22 Fun and Easy Cake Recipes Kids Will Love

Coca Cola Chocolate Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

While birthdays are great occasions to make a cake for kids, these easy recipes that kids will love are also great for an after-school snack or a "just because" treat. Even if there's not a special celebration happening, we guarantee no one will complain when they smell a homemade cake baking in the oven. From easy chocolate cakes to a cookie in cake form to a strawberry sheet cake and more, you can't go wrong serving up any of these cakes to the kiddos in your life. Whether they'll be helping you bake the cake, or will just be enjoying the finished product, these easy cake recipes are sure to be loved by kids (and adults too!).

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Fudge Cake

Fudge Cake Recipe
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Anna Hampton

Recipe: Fudge Cake

Mare sure to add parchment paper to the pan before adding the batter. It will serve as handles to easily lift the cake from the pan.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

You can never go wrong with a cookie in cake form. Adding colorful sprinkles on top of the icing makes it great for a birthday celebration.

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Better Boxed Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

Better Box Mix Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
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Recipe: Better Boxed Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting

A few simple swaps, like using melted butter in place of oil and whole milk instead of water, give boxed cake mix a homemade taste.

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Mississippi Mud Cake

Mississippi Mud Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake

Essentially, all you have to do to get this classic sheet cake into the oven is give it a few stirs. Plus, you just drizzle on the chocolate frosting so you don't have to spend any time making sure the finish is perfect.

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Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Dickey, Prop Styling: Kay E Clarke

Recipe: Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

Any kid will love starting off their birthday (or any day) with this glazed donut cake.

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1234 Cake

1234 Cake
Victor Protasio, Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall, Prop Stylist: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: 1234 Cake

This easy cake recipe may convince you that you don't need to buy the boxed variety ever again.

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Wacky Cake

Wacky Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Wacky Cake

Most of the ingredients for this easy cake can probably be found in your pantry, so you can serve up a homemade treat without having to make a special trip to the store.

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Peanut Butter Cake

Peanut Butter Cake Recipe
Photography: Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cake

There's peanut butter in both the cake and icing of this sheet cake. It's guaranteed to put a smile on the face of every peanut-butter loving kid.

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Honey Bun Cake

Honey Bun Cake
Photographer Victor Protasio, Food Stylist Rishon Hanners, Prop Stylist Heather Chadduck

Recipe: Honey Bun Cake

Yellow cake mix serves as the convenient base for this pastry-inspired Bundt cake.

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Busy Day Cake

Busy Day Cake
Alison Miksch; Food Styling: Erin Merhar; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee

Recipe: Busy Day Cake

Just 15 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of baking time means you can get this simple cake on the table in under an hour.

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Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake
Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Melissa Gray; Prop Styling: Missie Neville Crawford

Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake

No baking is required to pull together this five-ingredient cake.

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Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk Pound Cake
Southern Living

Recipe: Buttermilk Pound Cake

If you want to make this cake and don't have buttermilk on hand, you can make your own using 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and 1 cup of milk.

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Homemade Yellow Cake

Homemade Yellow Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Homemade Yellow Cake

Yellow cake doesn't have to come from a box. You can pull the classic cake together from scratch in just 10 minutes.

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Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

Classic Chocolate Pound Cake
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck; Food Styling: Erin Merhar

Recipe: Classic Chocolate Pound Cake

Chocolate-loving kiddos will adore this decadent pound cake that has no shortage of chocolaty flavor.

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Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake
Photographer: Jennifer Causey Food Stylist: Ana Kelly Prop Stylist: Kay Clarke

Recipe: Angel Food Cake

A short ingredient list and 10-minute prep time make this cake a cinch to pull together for an afternoon treat. Just make sure to cool the cake upside down to help it come out of the pan without breaking.

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Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

Coca Cola Chocolate Cake
Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Kathleen Varner

Recipe: Coca Cola Chocolate Cake

You'll find Coca-Cola on the ingredient list for both the cake layers and the fudgy frosting.

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Classic Birthday Cake

Classic Birthday Cake
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Classic Birthday Cake

This easy take on a confetti birthday cake requires no layering.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake

While we love the look of this chocolate Bundt when served with edible pansy flowers on top, you can definitely serve it without.

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Caramel Cake

Caramel Cake
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Caramel Cake

Swap it up from vanilla and chocolate by serving this classic caramel cake that requires just 15 minutes of prep time.

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Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake

Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake image
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Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Sheet Cake

Store-bought frosting gets an upgrade (and pink hue) from diced fresh strawberries.

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Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge Icing

Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge Icing

Recipe: Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge Icing

This rich chocolate cake is covered with fudge icing while it's still warm from the oven.

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Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

Lemon-Lime Pound Cake
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

Using a lemon-lime soft drink is the not-so secret ingredient in this simple cake.

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