5 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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    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
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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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    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 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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    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.