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Cake Ball Shopping Tips

There are so many varieties of chocolate on the shelves today it can be overwhelming to pick one – as a general rule of thumb, the fewer the ingredients, the better the chocolate.

Cake Ball Cooking Tips

Think beyond cakes and pies – fruits like peaches, pineapple, and figs are excellent grilled – brush with melted butter or wine and sprinkle with sugar and spices for a dessert that you can feel good about.


Easy Perfect Cake Pops Recipe

Easy to make and fun to decorate, cake pops make great edible gifts or party favors. They’re a cinch to customize with your favorite flavors and colors and are perfect for those moments when you just need a little taste of something sweet!

You can make cake pops with your favorite homemade cake recipe however, there’s no shame in using a boxed cake mix here. Boxed cake mix produces a moist cake crumb, perfect for cake pops. You can also add in your favorite mix-ins to make it feel a little more “homemade” (we suggest mini chocolate chips or sprinkles for a confetti look).

So roll up those sleeves…let’s get poppin’!


Crowd-Pleasing Cake Recipes

When it comes to desserts, cakes get all the attention — and for good reason! Towering layer cakes, frosted sheet cakes, buttery Bundt cakes, candle-topped birthday cakes: what’s not to love about eating two sweet treats (cake and frosting) in one?!

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Fluffy Confetti Birthday Cake

Devil's Food Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

What's black and white and delicious all over? This double-decker chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting.

German Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Tahini Cake with Tahini Frosting

Tahini (ground sesame seeds) is the secret ingredient in Molly&rsquos chocolate cake. It balances out the sweetness and adds a nice, nutty flavor.

Strawberry Poke Cake

Big Chocolate Birthday Cake

Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Swiss Buttercream

Valerie&rsquos berry-topped, vanilla layer cake is elegant enough to serve for special occasions like baby showers, engagement parties or summer soiree &ndash but easy enough to make that anyone can do it!

Red Velvet Cake

Beatty's Chocolate Cake

Spiked Mudslide Cake

Strawberry Pocky Stick Cake

No master decorating skills needed to create this stunning cake. Cute, crunchy sticks encircle the cake (creating a whimsical fence), while graduated shades of pink frosting inside make it extra festive. Confetti sprinkles seal the party deal.

Rainbow Ribbon Cake

Orange Poppy Bundt Cake

Celebration Carrot Cake

Marble Cheesecake

Chocolate Cake

Raspberry Cheesecake

Snickerdoodle Cake

Snowy Pink Coconut Bundt Cake

Feeling nostalgic for the pink Snowball snack cake? Try our giant version: a moist chocolate cake covered in sweet marshmallow topping and covered with bright pink coconut.

Italian Rainbow Cookie Cake

Classic Vanilla Cake

Purely Pound Cake

Billie's Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries

Gold Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Mayonnaise &mdash yes, mayonnaise &mdash steps in for oil and butter as the tenderizer and flavor-enhancer in this retro frosted layer cake. And it does a wonderful job no one will ever detect that it's your secret ingredient.

Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl Bundt Cake

Piping chocolate and vanilla cake batter into the swirls of a Bundt pan makes creating this beauty a breeze.

Graham Cracker Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

If you've ever had a snack of graham crackers smeared with peanut butter, then this cake is perfect for you. We added graham flour and a touch of cinnamon to the vanilla cake layers for the quintessential graham-cracker flavor. It's then stacked high with creamy peanut butter frosting for a fun and nostalgic treat.

Lemon Bundt Cake with Berry-Rhubarb Glaze

Rainbow Layer Cake

This colorful layered-and-sprinkled cake has FUN written all over it! For a full effect, dye the layers to match the colors of the rainbow.

Tres Leches Cake with Dulce de Leche Frosting

Caramel Peach Upside-Down Cake

Election Cake

Lemon Cake

Strawberry Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The fresh, natural flavors you get from making your own strawberry puree is worth the time. This cake and its frosting also gets its rosy hue from fresh strawberries rather than food coloring.

Marble Snacking Cake with Chocolate Frosting

This cake really is the ultimate crowd pleaser, as it has something for everyone. Ribbons of chocolate are swirled into a fluffy vanilla cake which is topped with a light and airy chocolate frosting. By adding semisweet chocolate to a portion of the batter, we eliminated the need to make separate batches. The cake is perfect for a midweek snacking cake or celebratory dessert that you need in a pinch.

