From simple Bundt cakes to extravagant layered tortes, find the perfect solution to your dinner party dessert dilemma with these top-rated cake recipes from baker extraordinaire, Anna Olson.
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Moist and creamy, this carrot cake is a light, refreshing dessert for almost any occasion. For even more variety, check out our most crave-worthy carrot cake recipes in every form.
Chai Layer Cake with Maple Meringue Frosting
For more advanced bakers, this layer cake pulls out all the stops. “Naked” or “half-nude” sides give the finished tower a contemporary vibe, as do the chai and maple flavours found within.
Luscious Lemon Coconut Cake
This cake combining tropical coconut and zippy lemon is cause for celebration itself, so don’t wait until the next birthday in your life to bake it up. Its sabayon buttercream offers something very different and very welcome to the classic layer cake.
Banana Toffee Cheesecake
Smooth, creamy banana cheesecake sits atop a sugar cookie crust in this show-stopping dessert. It’s topped with rich toffee and caramelized bananas.
Angel Food Cake
Light and fluffy, this angel food cake is the perfect dessert after a heavy meal. Serve with whipped cream and berries.
This intricate cake of Hungarian origin is made up of eight (yes, eight!) thin layers of sponge cake filled with chocolate buttercream and topped with a caramel fan.
Chocolate Swiss Roll
This jelly roll cake, a giant, homemade version of the childhood snack food, is not too sweet, super chocolaty and filled with a tangy cream cheese frosting.
Southern Lane Cake
This cake from the southern U.S. is a grand dessert, standing almost 10-inches tall. Three layers of vanilla cake are filled with a gooey caramel with pecans, coconut and candied peel, and then finished with a meringue frosting.
Blueberry Skyr Cheesecake
Thick Icelandic yogurt, skyr, is made into a creamy no-bake cheesecake that’s naturally high in protein and calcium. It is also gluten-free with a nut and date crust. This recipe is free of refined sugar, using maple syrup to sweeten everything up instead. Blueberries add drama and big flavour to this impressive dessert.
Mini Lemon Chiffon Cakes
This recipe makes 48 bite-sized lemon chiffon cakes — a perfect dessert that your loved ones won’t soon forget! Find more of Anna Olson’s very best cupcake recipes.
Mont Blanc Torte
This cake is meant to replicate snowcapped Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps, which borders France and Italy and makes a grand statement for dessert.
Biscotti Ricotta Cheesecake
Made with ricotta instead of traditional cream cheese, chocolate pistachio biscotti makes up the crust of this delectable cheesecake from Anna Olson.
Black Forest Torte
This combination of chocolate sponge cake, cherries and whipped cream may be a familiar one but in place of the often-dry chocolate Genoise sponge, a chocolate chiffon cake base offers the same airiness, but it is also moist and rich.
Sour Cream Pecan Coffee Cake
A scrumptious twist on the classic coffee cake, this moist cake is topped with a pecan streusel for some sugary crunch.
Classic Vanilla Birthday Cake with Caramel Pastry Cream
You can never go wrong with vanilla. However, it is the caramel pastry cream that is really the icing on this cake (pun intended)! The plain base makes it the perfect canvas for colourful fondant or fresh flowers.
Chocolate Berry Cake with Italian Buttercream
This delicious chocolate cake doesn’t skimp on the buttercream. Iced in an ombré petal style, it’s also a treat for the eyes.
Anna Olson’s Red Velvet Cake is Beyond Delicious
This decadent red velvet chocolate cake from Anna Olson is coated in a silky cream cheese frosting that’s also inserted in the middle for a tasty surprise.
Classic Devil’s Food Cake
This delicious cake meets the criteria of a classic devil’s food cake, with its dark, rich chocolatey flavour and delicate moist texture.
Elegant Gingerbread Layer Cake with Raspberries and Lemon Buttercream Frosting
Layers of spiced gingerbread, sweet and tart lemon buttercream frosting, and juicy raspberries create this elegant dessert that’s bound to impress any guest! Top with a layer of frosting and a circle of fresh raspberries.
Beautiful swirls of red encase this show-stopping dessert that combines a raspberry jelly roll cake filled with a smooth and creamy vanilla custard.
Butter Tart Coffee Cake
A moist cake bottom sitting beneath a perfectly gooey butter tart topping, this dessert-style coffee cake is just the ticket.
