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51 Birthday Cake Recipes - The Ultimate Birthday Cakes Collection

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November 7, 2017 / International / By
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Birthdays are a great source of joy and excitement for the person that is being celebrated and if you want to impress your children, family members or your friends with a lovely surprise, you can make their favorite birthday cake at home. There are tons of places you can order a birthday cake but there is something special about homemade birthday cakes so if you love baking, why not make the perfect cake yourself? From classic birthday cakes and creative birthday cakes to cakes for children and cakes for vegans, our list includes 51 birthday cakes that will inspire you to bake and decorate the perfect cake for your loved ones.

  1. Vanilla Cake With Vanilla Buttercream from Liv for Cake

The first birthday cake on our list is a classic vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream that is perfect for birthday celebrations but also for other special occasions. This vanilla cake is creamy and perfect for those who prefer vanilla cakes to chocolate cakes.

  1. Fluffy Homemade Vanilla Cake from The Spruce

The second birthday cake is another vanilla cake. A little bit different than the first one but just as delicious. The texture of this Fluffy Homemade Vanilla Cake is light and the taste is amazing.

  1. Vegan Vanilla Cake from Loving It Vegan

If vanilla is the favorite cake flavor of your friend or family member but you cannot use the other recipes included here because they are not vegan, don’t worry, we found the perfect Vegan Vanilla Cake for you! This cake is not only delicious but very easy to make.

  1. Funfetti Cake from Scratch from Sugar Spun Run

Funfetti cakes are perfect for kids’ birthday parties but, let’s face it, adults love them too. They are colorful, pretty and very fun to make. The texture of the Funfetti Cake included here is very soft and the buttercream frosting is sweet and delicious.

  1. Vegan Gluten-Free Funfetti Birthday Cake from The Vegan8

Do you want to make the Funfetti Birthday Cake for a vegan friend? We’ve got you covered! This version is just as good as the regular version but it is vegan, of course.

  1. Hazelnut Cake Recipe With Hazelnut Ganache Buttercream from

If you’re looking for an elegant cake with chocolate flavors, look no more because this Hazelnut Cake with Hazelnut Ganache Buttercream is a dream come true for all chocolate lovers.

  1. Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake from Life, Love And Sugar

Those who prefer fruity cakes will be more than happy to taste this Berry Mascarpone Layer Cake at their birthday party. The mascarpone and fresh berries make this cake light but delicious at the same time.

  1. The Best Chocolate Cake Recipe from Add A Pinch

There are numerous chocolate cake recipes you can try and most of them are “the best” and you know why? Because you can never go wrong with a moist chocolate cake, especially if you are making it for a chocolate addict. This chocolate cake recipe makes a delicious cake but it is also very easy and that makes it “the best” for us.

  1. Black Forest Cake from Natasha Kitchen

Another classic cake is the Black Forest Cake. Not all people love the cherries and chocolate combo but those who do really love it so if you know that’s the case for the person you make the birthday cake for, don’t think twice and try this recipe because this cake is decadent, delicious and beautifully decorated.

  1. Rainbow Birthday Cake from The Little Kitchen

Rainbow Birthday Cake is another great option for children. This cake will make your child feel special and loved during his or her birthday and after all, that’s all you can wish for when you work so hard on a birthday cake.

  1. Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting from Well Plated

During cold months, chocolate cakes and other rich decadent cakes are a good idea but during summer those amazing cakes can be too much so how about something lighter but delicious nonetheless? In our opinion, lemon cakes are perfect for summer because they are delicious and fresh at the same time. You can try this Lemon Layer Cake with Lemon Cheese Frosting but if you keep reading, you will find other amazing lemon cake recipes.

  1. Neapolitan Cake from Taste of the South Magazin


The Neapolitan Cake is a three layer cake that has a chocolate layer, a white layer (usually vanilla flavored) and a pink layer (usually a strawberry-flavored layer) and it is perfect for those who cannot decide if they want a fruit cake, a vanilla cake or a chocolate cake for their birthday.

