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Homemade Cakes: Show Off Your Culinary Creations

First Posted: 03/08/2012 3:09 pm   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


We eat it at every birthday, every holiday, at graduations and weddings. Any chance to label something a celebration, we bring out the cake. And why not? It's rich and buttery, sweet and creamy, and it comes in so many shapes, colors and flavors. There's quite literally a cake to put a smile on anyone's face.

With so many occasions to eat cake, we get plenty of chances to make it, too. And we at Kitchen Daily wanted to see what kind of tasty creations you're making in your home kitchens. We received a great display of cakes made by HuffPost Editors and readers alike -- click through the slideshow below to check them out. Have you made a great cake? Submit a photo of your creation and share with us all! It's easy -- just check out the instructions below.

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  • Carrot Cake With Graham Cracker Frosting And Liquid Cheesecake Filling

    <em>Kristen Aiken, Senior Editor/HuffPost Kitchen Daily</em> This is not just a cake, it's a work of art. If you give this recipe a try, you'll learn how far you can really push ingredients. Recipe from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Momofuku-Milk-Bar-Christina-Tosi/dp/0307720497" target="_blank">Momofuku Milk Bar</a> cookbook

  • Flourless Chocolate Cake

    <em>Joseph Erdos, Associate Editor HuffPost/Kitchen Daily</em> As the cake cools, the interior collapses somewhat and the crusty top breaks into shards. Enjoy the cake warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on the side. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2011/04/flourless-chocolate-cake.html" target="_hplink">Flourless Chocolate Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Train Birthday Cake

    <em>Sonja Fallon, sister to Christina Anderson, Fashion Editor, The Huffington Post</em> This train cake was made for Sonja nephew's 2nd birthday. Each train cart was made out of rice crispies and full of candies.

  • Sunset Cake

    <em>@CulinaryJulie</em> She says: Getting inspiration from the colours of the sunset, here is the cake I designed and decorated using my first ever cake mix from Duff Goldman. I must say the cake is so moist and delicious! <strong>Check out the <a href="http://culinaryadventureswithjulie.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunset-cake.html" target="_hplink">Sunset Cake</a> </strong>

  • Lemon Meringue Tart

    <em>@delishmegish</em> Lemon and meringue in a buttery crust, could you ask for anything more delightful. <strong>Check out more of her creations at <a href="http://delishmegish.com/" target="_hplink">DelishMegish</a></strong>

  • Ricotta Cheese Cake

    <em>@MyMansBelly</em> She says: This really is a ricotta cheese cake, and not a ricotta cheesecake. The difference being, a Torta de Ricotta is an Italian cake with ricotta cheese as an ingredient in it. But it's still a cake with nice crumbs, like you would expect from a "regular" cake recipe. <strong>Get the <a href="http://mymansbelly.com/2012/03/05/torta-di-ricotta-ricotta-cheese-cake/" target="_hplink">Ricotta Cheese Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Chocolate Brownie Cake With Almond Buttercream And Mini Choc Madelaines

    <em>Emma Folkins, French Moderator, The Huffington Post</em> A cakey cookie atop of a brownie cupcake. Why don't we see more of this kind of decadent treat?

  • Raspberry-Topped Chocolate Cake

    <em>@dmrfinefoods</em> She says: After quite some time, here I am again sharing on one amazing recipe that will have bakers -- and eaters alike -- jumping for joy. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2010/06/chocolate_raspberry_layer_cake" target="_hplink">Raspberry-Topped Chocolate Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Dulce De Leche Cake With Slivered Almonds

    <em>Julie R. Thomson, Associate Editor HuffPost/Kitchen Daily</em> Dulce de leche is good on almost anything, but it is particularly tasty atop a moist, freshly baked cake. Top with sliced almonds for a nice crunch. <strong>Get the <a href="http://theavocadopit.blogspot.com/2010/11/dulce-de-leche-cake-with-slivered.html" target="_hplink">Dulce de Leche Cake with Slivered Almonds</a> recipe</strong>

  • Super Bowl Cake

    <em>Deborah Levin, Mother of Sydney Levin, Senior Editor, The Huffington Post</em> Fun super bowl cake! This was a big hit. It's made up of: Duncan Hines Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix Dyed shaved coconut green for the grass Chocolate icing Mini chocolate kisses White cake decorating icing for football lace Blue and red cake decorating gel for NY Giants logo

  • Coconut Cake

    <em>Amanda Heckert, Kitchen Daily Intern at The Huffington Post </em> Coconut cake is a rich dessert that often gets forgotten about with the abundant chocolate options. But, with one bite, you'll wonder why you don't eat it more often.

