21 Essential Cake Recipes

Conquer any cake craving with our collection of fantastic, no-fail cake recipes. From rich red velvet to dreamy angel food, we've got you covered.

Part of: Comfort Food: Baking and Desserts

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14-Carat Carrot Cake

"This recipe is just like the cake that one of our local restaurants serves (they claim to have the best carrot cake in the United States). This recipe is the best!"

-AngelaSept

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Best-Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

"This really is the tastiest banana cake I've ever had — and since banana cake is my favorite, I've tried a LOT. This is my new official recipe!"

-bethrs

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Almond-Sour Cream White Cake

"I love this recipe. It's dense enough for tiering, but it's moist and has great flavor."

-cltee

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Red Velvet Cake

"I am a pastry chef with my own business and this red velvet cake is the best!"

-Baking Girl

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Pound Cake

"This pound cake is the real thing! It's better than Sara Lee pound cake. It has such a wonderful texture and a fantastic taste."

-Manami

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Easiest Black Forest Cake

"YUM! I love Black Forest cake (in fact, I had one for my wedding cake). This recipe has all the taste of traditional Black Forest cake without all the work!"

-Lvs2Cook

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

"This makes a very attractive and delicious cake! The bourbon adds a depth of flavor that makes this taste gourmet."

-LoversDream

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Homemade Angel Food Cake

"If there's a better angel food cake recipe out there, I haven't tasted it. I will never make a boxed angel food cake again!"

-GramCracker

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Easy Lemon Marble Cheesecake

Cool, zesty cheesecake with a lemon curd swirl.

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Mocha Layer Cake

"This is sheer heaven. Moist, dark, decadent and delicious, this recipe is worth every step."

-Bev

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Strawberry Cream Cake

"I loved this cake! The frosting was absolutely delicious. I will absolutely make this again!"

-SweetSueAl

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Hummingbird Cake

"Everyone LOVES this heavenly, moist, rich cake. It tastes like it came from a fine bakery but it's so easy to make! Give it a try — you won't be sorry!"

-Theresa P

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German Apple Cake

"I love how this recipe turned out, with a crispy shell on top and a super moist cake underneath. I cut my apples into large chunks, which adds great texture!"

-The Portugarians

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Homemade Yellow Cake

"This cake recipe is fabulous! The flavor is far better than any box mix would be, and the texture is dense, moist and it rises perfectly."

-**Tinkerbell**

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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

"This cake is rich, decadent and much loved by my entire family. It's so good, and well worth the time it takes to make it."

-twinsplus14me

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Dark Chocolate Cake

"This is easily the most moist, delicious chocolate cake I've ever had in my LIFE — and I've eaten a lot of chocolate cake!"

-MindyP679

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Coconut Cake with Fluffy Icing

"What could be more satisfying than coconut cake with a lemon filling? I loved the frosting. It was nice and fluffy — marshmallow-like, but not as sweet."

-Sharlene~W

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Tres Leches Hazelnut Cake

"With the beautifully flavored spongy layers soaking up all that sweet, creamy goodness and the addition of ripe, sweet berries, you will be in dessert heaven!"

-under12parsecs

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Golden Spice Cake

"I love all the spices in this! It rose well and was a lovely gold color. I opted for using the buttermilk, and thought its flavor combined well with the spices."

-Roosie

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Lemon Lover's Layer Cake

"SO GOOD! And it's especially delicious the next day, because the lemon curd really sinks into the cake and flavors it even more. I will definitely be making the recipe again!"

-Earl&Chai

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Butter Cake

"I made the basic vanilla version and it's a lovely cake! It has a good flavor and crumb, and it was sturdy enough to handle any frosting you want to use."

-acerast

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Bonus: Microwave Pudding Cake

"This is a good and rich dessert, and it's so easy to make! This would be great for unexpected company because you can make it quickly with ingredients that are always on hand."

-loof

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