Birthday Party Recipes

One of the best things about a birthday party is all the delicious birthday party recipes, like snacks and treats. From pretzels and a good dip, to our birthday cake recipes including chocolate, lemon, and yellow, even frosting recipes. And don't forget to try one of our cookie recipes and ice cream ideas.

Staff Picks

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 494
A super-easy chocolate layer cake belongs in every cook's recipe repertoire. This chocolate-buttermilk cake is luscious enough for a special occasion but easy enough for everyday desserts. And the recipe gets brownie points(!) for using just a single bowl. You can also use this cake batter to make two dozen cupcakes: fill lined tins two-thirds full and bake for 20 minutes, rotating once. A decadent chocolate frosting is the finishing touch and your cake is ready for its star turn at a birthday, anniversary, or pretty much any celebration.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 4 stars 30
With just five pantry ingredients, you've got a simple cinnamon roll glaze to whisk together. Everyone needs a vanilla glaze like this, sure it's perfect over Cinnamon-Bun Bites but it's also worth trying for Bundt cakes, loaf cakes, or donuts. It's your homemade glaze for a myriad of baking adventures.  

Coconut Cloud Cake

Rating: 4 stars 565
This light, flavorful dessert, filled and topped with seven-minute frosting and coconut, is a little slice of heaven.

Chewy Brownies

What's gooey on the inside, crackly on top, and supremely delicious all over?Our fresh take on this crowd-pleasing dessert. Unsweetened chocolate and brown sugar impart a rich, well-rounded flavor, while adding a bit of oil to the batter results in the addictively chewy texture that makes this version an instant classic.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 158
The most popular flavor at the celebrated New York City bakery is vanilla for a reason! With a moist, tender crumb and rich buttercream frosting, these cupcakes are a true classic. This recipe comes from "More from Magnolia: Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home Kitchen."

Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4 stars 1726
If you don't own a candy thermometer, this cake offers a good excuse to buy one. It sounds a little nitpicky, but the caramel should reach exactly 238 degrees. (Any less and the cake layers won't hold together properly; any more and the caramel will turn hard.) Precision will also pay off with the chocolate frosting—it achieves its ideal spreading texture after standing for 30 minutes.

Baked Cake Donuts

While cake donuts are traditionally fried, they're just as delicious baked in the oven, with far less cleanup. Toss in powdered sugar or finish with a simple glaze and sprinkles or toasted coconut -- you can't go wrong!

Blueberry Cupcakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 232
These blueberry cupcakes are breakfast for dessert. Fresh blueberries are mixed into vanilla cake -- rather than muffin -- batter, which is then topped with cinnamon streusel and swirls of blueberry-cream cheese icing. This recipe appeared in episode 308 of Martha Bakes.

Strawberry Cream Cake

Rating: 4 stars 574
Cake, cream, and berries combine in a treat that's twice as delectable as the sum of its parts. The buttery cake soaks up the strawberry juices, while the whipped cream adds an airy richness.

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.5 stars 642
With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.

Ganache

Rating: 3 stars 358
This ganache recipe (which can easily be multiplied) is the base for Apricot and Ganache Tartlets, Chocolate Cakes with Ganache Glaze, Mini Chocolate Whoopie Pies, Chocolate Cupcakes with Whipped Ganache, and Peanut Butter Truffles. For step-by-step photos, see our handy 101.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.5 stars 870
For a handheld treat that takes the cake, try these cute confections -- they combine the flavor of classic banana bread with a creamy spiced frosting.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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Peanut-Butter Swirl Brownies
Rating: 3.5 stars 423

Dollops of peanut butter filling are spooned onto brownie batter; pulling a knife back and forth through both results in a marbleized look.