  • Blackberry Brown Sugar Cake With Marshmallow Buttercream

    <em>Kristen Aiken/Senior Editor, HuffPost Kitchen Daily</em> Blackberries in season for such a small window, they definitely deserve to be the star ingredient on this small cake. <strong>Recipe from September 2006 issue of Gourmet. <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Blackberry-Brown-Sugar-Cake-235771" target="_blank"><b>Click here for the recipe</a></b>. </strong>

  • Tres Leches Cakes

    <em>Joseph Erdos, Associate Editor HuffPost/Kitchen Daily</em> One of the most popular Mexican desserts is tres leches cake, a sponge cake made of three types of milk, hence the name. Sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream make up this incredibly sweet cake. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2011/05/tres-leches-cake.html" target="_hplink">Tres Leches Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Upside Down Cranberry Cake

    <em>Amanda Heckert, Intern at HuffPost/Kitchen Daily </em> Move over pumpkin pie, this cranberry upside down cake just might be the thing to serve at this year's Thanksgiving. <strong>Get the <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/11/upside-down-cranberry-cake/" target="_hplink">Upside Down Cranberry Cake</a> recipe at Smitten Kitchen</strong>

  • Banana Caramel Cake With Mascarpone Frosting

    <em>Kristen Aiken, Senior Editor/HuffPost Kitchen Daily</em> When bananas are cooked, they become even sweeter than normal so they make a natural addition to a frosted cake. <strong>Recipe from <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewarts-Baking-Handbook-Stewart/dp/0307236722/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1331153785&sr=1-1" target="_blank">Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook</a> </strong>

  • American Flag Cake

    <em>Emma Folkins, French Moderator, The Huffington Post</em> What better for a fourth of July celebration than an American flag cake. Topped with raspberries and blueberries, it is also a great celebration of Summer.

  • Lemon-Yogurt Tea Cake

    <em>Alison Spiegel, Associate Editor for Blog Team,The Huffington Post </em> For a light refreshing midday cake, this lemon-yogurt cake will hit the spot. Recipe below. The Cake 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting 1/2 cup almond flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt 1 cup sugar 3 eggs 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon lemon zest juice from 1 lemon The Icing 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 lemon, seeds removed, thinly sliced 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon low-fat plain yogurt Directions Cake: - Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush an 8-inch Bunt pan with oil and dust with flour. - Mix together flours, baking powder, and salt. - In a separate bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs together.. Add oil, yogurt, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. - Add dry ingredients to wet ones and mix just until smooth (being careful not to over-mix). - Pour batter into prepared pan. - Bake until golden brown and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, about 45 minutes. - Let cake cool completely in pan before transferring. Icing: - Bring sugar and 1/2 cup water to a boil. Add lemon slices and gently simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until rind is transparent. - Remove from heat, drain and let cool. - Whisk together confectioners' sugar, oil, yogurt and 2 teaspoons of the boiling lemon-sugar-water. - Spoon topping over cake and top with drained lemon slices.

  • Valentine's Day Cake

    <em>@CulinaryJulie</em> A heart-shaped treat to celebrate the day of love. <strong>Check out the <a href="http://culinaryadventureswithjulie.blogspot.com/2012/02/for-love-of-cake.html" target="_hplink">Valentine's Day Cake</a> </strong>

  • Sachertorte

    <em>Joseph Erdos, Associate Editor HuffPost/Kitchen Daily</em> He says: The cake was invented by Franz Sacher and is now rightfully served at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna. Sachertortes are famously available through mail order, but I find it is actually a rather easy cake to make at home. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2009/05/sachertorte.html" target="_hplink">Sachertorte</a> recipe</strong>

  • Neon Rainbow Cake

    <em>Carolyn Gregoire, Associate Editor at Teen, The Huffington Post</em> She says: I used this recipe, and substituted neon for regular food coloring. <strong>Get the <a href="http://justjennrecipes.com/rainbow-cake-how-to/2010/01/18/" target="_hplink">Neon Rainbow Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Victoria Sandwich Butterfly Cakes

    <em>@chowandchatter</em> With the shape of a butterfly in mind, these sweet treats are that much sweeter. <strong>Check out more <a href="http://www.chowandchatter.com/" target="_hplink">Chow and Chatter</a> recipes</strong>

  • Raspberry And White Chocolate Trifle Flag Cake

    <em>Joseph Erdos, Associate Editor, HuffPost/Kitchen Daily</em> This recipe is a twist on trifle, the classic British no-bake dessert, but assembled like an Italian tiramisu. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gastronomersguide.com/2010/06/raspberry-and-white-chocolate-trifle.html" target="_hplink">Raspberry and White Chocolate Trifle Flag Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Carrot Cake With Toasted Walnuts

    <em>@dmrfinefoods</em> She says: Here's my Carrot Cake crowned with toasted walnuts! <strong>Check out the blog for more <a href="http://dmrfinefoods.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">D.M.R. Fine Foods</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pear Pecan Crunch Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Amy_Bale"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Amy_Bale">Amy Bale</a>:<br />Topped with caramelized pears, fresh whipped cream, a dash of cinnamon and orange zest.

