Best Cake Flavors For Birthdays & Celebrations

THE MOST POPULAR CAKE FLAVORS YOU MUST TRY

Lloyds Carrot Cake
Lloyd’s Carrot Cake

Let them eat cake! No matter the reason, from birthdays to weddings to holidays, every day can be a celebration with a tasty decorated cake. From classic vanilla and chocolate to creative Funfetti to colorful rainbow cake, what are the best cake flavors for birthdays?

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Most Popular Cake Flavors

Here are some of the most popular cake flavors:

Red Velvet Cake

With its bright red color, red velvet cake is a classic cake choice. The cake’s red color is created naturally when vinegar and buttermilk combine with non-Dutch processed cocoa. The result is a chemical reaction that brings out cocoa’s anthocyanin.

It’s unclear who, exactly, invented red velvet cake. However, the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City is widely credited with popularizing the cake.

Oprah's Favorite Red Velvet Layer Cake

Classic Carousel Cakes’ Oprah’s Favorite Red Velvet Layer Cake

As the name suggests, Carousel Cakes’ Oprah’s Favorite Red Velvet Layer Cake is the talk show host’s favorite. Each cake is baked to perfection and topped with a thick layer of cream cheese frosting.

Savannah's Candy Kitchen's Red Velvet Cake

Scarlet Savannah’s Candy Kitchen’s Red Velvet Cake

Savannah’s Candy Kitchen hand-frosts its Red Velvet Cake with fluffy, light-as-a-cloud cream cheese frosting. Each classic cake is studded with roasted pecan pieces for the perfect Southern cake.

White Cake & Vanilla

There’s nothing plain about classic moist and delicious vanilla cake. A variation is white claw, a vanilla flavored cake made without egg yolks yielding a bright pristine white hue. Variations of white cake include frosting-free butter cake, sponge cake, and Angel food cake.

Erin McKenna's Bakery Vegan + Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

Exemplary Erin McKenna’s Bakery Vegan + Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake

Erin McKenna’s eponymous New York bakery bakes one of the very best vanilla cakes. Each six-inch Vegan + Gluten-Free Vanilla Cake is deliciously decorated with vanilla frosting and colorful sprinkles.

Archie's Hough Bakeries' Legendary White Cake

Amazing Archie’s Hough Bakeries’ Legendary White Cake

Archie’s Hough Bakeries’ makes some of Cleveland’s best known cakes. Archie’s Hough Bakeries’ Legendary White Cake is a rich and moist white cake made from a recipe that dates to 1903. Each cake is carefully coated with buttercream frosting with a hint of almond.

Strawberry & Angel Food Cake

Strawberry cakes are pretty in pink, packed with strawberries, and berry delicious. Pair it with springy, sponge-y Angel food cake and you have a match made in heaven.

Gladys' Bakery’s Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Gorgeous Gladys’ Bakery’s Strawberry Angel Food Cake

Angel food cakes first appeared in the cookbook “The Kentucky Housewife” written by Lattice Bryan in 1839. Today, the classic cake is an oldie but a goodie. Gladys’ Bakery’s Strawberry Angel Food Cake is light, fluffy, and PINK!

Sugaree's Strawberry Cake

Sensational Sugaree’s Strawberry Cake

Sugaree’s Strawberry Cake is one of the sweetest cakes that is almost too pretty to eat. Each cake is packed with strawberries topped with strawberry-infused pastel pink buttercream frosting.

Chocolate Cake

Nothing crushes chocolate cravings quite like chocolate cake. Layers of moist and rich chocolate cake layered with luscious chocolate is the classic recipe for classic chocolate cake. Chocolate is also a versatile cake flavor. Variations include German chocolate, chocolate mousse, peanut butter chocolate, chocolate chip, truffle chocolate, and triple chocolate cake.

Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Unbeatable Brooklyn Blackout Company’s Brooklyn Blackout Cake

Brooklyn Blackout Company bakes Brooklyn’s most iconic cake. Their Brooklyn Blackout Cake features a dark, rich chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream icing. Mmm…memorable.

Duff Goldman's Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Delightful Duff Goldman’s Ultimate Chocolate Cake

Duff Goldman’s four-layer Ultimate Chocolate Cake is moist and rich chocolate cake filled with decadent chocolate mousse. This chocolate cake is a chocoholic’s dream. This cake is a show-stopper with chocolate cream cheese frosting, gold and chocolate sprinkles, chocolate nonpareil, and chocolate ganache.

Carrot Cake

With its origins in the Middle Ages, carrot cake is a delicious cake. Carrot cake is packed with sweet carrots, spices, and, oftentimes, raisins and walnuts or pecans. Classic carrot cake is a delightful cake that is oftentimes topped with dreamy cream cheese frosting.

Lloyd's Carrot Cake

Lovely Lloyd’s Carrot Cake’s Famous Carrot Cake

Using 7,000 pounds of carrots daily, New York’s Lloyd’s Carrot Cake bakes one of the best carrot cakes ever. Each Famous Carrot Cake is made with five cups of twice-grated carrots, eggs, and cinnamon. Then, they are generously covered in cream cheese frosting.

