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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Lady Baltimore cake covered with billowy white frosting on cake stand

Lady Baltimore Cake

This American classic is, in a nod to its Southern origins, hospitable as can be thanks to vanilla cake layers with a meringue frosting that conceals a creamy filling containing–surprise!–coconut, Maraschino cherry, and oatmeal cookie crumbs.