Our Most Baked Cake Recipes of All Time
Whether you have a birthday, anniversary, or dinner party to host (or just 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 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 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.
Our Most Baked Cake Recipes of All Time
Old-Fashioned Pound Cake
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
A slice of summertime baked right in your own kitchen, this cake is jam-packed with fresh flavor...literally. There's homemade Strawberry-Lemonade Jam spread between each layer.
Vintage Fresh Apple Cake
Recipe: Fresh Apple Cake
Nothing says fall like our cozy Fresh Apple Cake that’s filled with apples, cinnamon, and nuts.
Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Cake
Fall festivities call for all the pumpkin flare, and there's no gourd display that can stack up to this layered pumpkin cake.
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.
Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Recipe: Cream Cheese Pound Cake
If you thought your classic pound cake recipe couldn't get any better, then we dare you to add this creamy ingredient to the mix.
Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Recipe: Sea Salt-Caramel Cake
Our most recent rift on the classic caramel cake has the ideal amount of salty and sweet.
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.
Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Angel Food Cake
A classic, super-soft Angel Food Cake recipe will never fail at any party.
Devil’s Food Cake
Recipe: Devil's Food Cake
As versitle as cakes come, this classic recipe can be used to make a chocolate sheet cake, a batch of cupcakes, or even a cakey trifle layer.
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.
Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Recipe: King Cake
The king of Mardi Gras celebrations, this classic cake is practically synonymous with over-the-top New Orleans merriment. Plus, if you bake your own, you just might know what section to slice to get that baby.
Homemade Yellow Cake
Recipe: Homemade Yellow Cake
A flexible foundation for any topping, this yellow cake lends itself to all sorts of festivities and frostings. Get creative and turn it into a spice cake with a few added ingredients or a chocolate treat by beating unsweetened chocolate squares into the batter.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound Cake
Honey-Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
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.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Key Lime Icebox Cake
Strawberry Birthday Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Birthday Cake
A strawberry-filled celebration awaits in every slide of this classic cake. Just add candles.
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.
Snowy Vanilla Cake with Cream Cheese Buttercream
Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake
Put those store-bought pumpkin spice drinks to shame with this autumnal cheesecake that combines all of your favorite fall flavors in every slice.
Recipe: Blueberry Cornmeal Cake
It’s best to make this cornmeal cake in the summer, when fresh blueberries are abundant at the farmers’ market.
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.
Classic Birthday Cake
Recipe: Classic Birthday Cake
No matter your age, you can't go wrong with a rainbow sprinkle-topped sheet cake.
Key Lime Pound Cake
Recipe: Key Lime Pound Cake
Our Key Lime Pound Cake somehow manages to be both substantial and airy.
Pink Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cake
Suited for occasions with feminine flare or a springtime air, this baked-from-scratch cake gets a quick boost of flavor from pre-sweetened pink lemonade drink mix beaten into the into the batter.
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cake
Your sweet tooth has met its match. This rich combination of chocolate and peanut butter is topped with crumbled sandwich cookies for an indulgent finishing touch.
Texas Skillet Cake
Recipe: Pineapple-Coconut Cake
This elegant layer cake is an all-time reader favorite. Slice into this flaky exterior, and you'll find a delightful burst of tropical flavors.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
We wouldn't blame you if this cinnamon-filled cake made its way to your breakfast table, too.
Classic Coconut Cake
Recipe: Classic Coconut Cake
Complete this all-white layer cake with large flakes of toasted coconut.
White Texas Sheet Cake
Recipe: White Texas Sheet Cake
Meet the scrumptious counterpart to the Lone Star legend–the Texas sheet cake. Don't worry, your favorite toppings still steal the show. This recipe simply substitutes white cake for chocolate to mix things up.
Coconut Pound Cake
Recipe: Coconut Pound Cake
A ridged Bundt pan is the secret to this cake's gorgeous shape.
Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Magic Cake
The magic of the season comes to life in this standout recipe. Inspired by the Mexican dessert called "impossible flan," this fall delight is easier to make than it looks.
Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Recipe: Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Swathed in a creamy toffee frosting, you'll have to resist cutting yourself a slice before the party guests arrive.