13 Cakes to Celebrate With

Layer cakes, cupcakes and cheesecakes worthy of a special occasion

Whether you're baking a chocolate layer cake for a special birthday or a cheesecake for a neighborhood gathering, there's a recipe here for you. They all deliver big flavor and satisfaction in each bite.

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    Ultimate Chocolate Layer Cake

    Chocolate Layer Cake
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    This luscious chocolate layer cake with dark chocolate frosting is an irresistible temptation. It's the perfect cake to make for a birthday celebration or dinner party.

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    Yellow Layer Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

    Yellow Layer Cake
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    Every home baker needs this Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe at their fingertips; it's the perfect cake for a birthday or special celebration, or just to have sitting on the kitchen counter.

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    Banana Split Cake

    Banana Split Cake

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    The banana split cake includes all the flavors of the ice cream treat, but this dessert won't melt. This delicious bundt cake includes bananas, chocolate, strawberries, and walnuts within its layers. It's finished off with a chocolate drizzle and maraschino cherries to make it even more irresistible.

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    Strawberry Angel Food Cake

    Strawberry Angel Food Cake

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    Layered cakes are always impressive, and this strawberry angel food cake is no exception. Surprisingly, it's relatively simple, too. Fresh strawberries and airy cream cheese frosting layered between a light sponge cake are deliciously irresistible.

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    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

    Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

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    For a fun twist, bake a chocolate chip cookie cake. The batter uses cream cheese to create a moist pound cake that's layered between crisp chocolate chip cookie crumbles. Baking it in a tube pan ensures it looks beautiful and shows off the delicious cookie ribbon inside.

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    Unicorn Birthday Cake

    Unicorn Birthday Cake

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    This magical unicorn birthday cake makes it easy to believe wishes can come true. Delight your favorite believer with the colorful layers and candy toppings.

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    Unicorn Cake

    Unicorn Cake

     Kristina Vanni

    Edible gold dust adds sparkle to this all-occasion unicorn cake, with candy sprinkles adding colorful magic to each bite. The easy-to-follow decorating directions result in a bakeshop-worthy masterpiece.

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    Unicorn Cupcakes

    Unicorn Cupcakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Transform a classic vanilla cupcake into an impressive mythical unicorn cupcake with just a couple of marshmallows, a dash of sprinkles, and a perfectly placed candle. These make a great substitute for a birthday cake when the party includes a picnic.

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    Ice Cream Cake

    Ice Cream Cake

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    A favorite for summer birthdays, ice cream cake is fun to make. The recipe bakes round white cakes, then layers them with chocolate, pistachio, and strawberry ice cream before frosting it with fresh whipped cream. Finish it up with sprinkles and cherries, and freeze your lovely creation until it's time for the party.

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    Italian Wedding Cake

    Italian Wedding Cake

    Kristina Vanni 

    Moist yellow cake is topped with a cream cheese buttercream and blanketed in coconut for this festive dessert. It's pretty enough for a simple wedding or shower but easy enough for a birthday or other gathering.

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    Triple Layer Lemon Cake

    Lemon Layer Cake
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    Nothing is more refreshing and satisfying than this Triple Lemon Layer Cake. Three cake layers, filled with a tangy lemon curd and a lemon-coconut cream cheese icing-it's irresistible.

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    Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes

    Molten Chocolate Cakes
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    These individual cakes with molten chocolate centers are popular on American restaurant menus. This version is especially rich and chocolaty and would be made even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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    Spiced Layer Cake with Pecan Frosting

    Spice Cake
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    Put an exclamation point on your holiday or special occasion table with this luscious layer cake. Fragrant with cinnamon and cloves and topped with a pecan icing, it will disappear quickly.