Hooray, you went a month without sweets! Phew, that was hard. Let’s face it: yoga and kale are wonderful, but what’s life without the much-deserved splurge? In case you need an excuse to (temporarily) fall off the wagon, here are our eight favorite cake recipes.

/images/articles/

Visual Effect

Our eye-popping checkerboard cake is easier to make than it looks--think boxed cake mix and quick, homemade cream-cheese frosting.

/images/articles/

Soft Landing

Wanna wow your dinner party guests in seven easy steps? Whip up these foolproof cheesecake bars with melted chocolate.

/images/articles/

Power Puff

Love a pretty cupcake but have no patience for getting the frosting to look just right? Marshmallows are the trick to these cupcakes that frost themselves.

/images/articles/

Easy Does It

You only need one bowl for this super simple chocolate dump cake, which is so moist and rich, it needs no frosting.

/images/articles/

Size Matters

The problem with baking? Make a big batch and you’ll eat a big batch. If you don’t need two dozen of anything sugary in your house, try our just-right recipe for exactly four cupcakes. (Bonus: Here’s how to eat them the right way.)

/images/articles/

Double Time

You’ll never have to choose between cookies and cake again--these cake batter cookies are a little of both.

/images/articles/

Coffee Break

You usually have a coffee with your cake, so why not have coffee in your cake? It’s all possible thanks to these coffee cupcakes with buttercream frosting.

/images/articles/

Chill Out

Fact: You can freeze your cake and eat it too. If you make this recipe for ice-cream cake, that is.

From Around The Web