Have a birthday coming up? A special dinner or celebration? These easy cake recipes are the perfect way to celebrate any festive occasion. Your guests won't be able to resist the temptation of these moist and buttery cakes prepared with chocolate, fruit and other gourmet ingredients. All of these scrumptious treats can be made a day in advance and decorated right before serving so you can entertain with ease. Here's what to make:
A favorite during the warmer months, this strawberry shortcake practically melts in your mouth. It's an easy cake recipe you can whip up in no time.
GLUTEN-FREE FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
Coffee and dark chocolate are a killer combo in this decadent flourless cake perfect for chocolate lovers following a gluten-free regime.
BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE CAKE
A gooey blueberry filling and crunchy topping make this easy cake recipe a real treat. For a decadent touch, try serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
HOMEMADE CARROT CAKE
This crowd-pleasing classic is made even more delicious thanks to the addition of pineapple, which is incorporated into the cake batter and the icing.
SPICED CRANBERRY BUNDT CAKE
Perfect for a brunch or casual get-to-together, this fragrant bundt cake can easily be dressed up with a dusting of powdered sugar or a drizzle of icing.
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