Birthday Cake

Blowing out the candles on the cake is all the more fun when you use our great birthday cake recipes that really rise to the occasion. Whether you prefer to start with a cake mix or bake from scratch, we have the perfect recipe to make the occasion extra special.

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Our Best Birthday Cake Recipes

Whether you make it from scratch or start with a mix, we've gathered our best birthday cake recipes into one unique collection

Birthday Cake: Buy It vs. Make It

I've only been a mom for five years, but I've already run the gamut of possible birthday cakes. One year, my stepson said that he wanted a wedding cake, but a butterscotch one, so I bought three concentric round pans and made the weirdest-looking thing ever to hold a #10 candle. That was the same year I made marshmallow fondant so my daughter's cupcakes would look like Minnie Mouse.

Recipes That Really Take The (Birthday) Cake

After I met him, my husband told me, "I've got three kids and go to a lot of birthday parties. Let me tell you what the kids like: frosting. The cake?

The Best First Birthday: 10 Kid-Friendly Cake Ideas

These delicious and adorable cakes would all be wonderful for a first (or fiftieth!) birthday party.

Best Birthday Cake Recipes -- Yours for a Song

You might not have to sing for your supper, but new research suggests that you really should sing for a better-tasting birthday cake. To be specific, scientists now think that singing "Happy Birthday" and blowing out candles creates a festive mood that actually makes the birthday cake taste better. Would we make this stuff up?

Surprise Cupcake Cones

Betty Crocker

Candy treasures are hidden and bound to be found in ice cream cone look-alikes.

Total: 1 hr 25 mins

Jungle Animal Cupcakes

Betty Crocker

Lions and tigers, oh my! Create a jungle of decorating activities by making kids' favorite animals.

Total: 2 hrs 45 mins

Happy Birthday Marshmallow Cupcakes

Betty Crocker

Marshmallows go from mundane to marvelous in beautiful cupcakes! They're conveniently prepared with cake mix and ready-to-spread frosting.

Total: 1 hr 25 mins

Rubber-Ducky Cake

Betty Crocker

First birthday? Make a rubber-ducky cake with a foolproof cake mix and purchased frosting.

Total: 3 hrs 10 mins

Princess Castle Cake

Betty Crocker

Surprise and delight a princess with a storybook cake! The baking pan and simple candies are the secrets.

Total: 2 hrs 35 mins

Piano Cake

Betty Crocker

White and dark chocolate bars are "key" to decorating this piano cake baked from an easy mix.

Total: 3 hrs 30 mins

Mermaid Cake

Betty Crocker

Fruit Roll-Ups® snack rolls take the cake for creating our must-try mermaid and delicious cake.

Total: 2 hrs 20 mins

Pink Castle Cake

Betty Crocker

Satisfy your child's craving for make-believe with a cake that's as simple as building with blocks.

Total: 3 hrs 40 mins

Inchworm Cake

Betty Crocker

Inch your way into a fun celebration with an easy-to-make and fun-to-eat cake!

Total: 2 hrs 28 mins

Train Cake

Betty Crocker

Do you know a train lover? Surprise them with a cake that's right on track.

Total: 3 hrs 30 mins

Fairy Tale Princess Cake

Betty Crocker

Delight your princess with a magical cake that's made foolproof with an easy cake mix and purchased frosting.

Total: 3 hrs 40 mins

Star-Bright Moon Cake


A cake mix makes the moon and refrigerated sugar cookie dough makes the stars for this sweet dessert.

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