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35 Amazing Birthday Cake Ideas

The best way to make someone's birthday the BEST BIRTHDAY EVER is to bake them a kick-ass cake. Here's how.

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2. Drop your cake from a foot above the counter before baking to bust any lurking air bubbles.


(Warning: Don't use this for delicate cakes leavened with egg whites, like sponge or angel food cakes, since they need those air bubbles to stay light.)

5. Use fruit purée to naturally tint cake batter pretty colors.

This pink (for Smitten's Pink Lady Cake) comes from strawberries. If you want a more noticeable color, you can amp it up a little with food coloring.


12. Use this color-by-number guide to make different frosting shades.

This handy chart from Food Network Magazine tells you how many drops of red, yellow, green, or blue to use to create each shade. Start with white frosting without vanilla added, since that can change the color.


33. ALERT ALERT ALERT there are balls of cookie dough inside this cake, which is also covered with cookies.

So much better than those "cookie cakes" people used to bring to school, like, who do you even think you're fooling, you stupid huge cookie. Get the recipe here.

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