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: 3.69 stars
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Birthday? Anniversary? Going-away party? This super-easy, one-bowl layer cake is the perfect dessert for any gathering of chocolate buffs.

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.

Vanilla Glaze for Cinnamon-Bun Bites

Rating: 3.83 stars
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Make this glaze while the Cinnamon-Bun Bites are baking. Recipe adapted with permission from "Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen," copyright 2009 by Maria Helm Sinskey and Williams-Sonoma, published by Weldon Owen, San Francisco.

Salted-Caramel Six-Layer Chocolate Cake

Rating: 3.78 stars
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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.

Sprinkle Cake

This colorful, whimsical vanilla cake has sprinkles inside and out, and just may be the ultimate birthday cake. This recipe is adapted from the book, "Baked Occasions" by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. Martha prepared this cake on Martha Bakes, episode 504.

Coffee Meringue-Ice Cream Cake

Rating: 3.11 stars
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Store-bought ice cream is ramped up with almonds, ground coffee beans, and a little flaky salt,and then sandwiched between coffee-swirled meringues to form this coffee meringue-ice cream cake. It's a cappuccino lover's dream.

Magnolia Bakery Vanilla Cupcakes

Rating: 3.72 stars
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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."

Coconut Cloud Cake

Rating: 3.77 stars
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This light, flavorful dessert, filled and topped with seven-minute frosting and coconut, is a little slice of heaven.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Sheet Cake

This sweet and simple sheet cake marries two great flavors that just plain belong together: rich and tender chocolate cake, and creamy peanut-butter frosting. For maximum fluff, go for a classic smooth variety of peanut butter, and plug in your mixer—manpower alone won't be enough. Scatter chopped peanuts along the edges for any crunchy fans in the house.

Edward Kostyra's Birthday Cake

Rating: 3.29 stars
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This orange-curd-filled cake topped with Mrs. Milman's chocolate frosting was Martha's father's favorite. Make it as a birthday treat for someone special in your life.

Banana Cupcakes with Honey-Cinnamon Frosting

Rating: 3.63 stars
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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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Coffee Frappe

Rating: 3.55 stars
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Sweet iced coffee is blended with vanilla ice cream for a homemade version of a coffeehouse treat.