40+ Classic + Delicious Cake Recipes To Make for Every Occasion

There’s something so comforting about the smell of a cake baking, and something even more satisfying about the first sweet bite.

My love for baking has led me to collect over 40 tried and true cake recipes with a focus on from-scratch, country-style flavors. From caramel to lemon to berry, these recipes are designed to bring warmth and joy to your kitchen.

Bundt Cakes

Bundt cakes offer both elegance and a satisfyingly dense crumb. From classic flavors to fruit-filled delights, these cakes are as eye-catching as they are delicious. Best of all, they come out pretty and you don’t need to decorate too much!

Blackberry Bundt cake with powdered sugar on top, displayed on a wooden cutting board with a piece cut out, revealing the berry-filled interior

How to Make Blackberry Bundt Cake: A Simple Summer Favorite

A rich and moist pound cake with fresh blackberries and lemon juice.

bundt cake with white icing and shredded coconut on tp

Coconut Lemon Bundt Cake

A moist pound cake made with everyday ingredients and topped with an extra simple icing of lemon juice and powdered sugar, then sprinkled with sweetened coconut.

bundt cake with lemon slices next to it and hand reaching for a piece

From-Scratch Lemon Curd Pound Cake

A moist and tender pound cake with lemon flavor throughout and a tart lemon curd glaze.


Apple Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze

Southern Caramel Bundt Cake

A rich buttery cake topped with a traditional boiled caramel icing for a twist on a Southern classic.

finished cake on counter.

Summertime Peach Bundt Cake

A from-scratch pound cake studded with sweet peaches. Top it off with the perfect icing for a stunning summer dessert.

holiday glazed cake with berries

18 Gorgeous Christmas Bundt Cakes (Delicious Too!)

A list of the most beautiful and festive holiday cakes to make this season.

chocolate bundt cake with sugared cranberries on top.

Chocolate Christmas Bundt Cake {Moist Cake + Sugared Cranberries}

Savor the perfect blend of deep cocoa and tangy cranberries; this Bundt cake is a dessert that's has it all: taste and beauty.

A collage of four bundt cakes: one with a creamy glaze and pecans, another pink with strawberries, a third drizzled with blueberry icing and topped with fresh blueberries, and a fourth with an intricate white drizzle.

Easter Bundt Cakes

Easter is the perfect time for a show-stopping cake with plenty of springtime charm. From light and zesty to rich and chocolatey, there’s something here for every bunny. 🐰 From strawberry to pecan to lemon, I’m sure you’ll find an Easter Bundt Cake that’ll have your guests hopping with joy 😉. Recommended Products for Easter

Sheet Cakes

Sheet cakes are the champions of gatherings and potlucks! These easy and generous cakes are designed to feed a crowd and perfect for any frosting adventure.

squares of lemon cake with slice of fresh lemon on top

Lemon Sheet Cake with Lemon Buttercream

A from-scratch sheet cake that's moist and fluffy, topped with a classic buttercream with the irresistible taste of fresh lemon.

baking sheet with cake being lifted up.

Apple Spice Cake with Boiled Caramel Frosting

A super moist spice cake with plenty of fresh apples and topped with a smooth caramel icing. You'll love this sheet cake for serving a crowd at your next fall get-together.

close up view of strawberry cake with pink frosting.

Strawberry Texas Sheet Cake

A moist, from-scratch strawberry cake with a beautiful pink strawberry icing you pour on top. Soft, sweet, fresh, and delicious.

3 square pieces of sourdough pumpkin cake on white plate

Sourdough Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet pumpkin spice mixed with tangy sourdough starter combine to form this moist, easy to make sourdough pumpkin cake.

plated cake slice with cherries.

Decadent Black Forest Sheet Cake: Simple Recipe for Home Bakers

The combination of rich chocolate cake, tangy cherries, and luscious whipped cream frosting is perfect for a not-too-sweet dessert everyone will love.

finished banana spice cake.

