Cake Recipes

See the best cake recipes. Trusted recipes for chocolate cake, white cake, banana cakes, and carrot cakes with photos and tips from home cooks.

Staff Picks

Deep South Eggnog Cake

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"Loved it! My favorite holiday dessert!." – Kblissett

Jewish Apple Cake from Bubba's Recipe Box

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A foolproof recipe and a sure crowd-pleaser.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Bites

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A winning combination for this holiday season!

Apple Upside-Down Cake

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This apple upside-down cake is a wonderful twist on an old favorite. Will have your mouth watering as it bakes, because it smells as good as it tastes! Large and tasty enough for family gatherings, potlucks, parties, etc.

Maple Buttercream Frosting

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This is a very sweet frosting - it reminds me of maple candy.

Buche de Noel

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Buche de Noel is the French name for a Christmas cake shaped like a log. This one is a heavenly flourless chocolate cake rolled with chocolate whipped cream. Traditionally, Buche de Noel is decorated with confectioners' sugar to resemble snow on a Yule log.

Spiced Orange Olive Oil Cake

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With just a touch of sweetness, this olive oil cake has a hint of orange zest and five-spice powder. If you don't eat it all the first day, cut it into cubes and layer with whipped cream and oranges, or toast and slather with honey.

Nutella® Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Not your traditional pound cake, but dense and creamy just like the original. This uses cream cheese and yogurt instead of butter for a bit of tang then gets swirled with Nutella® for a rich cocoa and nutty addition. It also contains less sugar.

Cranberry Upside-Down Sour Cream Cake

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I received this recipe a couple of years ago from a friend and get rave reviews from everyone each time I prepare it. It is not only delicious, but very pretty for a holiday table. Great for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Cream Cheese Frosting II

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This is a wonderfully creamy frosting.
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Pumpkin Roll I

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An easy pumpkin roll dessert that tastes great.

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread

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This is everyone's holiday favorite, even the busy cook's, because it is so easy to make.

Inspiration and Ideas

The 12 Cakes of Christmas

You can keep the partridges in pear trees, the leaping lords, all those drummers drumming; we'll take these five-star cakes instead.

Pumpkin Crunch Cake

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A great tasting cake, and really easy to make!

Editors' Picks

Christmas Wreath Cake

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A really good fruit cake recipe, one you can eat the same day you make it; it's even better if you let sit for awhile.

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Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake with Dark Chocolate Frosting

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A super rich, not-too-sweet, dark chocolaty sheet cake that's perfect for any party!

Smooth Buttercream Frosting

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This flavorful icing is ideal for decorating. It may be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week. Re-whip before using.

Pumpkin Cake III

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Delicious pumpkin spice cake baked in a sheet pan. Very moist and great for potlucks. When cool, top with your favorite cream cheese frosting.

Peach Cobbler Dump Cake I

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Yellow cake mix and peaches canned in heavy syrup are the primary components in this simple dump cake recipe.

Pumpkin Roll Cake

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A thin pumpkin cake, rolled around in a white cream filling, then in nuts. Can be frozen and served chilled. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.
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Too Much Chocolate Cake

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This cake won me First Prize at the county fair last year. It is very chocolaty.

Sweet Potato Pound Cake

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A light-tasting, fine-textured cake. Excellent for the holiday season.

Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll

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This moist rolled cake has a rich cream cheese filling. Serve it cold. This will be a hit! It has a pinwheel look.

Great Pumpkin Dessert

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This is a very easy cake made with canned pumpkin and yellow cake mix. Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Cream Cheese Pound Cake III

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This is a heavy, dense, extremely good pound cake.