Flour Bakery + Cafe's Carrot Cake

Unforgettable Flour Bakery + Cafe’s Carrot Cake

Boston’s iconic Flour Bakery + Cafe’s Carrot Cake features loads of shredded carrots, plump raisins, and toasted walnuts. Each bite has a moist crumb and perfectly sweetened cream cheese frosting.

Rainbow Cake

Taste the rainbow with a colorful rainbow cake. Rainbow cake is as beautiful to look at as it is to eat. These cakes mimick the colors of the rainbow. Each cake layer is dyed in purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.

Carlo's Bakery’s Rainbow Cake

Colorful Carlo’s Bakery’s Rainbow Cake

“Cake Boss,” Buddy Valastro has created one of the most colorful cakes ever. Carlo’s Bakery’s six-layer, six-color Rainbow Cake has vanilla icing and is covered and coated in rainbow sprinkles.

Caroline's Cakes' Rainbow Cake

Creative Caroline’s Cakes’ Rainbow Cake

Caroline Cakes takes a creative twist on a Rainbow Cake. It’s Rainbow Cake is a seven-layer lemon cake filled with seven colorful fruit fillings. This Rainbow Cake is filled with blackberry, blueberry, lime, lemon, orange, and raspberry fillings. Then, it’s iced with lemon-flavored buttercream.

Funfetti Cake

We have Pillsbury to thank for the whimsical Funfetti cake, the iconic cake that puts the “fun” in confetti. Invented in 1989, Funfetti cake is vanilla-flavored white cake studded with colorful candy bits that, when baked, resemble confetti. Post-baking, the confetti cake is cooled and frosted and then topped with — you guessed it — more sprinkles.

Blue Owl Bakery’s Funfetti Birthday Cake

Beautiful Blue Owl Bakery’s Funfetti Birthday Cake

Hey, it’s your birthday. Help yourself to a happy birthday with a Funfetti birthday cake. Blue Owl Bakery’s Funfetti Birthday Cake is white cake with candy bits mixed into the batter. It’s frosted with buttercream icing and decorated with generous amounts of sprinkles and joy.

Misha’s Cupcakes' Funfetti Birthday Cake

Marvelous Misha’s Cupcakes’ Funfetti Birthday Cake

Get in a birthday state of mind with Funfetti. Miami’s Misha’s Cupcakes bakes a festive Funfetti Birthday Cake. Misha’s Cupcakes’ Funfetti Birthday Cake is a vanilla cake with sprinkles decorated with white buttercream frosting and trimmed with sprinkles.

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Lemon Cake

Pucker up. Life doesn’t have to give you lemons to make — and love — lemon cake. Enjoyed for centuries, lemon cake includes fresh squeezed lemon juice, yielding a bright and tangy citrus cake. Variations include lemon pound cake and lemon coconut cake.

Daisy Cakes’s Daisy's Lemon Cake

Delightful Daisy Cakes’s Daisy’s Lemon Cake

Pauline, South Carolina’s Daisy Cakes whips up a delicious lemon cake. Each Lemon Cake is layered with handmade lemon curd made from hand zested and juiced lemons. Each Daisy’s Lemon Cake is frosted with cream cheese icing blended with lemon card for a sweet and tart treat.

We Take the Cake’s Luscious Lemon 4-Layer Cake

Wonderful We Take the Cake’s Luscious Lemon 4-Layer Cake

We Take the Cake bakes a beautiful and bright lemon layer cake. The Fort Lauderdale, Florida bakery’s Luscious Lemon 4-Layer Cake is layered with lemon cake, lemon cream cheese frosting, and raspberry preserves. Each lemon cake is topped with cream cheese, white chocolate ganache, and candy lemon slices.

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Lauren-Mack
Lauren Mack

Lauren Mack is a journalist who writes about all things food for Goldbelly. She is passionate about exploring the world one meal at a time. Her favorite things to Goldbelly include cakes, biscuit sandwiches, and ice cream.

Lauren has been a journalist for more than two decades and has specialized in writing about travel and food for much of that time. Her work has appeared in 150+ websites, magazines, apps, and guidebooks, including Cheapflights, CultureTrip, INSIDER, Lonely Planet, Newsweek International, Savory Traveler, Seeker, The Daily Meal, ThoughtCo (formerly About.com), Thrillist, Time Out, TripSavvy, and Zagat.

A lover of Taiwan's night markets, Singapore's hawker centers, and New York City's food trucks, Lauren has never skipped a meal or dessert. She has an insatiable appetite for exploring the world's best food and will try — almost — anything. Her favorite foods are pizza, ice cream, dim sum, sushi, and Taiwanese braised pork rice, and she can't resist a chef's tasting menu.

From backpacking across Europe and Asia to circumnavigating the globe by ship to living like a local in multiple cities, her travels have taken her on food explorations to 60+ countries on five continents. She has called Miami, Beijing, Taipei, and New York home.