Whatever moment you’re celebrating -- whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, or a bouncing new baby -- make one of these stunners and invite everyone to take a sweet bite out of life.
Feed a Crowd
Confetti Cake with Vanilla Frosting
This extra-moist sheet cake is great for little and big kids alike -- and it will be the talk of the block party or bake sale. Creamy vanilla frosting is topped with jumbo sprinkles, which are fun and easy to make: Pipe long, thin lines of icing on parchment, let them dry, and break them with a spatula to create “shards.” Use small pieces in the batter to amp up the funfetti factor. We went for orange and pinks, but customize your colors as you wish -- say, with college hues for a graduation bash.
How to Make Your Own Sprinkles
Julia Child once said...
A party without a cake is just a meeting.
Chocolate-and-Vanilla Zebra Cake
With striking stripes hiding beneath a thick coating of glossy chocolate frosting, this dessert is fitting for a guest caught wildly off guard -- and is surprisingly simple to pull off. The pattern is created by alternating spoonfuls of vanilla and chocolate batters in the center of the pans. For the strongest contrast (and even richer flavor), use a dark cocoa powder, like Valrhona.
Vanilla Sponge Cake with Strawberry-Meringue Buttercream
A light-as-air chiffon cake is wonderful to make for Mother’s Day -- or to receive. It incorporates three pounds (yes, three pounds) of strawberries, equally divided between the layers, the ethereal whipped frosting, and the sugar-dusted pile on top. To create the vertical stripes of buttercream, just use a small offset spatula.
Fete a Friend
Citrus Mousse Cake with Buttercream Frosting
If you want to delight on sight, bake this tangy lemon cake with layers of lime mousse for a pal’s birthday, bridal shower, or big promo. The white buttercream frosting is an ideal blank canvas for a sprinkling of sugar pearls, meringues (you can make or buy them), and a scattering of edible blooms. Everyone will think you hired a pro.