  1. Red Velvet Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Not so long ago everybody was obsessed with red velvet cupcakes but, as you guessed, the cupcakes were inspired by the classic and amazing Red Velvet Cake. The flavors and textures of the cake are amazing and if you want to learn how to make the perfect Red Velvet Cake, check out the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction because you will find some very useful tips and tricks over there.

  1. Peanut Butter Brownie Salted Caramel Crunch Cake from The Polka Dotter

Peanut butter cakes are not as common as red velvet cakes or black forest cakes but they should be because who doesn’t love peanut butter? The first peanut butter cake on our list is a cake that combines the amazing taste of brownies with the oh-so-loved peanut butter, a salted caramel buttercream, and salted caramel sauce plus some chocolate ganache on top that makes it even more special.

  1. Japanese Birthday Cake from Chopstick Chronicles

Traditional Japanese cakes are soft, fluffy and typically decorated with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Japanese cakes are quite simple but they are baked to perfection and that’s why they are so loved all over the world. If you want to learn how to make the perfect Japanese Birthday Cake, head over to Chopstick Chronicles for an amazing recipe.

  1. Vegan Oreo Cake from Momma Told Me!

We didn’t forget about our vegan friends so here’s another vegan birthday cake recipe – an Oreo Cake that is very dense and delicious. The cake is similar to the amazing vegan Oreo cookie in texture and taste and it has the perfect cocoa flavor and dense cream.

  1. Almond Cream Cake from Tastes of Lizzy T

Any almond fans here? We hope you are with us because we’re very excited to share this Almond Cream Cake recipe with you. This cake is moist but also soft and velvety and the taste is as delicious as you imagined it to be.

  1. Tiramisu Cake from Olgas Cooking

We don’t think we have to describe a tiramisu cake because if you know how tiramisu tastes like, you know how this cake tastes as well. However, we had to include this recipe here because tiramisu fans will be more than happy to have a Tiramisu Cake for their birthday and not everybody thinks about transforming the classic Italian dessert into a cake.

  1. Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake from The Pioneer Woman

Chocolate and strawberries – another classic pair that is well-loved by most people. This Chocolate Strawberry Nutella Cake is perfect for those who want a chocolate cake but, at the same time, want to offer their guests something more than chocolate in their cake.

  1. S’mores Cake from Preppy Kitchen

This cake should be described as a chocolate paradise with s’mores on top because this is exactly what the cake is. If you don’t believe us, try it! You won’t be disappointed.

  1. Mint Chocolate Chip Cake from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

If you hate, hate, hate dry cakes but you love, love, love mint chocolate, this Mint Chocolate Chip Cake is perfect for you. The colors of the cake are also very appealing and the cake is super easy to make.

  1. Oreo Drip Cake from Jane’s Patisserie

Drip cakes are perfect when you want to impress your guests and they are very easy to decorate comparing to other types of cakes. This three-layer Oreo Drip Cake is perfect for Oreo fans but also for chocolate fans.

  1. Raspberry Pink Velvet Cake with Raspberry Cream Cheese Frosting from Country Living

Is the person you plan to make the cake for a red velvet cake fan but his or her birthday is during summer? How about making a Raspberry Pink Velvet Cream with Raspberry Cheese Frosting instead? No, it’s not the same thing, of course, but it is just as good as the red velvet cake while being more appropriate for summer since it is lighter and fresher than the red velvet cake.

  1. Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream from Hot for Food

This Vegan Apple Spice Cake with Maple Buttercream is the perfect cake for an autumn or winter birthday party because it has amazing cinnamon and ginger flavors. Also, the cake will keep everybody at the party happy, not only the vegans.

  1. Smartie Birthday Cake from Mum in the Madhouse

This Smartie Birthday Cake is easy to make and the decoration of it won’t cause you headaches because you won’t have to worry about the icing layer since you will add the Smarties on top.

  1. Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction

This Lemon-Blueberry Layer Cake is another amazing option for a summer birthday celebration because the cake tastes amazing but it is also refreshing.

  1. Lemon Meringue Cake from The Cake Blog

And, if you want even more summer birthday cake ideas, here’s another one – Lemon Meringue Cake. Sure this cake is amazing year round but, during summer or during sunny spring days, it is perfect. Sunny cake for sunny weather, right?

