21 Cake Ideas For Your Grandmother’s Birthday Party

Coconut Cream Cake
PHOTO: PHOTO: HECTOR SANCHEZ; STYLING: BUFFY HARGETT MILLER

Nothing says quality time like a box-full of recipes, a cloud of flour, and grandma by your side. Though many a Southern grandmother is gifted in the kitchen, we all have our own favorite recipes and memories from sun-filled Sundays learning to bake with the most patient of ladies. After all of those hours spent in the kitchen, it’s finally your time to shine.

Make grandma proud (and prove the baking gene is safe for another generation) by serving the perfect, homemade cake at her birthday bash. Whether you’ve collected your own box of handwritten favorites by now or not, we’ve got you covered. Shower your grandmother with love this birthday with one of our favorite, homemade cake recipes.

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Hummingbird Cake

Hummingbird Cake on a green cake stand
PHOTOGRAPHER: FRED HARDY II, FOOD STYLIST: EMILY NABORS HALL, PROPS STYLIST: CHRISTINA BROCKMAN

Recipe: Hummingbird Cake

If you’re looking for a confection that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser, look no further than this signature Southern dessert. A favorite among our readers for more than 40 years, this sweet is sure to make grandma smile.

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Devil’s Food Cake with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting and Ganache

Devil’s Food Cake with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting and Ganache
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL JONES

Recipe: Devil’s Food Cake with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting and Ganache

Although this cake starts with a boxed cake mix, the peanut butter frosting and chocolate ganache make it worthy of celebrating grandma.

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Classic Birthday Cake

Classic Birthday Cake
MICAH A. LEAL

Recipe: Classic Birthday Cake

The perfect go-to for a party, this sheet cake is an entertainer’s dream. Show grandma you know how to bake a sheet cake for a crowd with this birthday treat.

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Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Strawberry-Lemonade Cake
JEN CAUSEY

Recipe: Strawberry-Lemonade Cake

Pretty in pink, this cake packs in layers of love filled with the flavors of sweet strawberries and tangy lemons.

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Chocolate Bundt Cake

Chocolate Bundt Cake
PHOTO: ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: TORIE COX; PROP STYLING: KAY E. CLARKE

Recipe: Chocolate Bundt Cake

An old-fashioned favorite that’s never gone out of style, a Bundt cake is sure to delight at any birthday party.

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Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake
SOUTHERN LIVING

Recipe: Caramel-Frosted Pound Cake

Think of this cake as a combination of two classics, caramel cake and pound cake.

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Blueberry-Lemon Cake

Blueberry-Lemon Cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

Recipe: Blueberry-Lemon Cake

Fresh blueberries give the icing for the cake a beautiful color. Plus, there’s plenty more blueberries packed into each layer of the cake.

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Yellow Cake with Malted Chocolate Buttercream

Yellow Cake with Malted Chocolate Buttercream
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL JONES

Recipe: Yellow Cake with Malted Chocolate Buttercream

Homemade frosting helps turn a boxed mix into a pretty layer cake. You can ice the whole cake or use a piping bag to create a pretty flower design as pictured.

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Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake
ALISON MIKSCH; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL; FOOD STYLING: MARY-CLAIRE BRITTON

Recipe: Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

If you’ve never made a cake with mayonnaise, just trust us on this one.

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Cookies and Cream Cake

cookies and cream cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: ALI RAMEE; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KELLY

Recipe: Cookies and Cream Cake

If grandma loves cookies, treat her to this decadent recipe that turns them into an over-the-top layer cake.

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Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake
CAITLIN BENSEL, FOOD STYLING: MARGARET DICKEY, PROP STYLING: KAY E CLARKE

Recipe: Glazed Buttermilk Donut Cake

A brunch celebration should still end with cake and this donut-inspired cake in the perfect final course.

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Coconut Cream Cake

Coconut Cream Cake
PHOTO: HECTOR SANCHEZ; STYLING: BUFFY HARGETT MILLER

Recipe: Coconut Cream Cake

This cake may be more time intensive than the usual cake you whip up, but we think grandma is worth spending a little extra time in the kitchen.

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Chocolate Marble Cake

Chocolate Marble Cake
GREG DUPREE; FOOD STYLING: RISHON HANNERS; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KEELY

Recipe: Chocolate Marble Cake

If you can’t decided between vanilla or chocolate cake, get the best of both with this marble cake.

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Pink Champagne Cake

pink champagne cake
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: ALI RAMEE; PROP STYLING: CHRISTINE KELLY

Recipe: Pink Champagne Cake

Toast all that grandma means to your family with this pretty pink cake.

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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting
VICTOR PROTASIO; FOOD STYLING: RISHON HANNERS; PROP STYLING: AUDREY DAVIS

Recipe: German Chocolate Cake

Impress grandma by whipping up a homemade version of this classic cake.

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Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting
ANTONIS ACHILLEOS; FOOD STYLING: EMILY NABORS HALL; PROP STYLING: MARY CLAYTON CARL JONES

Recipe: Red Velvet Cake with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting

If red velvet is her cake flavor of choice, this elegant layer cake is sure to impress.

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Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes
HECTOR SANCHEZ

Recipe: Petite Blueberry Cheesecakes

Party guests will love these luscious little two-bite treats. As pretty as they are tasty, you can make these miniature cakes your own creation by topping with any kind of berry or preserves.

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Lemon Bar Cake

Lemon Bar Cake
JENNIFER DAVICK

Recipe: Lemon Bar Cake

Put the slow cooker to work for this simple citrus sweet that’s a breeze to make. Served warm or cooled, this sweet cake can be topped with Candied Lemon Slices for an extra treat.

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Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Banana Pudding Cheesecake
JENNIFER DAVICK

Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake

Two of our favorite desserts come together to create a creamy blend of cheesecake and fresh bananas in this party-perfect recipe.

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Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze
HECTOR MANUEL SANCHEZ

Recipe: Lemon-Vanilla Pound Cake with Lavender Glaze

Pound cakes have been a favorite of Southern bakers for generations. Keep the tradition alive with this delicious treat full of springtime flavor.

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Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

Recipe: Cranberry Upside-Down Cake

The easiest take on an upside-down cake we’ve seen yet, this simple slow cooker dessert packs in the cranberries.