Classic and Creative Cakes Galore! 22 Must-Try Cakes to Explore

Cakes are an extensive part of baking and come in so many shapes and sizes. They can take hours to make and decorate or be as simple as measuring, mixing, and enjoying. That is the beauty of cake; there is definitely a cake out there for everyone. I can guarantee you will find one for you on this list.

With a wide variety of fruits, chocolates, and flavors, you are sure to find multiple cakes that tick all your boxes. Spanning every single season, this list is bound to bring you a to-die-for dessert!

Easy Orange Yogurt Cake

Easy Orange Yogurt Cake
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Citrus is a classic flavor loved by many, and this cake makes exceptional use of it! The cake is super moist and packed with wonderful orange flavor. The whipped cream is laced with both lemon and orange zest. It’s a super simple recipe that yields a light and citrusy summertime special!

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Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake
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Angel food cakes are a classic dessert, and for good reason! This recipe looks to show the difference that making it from scratch can provide. Spoiler alert: totally worth it! Perfect to top with whipped cream and berries of your choice!

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Coconut and Passion Fruit Curd Cake

Coconut and Passion Fruit Curd Cake
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Coconut and passion fruit are two can’t beat tropical flavors. This cake brings them both together to set off tropical fireworks on your taste buds. Layers of coconut cake are separated by tangy passion fruit curd and then covered in whipped cream and toasted coconut. Sure to stun your eyes and your taste buds!

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Ferrero Rocher Nutella Cake

Ferrero Rocher Nutella Cake
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If you are a fan of Nutella, look no further. This recipe is packed full of Nutella, with it flavoring almost every part of the dessert. The buttercream, ganache, and cake itself are all packed with Nutella flavor. The cake is then garnished with Ferrero Rocher candies. For a cake that looks and tastes like it came right from a bakery!

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Easy Strawberry Charlotte Cake With Fresh Strawberries

Easy Strawberry Charlotte Cake
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Charlotte cakes are tasty and traditionally slightly complicated to make. Instead of a traditional mousse, this recipe uses a strawberry cream cheese filling and store-bought ladyfingers. No baking is required. The cakes are layered and then topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Simple and scrumptious!

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Strawberry Poke Cake

Strawberry Poke Cake
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Poke cakes are well known to be crowd-pleasers, and this strawberry one is no exception! The use of cake mix and premade ingredients makes it a perfect cake to work on with children. Easy to decorate and filled to the brim with strawberry flavor, it is a surefire success for your next gathering.

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Almond Flour Carrot Cake

Almond Flour Carrot Cake
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A healthy, gluten-free take on a classic carrot cake. Moistened with avocado oil and sweetened with coconut sugar for a naturally flavored delicious cake. Easily customizable to add in nuts or flavors of your choice. Who knew eating right could taste so good!

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Pistachio Chocolate Bundt Cake

Pistachio Chocolate Bundt Cake
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This recipe may be nostalgic for many because it was a staple for many moms in the ’80s. However, it has been adapted to make it a completely gluten-free option! Topped with a glossy chocolate ganache, this bundt cake is a nostalgic nod with an inclusive twist!

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Carrot Sheet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Sheet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
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Carrot cakes are a fan favorite but can be difficult to make for large groups because they are generally layered. This takes the classic cake and makes it in a sheet to make it easier for everyone to get a slice. All the traditional flavors are just easier to make for crowds!

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Small Chocolate Cake

Small Chocolate Cake
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The hardest part about cake making is the guilt of wanting to eat the whole thing. This recipe is scaled down to make a smaller cake for two to get rid of that issue altogether. Decadent and moist, with multiple choices to top it off with, this cake is a perfect date night or weekday dessert!

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No Fail Butternut Squash Apple Cake

No Fail Butternut Squash Apple Cake
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This butternut squash apple cake is a healthy option for a sweet treat on the go. Spiced to perfection and filled with Fall flavors, it’s perfect on its own or with coffee or tea. It’s low-carb and easily customizable with whichever additions you want—not to mention gluten-free!

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Lemon Curd Coffee Cake

Lemon Curd Coffee Cake
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A rich coffee cake cut through by a zingy and luscious lemon curd. The only way to make it better is by drizzling it with a homemade lemon vanilla glaze. It’s a perfectly balanced twist on a typical coffee cake.

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Passion Fruit Cake

Passion Fruit Cake
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Passion fruit is a flavor that is probably new for many people, and boy, have they been missing out! This cake uses passion fruit throughout the cake and the topping. It also uses mascarpone frosting, which is different but perfect for this cake. If you haven’t had passion fruit yet, this cake is a perfect way to highlight its greatness!

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Easy Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake

Easy Glazed Lemon Loaf Cake
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Baking without the mess seems impossible, but this recipe might just do it. It’s loaded with lemon flavor and moist as can be. It’s super simple and free of gluten and dairy. This dish is perfect for those with dietary restrictions; however, those without it won’t notice the difference!

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Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake
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Chocolate, on top of more chocolate, is a can’t beat combination. It’s easy to make and good for crowds. This super moist, from-scratch sheet cake will be the only thing you bring to all your future potlucks.

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Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Gingerbread Bundt Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
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This cake has all the traditional flavors found in gingerbread elevated with tantalizing toppings. The orange cream cheese frosting and cranberries round out this masterpiece.

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Strawberry Crunch Cake

Strawberry Crunch Cake
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There is a classic saying that we eat with our eyes first. This cake will satisfy your eyes, and your taste buds will be just as happy! Delicious layers of strawberry and vanilla cake covered in vanilla frosting and crusted with a vibrant strawberry crunch mix. A cake your eyes and mouth won’t forget!

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Chocolate Bundt Cake With Ganache Drizzle

Chocolate Bundt Cake With Ganache Drizzle
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A beautiful bundt cake is sliced into two layers to add an additional layer of fluffy buttercream. It is topped off with a glossy ganache and decorated with anything else your heart desires. This is the perfect dessert for all chocolate lovers!

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Easy Summer Berry Brunch Cake

Easy Summer Berry Brunch Cake
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Red, white, and blue are on the menu this summer. This Summer Berry Brunch Cake features berries that will make it a perfect addition to any Fourth of July cookout. However, don’t let that stop you from enjoying it all season long! A classic coffee cake with a berry bonus!

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Raspberry White Chocolate Bundt Cake

Raspberry White Chocolate Bundt Cake
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Raspberry and white chocolate are a match made in heaven, and this bundt cake is bursting with them both. An added bonus is that this recipe is completely vegan and gluten-free! Easy to learn and perfect for any budding baker!

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Plum Upside-Down Cake

Plum Upside-Down Cake
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Festive fall flavors are perfect for breakfast or dessert. A crunchy and caramelized crust adorned with halved plums. A great way to pay homage to the wonderful fruits of the fall season!

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Lemon Lavender Cake

Lemon Lavender Cake
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Lavender and other flowers are becoming more and more prevalent in baked goods today. There is a great reason for this: they are absolutely delicious! They pair beautifully with citrus flavors and are exhibited masterfully in this cake recipe. The lemon cake is a winner on its own; however, it is elevated even higher by a fragrant lavender buttercream.

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