The Ultimate Guide to Birthday Cake

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Break out the candles! This guide contains our best birthday cake recipes, tips and decorating ideas.

It’s not a proper birthday celebration without a cake. Whether your favorite flavor is chocolate, vanilla or red velvet, birthday cakes give you the magical opportunity to make a wish and blow out the candles.

Even if your last bake looked like a scene straight from Sleeping Beauty, you don’t have to turn to a fancy bakery to get the perfect birthday cake. We collected all of our essential birthday cake information, from recipes to techniques to decorating ideas, into this guide so your next baking project turns out just as sweet as the birthday boy or girl.

Homemade Birthday Cake Recipes

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Few things are as festive as a towering birthday cake that’s loaded with frosting and candles. But the key to the best birthday cake is starting with a quality recipe that’ll ensure each piece is as moist and delicious as the next. Keep things simple with these classic flavors:

New to baking? Try our easy birthday cake recipes that have simple steps—perfect for the beginner baker. Be sure to check out our cake baking guide, too, for more expert tips and tools to help get you started.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, take a peek at our top-rated birthday cake recipes to challenge your cake-making skills. You’ll find everything from Unicorn Cake to a Decadent Fudge Cake with a marbled chocolate topping that’ll make you want to celebrate your birthday every day.

And for the little ones (or kids at heart), these adorable kids’ birthday cakes are sure to be the center of your celebration.

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Birthday Cake Baking Tips

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Whether you’re a baking newbie or have been whipping up birthday cakes for years, there’s always room for improvement. We ask the Test Kitchen for their need-to-know birthday cake tips.

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Caroline Stanko
As Editor, Caroline writes and edits all things food-related and helps produce videos for Taste of Home. When she’s not at her desk, you can probably find Caroline cooking up a feast, planning her next trip abroad or daydreaming about her golden retriever, Mac.

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