By Woman and Home published
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
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
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
This raspberry buttermilk cake is a fabulous wheat-free cake that's perfect for special occasions! Taken from Wholefood Baking.
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
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
This impressive ginger and pecan cake recipe is delicious with or without the pecan brittle on top.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Our lemon and almond cake with Amaretto is moist, zesty and definitely eye-catching. Perfect for a celebration.
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
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
Who could resist a slice of this showstopping frosted peach and coconut cake with white chocolate cream cheese icing?
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.
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
We love the combination of flavours in this chocolate cake with passion fruit and lime. Citrussy and sweet, it's a real dream!
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.
Christmas Cake Tray Bake
For a quick and easy alternative to Christmas cake, try out this Christmas Cake Tray Bake. It's packed with all the delicious fruit you'd expect and is so quick!
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