When it comes to planning a celebration, the cake is probably the most important part. And nothing beats a fresh, homemade, special cake to serve to your family and friends. Whether you are looking for a fancy birthday cake to feed a crowd or simple cupcakes to satisfy a last minute sugar craving, you are in the right place. We are sharing all types of cake with over 50 of our most popular and best cake recipes made from scratch including fluffy cakes and bundt cakes, indulgent cheesecake (including easy no bake options), easy loaf cakes and sweet breads, cupcakes and cake pops, and muffins too (because who doesn't love something that doubles as breakfast and dessert!).
Best Cake Recipes
This showstopping festive gingerbread bundt cake with maple cinnamon glaze and pecans is moist, soft, and fluffy, and packed with warm holiday spices. This is one of my favorite cake recipes to make during the holidays.
Super moist and perfectly spiced carrot cake with a creamy cheesecake topping is flavourful, comforting, and the perfect homemade spring dessert.
Molten chocolate lava cakes are rich and fudgy with a classic gooey chocolate center that flows out like lava. So simple and easy to make. You need to try this cake recipe!
No one will be able to resist this perfectly sweet and moist, glazed brown sugar bundt cake. Made with Greek yogurt for major decadence and richness.
Chocolate and vanilla marble cake is delicious, moist, fluffy with the perfect golden brown crust. With two classic cake flavors, this loaf cake has it all.
Persian Love Cake is a rich, moist, and nutty almond cake loaded with floral and citrus flavors, topped with a lemon glaze, pistachios, and rose petals.
Blueberry buckle cake is soft and moist, loaded with fresh blueberries, and has a crunchy, sweet and buttery streusel topping. It's the best coffee cake recipe.
Holiday yule log cake (Bûche de Noël) with a chocolate sponge cake, whipped cream filling, and whipped chocolate ganache coating is a classic Christmas dessert.
Showstopping carrot bundt cake with cream cheese glaze is light, fluffy, and moist. It's loaded with sugar, spice, and everything nice -- including grated carrots.
Perfect for the holidays, this super moist and tender, festive yogurt fruitcake is loaded with dried fruits and nuts for a burst of flavour in every bite.
Chocolate zucchini cake is moist, fluffy, and delicious. Loaded with fresh zucchini for a burst of nutrition, and topped with a homemade cream cheese icing. You can't even tell this cake recipe is loaded with veggies.
Pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese icing is a perfect fall dessert to serve this year — super moist inside, with a perfect golden brown crumby crust.
Leftover cranberry sauce swirl pound cake is moist and tender with swirls of cranberry sauce for a sweet and tangy burst of flavour. So easy and delicious.
Soft and fluffy sourdough cinnamon roll twist bread is buttery and layered with cinnamon sugar. Prep it the night before and freshly bake it for breakfast.
Apple cardamom cake with caramel pecan butter frosting is the perfect fall cake and is made by combining all your favourite fall flavours together.
This think and dense, yet surprisingly light, pumpkin pie bundt cake with cream cheese glaze is the perfect after dinner treat. It is warm from the mixture of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice blend, with a hearty drizzle of cream cheese glaze. The perfect pair.
This minty candy cane layered cake is a gorgeous showstopper that might just be too pretty to eat.
Apricots are finally here and it’s time to rejoice with a sweet, juicy, upside-down caramel apricot tart laced with flakey sea salt — it’s heaven.
Best Cheesecake Recipes
Decadent caramel pecan cheesecake bars with a graham cracker crust, cheesecake filling, and caramel pecan topping is perfect for any special occasion.
No bake blackberry cheesecake is light, smooth, creamy, and delicious, with a buttery graham cracker crust, cheesecake layer, and blackberry mousse on top.
Any level baker can make a beautiful, decadent, thick and fluffy, classic New York cheesecake without any cracks using this easy to follow recipe.
Mousse-like, creamy mango cheesecake with a graham cracker crust, light cheesecake filling packed with mangos, and mango swirled on top is so easy to make.
Easy no crust burnt Basque cheesecake is the easiest one bowl recipe. It is perfectly caramelized on the top and edges and creamy yet firm on the inside.
No bake pumpkin cheesecake is the easiest cheesecake to make this fall. It's light, smooth, creamy, and loaded with fall flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon.
Decadent and light, homemade healthier caramel apple fall cheesecake is made with a graham cracker crust, topped with caramel apples and caramel sauce. It's fall heaven.
Cranberry sauce swirl cheesecake is creamy, smooth, and indulgent. With a gorgeous red swirl on top, it's the perfect holiday dessert for your next party.
Best Loaf Cakes and Sweet Breads
This fudgy double chocolate loaf cake is delicious, moist, and rich. It's easy to make with a quick one-bowl batter that's ready for the oven in 10 minutes.
