There’s something about a big, beautiful frosted cake that calls for a celebration…and whaddaya know? We have one. This year is PureWow’s tenth anniversary (!) and in honor of the occasion, we’re looking back on alllll the delicious dessert recipes we’ve published over the years. Here, our ten best cake recipes—from birthday cake petit fours to Meyer lemon loaf cake—that are worthy of any celebration (or Tuesday).
Our 10 Best Cake Recipes from the Last 10 Years
1. Cinnamon Sheet Cake With Cider Frosting
That swoopy, swirly frosting isn’t just for looks. It’s made with super concentrated apple cider syrup, so it tastes as good as it looks. (Psst: The whole thing is ready in less than an hour.)
2. Meyer Lemon Loaf Cake
This sunny, moist treat makes an ideal “snacking cake”—you know, the kind you leave on the counter and take slivers from all week long. If you can’t find Meyer lemons (they’re in season in the winter), regular ones will work in a pinch.
3. Candy Corn Surprise Cake
Compared to gummy worms and eyeball cakes, this is downright chic. Don’t like candy corn? You’re on your own, friend.
4. Sticky Toffee Honeycomb Cake
Enjoy it slightly warm, slathered with unsweetened whipped cream and a few drizzles of honey for good measure.
5. 30-minute Angel Food Cupcakes
Typically, angel food cake is finicky and time-consuming to make at home. Convert it into cupcakes, though, and you’re on your way to a lightning-fast treat.
6. Birthday Cake Petit Fours
We can’t help but feel a little happier just looking at these cuties. (Just wait until you pop one in your mouth.)
7. Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake
Confession: We actually consider cheesecake to be more pie-like than anything else, but we’ll give this one a pass. It’s too damn tasty to overlook.
8. 5-minute S’mores Mug Cake For One
Sometimes you want to put hours of effort into a pastry-chef level dessert. And sometimes you just want to devour something sweet in the next five minutes…in which case we suggest you ditch the oven and beeline it for the microwave.
9. Chocolate Chip Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
We like to call this one “when cookie met cake.” The cream cheese frosting is just because, well, why the heck not?
10. Cardamom Cream-filled Bundt Cake
This light-as-air creation is an updated twist on a classic yeasted Swedish dessert called semlor. And, since we know you’re wondering, every bite is like eating a delicious cloud.