January is birthday month in our house. And I always make a cake. That's not the way it was growing up, though! My mom always bought our cakes from the local bakery. I'm not sure why - she is a fabulous baker. My husband's mom made him Chocolate Macaroon Cake, so he always requests that, or Raspberry Walnut Torte.
What makes a birthday cake special? I think it's simply that someone made (or bought) a cake just for you!
A birthday cake can be anything, from the most fabulous multi-layered beauty to a simple sheet cake decorated with candles and sugar flowers.
Enjoy these fabulous cakes.
Birthday Cake Recipes
- Raspberry Walnut Torte
This cake is truly a masterpiece. To make it easier, bake the cake layers on one day, then fill and frost it the next. Or you can make it into a two-layer cake with my tips. You really should have this cake once in a lifetime!
- Chocolate Oatmeal Cake
This fabulous recipe is my invention. I was looking for a chocolate version of Lazy Daisy Cake with the broiled frosting and couldn't find one. This is my husband's favorite cake now.
- Chocolate Macaroon Bundt Cake
I doubled the filling in this recipe and added more chocolate to give it a deeper, richer flavor. It's amazingly delicious for such an easy cake.
- Updated Chocolate Layer Cake
This cake is proof that you don't have to produce a scratch cake for a birthday. Just look at the reviews!
- Peanut Butter Fudge Cake
I love this cake. Moist peanut butter cake is layered with fudge ganache and peanut butter frosting. It's so pretty too!
- Updated Tunnel of Fudge Cake
This cake is simply incredible. Make sure to follow the directions carefully and never omit the nuts, as they're important to the structure.
- Heart Cake
It's easy to turn a boxed cake mix into a special cake by just using this shaping method. Decorate it however you like! Here are step by step instructions.
- Peanut Squares
This fabulous recipe comes from my maternal grandmother Matha. The little cakes are frosted on all sides and rolled in chopped peanuts. Make a tower of them for a birthday cake!
- Chocolate Layer Cake
This scratch cake is incredibly moist. The batter is quite thin, so don't worry about that. Just bake it, frost, and enjoy.
- White Chocolate Mousse Cake
This is another incredible cake. White chocolate cake is layered with a rich mousse, then frosted with a white chocolate frosting. Wow.
- Chocolate Layer Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting
Chocolate and peanut butter is my favorite dessert combination. And this is one of the best recipes using those flavors.
- Carrot Cake
Carrot cake is one of my favorite cakes, and this one is the best of the best. I think the crushed pineapple makes it so moist. And the cream cheese frosting is an absolute necessity.
- Chocolate Icebox Dessert
And finally, if you really just don't want to bake, how about a cake you just assemble? This three ingredient recipe is the easiest ever. And so good.