Birthday Cakes

A s'mores cake, topped with toasted marshmallows and graham cracker crumbles on a cake stand.

S’mores Cake

A campfire classic elevated to proper dessert status. The parts you know and love are here, but now they’re covering a lush brown sugar cake. And no mosquitos!

A whole chocolate meringue mousse cake with one slice cut from it.

Chocolate Meringue Mousse Cake

A chocolate lover’s dream come true, in the form of a lightly textured, dark chocolate mousse. Not too sweet, not too rich—just right.

Individual servings of vanilla buttermilk cake with white frosting on pink plates.

Vanilla Buttermilk Cake

Trust us when we tell you this cake is about as unfussy as it gets. An hour from start to finish, no tricky ingredients and a taste reminiscent of an old-school boxed cake mix.

A person holding a plate with a slice of basic chocolate cake on it.

Basic Chocolate Cake

One of the best darned chocolate cakes we’ve ever experienced. Seriously. (Would we tease about a topic as life-altering as this?!)

A blackout cake from Ebinger's on a cake stand.

Blackout Cake From Ebinger’s

Just like the much-ballyhooed chocolate blackout cake from Ebinger’s in Brooklyn, this one has the same pudding-like filling, the same tender chocolate crumb, and the same rich, rich frosting.

Swirls of Hershey's chocolate frosting.

Hershey’s Chocolate Frosting

Sometimes simpler is better. Proof? This classic chocolate frosting from the back of the tin of Hershey’s cocoa. We dare you to not just eat it straight from the spoon.

A close view of swirled cream cheese frosting.

Homemade Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is adored for both its creaminess and cream cheesiness. This lighter-textured version even doubles up on the cheese factor. Get ready to lick that bowl.

A white coconut layer cake, with 7-minute frosting topped with shredded coconut on a green cake stand

Coconut Layer Cake

Layers of vanilla cake take turns with oodles of coconut filling and the whole shebang is slathered with fluffy white icing. Uh, yes please!

A vanilla cupcake decorated with white frosting and pink sprinkles on a red book.

Vanilla Cupcakes

These simple yet superlative little cakes are quite mind-blowing in their poundcake-like loveliness. Go on. See for yourself.