I believe in celebrating the big and the small occasions, and what better way to do so than with a decadent, delicious, and even diet-friendly cake? Now that we’ve established that this form of dessert should immediately be implemented into your every day, I’ve sifted through the bulk of the web to find the 16 crazy delicious cake recipes, that are also ridiculously easy to make.
You may be thinking, with my dietary preferences and time restrictions, there’s no way I can indulge in such a thing. Well, you’re mistaken, because the cake gods (aka really awesome food bloggers) have crafted recipes for every food specification you can dream up, and of course fit in your tight schedule. Wipe down that cake platter because we’ve got vegan options, paleo slices, and even sugar-free. Keep scrolling for a serious sugar high.
The Recipe: Paleo Carrot Cake with Almond Flour
The Hero Ingredient: This paleo dessert owes its delightful taste to the shredded carrots, sweet coconut sugar, and fluffy almond flour. It may be healthier than it’s alternatives, but not an ounce of flavor is lost in the process.
Pro Tip: When bringing moisture to your baked goods, Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness says the secret is to “Add an extra egg yolk!” Noted.
Why We Love It: Carrot cake is one of those indulgences that need no ceremony or occasion to enjoy. Eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you so, please. This easy recipe makes that possible.
The Recipe: Paleo Chocolate Avocado Cake
The Hero Ingredient: If you’re thinking avocado in a chocolate cake sounds nuts, then you haven’t tried this rich, dessert. The avocado renders flavorless amongst the coconut cream, yet gives every bite an extra creamy, soft texture.
Pro Tip: Kiser tells fellow bakers “you'll never believe,” this recipe has no butter or oil in it.
Why We Love It: I can’t deny an avocado in any form it comes in, and this recipe uses its healthy fats, and omegas to uplift the density and taste of this paleo cake.
The Recipe: Oaty Caramel Slice and Banoffee Banana Cake
The Hero Ingredient: Rolled oats don’t get much praise for being exciting, but don’t overlook them for their ability to take on bold, delicious flavors. Matched with caramel and banana in this case, these standard oats make for a substantial, tasty dessert.
Pro Tip: The tip to the perfect caramel sauce, Sarah Tuck of Stuck in the Kitchen tells us, is to heat until it crystalizes and turns “a light golden color.”
Why We Love It: This concoction is technically two recipes rolled into one. However, they do go hand in hand when you’re looking for something sweet to serve your favorites.
The Hero Ingredient: Every ingredient in this recipe is a hero, but that whipped vanilla buttercream icing has me anxious to dig in. Admittedly, this one calls for a lot of butter and cream cheese, but it’s worth every extra calorie. As the creator of this masterpiece, Tieghan Gerard says, “No cake is complete without a buttercream.”
Pro Tip: Gerard lets us in on her secret for keeping the integrity of this cake in place while it sits out during celebrations: It’s all in her honey lemon syrup that she “drizzles” throughout. Doing so ensures there’s enough moisture in the cake for hours to come.
Why We Love It: I love this springtime delight as Gerard has garnished it with thyme blossoms and chamomile flowers. It gives it a truly memorable element that dinner guests will be talking about for weeks to come.
The Recipe: Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake
The Hero Ingredient: I will always say yes to salted caramel done right, and this cake really nails it. The chocolate body of this dessert makes for the ideal, albeit, decadent canvas for warm salted caramel to be drizzled on top.
Pro Tip: Dana Shultz of Half Baked Harvest admits this one’s not the quick and easy recipe you might be looking for, “that would just be a lie,” but it is worth the work.
Why We Love It: Some occasions just beg for an over-the-top dessert to mark a milestone. This cake is just that. Its opulence makes any day special and is a memory maker on its own.
The Recipe: Dark Chocolate Dragon Fruit Cake
The Hero Ingredient: The dragon fruit frosting (also known as pitaya powder) that tops this cake makes this cake incredibly unique, if not for the color alone. The bitter dark chocolate acts as a great partner to the sweet and exotic dragon fruit.
Pro Tip: Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats wants to talk about “this gorgeous pan,” referring to the stunning Magnolia Bundt Pan she used to make the structure of this cake. Have fun with the utensils you use to create this stunning dessert, don’t hesitate to make it even more eye-catching in the details.
Why We Love It: While you may not always be able to find dragon fruit at your local grocery store, I love this use of pitaya powder in the icing of this cake. Deep dark chocolate lightened up with some fruit is a favorite of mine, I can’t wait to have this cake as the guest of honor at my next dinner party.
The Recipe: Mango Coffee Cake
The Hero Ingredient: The large dices of mango in this cake add moisture and flavor that will quickly make it a favorite in the rotation. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg counter the fruitiness with an unexpected kick.
