The Best Birthday Cakes for any type of party

Baking a birthday cake is one of the classic experiences for any mom.  It’s also a great way for a ride or die friend to celebrate another year of life for their bestie!

If you want your birthday cake to be perfection, we are here to help with some of the most delicious, most creative cake recipes.  

We also have thrown in some classic cakes and easy to bake favorites.   


Rest easy…if you are simply wondering “How do I make a simple birthday cake?”…we have that recipe for you!

Along with those simple classics are also some easy cakes, complicated cakes and EPIC cakes.  Ready for your taste buds to go into overdrive?

Welcome to Birthday Cake Heaven!!!

Birthday Cake Recipes

Glancing through birthday cake images online you immediately notice that there are an inexhaustible amount of ways to bake a cake.

Isn’t it all the same?  Don’t you just put the ingredients in a bowl and mix them?

Picking the right cake recipe

What makes one cake recipe superior to another?  It’s all in the texture and the frosting.

Texture: There are dense cakes (more of a brownie consistency) and light fluffy cakes. The amount of flour and how it is mixed plays a major part in the texture of your cake.

Frosting: Then the frosting (or lack of frosting) gives you the contrasting flavor.  Picking a sweeter frosting, or a fruit sauce or chocolate ganache can compliment the flavor of the cake you bake.

Depending on what you are hoping to serve, you have to know what to expect from your cake recipe.

These amazing recipes have elements in common, but each talented baker has perfected their type of cake.  If you are looking to choose a cake that is right for you. Look through these AH-MAZ-ING cake recipes and find the one that sounds like the cake YOU want to serve

Enjoy your baking!

Chocolate Birthday Cake Recipes

Oh the chocolate birthday cake…  Chocolate cake is a staple of bakers everywhere because it is often requested and super popular.  

These are perfect if  you are a chocolate lover (ME!!!) or are baking for a chocolate lover!

Here are some delicious chocolate layer cakes, cakes with chocolate ganache and Chocolate chip cakes to inspire and quinch that sweet tooth:

Mint Chocolate Chip Layer Cake from Marsha’s Baking Addiction


Devilishly Good Chocolate Cake from Cooking with Carlee

Two Layer Chocolate Cake with Cocoa Buttercream from Chocolates and Chai

Chocolate Blackout Cake from Of Batter and Dough

Best Vegan Chocolate Cake from Veggie Desserts

Double the Chocolate Cake from A Nerd Cooks


Moist Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache from Serena Bakes

Gooey Chocolate Cake from Chocolates and Chai

Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Cake from Occasionally Eggs


Rich and Moist Chocolate Cake from Plowing Through Life

Vegan Chocolate Biscuit Cake from Spabettie

Vegan Chocolate Cake from Veganocity

Keto Coconut Flour Chocolate Pound Cake from Fit to Serve


Classic Birthday Cake Recipes

Classic birthday cakes are classics for a reason.  You can’t go wrong with the traditional yellow birthday cake or a traditional birthday cake recipe with vanilla cake.  

There are so many ways to present this birthday staple in beautiful and unique ways.  Bake the tried and true classic cake, but decorate in in an unconventional way for an extra special birthday treat!

Here are some delicious bakery style cakes, classic white cakes and yellow birthday cakes:

Classic Birthday Cake from Liv for Cake


Vanilla Cake with Milk Chocolate Frosting from Kitchen Heals Soul

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting from House of Nash Eats


Bakery Style White Cake from Cooking with Carlee

Best Birthday Cake Recipe from Sugar Spun Run


Classic White Cake from Baking Sense

Classic Moist Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream from Of Batter and Dough


Easy Birthday Cake Recipes

Sometimes you just need an easy cake recipe.  Maybe you aren’t a confident baker. Maybe you are short on time or light on tools.  Whatever the reason, you just need a simple cake recipe.

Simple or easy does not mean inferior.  Sometimes the simplest recipes are actually the most tasty.

Here are some easy vanilla cakes, simple cakes with peanut butter and a twist on strawberry shortcake:

Easy Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake from Gluten Free Palete


Chocolate Cake with Whipped Oreo Icing from Soulfully Made

2 minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake from Beauty and the Foodie

Pink Vanilla Bean Birthday Cake from Smells Like Home


Vegan Chocolate Birthday Cake from Fried Dandelions

Strawberry Bavarian Cream Cake from Kopiaste

Easy Vanilla Olive Oil Cake from Family Spice


Strawberry Tall Cake from Baking Sense

Airfryer Birthday Cake from Recipe This

Easy Vegan Lemon Cake from Veggie Desserts


Birthday Cake Recipes for Adults

So often we associate birthday cakes with kids.  You see elaborate birthday cakes with cartoon characters or tons of rainbow colored frosting and think…no for grown-ups.  Right?

Baking a cake for a birthday party can be classy and sophisticated, however.  You can use ingredients like alcohol to enhance your cake. Adults also get away with far more interesting flavors.

You won’t find these beauties at a little kid’s birthday party.  No ma’am, these are not your average flavor combinations, but they are gorgeous and absolute taste bud satisfiers!

Here are caramel cakes, lemon cakes and lots of champagne:

Gluten Free Caramel Macchiato Cake from Gluten Free Palete


Maple Cake with Caramel Buttercream Frosting from My 3 Little Kittens

Champagne Vanilla Bean Cake from My Kitchen Love


Champagne Cake from Of Batter and Dough

Lemon Raspberry Layer Cake from Marsha’s Baking Addiction


German Chocolate Cake from Serena Bakes

Lemon Elderflower Layer Cake from Spabettie


Fresh Mint Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting from Homespun Seasonal Living

Vegan Raspberry Cream Cake from Vibrant Plate

Momofuku Birthday Cake from Liv for Cake

(be forewarned…this one is far more complicated to bake, but worth every bit of struggle!!)


Lemon Curd Cake with White Chocolate Swiss Buttercream from Chocolates and Chai

Vintage Cherry Chip Cake from House of Nash Eats


Coconut Orange and Chocolate Cake From Occasionally Eggs

Earl Grey Tea Cake from Kitchen Heals Soul

Lemon Blackberry Layer Cake from Of Batter and Dough


Cold Brew Coffee Cake from Coffee With Us 3


Kids’ Birthday Cake Recipes

Now we can’t forget the birthday cake for kids.  We all now these are the cakes that make the world go round.

Bust out the sprinkles and the funfetti.  Things are about to get fun.

If you are looking for a birthday cake for boys, try the spinach cake (it sounds bad i know, but it’s delish) for a dinosaur or space alien party.  

If you are looking for a birthday cake for girls, try the rainbow cake for a rainbow party or a unicorn party.

Here are your donut cakes, sprinkle cakes and surprise cakes:

Gluten-free Surprise Cake from This Mama Cooks


Funfetti Cake from My 3 Little Kittens

Paleo Rainbow Cake from A Girl Worth Saving


Vanilla Spinach Cake from Veggie Desserts


Funfetti Cake from The Unlikely Baker

Easy Donut Cake from Julie Blanner


Rainbow Birthday Cake from The Little Kitchen


White Texas Sheet Cake from The Seasoned Mom

Funfetti Cake from Salt and Baker


Rainbow Cake from The Unlikely Baker


Conclusion for Delicious Cake Recipes:

No matter your level of skill or the flavor of cake you prefer, you can find the perfect recipe from these delicious and absolutely stunning birthday cakes. 

From simple and easy to unique and complex, we have a cake that will make your birthday party a success. 

These recipes are ideal for any party, whether it is for a child or an adult.  

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