Lots of layers, decadent icing, and fabulous fillings bring the drama with these impressive cakes. Looking to make a statement at your next party or event? Look no further, these cakes have arrived.
Lemonade Layer CakeThawed lemonade concentrate adds bold, fun flavor to this tart layer cake. A top-rated recipe, this sweet, zesty dessert has nearly a million shares on our site.
Best Carrot CakeTruly our best-ever carrot cake recipe, make this classic favorite for a crowd and you might not have any leftovers to bring home.
Pistachio Raspberry CakeThis rich and decadent cake is covered with crushed pistachios which offer a wealth of texture and a pop of color and flavor.
Lemon and Vanilla Angel Food Cake
This delicate, cloudlike cake from Kristen Murray, pastry chef and owner of Maurice restaurant in Portland, is an adaptation of one from her great-aunt Crys, using rice flour for regular flour so the cake is gluten-free, with a little crunch. For best results, beat egg whites to very soft peaks so they (and the cake) can expand further in the oven.
Strawberry Dream CakeThis cake almost looks too amazing to be real! With this cake, anyone can be a champion baker. Strawberries offer an impressive pop of color and flavor to this decadent cake that would be perfect for a backyard party.
Coconut Cream CakeThis towering beauty combines delicate fluffy icing with bold coconut flavor. Look for packaged coconut shavings in your grocer's natural foods section.
The Lane Cake
More than 100 years ago, Emma Rylander Lane of Clayton, Alabama entered the annual baking competeition at the county fair in Columbus, Georgia. She took first prize. The cake came to be known as The Lane Cake, and gained literary fame in 1960 when it was featured in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. In March 1966, Southern Living featured the cake in its second issue. Here, it stands with a peachy makeover and an unforgettable meringue frosting.
The Red Velvet Cake
The origin of red velvet cakes came about from the result of baking soda interacting with natural cocoa and other acids in the batter. Through the years, the red velvet craze has only continued, fueled in part by the red velvet cakes that have graced the Southern Living Christmas cover three times.
Butter's Vanilla CakeThis decadent layer cake is covered with a rich buttercream frosting.
Hummingbird CakeThanks to Mrs. L.H. Wiggins of Greensboro, North Carolina, this pineapple-banana spice cake with cream cheese frosting became one of our most requested recipes. We still stand by Mrs. Wiggins' original, indulgent creation.
Stout Chocolate CakeStout Chocolate Cake isn't referring to the size of the cake but the flavoring—a bottle of dark beer is stirred into the batter.
Butternut Squash Spice CakeWatch out, carrot cake. An intriguing mix of spices, plus coconut sugar for subtle sweetness, put this butternut squash cake over the top. (And did we mention the bourbon?)
The Ultimate Carrot CakeThis cake doesn't receive the title of "Ultimate" for nothing! This cake is stunner, and is just as beautiful as it is delicious. The layers of the cake are tender, so remove from pans carefully.
Triple-Chocolate Buttermilk Pound CakeTopped with a chocolate and buttermilk glaze, this decadent cake is truthfully a chocolate lover's dream.
Rainbow Layer CakeWe've taken the beauty of a rainbow and captured it in a cake. Don't worry, we can't stop staring either.
Caramel Apple CakeThis cake is topped with sauteed apple slices and drizzled in a delicious Apple Brandy-Caramel Sauce.
Strawberries and Cream CakeWe used 6 (8-inch) disposable aluminum foil cake pans, so we could fill all the pans at once. This way, if you bake the layers in batches, the second batch is ready to go in the oven as soon as the first is done.
Spice Cake with Coffee Toffee CrunchThis towering spice cake, garnished with chunks of coffee-flavored toffee, makes a luscious centerpiece for the holiday dessert table.
Better Than Sex CakeThis ten ingredient cake features generous helpings of Heath candy bars.
Rainbow Sprinkle CakeThe perfect cake for a birthday party, this sprinkle cake is festive, fun, and amazingly tasty.