  1. Triple Lemon Naked Layer Cake with Edible Flowers from Buttered Side Up

Another lemon cake? Well, yes! There is something special about lemon cakes so before judging us, try them to see why we’re so obsessed! Also, we love the edible flowers used for decorating this cake and we thought you’ll like the idea too!

  1. Orange Dreamsicle Cake from My Cake School

This Orange Dreamsicle Cake is fantastic for summer parties because it is not only light and citrusy but also very refreshing and delicious. Plus, it looks amazing!

  1. Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Cake from The Kitchen McCabe

We’re taking a break from the light, refreshing cakes and we are going back to the chocolatey and creamy cakes with this Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Hazelnut Dream Cake. When someone includes “dream” in the name of the cake, you know the taste is amazing, the flavors are to die for but you are not allowed to count the calories! Well, you could but, let’s face it, why would you? A slice of cake a few times per year while celebrating your loved ones isn’t that bad after all.

  1. Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake with Cashew Butter Icing + Salted Caramel Sauce (Vegan) from TermiNatetor Kitchen

This beautiful Chocolate Almond Espresso Cake with Cashew Butter Icing and Salted Caramel is vegan and it is the type of cake that will make all the guests of the party stare in awe. It is clearly a show-stopping cake, absolutely no doubt about it, but we think your effort will be appreciated by the person who will receive this masterpiece for their birthday.

  1. The Perfect White Chocolate Ganache Drip Cake Recipe from Anges de Sucre


We talked about milk chocolate, we talked about dark chocolate, we talked about Nutella but we didn’t talk about white chocolate and we had to solve that problem so here is a beautiful and delicious White Chocolate Ganache Drip Cake. As the name of the recipe says, this cake is literally perfect, there are no other words that could describe it better.

  1. The Perfect Caramel Cake (with sea salt and optional salted caramel popcorn) from Cleobuttera

From a perfect cake to another perfect cake, this time a Caramel Cake with sea salt that can be decorated with salted caramel popcorn for a crunchy surprise. The crunchy surprise is optional because you can skip the caramel popcorn if you don’t like the idea but the creamy icing and the delicious taste of this cake are there no matter what.

  1. Ferrero Rocher Truffle Cake from Gretchen’s Bakery

We don’t think we have to describe this cake since we’re pretty sure you tried Ferrero Rocher before but we have to say that this cake is the ultimate dream for those who love to indulge in the amazing taste of the Ferrero Rocher truffles.

  1. Honey Earl Grey Fig Cake from The Little Epicurean

If you plan to organize a summer picnic for someone’s birthday party, this Honey Earl Grey Fig Cake should be the birthday cake! The cake is perfect for a special occasion without being too sophisticated or elegant so it is great for a casual gathering. The combination of earl grey and figs is something that we didn’t know we need in our lives until we tried this cake and we think you will feel the same way.

  1. Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake from Life, Love And Sugar

This Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake is a mix of all our favorite desserts – ice cream, brownies, Funfetti cake and fudge sauce. The flavors and textures are amazing and this cake is a must for someone who has a sweet tooth and will appreciate this crazy and amazing combination of different desserts.

  1. Vanilla Bean Pistachio Cake from Tornadough Alli

Vanilla and pistachio is a combination that usually results in a light and flavorful dessert and this Vanilla Bean Pistachio Cake makes no exception. The cake is tasty, airy and perfect for special occasions like birthday parties.

  1. Strawberry Chocolate Cake from OMG Chocolate Desserts

In case one Strawberry Chocolate Cake was not enough for you, here’s another one! The chocolate cake is moist and perfect, the strawberries are fresh and great but what makes this cake so perfect is the rich chocolate mousse. The chocolate ganache is that extra touch you think you don’t need until you try the cake and realize that all those different types of chocolate texture combined with strawberries is all that you’ll think about from now on.

  1. Hazelnut Crunch Cake from Oh Lady Cakes

This simple Hazelnut Crunch Cake is perfect for those who love vanilla and hazelnut. Most hazelnut cakes contain chocolate but this one doesn’t so if you know someone who loves hazelnut with vanilla but not with chocolate, this is the cake for them!