Easy lemon blueberry bread with lemon glaze is soft, moist, and delicious. This quick bread with fresh blueberries and lemon is the perfect summer dessert.
When you combine walnuts, raisins and dried fruit in a nutty banana bread, the result is a tender and moist loaf that is truly irresistible.
Pumpkin bread is fluffy, moist, and delicious. This classic fall loaf cake is loaded with real pumpkin and seasonal spices like cinnamon and ginger.
Inspired by Starbucks lemon loaf, this moist, homemade lemon loaf with lemon glaze has the perfect balance between sweet and tangy, and so so flavourful.
Homemade applesauce bread is fluffy, moist, and delicious. Loaded with fall flavors that transforms your favorite snack into a loaf cake.
Healthy banana bread is delicious and moist and contains no refined sugar or butter. Quick and easy to make with 10 minutes prep and few pantry staples.
Strawberry bread is fluffy, soft, and moist, packed with farm-fresh strawberries. Simple, sweet, and delicious, perfect for a summer brunch.
Soft and moist, small batch chocolate chip pumpkin bread is the easiest fall treat, packed with fall flavours of warm pumpkin spice, pumpkin, and chocolate.
Move over pumpkin, there is a new loaf in town. Butternut squash "pumpkin" bread is moist and flavourful, and brings the pumpkin spice season to your home.
Best Cupcakes and Cake Pops
Moist chocolate cupcakes topped with chocolate buttercream frosting and sprinkles, are a chocolate triple threat. They're rich, decadent, sweet, and easy to make.
The cutest bite-sized treat to serve at any event are vanilla cake pops from scratch -- luckily, they are actually simple and easy to make. Add pink or red food colouring to the chocolate coating, or use red and pink sprinkles to make them festive and feminine for Mother's Day.
Light, airy and fluffy vanilla cupcakes with rose petal buttercream icing is the cutest treat for Easter. They are super quick and easy to make. One of my favorite Mother's Day recipes.
Moist vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting are soft, fluffy, simple, sweet, and delicious. Secret ingredient yogurt keeps them moist for days!
Easy to make and decorate, bite-sized chocolate cake pops are packed with chocolate and sprinkles are the perfect treat. Use gold and silver sprinkles to make it festive for New Year's Eve.
Get festive with these cute bunny ears Easter cupcakes. Buttercream frosting and marshmallows make these vanilla cupcakes extra sweet and delicious.
Best Muffin Recipes
Blueberry yogurt muffins are buttery, moist, soft, and cakey and bursting with blueberries in every single bite. They are super quick and easy to make.
Festive gingerbread muffins with vanilla bean glaze are light, airy and fluffy with warm fragrant festive spices and rich molasses. A perfect holiday treat.
Fluffy soft and moist, these are the best banana chocolate chip muffins ever. Prep this easy one bowl recipe in less than 10 minutes with a few ingredients.
Carrot cake muffins are moist, light, chewy and full of carrots which means breakfast this week is healthy! Carrot muffins are great for meal prep too.
Buttery, soft and moist, cranberry yogurt muffins are packed with tarty and sweet cranberries in every single bite. Great for breakfast, snack or dessert.
Chocolate chip zucchini muffins are moist, fluffy, and delicious. They are made healthier with fresh zucchini and yogurt which also adds amazing texture.
Spiced apple oatmeal muffins with crumb topping are packed with fresh apples, fall spices, and oats, to make the perfect breakfast, lunch or snack!
Quick and easy zucchini muffins are loaded with fresh zucchini which makes them fluffy, moist, delicious, and full of nutrients. Freezer-friendly too!
Make Ahead and Storing Instructions
You can make almost all of these cakes ahead of time and store in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two, or up to one week. Other cakes such as no bake cheesecakes need to be prepared well in advance to give it enough time to set in the fridge.
Cake is also typically freezer-friendly. To freeze, store wrap the cake tightly in plastic cling wrap or aluminum foil and store in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can also slice the cake and wrap each slice individually before storing. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months, but check individual recipe for full storing instructions.
Did You Make Any of These Cakes?
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Over 50 best cake recipes made from scratch including fluffy cakes, bundt cakes, cheesecake, loaf cakes, sweet breads, cupcakes, cake pops, and muffins.
Depending on the cake that you are baking, you may need some of the following ingredients (check each individual recipe for full ingredient list and recipe):
- baking powder
- baking soda
How to store: You can make almost all of these cakes ahead of time and store in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two, or up to one week. Other cakes such as no bake cheesecakes need to be prepared well in advance to give it enough time to set in the fridge.
How to freeze: Cake is also typically freezer-friendly. To freeze, store wrap the cake tightly in plastic cling wrap or aluminum foil and store in an airtight container or freezer bag. You can also slice the cake and wrap each slice individually before storing. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months, but check individual recipe for full storing instructions.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 45 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Bake
- Cuisine: American
- Calories: 350
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