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It’s My Birthday, Let’s Talk Cake!

I’m getting old. And if I keep doing recipe round-ups involving cake and ice cream, I’ll also be getting fat(ter).

Eh, life happens.

So (as you might have figured out from the title) today is my birthday, and instead of making or eating cake, I’m just drooling over the amazingness on the internet. Since people seemed to enjoy my last round-up, I figured I would go for it again.

Since I liked cake then:

(This picture might look familiar…)

And I still love cake…

I decided to do a massive cake round-up. I browsed some of my favorite blogs…and things got a little out of hand. There are so many amazing cakes and cake goodies on nearly every blog. Enjoy, and tell me what your favorite is! I can’t wait to make my daughter her first cake to dig into on her first birthday. I’m sure there will be a few pictures of that floating around.  So without further ado, enjoy! Sorry about the picture-heavy post, but it is worth it!

Traditional, or Traditional with a Twist, Cakes

Carrot Cake by Sugar Plum

Vanilla Confetti Pound Cake by Bran Appetit

Savannah Sheet Cake by Fake Ginger

Chocolate Bavarian Torte by Sweet and Savory

Olive Oil Cake by Bell’Alimento

Tres Leches Cake by The Merry Gourmet

Healthy Chocolate Cake by Recipe Girl

Ho Ho Cake by La Fuji Mama

Chocolate Angel Food Cake by Dine & Dish

Strawberry Shortcake Cake by The Pioneer Woman

Red Velvet Sheet Cake by The Pioneer Woman

Flourless Chocolate Cake by Mango & Tomato

Dark Chocolate Cake with Hot Chocolate Buttercream Frosting by What Megan’s Making

Gluten Free Chocolate Mousse Cake by Feast on the Cheap


Fruity Cakes

Rhubarb and Nutmeg Cake by Not Rachael Ray

Strawberry Dream Cake by The Merry Gourmet

Coconut Peach Upside Down Cake by Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body

Grapefruit Pudding Cake by Feast on the Cheap

Lemon Cream Cheese Cake by Not Rachael Ray

Grapefruit Cake with Tangy Grapefruit Frosting by Big Fat Baker

Apple Coffee Cake by Baked by Rachel

Lemon Chiffon Cake with Strawberries by Miss in the Kitchen

Summer Fruit Cake with Kiwi by Cooking with Books



Homemade Hostess Cupcakes by What Megan’s Making

Guinness Cupcakes by My Baking Addiction

Southern Comfort Cupcakes by My Baking Addiction

Pretty in Pink Cupcakes by Sugar Plum

Kung Fu Panda Cupcakes by Budget Gourmet Mom

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Kissed Centers by Picky Palate

April Fool’s Day Cupcakes by Budget Gourmet Mom

Vanilla Bean Cupcakes by My Baking Addiction

Brown Sugar Banana Cupcakes with Avocado Buttercream by How Sweet It Is

Rainbow Cupcakes by Chip Chip Hooray

Strawberry Almond Cupcakes by Dinners Dishes and Desserts

Nutella Cupcakes by Dinners Dishes and Desserts

Margarita Cupcakes by Dinners Dishes and Desserts

Coconut Cupcakes from Chef Laura at Home

PB&J Cupcakes by My Baking Addiction

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes by Stay Calm, Have a Cupcake

Peanut Butter Cupcakes with Chocolate Cheesecake Frosting by How Sweet It Is


Cake Pops/Balls

Red, White and Blue Cake Pops by Nutmeg Nanny

Chocolate Cupcake Pops by Bakerella

Lemon Cake Pops by In Good Taste

Pumpkin Cake Pops by Recipe Girl

Sesame Street Cake Pops by Bakerella (How cute are these?!?)