Classic Cheesecake

Pineapple Cake Roll

This cake looks and tastes like a tropical vacation. Fresh pineapple is filled with maraschino cream, then rolled in a coconut sponge and finished with pillowy coconut frosting and cherries on top.

Chocolate Cake with Divinity Icing

Shortcake Royale

Chocolate Coconut Cake

Giada's beautiful coconut cake starts with a shortcut and ends with a flurry of delicious, toasted coconut.

Angel Food Cake

Pink Lemonade Cake

This pretty-in-pink lemonade cake is ideal for your next summer party, thanks to the sweet lemony flavor in both the tender cake and fluffy, meringue-style frosting. The ombre pink layers are easy to achieve and sure to impress. If you love tangy pink lemonade and a slice of moist cake, then this recipe is for you!

Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream Cake

Hazelnut Crunch Cake with Mascarpone and Chocolate

Berry Layer Magic Cake

This cake is truly magic. You make just one batter, but after baking you end up with three distinct layers of cake, fruit and custard.

Icebox Cake with Orange-Caramel Cream

Blueberry Crumb Cake

Carrot-Coconut Birthday Cake

Bored of cream cheese frosting? This cake calls for a coconutty twist with unsweetened coconut milk, cream and toasted coconut flakes.

Naked Chocolate Cake

Carrot Cake

For an easy-to-decorate carrot cake, wrap each layer of cake in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The tender cake will be so much easier to work with.

Lemon and Raspberry Cream Cake

This pretty-in-pink dessert uses natural coloring from raspberries for the frosting AND the cake.

Tie-Dye Rainbow Reveal Cake

Passion Fruit Cheesecake

Cappuccino Magic Cake

Hazelnut-Mocha Dacquoise

Lemon-Lime Pound Cake

From the tender pound cake to the sweet glaze, Ree transforms a typical Bundt into a zesty, citrusy treat.

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Do-It-All Cake Batter

Here's a go-to cake recipe you can keep in your back pocket: An all-purpose vanilla cake that'll please any crowd, and can also be effortlessly transformed. The flavor possibilities are endless. We've provided five great ideas: chocolate cake, lemon poppyseed cake, coffee cake, confetti cake and raspberry jam swirl cake. You simply add ingredients to the basic batter for a new flavor profile without major swaps or substitutions. We tried making the cake with whole milk, but after extensive testing, we found that buttermilk gave the cake better flavor and a lighter, more tender crumb. It doesn't get easier than this!

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Whether you serve it as a birthday dessert, at a holiday get-together or after Sunday dinner, Ree&rsquos 5-star upside-down cake is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Food Network fans rave that the cake is &ldquovery easy and foolproof&rdquo and that they&rsquoll &ldquodefinitely bake it again&rdquo.

Brown Butter Cake with Spiced Chocolate Ganache and Dulce de Leche

Kardea&rsquos heavenly brown butter cake includes three layers of vanilla and dulce de leche &mdash plus spiced chocolate ganache to top it off!


I already had all of the ingredients in my kitchen

Conveniently, I already had every ingredient: cake mix, powdered sugar (aka icing sugar), full-fat cream cheese, vanilla extract, eggs, and unsalted butter.

Deen's recipe says you only need to grease the 13-by-9-inch pan, but during my test run some of my bars ended up sticking to the bottom.

This time, I heavily greased my pan and lined it with aluminum foil so this wouldn't be an issue later.

Next I got started on the base of the cake. I used my hand mixer to combine egg, melted butter, and a box of cake mix — I chose one with sprinkles for an added crunch.

Although it isn't in the recipe, I added a pinch of salt to balance out all of the sweetness.

The flour mixture quickly transformed into a putty-like and pliable dough.

I placed ball-sized chunks of dough onto the base of my pan and pressed them firmly to cover the bottom.

At this point, it was already smelling like a butter-laced bakeshop in my home.


For this recipe you’ll need prepared cake, candy melts (red, white, blue), sprinkles (red, white, blue and candy star) and prepared frosting. If you’re making the cake, prepare according to instructions and allow to cool.

You can make this the day before then keep covered tightly in the refrigerator until you’re ready to make the cake balls.

Make frosting by adding butter, confectioners sugar, milk and vanilla extract to a large bowl then mix until combined with a hand or stand mixer. Crumble the cake in the bowl over the frosting and combine using a mixer on low speed until all ingredients have been incorporated.

