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21 Birthday Cake Recipe Ideas

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Is there anything that screams “birthday” more than cake?

Help celebrate a special boy in your life with one of these cakes from our roundup of 21 boy birthday cake recipes! If you aren’t already drooling, you will be soon.

I’m dying to try the chocolate and peanut butter drip cake.  And I wouldn’t turn down the chocolate raspberry mousse or Ferrero Rocher cakes.  Which looks the most delicious to you?

(Psst, take a peek at these birthday cake ideas for even more inspiration!)

Birthday Cake Recipe Ideas


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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake

1. Chocolate and Peanut Butter Drip Cake

From I Say Nomato

One of life’s simplest pleasures is a good ol’ chocolate cake. Towering rounds of decadent chocolate fudge layered with smooth sweet cocoa buttercream…

This chocolate and peanut butter drip cake is completely sinful.

With smooth peanut butter buttercream and a moist, rich chocolate cake topped with MORE chocolate and peanut butter cups, it is hard to say no to a slice of this.

Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

2. Cake Batter Fudge Brownie Ice Cream Cake

From Life, Love and Sugar

This cake batter fudge brownie ice cream cake combines many favorite things including funfetti cake batter, rich chocolate brownies, fudge sauce, and ice cream.

It is a wonderful combination of flavors and textures that should definitely be on your must make list.

I love the smooth, creamy cake batter ice cream paired with chewy brownies. And brownies work so well as layers in an ice cream cake.

Chocolate Chocolate Cake

3. Chocolate Chocolate Cake

From The First Year

Chocolate is always the main ingredient in my everyday baking, especially close to the holidays.

What better way to kick off the season than with this chocolate chocolate cake. That’s four times the chocolate.

Rounds of chocolate cake are layered with chocolate buttercream and then topped with rich chocolate ganache and chocolate shards.

This chocolate cake is the perfect cake to pair with a tall glass of milk.

Oreo Overload Cake

4. Oreo Overload Cake

From The Domestic Rebel

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

This Oreo Overload Cake is total insanity with layers of rich chocolate cake smothered with Oreo cookies in the batter, frosting, and topping.

If you are an Oreo fan you will flip for this cake. It is super moist, sweet but not cloyingly so, and smothered in lots of cookies and chocolate.

This decadent cake is sure to cure any chocolate cookie cravings.

Five Layer Birthday Cake

5. Five Layer Birthday Cake

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Five layers of decadent flavors and rich cake make this five layer birthday cake the ultimate way to celebrate another year.

The recipe is totally flexible, so you can adjust it to the birthday boy or girl’s favorite flavors.

This version has two layers of rich chocolate cake, two layers of sweet vanilla cake, and one tasty chocolate chip cookie dough layer.

Layer with your favorite icing then drizzle with caramel sauce for a special dessert.

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Sauce

6. Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting and Caramel Sauce

From Spaceships and Laser Beams

Brace yourselves. This yummy carrot cake only takes 30 minutes to whip together, so you will probably be making it over and over again.

I am going to be dreaming of this delicious dessert that also features cream cheese frosting and caramel sauce.

The simple recipe offers an incredibly, moist cake from scratch along with a creamy cream cheese frosting that just won’t quit.

Fresh Cherry Cake with Chocolate Ganache

7. Fresh Cherry Cake with Chocolate Ganache

From The First Year

Cherry and chocolate has to be one of the most delicious flavor combinations out there.

They are the dynamic duo of the baking world and this Fresh Cherry Cake with Chocolate Ganache is no exception.

Two thick layers of fluffy white cake are topped with a fresh cherry buttercream and rich chocolate ganache.

Some mini chocolate chips and fresh whole cherries make the perfect garnish. Also make sure to check out this blogger’s secret for easily pitting cherries.

Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake

8. Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake

From Domestic Gothess

Imagine four layers of moist chocolate fudge cake filled with salted caramel swiss meringue buttercream, topped with whipped chocolate ganache and a hefty helping of salted caramel drizzle.

Is your mouth watering yet?

This Salted Caramel Chocolate Fudge Cake is pure decadence and looks super impressive at any sort of celebration. Homemade salted caramel sauce only adds to the indulgence.

Birthday Chocolate Mousse Cake+

9. Birthday Chocolate Mousse Cake

From Cooking with Lol

Calling all chocoholics! This Birthday Chocolate Mousse Cake is one of the most decadent chocolate cakes ever and is sure to satisfy even the biggest chocolate craving.

The incredibly rich and delicious chocolate mousse cake is made with creamy Greek yogurt, instant coffee, and the perfect amount of cocoa chocolate cream.

A tall slice of this cake is just what you need to celebrate your special day.

Chocolate Oreo Cake

10. Chocolate Oreo Cake

From Life, Love and Sugar

Oreos have been one of my favorite cookies forever, so when I saw this Chocolate Oreo Cake I knew I had to add it to my list of must-make desserts.