Banana Spice Cake

A moist and easy to make banana cake with the best cream cheese frosting.

flag cake made with fresh berries in pan

Best Flag Sheet Cake: Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Patriotic Dessert

A recipe for a flag cake sheet cake that isn't too huge. A moist and delicious vanilla cake with the perfect cream cheese frosting and plenty of fresh summer berries.

2 squares of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist pumpkin and apple sheet cake with spices and a from-scratch cream cheese icing

13 x 9 Cakes

Think of 13 x 9 cakes as the perfectly portioned choice for smaller celebrations. Discover cozy, familiar flavors and new twists in this section.

sourdough chocolate cake with icing with slice cut out

One Bowl Sourdough Chocolate Cake

A moist and rich chocolate cake using your discarded sourdough starter.

overhead view of sourdough cake with vanilla frosting in 13 x 9 pan.

Sourdough Vanilla Cake

A comforting classic cake with the subtle tang of sourdough.

Close-up of a slice of sourdough carrot cake on a plate, showing a moist crumb with visible flecks of grated carrot and raisins, topped with a smooth layer of cream cheese frosting.

Easy Sourdough Carrot Cake

Easy to make, super moist, and topped with the best cream cheese frosting.

small plate with square piece of cake

Easy Pink Lemonade Cake

Light, fluffy, and easy to make, this lemony cake is perfect for a baby shower, birthday, or any summer party.

slice of banana cake made with sourdough starter on white plate

Sourdough Banana Cake

Use your discard sourdough starter to make this sweet, moist cake, topped with an easy cream cheese frosting.

square of cake with topping and sprinkles

4th of July Poke Cake

A fun and easy dessert for 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day. Make it ahead of time for a stress-free summer party.

3 pieces of cake on white plate

Sourdough Apple Cake

A moist apple cake with fall spices and shredded apple, topped with an apple cider cream cheese frosting. A delicious way to use your discard sourdough starter.

square slice of cake with thick white frosting and orange on top

Mandarin Orange and Pineapple Cake Recipe

An easy to make cake with sweet tropical fruits mixed right in. A cool and creamy crowdpleaser perfect for potlucks.

Layer Cakes

Layer cakes are where baking artistry shines. Explore multiple textures and flavor combinations for a truly show-stopping dessert.

Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Frosting

slices cake showing layers of icing.

Old Fashioned Red Velvet Cake

A sweet and delicious classic, this super moist cake is topped with the best ever cream cheese frosting. Perfect for a birthday or special occasion.


Cupcakes bring a dose of individual charm to any occasion. These delightful little cakes are ready for all your creative frosting and decorating ideas.

cooling back of 2 dozen cupcakes.

Moist Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Filling

Moist chocolate cupcakes filled with homemade vanilla cream and topped with a simple chocolate frosting, the perfect treat with a cold glass of milk.

Southern Coconut Lemon Cupcakes {Beautiful Classic Dessert}

Moist and delicious scratch-made Coconut Cupcakes with Lemon Curd Filling are delicious; everyone will want seconds!

carrot cupcakes on cake stand with bite taken out

Sourdough Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Using discard sourdough starter, these carrot cupcakes are sweet and moist, topped with a delicious and simple cream cheese frosting.  No sourdough taste!

Other Cakes

farmer's daughter cake on plate next to strawberry.

Farmer’s Daughter Cake (Better Than the Original!)

An easy vanilla cake topped with a unique old-fashioned chocolate icing that pours on top and firms up to form a delicious chocolate coating.

Sliced blackberry lemon pound cake arranged in a staggered line, showcasing the moist crumb and berry distribution, with a crisp white glaze on top.

Lemon Blackberry Pound Cake

31 Old Fashioned Cake Recipes Inspired by Grandma’s Kitchen

Plenty of butter, cream, and sugar is the secret to success with these vintage dessert recipes. From fruit-filled treats to classic layer cakes, this collection of old fashioned cake recipes has something for everyone. 1. Classic Layered carrot cake This 2 layer carrot cake is made with coconut, pineapple chunks and shredded carrots. Topped off

These cakes are made with love and simple ingredients, proving that the best desserts often come straight from the heart of your kitchen.

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