birthday cake flavorsby Info Guru Aurora LaJambre

Eating a tasty slice of cake on your birthday is a basic human right.

Whether sprinkled with funfetti or topped with glorious swirls of frosting and berries, a few bites of sweet perfection will start your year off memorably.

These ten favorite birthday cake flavors range from rich classics to tropical delights.

10. Yellow with fudge

Yellow with fudge

On this day of nostalgia, you can’t beat the most classic birthday cake choice of all – moist yellow with dark chocolate fudge frosting. Some people like things simple and this is it, but you can also jazz it up with sprinkles on top and toasted coconut or nut slivers on the side.

9. Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake

Lucky ducks born in spring or summer get to have their strawberry shortcake and eat it, too. Who can possibly resist this fruit filled delight? Crown it with sparkly candles then hurry up and make a wish before your guests chow down.

8. Pecan


If your sweetheart is from the south, a Texas pecan cake made from honey batter with cherries and dates offers a genuine slice of home. No icing required in this wholesome treat. This can be a tricky one to make and not the sort of that comes in a box. Consider ordering it special!

7. Carrot


What’s not to love about this warm, spiced flavor made from delicious pantry staples like plump raisins, chopped walnuts and smooth cream cheese frosting? This one goes great with coffee, wine or party punch. On the plate, the contrast of orange cake and stark white topping looks almost too perfect to eat, but don’t let that stop you. Dig in!

6. Red velvet

Red velvet

This southern dessert has taken the party world by storm and it’s easy to see (and taste) why. Red velvet is strikingly lovely. Then the bright white whipped cream (or cream cheese) frosting sends every bite over the top. This one sings “you are special”.

5. Coconut


This old fashioned recipe is as moist, rich and satisfying as ever. This is one of the favorite birthday cake flavors you can enjoy whether your birthday falls on a cool fall day or with the first blossoms of spring. Use fresh or canned coconut water and make it your own with some toasted coconut flakes.

4. Vanilla


This is a special day. Yet with all the flavors to choose from, many go with vanilla. Why? Because it’s good and sometimes you just want something light that goes well with perfectly brewed English tea. Vanilla is an all-season flavor, too. Top it with fresh berries, chocolate sauce, refreshing ice cream or a warm caramel sauce. It’s true, vanilla can do no wrong.

3. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate

Would you like some chocolate with your chocolate? Well, you’re not the only one. This is decadence in overdrive and that’s okay because, hey, it’s your birthday! Drizzle warm ganache on top and savor the fudgy magic once it sets.

2. Boozy


For the 21+ birthday guys and gals, a little booze in the batter is sort of a no-brainer. And with so many different syrups and liqueurs, the possibilities of desserts with alcohol are endless. Try a lemon honey slice drizzled with vanilla vodka syrup or banana cupcakes with a dollop of whipped cream on top and bourbon butterscotch inside. Happy birthday, indeed.

1. Black forest

Black forest

This divine German treat is among the most favorite birthday cake flavors for good reason. Between four layers of chocolate cake, layer infused cherries and whipped cream. Sounds simple enough and the results are outstanding. The traditional topping of smooth whipped cream, fresh cherries and chocolate shavings make this fun and easy to decorate.