The cake layers are made with the moistest cake you will ever try and then the Oreo cookies come in with the icing.

A whole pack of crushed up Oreo cookies are mixed into fluffy vanilla buttercream to make sure there are plenty of Oreos is each and every bite.

Mint Cookies N Cream Cake

11. Mint Cookies N Cream Cake

From The Cake Blog

Cookies and cream anything is pretty hard to resist. From ice cream to cheesecake, it is definitely one of my biggest weaknesses.

This Mint Cookies and Cream Cake looks absolutely delicious with mint buttercream sandwiched between cookie-studded cake, smothered with mint Oreo frosting, and topped with drippy chocolate ganache.

You just can’t help but smile while you eat a big slice of this tasty dessert.

Caramel Rocky Road Cake

12. Caramel Rocky Road Cake

From Taming Twins

Rocky road is a favorite flavor across the globe. Decadent milk chocolate just pairs so perfectly with fluffy marshmallows and rich caramel sauce.

This Caramel Rocky Road Cake is a chocolate dream of layered chocolate fudge cake with rocky road delights and dribbling caramel.

It may take a little longer to make than your average boxed cake, but it is certainly worth it.

Make sure you serve this cake with a big glass of milk.

S'mores Cake Recipe

13. S’mores Cake Recipe

From Pink When

Just the thought of s’mores takes me back to summers spent by the campfire with family and friends.

Take a fun spin on the original sticky treat with this easy and super delicious recipe for S’mores Cake.

A plain yellow cake from a boxed mix is doctored up with a thick layer of Hershey’s chocolate frosting, a sprinkle of crushed of graham crackers, oven toasted mini marshmallows, and Hershey’s chocolate bars.

Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting

14. Banana Cake with Caramel Frosting

From DIY Food Blog

Peanut Butter Cup Chocoalte Cake

15. Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake

From Kevin and Amanda

This cake is just the one for any chocolate peanut butter cup lovers in your life. Amanda went all out with one.

Three tall layers of rich and fudgy chocolate cake are topped with a silky peanut butter frosting loaded with flavor.

To top it all off, she coated the whole cake with chopped up pieces of Reese’s peanut butter cups.

This divinely delicious chocolate peanut cake is loaded with two whole bags of peanut butter cups.

Andes Mint Cake

16. Andes Mint Cake

From Your Cup of Cake

Mint cake topped with chocolate ganache and Andes Mints looks like heaven, eight? Oh yes. And you will never believe how easy it is to decorate and make.

A box of devil’s food cake mix is taken up a notch with green minty cream filling, heaps of pressed in Andes mint chocolates, and a deliciously rich drizzle of chocolate ganache.

Top the cake with some more chopped up bits of Andes mint chocolates for the perfect dessert.

Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

17. Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake

From OMG Chocolate Desserts

When my mind wanders to cakes, the first ingredient that comes to mind is chocolate.

The classic cake flavor is definitely a flavor worldwide and the only thing better than a chocolate cake is this triple chocolate mousse cake.

We are talking three amazing layers of the most decadent chocolate cake out there.

A rich chocolate cake base is topped with a middle layer made with heavy cream and semisweet chocolate chips and a top layer of white chocolate.

Foreero Rocher Cake

18. Ferrero Rocher Cake

From Let the Baking Begin

Still haven’t decided what to make for your birthday dessert?

How about you give this amazing Ferrero Rocher Cake a try.

Each cake layer is made of hazelnut sponge cake layered with rich Nutella and Chocolate Buttercream with crispy wafers in between each layer to add an amazing bit of crunch.

It will remind you just of the wafer shell in the Ferrero Rocher candy.

Best Chocolate Cake Recipe

19. The Best Chocolate Cake

From Chef Savvy

Celebrate your next birthday or holiday with this amazing chocolate cake with the creamiest chocolate buttercream frosting.

Super moist, chocolatey, and soft this cake is the perfect go-to recipe for parties, birthdays, or just because.

A strong cup of fresh brewed coffee is the secret ingredient that brings out the chocolate flavor in the cake.

The chocolate buttercream frosting is fluffy and rich with just the right amount of sweetness.

Pinata Cake

20. Pinata Cake Tutorial

From A Treats Affair

Have a birthday party coming up? Surprise your guests when you cut into the birthday cake and a stream of colorful candy spills out just like a piñata.

A buttery cake is layered with a thick cream cheese frosting, dotted with M&M’s baking bits, and filled with plenty more M&M’s for a double birthday surprise.

Birthday guests of honor love this cake, young and old. Let the celebration begin.

Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

21. Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake

From Sugar Hero

Change up your typical birthday cake a little bit and say goodbye to the last of the summer berries with this stunning Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake.

It has a moist and fudgy brownie case topped with three layers of light mousse- chocolate, raspberry, and vanilla.

The whole thing is drizzled with a glossy topping of chocolate and a tangle of fresh raspberries and chocolate curls. I am ready to dig in.

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.