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Celebration Cake Recipes
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Celebration cake recipes that are perfect for a special occasion, from Victoria sponge variations to multi-tiered fruit or chocolate cakes. Celebrate in style with the best of our celebration cake recipes

Celebration cake recipes are perfect for birthdays, special occasions and parties - whether you're after a classic Victoria sponge or a more elaborate layer cake - we've got plenty of recipes for you to choose from. These stunning celebration cakes taste as good as they look and they'll make any occasion extra special.

Whether you're baking for a birthday, entertaining friends outside, having the family over for a special lunch or looking for a bake that you can take to a party, we've rounded up the best show-stopping cakes that everyone will love.

Soft, sweet and perfumed, this whimsical cardamom rose and rhubarb cake (pictured) should be made with a tangy rhubarb jam to cut through the sweetness of the sponge and cream filling. Decorated with roses, it really is a thing of beauty, and what's even better is it tastes just as delightful as it looks.

We have plenty of recipes to suit everyone. It doesn't matter if you're a novice or a seasoned baker, you'll find a recipe that suits both you and the occasion. If you're a less confident baker, try our strawberry and lemon triple layer cake. Although it looks really elaborate and time consuming, it's surprisingly easy to make.

If you're looking for more cake inspiration, have a look through our cake recipes collection for more ideas!

If you want to try your hand at something a little more involved, why not give our salted caramel and hazelnut cake a go - it's a really sophisticated cake that takes a bit more skill to get just right, but it truly is worth the effort. Alternatively for something a bit more summery, our rose petal cake is really eye-catching thanks to the beautiful buttercream icing that's done in different hues of pink.

Whatever the occasion that you're celebrating, we've got so many stunning celebration cakes for you to try that'll blow guests away. Multiple layers, stunning piping, delightful flavour combinations, and delicate decorating all come together for some of our best celebration cakes, so if you've got an occasion coming up, why not give one our recipes a go.

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Naked Celebration Cake

Naked Celebration Cake

Make this towering naked cake for a very special occasion. It's so worth the effort, layered with cream and strawberries and serves up to 30 so it can even work for a wedding.

Rose Petal Cake

Rose Petal Cake

It doesn't get more elegant than this rose petal cake. This is an absolute dream of a celebration cake and will leave guests speechless. 

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

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Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

This raspberry buttermilk cake is a fabulous wheat-free cake that's perfect for special occasions! Taken from Wholefood Baking.

Chocolate Guinness Cake

Chocolate Guinness Cake

This chocolate Guinness cake has a fantastic depth of flavour, and a wonderfully rich, moist texture and it looks really impressive too so it makes the perfect celebration cake. 

Pistachio and Lime Cake

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Pistachio and Lime Cake

This beautiful pistachio and lime cake is a pistachio-flavoured sponge soaked in a zesty lime syrup and layered with a lime cream frosting, lime curd and crunchy pistachio nuts. Delicious! Taken from The Clandestine Cake Club Cookbook.

Ginger and Pecan Cake

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Ginger and Pecan Cake

This impressive ginger and pecan cake recipe is delicious with or without the pecan brittle on top.

Chocolate Brownie Cake

Chocolate Brownie Cake

A big, brash American show-stopper, this chocolate brownie cake recipe is perfect for both adults and children.

Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Cake

Salted Caramel and Hazelnut Cake

This salted caramel and hazelnut cake features all our favourite flavours. It not only looks wonderfully elegant but it tastes delicious too, with flashes of salt that cut through its sweetness. 

Pecan Buttermilk Cake

Pecan Buttermilk Cake

We've made this pecan buttermilk cake recipe into a gluten-free version, but it's so delicious you'd never know!

Strawberry and Lemon Triple Layer Cake

Strawberry and Lemon Triple Layer Cake

This strawberry and lemon triple layer cake might look tricky and time-consuming, but it's actually very easy to assemble. Oh, and it tastes as good as it looks too!

Chocolate Malteser Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Malteser Cake with Malted Chocolate Frosting

We've taken the flavour of Maltesers and made it into this beautiful chocolate Malteser cake with malted chocolate frosting.

Pina Colada Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pina Colada Cake with Coconut Frosting

Inspired by our favourite retro cocktail, this pina colada cake with coconut frosting is perfect for a summery celebration, and the pineapple makes it beautifully moist.

Pistachio and Rose Water Cake

Pistachio and Rose Water Cake

Packed with the fragrances and flavours of the Middle East, our pistachio and rose water cake makes a really pretty centrepiece.

Orange and Poppy Seed Victoria Sponge

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Orange and Poppy Seed Victoria Sponge

A fresh variation on the traditional jam and cream, why not bake this orange & poppy seed Victoria sponge filled with marmalade?

Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte

Chocolate and Honeycomb Torte

Family and friends will enjoy tucking in to a slice of chocolate and honeycomb torte. It serves up to nineteen people, so it's great for when you're entertaining a big crowd, and if not there should be just about enough for seconds.

Miette Tomboy Cake

Miette Tomboy Cake

We can see why this tomboy cake is a Miette bakery favourite. The pink icing feels just right for a spring or summer celebration in particular.

Lemon and Almond Cake with Amaretto

Lemon and Almond Cake with Amaretto

Our lemon and almond cake with Amaretto is moist, zesty and definitely eye-catching. Perfect for a celebration.

Dairy Free Lemon Meringue Cake

Dairy Free Lemon Meringue Cake

If you're catering for someone who is dairy free, why not opt for this dairy free lemon meringue cake. It's so great that none of your guests will notice and yet everyone will be able to enjoy it. 

Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

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Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake

This chocolate fudge cake is a tried and tested favourite that never fails to impress. Just be warned that the topping sets fast, so smooth with a hot, wet palette knife if you need more time to get that decoration looking perfect.

Frosted Peach and Coconut Cake

Frosted Peach and Coconut Cake

Who could resist a slice of this showstopping frosted peach and coconut cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing?

Sticky Ginger and Treacle Cake

Sticky Ginger and Treacle Cake

Expect plenty of compliments when you present this show-off bake. This sticky ginger and treacle cake with rum and pecan praline is a real treat and it looks absolutely stunning decorated with the caramel shards.

Strawberry Charlotte

Strawberry Charlotte

What could be better for a summer celebration than a strawberry Charlotte! Everyone will be so impressed by this cake, it'll be well worth the time and effort you put in! 

Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit and Lime

Chocolate Cake with Passion Fruit and Lime

We love the combination of flavours in this chocolate cake with passion fruit and lime. Citrussy and sweet, it's a real dream! 

Fairy Cakes

Fairy Cakes

Our mini fairy cakes are ideal for a celebration if you don't fancy making a big, multi-tiered cake, and everyone can help themselves.