Next, form the dough into balls approximately one tablespoon in size and put the balls on a sheet pan that’s lined with parchment paper.

Add the white candy melts to a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments until melted. If the chocolate is too thick, you can add a small amount of milk to thin it out. You can also use white chocolate bars or chips.

Put a ball of cake in the melted white chocolate rolling it around the bowl to coat it evenly. Transfer the coated ball back to the pan covered with parchment paper and allow the chocolate to dry. To speed up the process you can also place the pan in the refrigerator until the chocolate has fully set.


40 Fall Cakes for Every Special Occasion of the Season

Though summer has its advantages, there's one thing that makes us really appreciate the arrival of autumn: the official beginning of baking season! It's not just the cold weather (though that definitely helps). Fall offers many opportunities to bake, for yourself, but also for friends and family. From Halloween cake recipes to Thanksgiving cookies (it's a thing) and all the best apple pie recipes you can handle, there's practically never a bad time to be baking something.

But whatever you do, you should make room for cake. Cakes are the perfect way to welcome guests. They can be as fancy as a wedding, or as simple and everyday as slice of bundt cake shared with a little coffee over conversation with friends, or as an afternoon snack. Cakes welcome people, and make them feel special, and they go with practically every kind of meal, or no meal at all.

And whatever your favorite fall flavor, there is definitely a cake for that here on our list! Whether you're a inveterate pumpkin person, a life-long apple fan, or a strict pecan enthusiast, we guarantee there's at least one (and more likely several) fall cake recipes in this roundup that you'll enjoy. Of course, these cakes aren't the only confections you can whip up in your kitchen this fall. To ensure everyone's sweet tooth is sufficiently satisfied, bake a batch of fall cookies to go along with these seasonal cakes. You'll sweeten up everyone's day.


Easy Cake From A Box Recipes

Some of our family favorite cakes from a box mix are the unforgettable The Best Rich and Moist Chocolate Cake . You can&rsquot eat just one piece of this cake. It&rsquos the most commonly requested birthday cake at any family party!

We love the chocolate version so much we made a version with strawberry cake mix, white chocolate pudding and white chocolate chips covered in whipped cream and drizzled with hot fudge. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake is so unique and easy! We couldn&rsquot stop there so we made these Ultimate White Chocolate Cup Cakes !

Here are some recipes from friends that we can&rsquot wait to try!


What is Malt?

Malt certainly has a distinct (and delicious taste) and this chocolate malt cake plays up the malt flavor in both the cake and the icing. If you’re curious what malt is, it’s a creal grain that is dried in a special germinated method, called malting. Fascinating, right?

Tips for Slicing a Round Cake

The chocolate malt cake can easily feed 12 adults when sliced properly. If you are anything like I used to be, the thought of slicing a round cake might make you a bit nervous. If so, don’t worry. You’ll be a cake-slicing pro in no time with this brilliant tip.

Rather than cutting the cake into even triangle wedges (who can do that anyway?), slice the cake horizontally all the way across into half-inch slabs. From there, cut the slabs into even rectangles. It’s much easier to understand if you see a visual, so check out this post here.


Favorite Dessert Recipes

Matt Taylor-Gross

Over the years, we’ve tempted our readers with dessert recipes we’ve collected from all over the globe. We took a look at the recipe pages that people have bookmarked, linked to, and searched for the most. Unsurprisingly, cakes (especially chocolate) rule our readers’ dessert cart. A few regional classics made appearances. Here are our most popular dessert recipes.

It’s common knowledge that chocolate beloved, and our data backs it up. Brownies made a strong showing. Our moist, fudgy brownies are pure chocolate overload, while Katherine Hepburn’s brownie recipe adds chopped walnuts for texture.

People also love cake. Chocolate cake, then, is of course popular. Our Very Moist Chocolate Cake is a one-two punch of velvety chocolate cake and rich chocolate icing. The Smith Island cake is an eight-layer behemoth of yellow cake and fudge icing. German chocolate cake is named after an American baker, not the country—either way, the combination of chocolate, pecans, and coconut is a sure crowd-pleaser.

Coconut cakes don’t need any chocolate. Our recipe from Thomas Keller showcases shredded coconut with a thick Italian meringue. Drømmekage, or Danish dream cake, is a simple white cake encrusted in a delicious coconut and brown sugar topping.

If you’re not from the small town of Demopolis, Alabama, you’ve probably never heard of turtleback cookies. These spice cookies frosted with caramel icing are ubiquitous in the town, and apparently our readers are intrigued by them.