The Jam Cake
The origins of jam cake lie deep in Appalachia where store-bought sugar was once scarce. Cakes were often sweetened with homemade jams, filled with wild berries and mountain fruits to deliver a rich, dense cake with a depth of flavor sugar alone couldn't deliver.
Black Forest Pound CakeThis decadent dessert is an easy, one-pan twist on the traditional layered cake.
The Coconut Chiffon Cake
Coconut is the doyenne of Southern layer cakes, a masterpiece of home cookery that has crowned dining room sideboards for more than a hundred years. Purists sing the praises of simple but divine, opting for coconut water-doused cake layers and dreamy swirls of meringue. With this latest creation, we opted for a thick and rich filling.
Apple Stack CakeUse six disposable 8-inch aluminum cake pans to create the layers of this stunning cake. Prepare the filling up to three days before assembling the cake.
Smith Island CakeCreate a show-stopping holiday cake by icing each beautiful layer with decadent Chocolate Ganache icing.
Milk-Chocolate-Frosted Layer CakeThis cake from Karina Gowing, the pastry chef at Arrows Restaurant in Ogunquit, Maine, is perfection for anyone who loves frosting. The ultracreamy icing, which is almost like a milk-chocolate ganache, gets spread liberally over layers of light, delicate, cocoa-flavored cake.
Caramel-Apple CheesecakeCaramelized apples are artfully arranged on top of this rich and delicious cheesecake for a perfect fall dessert.
Orange Blossom Chiffon Cake"If cornbread were transformed into a sweet, moist, fluffy golden cake, this would be it," says Medrich. She tops it here with whipped cream and crème fraîche, and curls of candied orange zest.
Texas Sheet Cake with Fudge IcingSomehow, Texas claimed the sheet cake as its own in the mid-20th century, perhaps because of the pecans, an ingredient that grows in abundance throughout the Lone Star State. The defining element is its shape--and, of course, the icing, which has to be heated and poured on the warm, just-out-of-the-oven cake. The result is a rich, chocolaty treat that's iconic in Texas.
Red Velvet-White Chocolate CheesecakeThis gorgeous, festive cake marries two favorite holiday cake flavors: red velvet and cheesecake. The cake features layers of white chocolate cheesecake alternated with red velvet cake layers, topped with white chocolate frosting and candy "leaves".
Toffee Crunch CakeToffee and coarsely chopped almonds put the crunch in this chocolate cake recipe. The four layers make for an impressive presentation.
Towering Coconut Layer CakeBecause Tyler Florence wanted Wayfare Tavern to feel like a century-old San Francisco institution, he researched menus dating all the way back to the Gold Rush. This cake couldn't be more traditional: four layers of rum-brushed yellow cake filled and frosted with a light and airy, coconut-scented meringue-buttercream.
The Lemon Cheese Layer CakeLooking for bright and fresh cake? This luscious lemon cake delivers just that and much more, featuring a creamy smooth filling and a sweet lemon-orange buttercream frosting.
Apple-Pecan Carrot CakeTop a showstopping crown of Mascarpone Frosting with swirls of Apple Cider Caramel Sauce and a scattering of salty-sweet Spiced Pecans (minus the ground red pepper). Caramel sauce, rather than frosting, sandwiches together the moist cake layers.
Banana Layer CakeThis towering cake gets some amazing flavor from freshly sliced bananas placed delicately between each cake layer.
New Classic Red Velvet CakeThis moist red velvet cake is filled with layer upon layer of cream cheese frosting and topped with sweet meringue icing.
Seven-Layer Dobos TorteWhen this version of the chocolate buttercream layer cake, by pastry chef Matt Danko, went on the Greenhouse Tavern menu, Sawyer says the old ladies of Cleveland rejoiced. "Even my grandmother loves it," he says.
Strawberry Mousse CakeStrawberry-sweetened frosting surrounds the outside of the cake while creamy strawberry mousse divides the layers. This beautiful cake is ideal for brunch, baby showers, or any springtime celebration.