Thin Mint Chocolate Cake Balls by Dine & Dish

Easter Cake Pops by Eat Yourself Skinny

Red Velvet Cake Balls by Bakerella



Orange Mascarpone Cheesecake with Roasted Cherries by The Merry Gourmet

Pink Velvet Cheesecake by Big Fat Baker

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cheesecake by In Katrina’s Kitchen

Peanut Butter Truffle Mousse Cheesecake by In Katrina’s Kitchen

Ricotta Cheesecake by My Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Cheesecake by Baked by Rachel

Skinny Strawberry Cheesecake by Eat Yourself Skinny

Chocolate Cheesecake with Peanut Butter Cream by Miss in the Kitchen

No Bake Mini Nutella Cheesecakes by Bell’Alimento

Low-fat Mini Mocha Cheesecakes by Not Rachael Ray (eeek…sorry about the horrible picture!)


These Deserve a Category of Their Own

Rainbow Doodle Birthday Cake by Sweetapolita (I really want to do this for my daughter’s birthday…)

Ultimate S’More Layer Cake by Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body

Dobos Torte by Smitten Kitchen

(Fondant) Asparagus Cake by Sweetapolita (Unbelievable, right? This woman is completely amazing.)

Chocolate Guiness Stout Cake by Recipe Girl

A Whopper of a Cake by Sweet and Crumby

Margarita Cake by Dinners Dishes and Desserts

14 Layer Cake by Bakerella

Pumpkin Cake with Whiskey Whipped Cream by The Pioneer Woman


Other Cake Related Goodies

Cake Batter Martinis by How Sweet It Is (I’ll take one two of these in place of cake, please.)

Cake Batter Cinnamon Rolls by How Sweet It Is

Cake Batter Pancakes by How Sweet It Is

Cake Batter Chocolate Bark by How Sweet It Is (Are you seeing a trend here? Jessica is OBSESSED with cake batter, and I personally could not be happier about it!)

Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies by Mommy Hates Cooking

Cake Batter Rice Krispie Treats by Nutmeg Nanny

Birthday Donuts by Good Eats Girl


Okay, I really need to stop. My husband and daughter are being neglected because of this post. (Not really, they always come first.) Honestly though, I could keep at this for days. And days. And days. There are so many amazing cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes and cake pops out there. Please check out some of these blogs, but while you’re on their site, browse their other amazing creations. Especially (but not limited to) How Sweet It Is, Sweetapolita, Bakerella, My Baking Addiction, and Sugar Plum. These ladies have serious baking skills and creativity. It is amazing!

And while you’re at it, eat a slice for me!

What’s your favorite kind of cake? Do you have any fun memories centered around cake?

When you make a recipe from my site tag it with #RachelCooks!
I love to see what you're creating!

49 Responses to “It’s My Birthday, Let’s Talk Cake!”

  1. Maris (In Good Taste) — August 5, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Happy Birthday!!! Hope you have a fantastic day! Thanks for including In Good Taste with this amazing roundup of cakes!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

      Thanks Maris! Wouldn’t dream of leaving you out! 😉

  2. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook — August 5, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Holy Moly, girl, that is a lot of cake!

    Happy Birthday, Rachel!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

      Thanks Lesa!

  3. brandi@BranAppetit — August 5, 2011 at 7:54 am

    happy happy birthday!!

    great round up 🙂

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Thanks Brandi!

  4. BigFatBaker — August 5, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Happy birthday!! The bf’s is Sunday and mine is wendesday. I can’t wait to have a bunch of delicious cake! Great idea for a birthday post 🙂 Have a great one!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Thanks, and happy birthday to you (and your boyfriend!).

  5. Autumn @ Good Eats Girl — August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Happy birthday!! I hope you have a fabulous day! Thanks so much for including me in your list of cake creations!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Thanks Autumn! My pleasure! 🙂

  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Happiest of Happy Birthdays!! I hope your day is filled with cake and happiness and love. 🙂

    Thanks for including me in the round-up!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:25 am

      Thanks Tara! Sorry I couldn’t include all of the cakes you sent me, things were getting a little outta control 😉

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Holy Cow!! That is one amazing line up of cakes! Thank you for including some of mine. Not sure where to start there are so many great ones to look at!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:24 am

      My pleasure! Thanks for sending me the links/photos!

  8. Mal @ The Chic Geek — August 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Seriously delicious post! Dobos Torte has been a favorite since I was very little, my mom would make it every year for Rosh Hashanah, and it was just the best thing ever. I wonder if I could talk her into it this year since it falls on my birthday?

