Cake on Cake on Cake: 34 Recipes and They’re All Cake

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we beered our cooking.

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I’m the worst cook in the whole world. But my mother made damn sure I could bake. Which is a very good thing, because I have one hell of a sweet tooth. One of my favorite things to bake is cake, for which I have only two rules: never from a box and mug cakes are a lie the internet tells you. I don’t get to do it very often because my fiancée doesn’t like cake, so I’ll live vicariously through y’all this week. Here are 34 cake recipes to shower upon your friends, family and self. Cake on, people. Cake on.


1. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes

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I’ve actually frosted these in the past with chocolate whipped cream because I feel strongly that dessert doesn’t count if there’s no chocolate.


2. Apple Peanut Butter Cupcakes

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3. Chocolate Snack Cake

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No dairy, eggs or refined sugar, so.


4. Olive Oil Pound Cake

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Pound cake is sometimes too dry for me, so I really do want to see how it turns out with olive oil in the mix.


5. This Chocolate Cake

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Carolyn is my baking idol.


6. Cat Cake

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Perhaps the most on-brand Autostraddle cake I’ve ever found.


7. Rosewater Angel Food Cake

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I’ve actually never done a successful angel food cake, so if anyone has any tips, much appreciated.


8. Strawberry Milk Cake

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9. Birthday Cake Popsicles

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A genius thing that I didn’t know existed.


10. Red Velvet Cake

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I feel like this is going to be contentious. You either love it or you hate it.


11. Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Angel Food Cupcakes

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I see you and your dietary restrictions.


12. No-Mixer, One-Bowl Cake

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13. Peachy Orange Marmalade Cupcakes

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These are just the cutest effing things.


14. Chocolate Moon Cake

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15. Meat Cake

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I miss Kristin, you guys. I miss her so much that I, a vegetarian, am including this recipe.


16. Meyer Lemon Cake

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17. Double Chocolate Cake Donuts

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18. Cinnamon Banana Cake

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I love square cakes that don’t require frosting.


19. Root Beer Chocolate Bundt

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20. Triple Chocolate Trifle

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Or, what to do when you eff up your cake.


21. Dairy-Free Apple Cake

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Courtesy of Carolyn once again.


22. Gluten-Free Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake

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23. Gluten-Free Samoa Cupcakes

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24. Jane Austen’s Birthday Cake

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This cake is too hard. I will never make this cake. But I love Jane Austen and also staring at this cake. If you make this cake, you MUST post photos so we can all celebrate your superior baking skillz.


25. Madeleines

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Are they cookies? Are they cakes? I’m reading Proust this semester so I don’t even care, I’m including them.


26. Cauldron Cakes

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Even when I’m writing about food, I am still a huge nerd.


27. Doodle Cake

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I had no idea there were such things as edible ink pens.


28. Peach Thyme Skillet Cake

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29. Harlequin Truffle Roulade

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The effect seems not nearly as difficult as it looks.


30. Plum Cake

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Carolyn, AGAIN? How much do you bake?


31. Chocolate Dump-It Cake

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Can you tell I have a chocolate bias?


32. Caramel Cake

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33. Classic Carrot Cake

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I know it’s Easter themed but I don’t even care.


34. No Bake Cookies and Cream Cake

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Staff Writer for Autostraddle, Part-time Faculty at The New School (teaching digital storytelling), Managing Editor for Scholar & Feminist Online at Barnard Center for Research On Women. Follow me on Twitter @AEOsworth or on Instagram, also @AEOsworth.

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19 Comments

  1. two things:
    1) gonna be a bit of a snob for a second here and suggest that too dry pound cake is an over-cooking problem not a pound cake problem.
    2) in the complete opposite direction of afore-mentioned snobbery, angel food cake is just hard and annoying, and making one from a box is really easy and turns out tasty. I think it’s worthy of being an exception to the no box cake rule.

  2. I am so picky when it comes to cake, but I’m seeing a lot of winners in this post… Like cake doughnuts and strawberry milk cakes?? Ali.,,,
    I also laugh whenever you mentioned Carolyn. “Calrolyn, AGAIN?” should be on an AS T-shirt. There’s a lot of things that should be on AS T-shirts, tbh.

    • Also I am going to bookmark this and also possibly keep it open in a pinned tab so I can look at it and regret my decision not to purchase any baking supplies

      there’s just no cupboard space!

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