28 Essential Cake Recipes

Conquer any cake craving with our collection of fantastic, no-fail cake recipes. From rich red velvet to dreamy angel food, we've got you covered.

Homemade Yellow Cake

"This cake recipe is fabulous! The flavor is far better than any box mix would be, and the texture is dense, moist and it rises perfectly."

-**Tinkerbell**

Vibrant Rainbow Cake

"Excellent recipe. My grandson requested a rainbow cake and he was not let down. This cake is moist, light and the colors were so vibrant. Thank you!"

-COOKERELLA

Best-Ever Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

"This really is the tastiest banana cake I've ever had — and since banana cake is my favorite, I've tried a LOT. This is my new official recipe!"

-bethrs

Red Velvet Cake

"I am a pastry chef with my own business and this red velvet cake is the best!"

-Baking Girl

Strawberry Shortcake

"The cake was perfectly dense but still light, so it held up to all the toppings and filling and didn't get soggy. The best part was the outside of the cake crusted and was almost like a biscuit!"

-mish1nyc

Easy Lemon Marble Cheesecake

Cool, zesty cheesecake with a lemon curd swirl.

Southern Living's Basic Yellow Cake

"Finally, a perfect yellow cake."

-Captainflygirl

Homemade Angel Food Cake

"If there's a better angel food cake recipe out there, I haven't tasted it. I will never make a boxed angel food cake again!"

-GramCracker

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

"This cake is rich, decadent and much loved by my entire family. It's so good, and well worth the time it takes to make it."

-twinsplus14me

Basic Trifle Recipe

"This is a great recipe and it's always the first to go at a party. I've made this both with store bought and home-made angel food cake."

-greenlove00

Chocolate Eclair Cake

"A terrific dessert, especially for the warmer spring time weather. Very rich and creamy, and satisfies the sweet tooth!"

-StephanieDiane

Dark Chocolate Cake

"This is easily the most moist, delicious chocolate cake I've ever had in my LIFE — and I've eaten a lot of chocolate cake!"

-MindyP679

Golden Spice Cake

"I love all the spices in this! It rose well and was a lovely gold color. I opted for using the buttermilk, and thought its flavor combined well with the spices."

-Roosie

Butter Cake

"I made the basic vanilla version and it's a lovely cake! It has a good flavor and crumb, and it was sturdy enough to handle any frosting you want to use."

-acerast

14-Carat Carrot Cake

"This recipe is just like the cake that one of our local restaurants serves (they claim to have the best carrot cake in the United States). This recipe is the best!"

-AngelaSept

Almond-Sour Cream White Cake

"I love this recipe. It's dense enough for tiering, but it's moist and has great flavor."

-cltee

Chocolate & Peanut Butter Cake

Because chocolate and peanut butter is the best flavor combination out there.

Pound Cake

"This pound cake is the real thing! It's better than Sara Lee pound cake. It has such a wonderful texture and a fantastic taste."

-Manami

White Chocolate Cake

"We decided to serve this for our wedding cake and everyone who tried it, loved it!"

-alAmira

Easiest Black Forest Cake

"YUM! I love Black Forest cake (in fact, I had one for my wedding cake). This recipe has all the taste of traditional Black Forest cake without all the work!"

-Lvs2Cook

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

"This makes a very attractive and delicious cake! The bourbon adds a depth of flavor that makes this taste gourmet."

-LoversDream

Mocha Layer Cake

"This is sheer heaven. Moist, dark, decadent and delicious, this recipe is worth every step."

-Bev

Strawberry Cream Cake

"I loved this cake! The frosting was absolutely delicious. I will absolutely make this again!"

-SweetSueAl

Hummingbird Cake

"Everyone LOVES this heavenly, moist, rich cake. It tastes like it came from a fine bakery but it's so easy to make! Give it a try — you won't be sorry!"

-Theresa P

German Apple Cake

"I love how this recipe turned out, with a crispy shell on top and a super moist cake underneath. I cut my apples into large chunks, which adds great texture!"

-The Portugarians

Coconut Cake with Fluffy Icing

"What could be more satisfying than coconut cake with a lemon filling? I loved the frosting. It was nice and fluffy — marshmallow-like, but not as sweet."

-Sharlene~W

Tres Leches Hazelnut Cake

"With the beautifully flavored spongy layers soaking up all that sweet, creamy goodness and the addition of ripe, sweet berries, you will be in dessert heaven!"

-under12parsecs

Lemon Lover's Layer Cake

"SO GOOD! And it's especially delicious the next day, because the lemon curd really sinks into the cake and flavors it even more. I will definitely be making the recipe again!"

-Earl&Chai

Bonus: Microwave Pudding Cake

"This is a good and rich dessert, and it's so easy to make! This would be great for unexpected company because you can make it quickly with ingredients that are always on hand."

-loof