Everyone has a birthday, and every birthday should be celebrated with cake! Whether you're cutting into a classic three tier with buttercream or a big 'ole sheet cake with plenty of slices to go around, there's no denying that cake is an iconic birthday tradition. The secret to the very best cake batter and the creamiest frosting is simple: free range eggs and grass-fed butter. Thanks to a humane approach to farming, Nellie's Free Range Eggs have substantial egg whites and gorgeous golden yolks packed with a rich flavor, which translates to a scrumptious base for anything from vanilla to red velvet. And thanks to the 84% fat content in Nellie's Free Range Butter, your buttercream frosting will be fluffier than ever! So no matter whose special day you're celebrating, don't forget to grab all the essentials after you browse our collection of birthday cake recipes below.
Can't decide on one flavor? Go with three! This classic trifecta of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry is frosted with three types of Swiss meringue buttercream to match the flavors of the cake itself.
Yielding 16-20 slices, this sheet cake is an excellent choice for a larger scale birthday party. It's tart, sweet, and covered from edge to edge in a pink marshmallow fluff to complement the tangy lemon flavor in every bite.
3. Marble Cake
Chocolate and vanilla are a match made in heaven! Swirl the two iconic flavors together in this chiffon-style marble cake and you won't hear a single complaint from even the pickiest party guests.
Cheesecake, anyone? This one is full of real maple syrup and covered in a crunchy pecan caramel reminiscent of sticky bun sauce. For autumn babies and anyone who loves fall flavors, it's a must try.
Fresh berries can be a welcome addition to a super sweet cake, and this trifle is full of them! Between the layers of almond pound cake and white chocolate pudding, you'll find blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries galore.
If the birthday girl or guy doesn't have much of a sweet tooth, these carrot cake bars are a great option: they're sweetened with applesauce and honey, full of that classic carrot flavor, and boast a tangy cream cheese frosting on top.
Pretty pastels aside, it's the almond custard piped between each layer that really takes the cake in this recipe! Every element includes a touch of almond extract for a final product that's full of warm, nutty flavor.
Birthday party guests won't even miss the frosting in this caramel apple upside-down cake. One reviewer calls it the "best recipe ever," and let's be honest...they were probably won over by the sweet, sticky caramel that clings to those perfectly cooked apples on top.
Go big or go home! This banana pudding number is one hefty cake. From the vanilla wafer crust to the fresh bananas in the creamy filling, it couldn't be a more grand and showshopping option for a birthday party.
10. Angel Food Cake
With its signature lovely and light crumb, angel food cake is an obvious choice for birthday cakes year round. If you're lucky enough to be celebrating during the summer months, fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream on top are a must!
Whether you opt for minis or a standard size cake, this Bundt recipe is a chocolate lover's dream come true! Every bite is striped with a festive flavor thanks to white chocolate peppermint kisses baked right into the batter.
For an au naturale birthday celebration, opt for a cake that calls for mostly simple, natural ingredients. Made with fresh strawberries, yogurt, honey, and oat flour, this strawberry sheet cake is exactly that!