20 Great Birthday Cakes

Yellow Cake with Fudge Icing

Yellow Cake with Fudge Icing

The key to making this cake's rich icing is to stir it vigorously once it has cooled to the proper temperature.Todd Coleman

Everyone deserves a homemade cake on their birthday, and nothing feels quite as special as a big, over-the-top butter and sugar confection topped with piles of fluffy frosting and crowned with a ring of candles. Whether your lucky recipient's taste tends toward a classic buttery yellow cake, dense chocolate layers, or tropical flavors, one of these 20 tempting recipes should do the trick.