50+ Best Birthday Cake Recipes Made for Celebrations
There's nothing worse than the awkward moment an entire room of people sings "Happy Birthday" to you while you sit silently, wondering if you have to hold a smile through the entire song. The good news for uncomfortable birthday honorees is they get to dig into a delicious cake after all the mid-song eye contact. Blow out the candles and make a wish that someone makes one of these easy birthday cake recipes for you. If you're looking for a classic option like ice cream cake, strawberry birthday cake, caramel cake, or a homemade chocolate chip cookie cake, you've come to the right place. Birthday cake recipe ideas with personal portions like cupcakes and mini cakes let you avoid the fight over who got the biggest slice. Try our ice cream cone cupcakes, praline mini cakes, or chocolate petit fours for bite-size fun. Southerners love to serve sheet cakes to a crowd, and birthday parties are no exception. We have sheet cake recipes in every flavor so you can easily bake and take them if you're not hosting. And of course, it wouldn't be a Southern Living cake roundup without some stunning layer cakes. We hate to break it to the birthday girl or boy, but these birthday cake recipes are going to be the center of attention at your celebration.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake
For many, there's nothing as nostalgic for a birthday than a chocolate chip cookie cake. Instead of ordering one this year, make your loved one their childhood favorite from scratch.
Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
Recipe: Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes
These festive treats are the cutest way to celebrate a birthday.
Strawberry Birthday Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Birthday Cake
This layer cake combines delicious homemade elements like strawberry compote and cream cheese frosting.
Classic Birthday Cake
Recipe: Classic Birthday Cake
The flavor of confetti cake simply has no rival, and a sheet cake makes it easy to bake and take.
Triple-Layer Chocolate-Caramel Cake
Make the frosting for this three-layer beauty a day in advance for easier spreading.
Cheerwine Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry-Swirl Frosting
Pretty in pink, these cupcakes prove everything is better with a splash of Southern-favorite Cheerwine soda.
Naked Lemon Cake with Flower Crown
This flower-topped lemon cake is almost too pretty to eat.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake
SweeTARTS and Smarties Tie-Dye Cake
This groovy sheet cake will brighten up your birthday party.
Buttermilk-Lime Mini Cakes with Vanilla-Mascarpone Buttercream
Use your biscuit-cutter for the prettiest mini layer cakes your crowd has ever seen.
Recipe: Oreo Cheesecake
With Oreos included in the crust, filling, and topping, this cheesecake recipe doesn't skimp on your favorite cookie's flavor.
Key Lime Icebox Cake
Coca Cola Chocolate Cake
Strawberries-and-Cream Sheet Cake
This pretty-in-pink cake is one of our most popular sheet cake recipes of all time.
Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
Southern-favorite pound cake and caramel cake meet in this recipe that readers have fallen in love with.
Rose Petal Cupcakes
Recipe: Rose Petal Cupcakes
Dress up a box of white cake mix with Rose-Vanilla Buttercream and edible rose petals that match your party décor.
Luscious Lemon Cake
Recipe: Luscious Lemon Cake
If you have a lemon-lover to celebrate, it doesn't get more classic than this layer cake you can decorate however you please.
Cream Soda Confetti Sheet Cake with Strawberry-Sour Cream Buttercream
This simple but colorful sheet cake will bring the fun to the party.
Coconut Chiffon Cake
Recipe: Coconut Chiffon Cake
No cake is more worthy of a celebration than this elegant vintage confection.
Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes
Recipe: Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes
Summer birthday? Celebrate with petite cheesecakes that make the most of fresh blueberries.
Heavenly Angel Food Cake
Recipe: Heavenly Angel Food Cake
There's nothing more divine than a fluffy, light-as-air slice of angel food cake.
Recipe: Reese's Cake
If your birthday boy or girl can't resist a Reese's at the checkout line, this beyond-decadent Bundt cake will seem too good to be true.
Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
Dive into refreshing layers of strawberry-lemonade cake that's perfect for a springtime birthday.
Homemade Yellow Cake
Hummingbird Cupcakes with Candied Pineapple Wedges
Get all the flavor of the classic Hummingbird Cake you love in big-batch form that everyone at the party can enjoy.
Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake with Caramel Buttercream
What's better than fudge cake? Fudge cake topped with chocolate ganache and fluffy caramel buttercream.
Classic Southern Pound Cake
Recipe: Classic Southern Pound Cake
As the saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," and that's how we feel about this ultimate pound cake recipe.
Banana Pudding Poke Cake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Poke Cake
If you didn't think your favorite banana pudding could get better, try this cake on for size.
Mini Confetti Cakes
Recipe: Mini Confetti Cakes
These Instagram-worthy tiny cakes are easier to make than they look.
Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Recipe: Chocolate-Coconut Pavlova Cake
Dietary restrictions are no match for this dairy-free, gluten-free stunner of a cake.
Lemon Raspberry Cake
Recipe: Lemon Raspberry Cake
This elegant layer cake is made with cream cheese-raspberry frosting made with fresh raspberries.
Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
Recipe: Butter Toffee-Pecan Layer Cake
This soft vanilla cake with toasted pecans and toffee bits is topped with a brown butter-toffee frosting and all we have to say is, "Wow."
Strawberry Icebox Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Icebox Cake
This no-bake icebox cake is a nostalgic treat your guests will love.
Brown Sugar-Rum Cake
Recipe: Brown Sugar-Rum Cake
If rum is the birthday girl or guy's choice drink, this tender sheet cake is a must-bake.
Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
Recipe: Dreamy Lemon Cheesecake
This bright cheesecake recipe has been a reader-favorite for years.
Chocolate Mousse Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Mousse Cake
This ultra-rich chocolate cake is delicious served with fresh berries and a dollop of homemade whipped cream.
Ice Cream Sandwich Layer Cake
Recipe: Ice Cream Sandwich Layer Cake
This childhood-favorite treat gets an upgrade in this cake recipe kids and adults will love.
Vanilla Layer Cake with Flower Cuff
You don't need decorating skills for a cake that looks like it came straight from the bakery when you add edible flowers.
Coconut Cream Cake
Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake
Toasted coconut shavings make a pretty but easy topping for a classic coconut cake.
Chocolate-Almond Petit Fours
Recipe: Chocolate-Almond Petit Fours
Impress everyone at the party and show up with homemade petit fours instead of a box from the bakery.
Pink Lemonade Cake
Recipe: Pink Lemonade Cake
Pink lemonade frosting, decorating sugar, and edible pearls create a sheet cake fit for a princess.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Banana pudding and cheesecake make a beautiful couple in this dessert recipe.
Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Strawberry Cake
This layer cake captures all the flavor you love about chocolate-covered strawberries.
Almond-Coconut Mini Cakes
Recipe: Almond-Coconut Mini Cakes
The prettiest way to guarantee mess-free serving is these mini Bundt cakes.
Recipe: Margarita Cake
Gathering for a birthday fiesta? Raise a glass to this spirited cake recipe.
Devil's Food Cake
Recipe: Devil's Food Cake
When it comes to chocolate, you don't need a fancy recipe. This basic, decadent chocolate cake fits the bill perfectly.
Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
Recipe: Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes
You won't find a single artificial flavor in these beautiful cupcakes made with fresh spring strawberries.
Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
Recipe: Red Velvet Ice-Cream Cake
There's no dessert more fitting for a summer birthday party than a cool, colorful ice-cream cake.
Recipe: Caramel Cake
Some guests don't like citrus desserts, others chocolate, but everyone can agree on loving caramel cake.
Mississippi Mud Cake
Recipe: Mississippi Mud Cake
This fudgy sheet cake is topped with marshmallows for a festive finish.
Lemon Sherbet Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting
These pastel cupcakes were made for spring parties.
Toasted Almond Butter Cake
Recipe: Toasted Almond Butter Cake
No nut allergies in your family? Try out this buttery cake with cream cheese frosting.
Chocolate Bundt Cake
Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake
This creatively easy cake mixes boxed cake and brownie mixes for the most decadent result.
Strawberry Dream Cake
Recipe: Strawberry Dream Cake
Cutting into this cake to find a layer of fresh strawberries is a true springtime dream.
Praline Mini Cakes
Recipe: Praline Mini Cakes
No sharing is required when it comes to these toffee-filled and brown sugar icing-topped cakes.