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32 Classic Cake Recipes For Every Occasion

From a stunning baked Alaska to an Insta-worthy vanilla layer cake, these are the recipes we come back to again and again.
32 Classic Cake Recipes For Every Occasion

Sometimes the best recipes are the ones that keep things simple. These classic cakes cover every event, from birthdays to everyday desserts and late-night cravings. From our take on a deep and delicious chocolate cake (watch how to make it below), to an airy angel food cake, an Insta-worthy vanilla layer cake and a crumbly coffee cake, these are the recipes we come back to again and again.

Easy Chocolate Cake

This riff on McCain’s Deep n’ Delicious cake is one to keep in your back pocket at all times. Get this easy chocolate cake recipe.

Easiest-ever chocolate cake recipePhoto, Erik Putz.

Orange Cream Cake

Originally developed as a two-layer snacking cake, this dessert would have been a rare treat for cash-strapped bakers in the 1930s. Our orange cream cake recipe will win you over instantly.

A photo of a tall, domed cake frosted with orange icing and adorned with a clementine and orange gerbera daisies.

Classic Cheesecake

A classic you can dress up as much (or as little) as you like. You can enjoy it with with a blueberry sauce, but a drizzle of fruit coulis or chocolate ganache works too. Get this classic cheesecake recipe.

32 Classic Cake Recipes For Every OccasionPhoto, Erik Putz.

Baked Alaska

As impressive to serve at a party today as it was in the 1950s, this retro dessert is deceptively easy to pull off. Our Baked Alaska cake recipe is irresistible.

A rectangular cake with a thick ice cream layer, covered in meringue.

Mocha Ice Cream Cake

It takes just five ingredients and 25 minutes to whip up this unforgettable no-bake ice cream cake. Laced with espresso and topped with candy-shop chocolates, it’s the ultimate treat! Get our mocha ice cream cake recipe.

Mocha ice cream cake on a white cake stand covered with malteasers next to a vase of pink flowers(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Creme Chatelaine

This frosty take on zabaglione cake was developed for the magazine in the 1960s by Graham Kerr, whose cooking show, The Galloping Gourmet, was a global hit at the time. Our Creme Chatelaine cake recipe is bound to become your new favorite.

A tiered cake frosted in white frosting and topped with candied chestnuts.

Classic Vanilla Layer Cake

One of the only cakes we make over and over again. It’s easy, fast and spectacular. It looks best in two 8-inch cake pans; for 9-inch pans, decrease the baking time to 30 min. Get this classic vanilla cake recipe.

A yellow vanilla layer cake frosted with vanilla buttercream icing and topped with white chocolate shavings on a lace doily on a wooden tray(Photography: Erik Putz; Food styling: Ashley Denton; Prop styling: Jennifer Evans)

Chocolate Cake With Pink Vanilla Frosting

Need to woo a crowd? This minimalist, multi-tiered cake is three times as impressive and not much more work than a single-layer dessert. Get our chocolate cake with pink vanilla frosting recipe here.

A three-layer chocolate cake with pink vanilla icing on a white cake stand next to green pine cones(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Grand Marnier Chocolate Torte

Readers requested this citrusy layered cake recipe from the 1970s so often that we reprinted it in 2000. Now we’re doing so again—with a little ’70s swagger in the decoration. You'll be smitten with our Grand Marnier chocolate torte recipe.

A photo of a very tall layer cake with shaggy, multicoloured icing.

Chocolate Guinness Layer Cake

Believe it or not, beer does amazing things for cake. Our St. Patrick's Day special is dense and rich, with the slightest undertone of stout. Prepare our chocolate Guinness layer cake recipe to be delighter.

A chocolate Guinness layer cake with chocolate icing on a white cake stand next to a slice of the cake on a Delft plate on a white table

Colleen Angel Cake

This fluffy confection was the first cake recipe we ever published in the 1920s, as part of a St. Patrick’s Day menu. We added balled fruit to brighten it up. You will love our Colleen Angel cake recipe.

A photo of a white frosted ring cake with orange balled fruit in the middle.

Double-Chocolate Espresso Cake

Double the chocolate, double the fun! This espresso-flavoured cake—pink peonies optional—will delight all chocolate lovers. Get this double-chocolate espresso cake recipe.

Chocolate espresso layer cake on a white cake stand draped with a decorative green fern-shaped paper topped with roses(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Decadent Nanaimo Cake

The beloved bar becomes a sheet cake! We take the recipe—first published in the 1980s—up a notch with decadent adornment. You're in for a treat with our Decadent Nanaimo cake recipe.

A sheet cake with chocolate frosting and elaborate garnishes.

Pistachio Cake With Orange Blossom Icing

If a spring blossom were a cake, it would be this gorgeous, moist and fresh flavoured delight. Get this pistachio cake with orange blossom icing recipe.

Pistachio cake with orange blossom icing on a pink plate infront of a floral backdropPhoto, Erik Putz.

Raspberry Trifle

Bust out your best novelty glassware: This no-bake trifle recipe from the 1990s remains unchanged and as delicious as ever. Prepare to be delighted by our Raspberry trifle recipe.