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:24 am

      Oh, I really want to try making the Dobos Torte–it is so visually stunning! (Lucky you, every year?)

  9. Christina @ This Woman Cooks! — August 5, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Happy Birthday Rachel!! I hope you have a great day and have your share of CAKE! 😛

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:23 am

      Thanks Christina! Went for brownies and wine instead of cake on this bday 🙂

  10. Brooke @ Veggie Table — August 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!! I hope you have a fabulous day (and weekend) celebrating! Those cake pictures made me drool – I wish I was more of a baker! 🙂

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:23 am

      Thanks Brooke 🙂 Some of them are out-of-this-world, but others are definitely do-able, even for a non-baker 🙂

  11. Kristen — August 5, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Oh my goodness… that is one seriously fab roundup of all things CAKE! Yum!
    Happy birthday! That first pic of you is too darn cute. Love it!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

      Thank you Kristen!

  12. laura — August 5, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    amazing! i want to make them all, starting with the pink velvet cheesecake!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:22 am

      I had my eye on that one as well–looks amazing!

  13. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Omg, these all look amazing! Hope you eat some delicious cake to celebrate your birthday!!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:22 am

      Thanks Lauren! I am still kicking myself for leaving you out. I am so sorry!

  14. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Happy birthday!!!! I hope you get at least a slice or something delicious somewhere today… even if it’s *gasp* store bought lol 🙂

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:21 am

      I had brownies 🙂

  15. Krista {Budget Gourmet Mom} — August 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Happy Birthday! Great cake round-up…now, I’m hungry!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:26 am

      Thanks Krista!

  16. Paula - bell'alimento — August 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday Sweets! What a fabu cake roundup. Thanks so much for including some of mine amongst all this deliciousness xoxo

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:21 am

      Thanks Paula!

  17. Vicki Bensinger — August 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Wow I just feel like I put on a 1000 pounds just from viewing all those luscious desserts. I have several favorite cakes that I like to make for birthdays. This one I made for my daughter’s 21st bday last year:
    This is the carrot cake that a I made for my bday last year. Probably my favorite:
    This is one that I’ve been making for years that is to die for if you are a chocolate lover:
    for that recipe you can view it here:
    Those are my all time favorite. Depending on my mood or the mood of the birthday person will determine what I make. In 2 weeks I need to come up with a new cake. I’d really like to try the Heaven & Hell Cake by Stephan Pyles, that looks amazing.

    • Vicki Bensinger — August 5th, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

      Oh my goodnesss, I almost forgot. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

      • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:20 am

        Thank you so much!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:20 am

      Yum, those look amazing!

  18. Carolyn — August 5, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Wow, what a collection!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 11:21 am

      Took me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to compile! Now I want to make every single one!

  19. sherri lynn @ life of a wife — August 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    oh my goodness. I am in dessert overload!! All of these look AMAZING! I can’t decide what to make first. Oh and I love all of Jessica’s cake batter recipes!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 8:19 pm

      Isn’t she a genius?

  20. Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 6, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Thanks so much for including some of my recipes…. and Happy Birthday!!! Wonderful cake round up!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 8:20 pm

      Thanks Lori!

  21. Donna @ My Tasty Journey — August 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I’m not sure if this post could have made me any MORE happier! That rainbow doodle cake nearly brought tears to my eyes, it was so cute!!! HOPE YOU HAD A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Rachel — August 6th, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

      Aww, thank you Donna! Glad you liked it! Rosie (Sweetapolita) has crazy talent!

  22. Taylor — August 6, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Oh my gosh!! SO many delicious looking cake recipes! Hope you get to enjoy lots of cake for your birthday!

    • Rachel — August 7th, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

      Thank you Taylor!

  23. feast on the cheap — August 8, 2011 at 11:42 am

    My mouth literally just watered. TMI?

  24. Cooks_Books — August 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday! I’m late to the party, but I’m having fun anyway. Love seeing all the cakes and checking out all the blogs. It was your birthday, and you gave US a present! 🙂


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