  1. Fruity Coconut Semolina Naked Cake from The Moonblush Baker

Do you know someone who is crazy about fruity cakes? If the answer is yes, save this recipe for their birthday party because this cake must be the epitome of delicious for them. This cake contains layers of pistachio cream and pineapple curd plus some lemon syrup for keeping the cake moist and fresh.

  1. Pink Almond Party Cake from Cake Merchant

This Pink Almond Party Cake is perfect for a small birthday party but it is as fancy and as festive as it can be. If the person who is being celebrated loves pink, we’re absolutely convinced you will make them happy with this pastel pink cake.

  1. Hazelnut Mocha Mouse Cake from Donna Hay

If your friend or family member is a coffee addict, surprise him or her with a delicious and decadent Hazelnut Mocha Mouse Cake! The texture of this birthday cake is light and rich at the same time while the flavors are decadent and perfect for coffee lovers.

  1. Gluten-free Three Layer Chocolate Cake from She Likes Food

Those who follow a strict gluten-free diet shouldn’t be forced to skip the cake, especially at their birthday party so if you know someone who eats gluten-free, surprise them with this Gluten-free Three Layer Chocolate Cake. The cake doesn’t fall into the healthy category but, as Izzy (the author of She Like Food) says, once per year, while someone celebrates their birthday, it is ok to eat something that is sweet, delicious and not at all healthy.

  1. Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake (oil-free) from Lazy Cat Kitchen

Is cheesecake appropriate for a birthday party? Well, if you are tempted to say no, look at the picture of this vegan Strawberry Cheesecake and tell us it doesn’t look festive enough for a birthday party. We really think it does and it is also smooth and delicious.

  1. Penelope, the Passionfruit Raspberry Layer Cake from Not Quite Nigella

Penelope, the Passionfruit Raspberry Layer Cake is a moist butter cake in four layers. The outside of the cake is decorated with vibrant colors while the inside has these amazing passionfruit and raspberry flavors that perfectly compliment the butter cake layers and the sweet icing.

  1. Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake from Style Sweet CA

The author of Style Sweet CA explains in her article the differences between toffee, caramel, and butterscotch so if you are confused about the differences, her explanations will come in handy. If you already know the differences and you are ready for this amazing Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake, skip the introduction and go to the recipe! This cake is not the typical birthday cake but it is a cake that tastes incredible and has an amazing texture.

  1. Chocolate Beetroot Cake from The Nutritious Guru and the Chef

Another atypical birthday cake is this Chocolate Beetroot Cake that is perfect for the birthday party of an adventurous foodie. Not everybody loves this combination but some people find it amazing. We would recommend talking to your friend or family member before making this cake for their party just to be sure they want to try something different during their special day.

  1. No Bake Mango Cheesecake from

You are not a fan of baking but you still want to make an amazing birthday cake for someone special in your life who will celebrate their birthday? Then this No Bake Mango Cheesecake recipe is what you need.

  1. Healthy Sugar Free Smash Cake for Baby’s Birthday from Hip Mommies

Babies deserve birthday cake too but we totally get you if you don’t want to give a slice of cake full of sugar to your child so that is why we decided to find a cake recipe that is sugar-free and perfect for a small child. We found this Healthy Sugar Free Smash Cake for Baby’s Birthday and we fell in love with it. It’s not only great for babies, it is also great for the adults who are celebrating the baby. The cake is sweet from the applesauce and the banana so you won’t miss the sugar.

  1. Pastel Layer Cake from Sprinkle Bakes

This rainbow Pastel Layer Cake has a lot of sprinkles on the outside and the most beautiful pastel colors on the inside. The author of Sprinkle Bakes made this cake to celebrate her blog anniversary but we believe that this cake is also perfect for a birthday celebration.

  1. Brownie Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake from Home Made Interest

Brownie and cookie dough is a dessert combination that makes us very excited. Well, to be fair, brownies make us excited and cookie dough makes us even more excited so the combination makes us out of this world excited. If you know someone who is like us, there’s no doubt about it – this is the cake for their birthday party!


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