Back to Basics: Our Best Classic Cakes

Sweet and familiar, these cakes have earned their time-honored reputations. Some recipes never go out of style. With forays into everything from Angel Food Cake to New York Style Cheesecake and Southern standouts like Hummingbird and Red Velvet Cake, we’ve got all the golden oldies. Whether you’re in need of a refresher course or looking for a dependable, tried-and-true treat, we’ve got the timeless cakes fit for every occasion.

1. Hummingbird Cake

Fresh golden pineapple and creamy banana lend their sweetness to this pecan-studded Southern favorite.

2. Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Chocolate-Buttermilk Frosting 

We infused our classic birthday cake with buttermilk to add a little tang and a lot of moisture. The best part? It’s so simple to make, you don’t have to wait for a birthday to savor this tender-crumbed treat.

New York Cheese Cake

3. New York-Style Cheesecake

Create a homespun version of the Big Apple’s signature dessert made with cream cheese, sour cream and heavy cream, along with fresh eggs, lemon, vanilla, and a little sugar, all in a graham cracker crust.

4. Carrot Cake

Our top carrot cake recipe, brimming with raisins, walnuts, carrots, and crushed pineapple then slathered in cream cheese frosting, is as timeless as it is flavorful.

Strawberry Sheet Cake

5. Strawberry Sheet Cake 

This Strawberry Sheet Cake is the trusty Old Reliable in our recipe box. With fresh strawberries and a light and fluffy frosting, this moist confection is quick to throw together and disappears even quicker. 

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