  • My Pastel Birthday Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/huffrum"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/huffrum">huffrum</a>:<br />

  • "wicker" blueberry basket

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka">jpfmtka</a>:<br />

  • Blueberry ""basket"

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka">jpfmtka</a>:<br />

  • Apple Pan Dowdy Midwest USA (Family Recipe)

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/susankhbelen"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://i.huffpost.com/profiles/363686-tiny.png?20110915164018" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/susankhbelen">susankhbelen</a>:<br />This is Apple Pan Dowdy recipe from my Grandmother to Mom to Me. It is delicious!

  • Flourless Chocolate Cayenne Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sarah_Spigelman"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/10132035/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Sarah_Spigelman">Sarah Spigelman</a>:<br />This cake uses a combination of chocolate, butter, and cayenne pepper to create a rich dessert with an unexpected kick!

  • Rainbow Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Belle_Boom"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/2909110.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Belle_Boom">Belle Boom</a>:<br />From the outside it's just your average cake, but inside? Eight layers of color!

  • Busy Bee Birthday Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Belle_Boom"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://images.huffingtonpost.com/google_profile_img/2909110.png" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Belle_Boom">Belle Boom</a>:<br />Yes, those are marzipan bees and flowers on a honey lemon cake. No, I am not entirely sane.

  • Elmo Birthday Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Sue_Lee"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1578440310/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Sue_Lee">Karen Sue Lee</a>:<br />My first cake :)

  • Noah's Ark Baby Shower Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Sue_Lee"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1578440310/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Sue_Lee">Karen Sue Lee</a>:<br />

  • Bunny Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Sue_Lee"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/1578440310/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Karen_Sue_Lee">Karen Sue Lee</a>:<br />An Easter tradition

  • My Spring Time Lemon Cake with Fresh Lemon Curd Filling

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/vintagegirl2510"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/vintagegirl2510">vintagegirl2510</a>:<br />Perfect for Easter, light & refreshingly tart.

  • Devilish Candy Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AngieGarrett"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/50304441/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/AngieGarrett">AngieGarrett</a>:<br />Devil's food cake, soaked with Irish Cream, Nutella filling, buttercream frosting, chocolate chips pressed into the sides, and chopped candy bars on top with an Oreo fudge drizzle.

  • Vertical Layer Rose Cake by iambaker.net

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/manda2177"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/manda2177">manda2177</a>:<br />Beautiful rosettes cover this sweet vertical layer strawberry and chocolate cake! iambaker.net

  • My Pastel Birthday Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/huffrum"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/huffrum">huffrum</a>:<br />

  • Lemon ‘Meringue’ Poke Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ohbiteit"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ohbiteit">ohbiteit</a>:<br />This cake offers all the amazing freshness and lemony loveliness of a classic Lemon Meringue Pie, with no egg separating, no boiling, no whipping, no puddles of wetness and no hoping that it turns out right! :)

  • Lemon ‘Meringue’ Poke Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ohbiteit"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ohbiteit">ohbiteit</a>:<br />This cake offers all the amazing freshness and lemony loveliness of a classic Lemon Meringue Pie, with no egg separating, no boiling, no whipping, no puddles of wetness and no hoping that it turns out right! :)

  • Fresh blueberry "wicker" basket

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka">jpfmtka</a>:<br />

  • Happy Easter!

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka">jpfmtka</a>:<br />

  • Happy Easter

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka">jpfmtka</a>:<br />

  • Springtime

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jpfmtka">jpfmtka</a>:<br />

  • French Vanilla Butter Cake With Raspberry Filling Vanilla Buttercream Frosting And Bittersweet Ganache

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba">jo jo ba</a>:<br />This was what my mom and I came up with for this year's birthday bash... it's vanilla to the max, but the cake itself is not super sweet - we left that for the decadent filling, frosting and ganache!

  • Never Enough Nuts Filbert Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba">jo jo ba</a>:<br />The quintuple hazelnut chocolate cake I made for my then-boyfriend's 22nd birthday - looked (and tasted apparently) just like a Ferrero Rocher. http://yummysmells.blogspot.com/2009/07/least-i-could-do.html

  • Chocolate Fudge Kahlua Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba">jo jo ba</a>:<br />I made this cake for my Psych prof, who was looking for a great way to surprise his coffee loving wife. Decorated with simple buttercream flowers and lettering, as well as silver dragees and ringed on the bottom with chocolate covered expresso beans. http://yummysmells.blogspot.com/2009/07/like-caffeine-and-booze-for-chocolate.html

  • Banana Chocolate Marble Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://s.huffpost.com/images/profile/user_placeholder.gif" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/jo_jo_ba">jo jo ba</a>:<br />This was the cake I was asked to make for an office anniversary / going away party: chocolate fudge and banana marble, made with Greek yogurt, filled with peanut butter buttercream and frosted with an espresso fudge buttercream. yummysmells.blogspot.com/2009/05/finding-my-marbles.html

  • Apple Almond Loaf with Raisin Cream Chesse Frosting

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eddie_Cordero"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100001735424157/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eddie_Cordero">Eddie Cordero</a>:<br />

  • Cream Cheese Lemon Cake

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eddie_Cordero"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100001735424157/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Eddie_Cordero">Eddie Cordero</a>:<br />

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