Our Most Baked Cake Recipes of All Time
Whether you have a birthday, anniversary, holiday, dinner party, or major sweet tooth to curb, these are our best cake recipes to make from scratch. There’s truly never a bad time for a slice of cake, and these are our most delicious desserts you’re going to love. We brought together some of our favorite vintage recipes like Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake, Coconut Chiffon Cake, and our Ultimate Carrot Cake recipe that will wow guests. Some of our best picks are remakes of the classics, like our Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake, our Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes, and our Sea Salt-Caramel Cake. So whether you want to keep it old-school with our most timeless choices or mix it up a bit with newer creations, these are our most delicious homemade cake recipes of all time. If you don’t have any events coming up, it’s time to invite company over for a dinner party because you’re going to want to bake every one of these cake recipes from scratch.
This Southern gem boasts three incredibly moist layers flavored with canned pineapple and bananas.
Vintage Fresh Apple Cake
Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Coconut Chiffon Cake
Recipe: Coconut Chiffon Cake
The Coconut Chiffon Cake is one of the most storied and gorgeous cakes you can make.
Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
There’s a rich history behind this rich cake, and once you make it, you’ll never question whether mayonnaise belongs in a dessert again.
The Ultimate Carrot Cake
Recipe: The Ultimate Carrot Cake
Every cook needs a go-to carrot cake recipe for holidays and gatherings, and this one is our best of all time.
Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge Icing
Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
Recipe: Caramel Apple Coffee Cake
The true test of a good coffee cake is in the streusel, and this one is topped with a luscious caramel sauce that makes this fall treat to die for.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
Heavenly Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Heavenly Angel Food Cake
A classic, super-soft Angel Food Cake recipe will never fail at any party.
Honey-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Mini Bourbon-and-Cola Bundt Cakes
The Lane Cake
Recipe: The Lane Cake
This cake has a history that dates back more than 100 years, and we’ll surely be making it hundreds more.
Key Lime Icebox Cake
Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Strawberry Dream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake
This gorgeous cake is all about presentation that wows—not to mention, it’s absolutely delicious.
Italian Ricotta Cheesecake
Recipe: Italian Ricotta Cheesecake
Ever since this creative, citrus cheesecake recipe ran in our November 1995 issue, it’s been wildly popular with Southern Living readers.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
Spooning still-warm icing over this pumpkin cake will make the prettiest Bundt for your Thanksgiving table.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Snowy Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream
Recipe: Blueberry Cornmeal Cake
It’s best to make this cornmeal cake in the summer, when fresh blueberries are abundant at the farmers’ market.
Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake
Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake
Southerners young and old love this marshmallow-filled cake recipe, which comes with directions to bake Mississippi Mud Cupcakes, too.
Classic Southern Pound Cake
Recipe: Classic Southern Pound Cake
We’ve tried tons of pound cake recipes over the years, and this version is always tried and true.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Our Key Lime Pound Cake somehow manages to be both substantial and airy.