Cake Recipes

Here is my collection of the very Best Cake Recipes! Whether you’re looking for a decadent Chocolate Layer Cake, a moist Red Velvet Cake, or a quick and easy Funfetti Sheet Cake, you’re bound to find your new favorite cake recipe below.

How to Make Cake

With these helpful how-to articles, you’ll become a cake pro and never go back to store-bought cake.

Tessa’s Top Baking Tips

Measure your flour correctly

The easiest ingredient to mis-measure is flour. That’s because it can be so easily compacted into a container or measuring cup without you even realizing. Too much flour in cake results in a dry, dense, and even crumbly cake instead of a tender and moist cake. Check out my article for How to Measure Flour here.

Use the correct kind of baking pan

Never use dark colored nonstick cake pans. They conduct heat too aggressively and often lead to hard dry edges and undercooked or sunken centers.

My favorite cake pans are the Fat Daddio’s pans.

How to bake MOIST cake

It bears repeating: make sure to measure your flour correctly.

Avoid substituting any ingredients such as eggs, milk or sour cream. Eggs + egg yolks add richness and moisture. Sour cream tenderizes as well as adds more flavor to cake. Using whole milk will help to create a tender and moist cake as well – never use skim milk.

Also be sure not to overmix your cake. This can lead it to become rubbery and dense. At the final steps, mix JUST until combined.

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How to Bake a Cake

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Ingredient Measuring Guide

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to use cake flour in cake recipes that call for it?

Yes. That’s what helps create a tender cake.
Avoid DIY cake flour substitutions. They simply don’t work as well. Check out my Cake Flour 101 article here to understand why.

What are the best cake baking pans?

Never use dark colored cake pans. They tend to overcook the edges, making them too brown and dry.
My favorite cake pans are definitely my Fat Daddio’s pans. They bake evenly and clean up easily!

Are there high altitude adjustments for baking cake?

If you’re baking at a high altitude, you’ll likely need to make some adjustments to my cake recipes. Since I live at sea level, I can only recommend following the advice in King Arthur Baking’s guide here.

How to decorate cake:

If you need help frosting and decorating a cake so it looks nice a pretty, check out my Easy Cake Decorating video in this post. The biggest tip I can give you is to freeze your cake layers before frosting so you can avoid crumbs or tears.

How to make cake ahead of time:

Wrap unfrosted cooled cake layers completely in several layers of plastic wrap. Place inside a freezer bag. Store at room temperature for up to 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge. Don’t defrost at room temperature or you will end up with mushy, sticky cake.

How to store cake:

Since frosting acts as a protective seal that keeps the cake moist and fresh, frosted cakes can be stored at a cool and dry room temperature for up to 2 days. Cover with a cake keeper to keep the frosting intact. Don’t use plastic wrap, which will not only ruin your frosting but also create condensation that can cause the frosting to separate.
I personally don’t worry about keeping frosting at room temperature since the sugar acts as a preservative, but if this concerns you then just keep the cake in the fridge.