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08/01/2013 08:57 am ET | Updated Oct 01, 2013

The Best Cakes, In Order (PHOTOS)

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We can tell we are a mostly civilized society because we have cake. Cake can be temperamental, the ingredients need to be measured, its consistency is affected by humidity and then there is the question of frosting the thing. It takes patience, resolve, a desire to light people's eyes up with spectacle. What we are getting at is that cake is special.

But, hierarchy applies to everything, and some cakes are more special than others. Some cakes are not special. Some cakes, like the ones at the very, very end of this list are blights upon other cakes. So now, for humanity and science, we bring you the best cakes, in order from worst to best.

25. Kwanzaa Cake

This cake needs to die. This cake is the anti-cake. This cake makes us wonder if any other cakes should ever have been baked.

24. Rainbow Cake
rainbow cake

23. German Chocolate Cake
german chocolate cake

22. Fruitcake
fruitcake

21. Black Forest Cake
black forest cake

20. Tres Leches Cake
tres leches cake

19. King Cake
king cake
Love the tradition, hate the dry, sugary reality.

18. Red Velvet Cake
red velvet cake
Guys, listen closely, we only want to say this one more time: IT. IS. JUST. FOOD COLORING.

17. Angel Food Cake
angel food cake

16. Jelly Roll Cake
jelly roll cake

15. Almond Cake
almond cake

14. Pineapple Upside Down Cake
pineapple upside down cake
This cake is America. Deal with it.

13. Chocolate Cake
chocolate layer cake
This cake is boring. Deal with it.

12. Vanilla Cake
vanilla cake
Yep, even more boring than vanilla cake. Deal with it.

11. Apple Cake
apple cake

10. Funfetti Cake
funfetti

9. Molten Chocolate Cake
molten chocolate cake

8. Flourless Chocolate Cake
flourless chocolate cake

7. Buche de Noel
buche de noel

6. Pound Cake
pound cake

5. Carrot Cake
best cake

4. Coffee Cake
crumb cake
Breakfast cake? Yes, we think so.

3. Coconut Cake
coconut cake

2. Olive Oil Cake
olive oil cake

1. Devil's Food Cake
devils food cake

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