake a tender crumb while chunks of semisweet chocolate offer a contrasting texture. Crowned with a cloud of marshmallow frosting, this recipe is simple yet sure to please.

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Ice Cream and Cookie Dough Layer Cake

Ice cream cakes aren't just for kids anymore. Alternate layers of custard-style ice cream, chocolate cake and raw chocolate chip cookie dough for a birthday dessert that's as playful as it is indulgent.

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Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Ina Garten's chocolate cake has a subtle mocha flavor thanks to the cup of freshly brewed coffee in the batter, but our favorite part of this recipe is the thick chocolate buttercream icing on top of the cake and between its layers.

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Totally Surprised Birthday Cake

This cake delivers a tart shock to the taste buds with its fresh lemon filling hidden between vanilla-laced layers. Cover it with smooth vanilla frosting and macerated berries and serve it for a fruit lover's special day.

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Ice Cream Cake

Serve this decadent dessert with a warm drizzle of chocolate, butterscotch or caramel sauce for an elegant twist on the store-bought ice cream cake.

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Salted Caramel Icebox Cake

Alternating caramel and chocolate stripes make this revamped retro treat both tasty and pretty to behold. Make your own wafers to add a personal culinary touch.

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Lemon Pound Cake

This rich and tangy pound cake makes for a refreshing dessert on an ordinary weeknight or, when placed on a pretty pedestal stand, a perfect birthday treat.

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Chocolate Chip Layer Cake

This cake was developed with the beloved flavors of a chocolate chip cookie in mind. Regular chips are too large for the cake, so be sure to use miniature ones. Enjoy a slice with a scoop of coffee ice cream.

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Coffee Angel Food Cake

Coffee lovers will find it hard to resist this angel food cake with shots of espresso in the batter and in the sweet, dripping glaze. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt for a look that is reminiscent of a frothy cappuccino.

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Devil's Food Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Birthday cake unveils its wild side within these sinfully rich devil's food layers that are enveloped in a frothy whipped dulce de leche frosting.

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Ice Cream Birthday Cake

Kelsey shows how by combining store-bought ingredients –– crumbled chocolate wafers, vanilla ice cream, raspberry sorbet and pound cake –– you can create a gourmet-tasting frozen birthday treat. A gooey fudge topping adds a final celebratory touch.

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Boston Cream Pie

Despite what it's called, this "pie" is actually a cake. One theory on how it got its name: In 19th-century Boston where it originated, the layers were baked in pie tins, which were more common than cake pans.

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Florence's Orange Cake

This dense cake gets its vibrant flavor from fresh orange zest and an irresistibly tangy orange glace drizzle.

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Lorie's Ultimate Coconut Cream Pie

Put a tropical spin on a classic birthday treat with an ivory pie that delivers coconut flavor four ways. The fluffy filling is infused with coconut milk and extract, cream of coconut and shredded coconut for ample island-inspired flavor.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

Buttermilk adds extra moisture to this towering peanut butter and chocolate confection. Process peanut butter cups into a powder and sprinkle them between each layer of milk chocolate frosting for the full nutty effect.

Get the Recipe: Smith Island Chocolate Peanut Butter Layer Cake

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