Layers of jelly roll, cake and custard in a trifle bowl.

Gluten-Free Chocolate-Fudge Cake

No one should miss out on a slice of this gluten-free dessert topped with chocolate ganache. Get this gluten-free chocolate fudge cake recipe.

Gluten free chocolate fudge cake from bundt mold with sliced piecePhoto, Michael Alberstat

Lemon Blast Bombe

Sliced jelly rolls make this refrigerator cake from the 2000s truly whimsical. Get our lemon blast bombe recipe here.

A domed cake with an outer layer of jelly cake rounds, and raspberry garnish.

Lemon Poppyseed Layer Cake

Camilla Wynne developed this recipe, published in 2022, as a go-to when making wedding cakes for friends. Here, she’s gone all out with piped frosting for an extra-celebratory effect. You're going to adore our lemon poppyseed layer cake recipe.

A layer cake on a pink pedestal with elaborate pink frosting.

Strawberry-Chocolate Sheet Cake

Strawberries and chocolate are a match made in heaven, so why not marry the flavours in this decadent, delicious cake? Get this strawberry chocolate cake recipe.

Chocolate cake with strawberry icing in front of a floral back dropPhoto, Erik Putz.

No-Bake Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake

This sunshine-yellow cheesecake is topped with lemon curd and rosy raspberries. (This heavenly mascarpone cake disappears fast, so be sure to steal a slice for yourself first.)Get our cheesecake recipe here.

Lemon Mascarpone cheesecake with raspberries on top.(Photography: Roberto Caruso. Food styling: Sasha Seymour. Prop styling: Julia Black.)

Vanilla Cake In Pink Ombre

Happy birthday to us! To kick off our anniversary festivities we transformed our four best-ever cakes into stunning (but easy) works of art. Warning: You might start making up reasons to celebrate! Get our vanilla cake in pink ombre recipe here.

Vanilla cake in pink ombré on a white cake stand on a table with some other cakes on stands besides it.

Angel Food Cake

Airy and light, vanilla-tinged angel food is a perfectly dreamy dessert. Get this angel food cake recipe.

angel food cake with berries and syrup on topPhoto, Michael Graydon.

Raspberry And Streusel Coffee Cake

This raspberry-and-streusel cake can go high or low: Serve it with afternoon tea and coffee or after a dinner party. Everyone will want a second slice. Get this Raspberry and Streusel Coffee Cake recipe

A raspberry streusel coffee cake on a white plate with a piece cut out of it to one side on a smaller white plate(Photo: Erik Putz)

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

With layers of lusciousness, from the easy cookie crust to scrumptious chocolate curls, this cheesecake is nirvana for devoted chocoholics. Get this chocolate cheesecake recipe.

A triple chocolate cheesecake topped with chocolate shavings on a white cake plate(Photo: Michael Graydon)

Upside-Down Rhubarb Cake

A slice of pie is a classic ending to a summery meal, but why hide fresh fruit under piles of pastry? With this upside-down cake, the tangy rhubarb shines. Get this rhubarb upside-down cake recipe.

32 Classic Cake Recipes For Every Occasion

Upside-Down Cake

Topped with fresh peaches, this cake’s crisp outer crumb and moist centre makes every bite one to savour. Get this upside-down cake recipe.

Peach upside-down cake with two slices cut outPhoto, Erik Putz.

Carrot Cake With Fluffy White-Chocolate Icing

Topped with decadent cream-cheese icing, this cake works for any occasion. Get this carrot cake recipe.

A slice of four-layer carrot cake with cream cheese white chocolate icing on a white plate on a wood table(Photo: iStock)

Coconut Cake

Coated with crisp coconut flakes, each forkful is light, airy and unbelievably delicious—everything you want in a cake. Get this coconut cake recipe.

Coconut dessert recipes: Coconut Shag Cake on white cakestandPhoto, Roberto Caruso.

Berry Pudding Cake

Raspberries add a dose of antioxidants and give this dessert its sweet-tart taste. Drizzle with whisky-butter sauce and top with whipped cream. Get this berry pudding cake recipe.

32 Classic Cake Recipes For Every Occasion

Lemon Pudding Cake

If citrus is more your speed, then be swept away with this zesty and comforting cake. Get this lemon pudding cake recipe.

Lemon Pudding CakePhoto, Erik Putz.

No-Bake Mocha Biscuit Cake

Short on time—or baking know-how? This mocha biscuit cake, rumoured to be a favourite of Prince William’s, is the perfect, eye-pleasing treat. Plus, you don’t even have to turn on the oven. Get this no-bake mocha biscuit cake recipe.

A mocha biscuit cake with one slice cut out of it(Photo: Erik Putz)

Cherry Cake With Marzipan Roses

This dense, nutty cake—created in the 2010s—has remained a staff favourite. This cherry cake with Marzipen roses recipe is bound to be your favorite too.

A photo of a cake covered in pink icing rosettesand topped with cherries.


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