Birthday Cake Recipes

Here's how to bake the perfect birthday cake. Browse through chocolate, white, carrot, and even kids' birthday cake recipes (in all shapes, like rockets and animals, and sizes).

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Light and Fluffy Yellow Cake

Whipped egg whites are the secret behind this airy, moist cake. Decorate each layer with our Chocolate Frosting for a spectacular birthday or special-occasion dessert.

Vanilla Sheet Cake with Chocolate-Ganache Buttercream

The quintessential birthday cake is reborn as an ultra-moist sheet cake. Rather than the usual cocoa powder–confectioners' sugar combo, the state-of-the-art frosting is a chocolate ganache that gets whipped with plenty of butter into glossy swoops.

Basic White Cake

Rating: 3.62 stars 157
Forget the boxed mix! Making a white cake from scratch is so worth it. Our easy version has a moist, tender crumb and pairs well with any frosting.

Rocket Ship Cake

Rating: 3.68 stars 25
Take your children to infinity and beyond! Or just offer them a piece of this rocket cake.

No-Bake Birthday Cake

Rating: 3.34 stars 106
This kid-pleasing confection has a sweet secret: chocolate-marshmallow icing inside. Cereal bits give it a festive trim. Prepare the Basic Crisp-Rice Treats, then follow the molding instructions below to make the cake.

"Who's Counting?" Birthday Cake

Rating: 2.98 stars 66
Transform sheet cakes from basic to impressive with simple stencils, some straightforward cutting skills, and colorful candies. If your birthday girl or boy prefers chocolate, make a double batch of the Number-Themed Mini Birthday Cupcakes; bake for about 20 minutes.

Baby Bootie Cakes

Rating: 2.69 stars 16
Unlike bronzed booties, these sugary little shoes won't last long at baby showers and first birthday parties.

Pocketbook Birthday Cake

Rating: 2.9 stars 20
Like many girls her age, Zoe from "Sesame Street" loves playing dress up, so today she and Martha bake a delicious birthday cake inspired by a pink fashion accessory. Dutch cocoa and Swiss buttercream icing make this pocketbook particularly a rich one.

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