Birthday Cakes

Whipped Swiss meringue buttercream with flecks of vanilla.

Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Seductive in that way that only butter and sugar can be, this satiny smooth Swiss meringue buttercream may make you swear off every other frosting recipe. And it’s easy to make. We show you how.

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Squares of vanilla sheet cake with Swiss buttercream frosting and sprinkles on white plates with a coupe of Champagne in the background.

Vanilla Sheet Cake

Behold, Edd Kimber’s go-to sheet cake, complete with an utterly irresistible (and doable) Swiss meringue buttercream that you’re gonna wanna slather all over everything.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 2
Trisha Yearwood's chocolate torte on a cake stand with a section cut from it to display 12 layers.

Trisha Yearwood’s Chocolate Torte

This stunning Southern belle and its dozen tiers—yup, 12—is astonishingly easy peasy to make thanks to a savvy cake-baking tactic and a touch of patience.

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  • 2 H
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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 something as dramatically life-altering as this?!)

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  • 12
A Brown Betty Bakery coconut cake on a decorative white cake stand.

Brown Betty Bakery Coconut Cake

Dubbed Company’s Comin’ Coconut Cake, this beauty of a pound cake will have you dreaming up excuses to bake dessert. Even if for no other reason than you want it.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
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A square pan and two plates filled with Mississippi mud cake.

Mississippi Mud Cake

A Southern staple, this ooey, gooey chocolate cake wears a proper topper of melted marshmallowy goodness. Takes us back to the good old days of 50s era cakes.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H
  • 2
A two-tier Victoria sponge cake with raspberry jam in the middle, all dusted with confectioners' sugar on a white plate with a white teapot in the background

Victoria Sponge Cake

This cake, a nod not just to Queen Victoria but British sensibility, defines the very notion of simple yet sophisticated.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 31
A 16-layer red-eye devil's food cake--alternating layer of chocolate cake and chocolate frosting

Red Eye Devil’s Food Cake

A classic chocolate cake on caffeine, this impressive yet easy to assemble stack of chocolatey elegance takes its rounded chocolatey-ness from a cup of joe and its ample fudgy-ness fro ganache.

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  • 2 H, 30 M
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A s'mores cake on a white cake stand topped with toasted marshmallows and graham crumbs.

S’mores Cake

A campfire classic elevated to dinner party status. And we’re not just talking appearance.

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