Find these treats and more in our collection of our readers’ favorite dessert recipes.

Thomas Keller’s Coconut Cake

Thick Italian meringue is sandwiched between moist layers of cake, which is topped off with sweetened shredded coconut in this recipe from chef Thomas Keller.

Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake

Adapted from Robbin Gourley’s Cakewalk (Doubleday, 1994), this time-tested recipe for moist chocolate layer cake has a velvety crumb and rich chocolate icing—the perfect birthday treat for your favorite chocolate-lover. Get the recipe for Very Moist Chocolate Layer Cake »

Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake

A heady mixture of olive oil and preserved oranges flavors this moist, dense Sicilian dessert.

Danish Dream Cake (Drømmekage)

This delightfully basic white sponge cake, encrusted with a coconut and brown sugar topping, is a dream to make and eat. Traeger’s Bakery in Demopolis, Alabama first popularized these soft spice cookies, which are named for their hard cinnamon glaze that glistens like a glossy turtle shell.

Hummingbird Cake

This hummingbird cake honors the legacy of the Southern cook Edna Lewis. Get the recipe for Hummingbird Cake »

Tim Tam Pavlova

Tim Tam cookies are the star of this oh-so Australian Pavlova.

German Chocolate Cake

This decadent triple-layer dessert takes its name from German’s Sweet Chocolate, a product that’s not German at all: the versatile baking chocolate was created by an American baker named Samuel German in 1852.

Blackberry Slump

A cousin of the cobbler, this dessert is served at the Four Swallows restaurant on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies

A version of this recipe accompanied an interview with the actress Katharine Hepburn in the August 1975 issue of The Ladies’ Home Journal. This brownie recipe, which calls for the smallest amount of flour, produces incredibly chewy bars with a full but mellow chocolate flavor. Get the recipe for Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies »

Nick’s Supernatural Brownies

Fudgy brownies make an ideal base for a decadent ice cream sundae.

Mom’s Banana Bread

This banana bread is exceptionally moist, and a quick bake, making it an amazing go to treat.

Heaven and Hell Cake

This rich, multilayered dessert of angel food and devil’s food cake, peanut butter mousse, and milk chocolate ganache should be frozen before icing is added and refrigerated before it’s sliced. Get the recipe for Heaven and Hell Cake »

Chocolate Cream Pie

A crunchy crust and pudding-like filling make this pie a standout.

Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls

Spreading cream cheese into the layers of dough enhances the richness and moistness of these rolls. This dough may be prepared a day in advance and left to rise in the refrigerator overnight. Get the recipe for Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls »

The Best Damn Meyer Lemon Cake

We based this stalwart recipe on one from baking maven Maida Heatter, and we really do think it is the best damn Meyer lemon cake we’ve ever had.

When you need something sweet to feed a crowd, sheet cakes are the way to go. Take this Chocolate Sprinkle Sheet Cake for example, it's made with sour cream for a tender crumb and with a cocoa powder replacing a half-cup of flour for a deep chocolate flavor. The buttercream frosting gets whipped until airy with an electric mixer and a generous scattering of sprinkles finishes it off. Cut it into squares, skinny slices or chunky rectangles and watch as it disappears fast.

In this collection there are classics like Texas Sheet Cake, a rich chocolate-glazed chocolate cake, and super-citrusy options like Lemon-Glazed Sheet Cake, which has lemon juice and zest in both the batter and the glaze. Of course, we haven't forgotten classic vanilla, which is never anything like plain: In fact, you'll find that it's the star of an irresistible sheet cake topped with chocolate ganache, though you could certainly swap that topping for your favorite if you fancied. And if frosting or glaze isn't your thing, there's a cake for the young or young at heart that features broken Oreo cookies scattered over the top before baking for instant appeal.

Going beyond the classic sheet cake format, our test kitchen team has developed a delicious array of creative recipes that are sure to make you smile. You can combine two childhood-favorites into one with our Banana-Split Ice Cream Cake it has all the elements of the ultimate sundae in a family-friendly format. Fresh summer fruit will be put to use in a large-format, no-bake cheesecake (we call that a win-win!), and summer berries are essential in this Strawberry Biscuit Sheet Cake too (bet you never had a sheet cake like that before!). For all kinds of gatherings, from backyard barbecues to kids' birthday parties, these sheet cakes will end on party on a (sugar) high note.