Pro Tip: Melanie Bauer of Melanie Makes slips in a little tip for added success, once cooked she says the layer of cinnamon sugar makes for a little extra crunch and “a great contrast in texture!”
Why We Love It: I support any kind of cake that stakes its claim as a breakfast item.
The Recipe: Gluten-Free Birthday Cake
The Hero Ingredient: The oat and almond flours in this birthday cake recipe make this delicacy fluffy, moist, and gluten-free. It can be hard to find GF desserts that give you that nostalgic birthday cake taste like mom used to make but Dana Shultz’s recipe does just that.
Pro Tip: Once you’ve covered your creation in frosting, consider topping it with seasonal berries, “especially in summer!” Shultz suggests.
Why We Love It: Finally, a bday cake that won’t leave you ringing in another year with a stomach ache. This cake doesn’t skimp on flavor even though it’s gluten-free.
The Hero Ingredient: Chocolate and hazelnut have always gone hand in hand like an age-old classic. There’s just something about mixing the two that charges our senses with a decadent smoothness you can’t deny. This recipe may be vegan and gluten-free, but it doesn’t skimp on that nostalgic flavor one bit.
Pro Tip: Don’t skimp on the roasted hazelnuts that add the finishing touch to the top of this cake. They give a “healthy crunch,” to every delightful slice, says Shultz.
Why We Love It: I love that this entire recipe can be created in a single bowl. No extra cleanup time, and the perfect cake to make with your kids.
The Recipe: Vanilla Bean Sheet Cake with Strawberry Frosting
The Hero Ingredient: What feels more like summer than a generous dollop of strawberry frosting? This recipe is a true classic with the sweet, creamy layer of frosting on top of an even sweeter vanilla bean batter.
Pro Tip: Spoon Fork Bacon calls for freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe to provide that satisfying “strong flavor” of real strawberries.
Why We Love It: With the 4th of July right around the corner, this cake is the perfect choice to serve at your annual BBQ. I love the idea of garnishing with fresh blueberries and strawberries for an even more festive red, white, and blue dish.
The Recipe: 4th of July Funfetti Cake
The Hero Ingredient: It’s not a Funfetti cake without the sprinkles, this recipe calls for red, white, and blue, but that’s hardly the most fun part of this holiday-centric cake. The cream cheese frosting and chocolate cake-star imprints bring this dessert to a whole other level.
Pro Tip: Spoon Fork Bacon knows it may look daunting with its many details, but they promise this cake “really isn’t hard at all,” just a little time-consuming.
Why We Love It: Whether it’s a holiday long weekend or just a regular weekday, this cake is a crowd-pleaser worth the extra minutes. I can’t wait to serve this to those I love.
The Recipe: The Perfect Chocolate Orange Cake
The Hero Ingredient: The orange juice and pitted Medjool dates bring big taste and texture to this rich chocolate cake. Don’t overlook the unexpected dash of balsamic to round it out.
Pro Tip: If you’re looking for a totally sugar-free dessert, Laura Wright of The First Mess suggests opting out of the chocolate sauce glaze.
Why We Love It: This opulent chocolate cake is actually vegan so all your friends can dig a fork in.
The Recipe: Banana Walnut Cake
The Hero Ingredient: If you’re a banana-bread fan, you’ll love banana cake even more. While the bread is dense, this frosted cake is fluffy and soft with each fork-full.
Pro Tip: This cake is not complete without the “right amount of crunch” that Holly of The Modern Proper attributes to the rich walnuts.
Why We Love It: This is a wonderfully easy cake to throw together for all occasions.
The Recipe: Coconut Cake with Strawberry Whipped Coconut Cream Frosting
The Hero Ingredient: While there are many wonderful ingredients included in this cake recipe, let’s focus on what isn’t: No refined sugars, dairy, or grains in sight.
Pro Tip: Prep your cake the evening before by placing two cans of coconut milk upside down in your fridge, Alison Wu of Wu Haus promises this will “allow the cream to settle,” and will be ready to use by morning.
Why We Love It: I love how clean this dessert really is. Vegan labels can deceive you into thinking it means uber-healthy, but this option really is.
The Hero Ingredient: One could easily be convinced that this lemon loaf cake is appropriate for all your meals, as it’s drizzled in anti-inflammatory turmeric known to be great for your gut and your glowing skin. The turmeric's intense flavor is perfectly matched by the sweet maple syrup.
Pro Tip: If you’re not trying to eat this entire dessert in one sitting, Phoebe Lapin of Feed Me Phoebe ensures “this loaf also freezes well!”
Why We Love It: Okay, when I read the title of this cake I immediately knew I needed to remake it in my own kitchen.