12 New Year's Cakes Worth Celebrating

multi-layered funfetti ice cream decorated with cotton candy flaircake with
Photo: Ashley Baron Rodriguez

These special occasion-worthy cakes will help you start off the New Year with a bang. From traditional recipes (whoever finds the coin in this Greek Vasilopita will have good luck for a whole year) to boozy desserts that are sure to impress (everyone will love this over-the-top Champagne Funfetti Ice Cream Cake, and you'll want to make this shiny Golden Rum Cake all year long), you'll find a new, festive favorite in this collection of our best New Year's cakes.

Complete your holiday meal with this Quick and Easy New Year's Dinner Menu.

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Vasilopita - Greek New Years Cake

A golden brown cake, with a slice removed, is resting on a cake pedestal. The top of the cake is dusted with powdered sugar.

This Greek cake, which contains a hidden coin, is served on New Year's Day. According to tradition, whoever finds the coin will have good luck for a year.

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Champagne Funfetti Ice Cream Cake

multi-layered funfetti ice cream decorated with cotton candy flaircake with
Ashley Baron Rodriguez

This over-the-top, 20-layer cake is as beautiful as it is boozy. Don't forget to serve with plenty of champagne.

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Champagne Cake With Buttercream Icing

Champagne Cake With Buttercream Icing
teena alihassan

Raise a glass to this elegant holiday dessert. Leave it bare or decorate it with seasonal edible flowers and other festive accoutrements.

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Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Chantal's New York Cheesecake
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

"I have been working with this recipe for a couple of years now," says reviewer LAURELC43 of this top-rated recipe. "Yesterday, one of my co-workers and I had a cheesecake cook-off. Everyone RAVED about my cheesecake and I felt bad for the other guy."

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Tiramisu Cheesecake

Tiramisu Cheesecake
chibi chef

This indulgent cheesecake is worthy of any celebration. Add a touch of elegance by grating semisweet chocolate over the finished product.

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Golden Rum Cake

Golden Rum Cake

A shiny golden butter glaze gives this boozy bundt a celebratory feel. The secret ingredient? Yellow cake mix.

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Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake


"This is unbelievable! My daughter and I were watching MasterChef and they made a chocolate lava cake," says reviewer Caryl. "I had to make it, so I went to my favorite website! This recipe was so simple and quick. I was amazed."

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Deep South Eggnog Cake

Deep South Eggnog Cake
Photo by Doughgirl8. Doughgirl8

Enjoy the festive flavor of eggnog throughout the holiday season with this moist, rich cake. If you don't have a carton of store-bought eggnog, it's easy enough to whip up your own (see the cook's note at the bottom of the recipe).

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Fresh Cranberry Cake

Fresh Cranberry Cake
Photo by lutzflcat.

"Great for the holiday season and even better in the summer with any fresh berry you have on hand," says recipe creator Deborah Day.

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Persimmon Cake

Persimmon Cake
Photo by claudia.

Seasonal persimmons lend a lovely rich and tangy flavor to this bundt. Top with cream cheese icing or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Grand Marnier Souffle

Souffle in a maroon dish
oh annaleise

Think of these souffles as personal-sized mini cakes. This show-stopping recipe is excellent for New Year's or, really, any special occasion.

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Rainbow Pinata Cake

Rainbow Pinata Cake
Sally's Baking Addiction

Fill this celebration-worthy cake silver and gold candies and sprinkles to make this dessert extra festive.

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