Brown Butter Cranberry Gingerbread Cakes with Brown Butter Caramel Sauce
Sweet, tart cranberries are paired with spiced warm gingerbread cake in a treat that’s perfect for winter. But the star of the show is the rich brown butter caramel sauce that glazes the dessert, and is soaked up by the spongy cake.
Classic Gingerbread Cake
Light, moist and bursting with ginger flavour, this classic gingerbread cake is the perfect holiday treat. Dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of whipped cream for a finishing touch.
Chocolate Swirl Cheesecakes
These individual cheesecakes from Anna Olson are filled with vanilla and chocolate mascarpone filling, with a crispy, cookie-like crust.
Strawberries and Cream Sponge Cake
A light sponge cake layered with a rich whipped cream and jam-covered strawberries gives this dessert a stunning look.
Rich Chocolate Mousse Cake
A decadent patisserie-style glazed mousse torte to enjoy for any occasion. One bite of this heavenly treat and you won’t be able to stop!
Key Lime Cheesecake
This tasty melding of two beloved desserts combines the tartness of key lime pie with the creaminess of rich cheesecake. For total dessert bliss, bake your way through our most excellent cheesecake recipes.
Individual Marble Bundt Cakes with Ganache Glaze
Next time you’re hosting afternoon tea, serve and enjoy these mouthwatering mini marble Bundt cakes dipped in decadent chocolate ganache.
Classic New York Cheesecake
You’ll instantly fall in love with this New York-style cheesecake that’s decadently rich in taste, but fluffy in texture.
Steamed Lemon Soufflé Cakes
Refresh your day with one of these delectable steam lemon souffle cakes, complimented with a serving of fruit.
Mini Cappuccino Cakes
These cute little cappuccino-flavoured cakes not only look amazing but are also amazingly delicious!
Hazelnut Dacquoise Torte
This decadent French dessert combines meringue and mousse to create a beautiful layered torte that can be prepared days in advance.
Chocolate Hazelnut Brioche Cake
This decadent cake with rich chocolate bread dough is laced with a sweet chocolate-hazelnut filling.
Lemon Berry Meringue Cakes with Bumbleberry Sauce
Feeling fruity? This tiny treat will hit the spot, loaded with mixed berries and exquisitely crafted to look and taste delicious.
Molten Centre Chocolate Cake
The most surprising thing about this molten chocolate cake isn’t its gooey, oozing centre — it’s the fact that this recipe happens to be flourless!
Italian Pine Nut Cake
This cake is dense, sweet and moist, almost like a blondie, but far more elegant and rich due to the pine nuts.
Warm Maple Almond Chiffon Cakes
These maple-flavoured cakes are really something special when served warm with a little chocolate ganache.
Classic Lemon Pound Cake
Whether served as a sweet brunch or for dessert after a big meal, this classic lemon pound cake will bring freshness to your table.
Warm Peanut Butter Cookie Cakes
These rich peanut butter cakes hold a delicious surprise — a warm, gooey caramel centre that oozes out when you dig in. A perfect make-ahead dessert for any party!
French Flourless Chocolate Torte
The secret to getting a proper crust on this rich and indulgent flourless chocolate dessert lies in a subtle splash of balsamic vinegar.
A French spin on the classic shortcake, this beauty is topped with a strawberry mousse and strawberry halves and has a gorgeous edging on the outside of the cake, too.
Almonds, pecans, berries, cherries and even candied ginger find their way into this amazing cake that is sure to delight the fruitcake lovers in your life.
Gateau St. Honoré
This classic French torte is almost too pretty to eat! A puff pastry base is topped with pastry cream and whipped cream, and surrounded by light-as-air profiteroles dipped in caramelized sugar.
Flourless Blood Orange Syrup Cake
Cornmeal and ground almonds give this cake great structure and a deliciously nutty texture, without the use of wheat flour.
Warm Chocolate Gingerbread Cookie Cakes
These individual flourless desserts are similar to a molten centre cake, but better. Tender gingerbread cookie encases a rich chocolate filling that, when baked and served warm, surprises each guest when they break through the crisp, cookie exterior.
Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Cake
What’s better than an ice cream sandwich? A huge cookies and cream ice cream cake that’s perfect for your next birthday celebration at home.
The combination of lavender honey ice cream and cake that is covered with meringue makes for one classic dessert. The key is keeping both cake and ice cream as cold as possible for the perfect hot-day treat.
Mini Chocolate Hazelnut Friands
Not only are these tiny French cakes full of nutty flavour, each petit four is treated to an irresistible chocolate ganache glaze.
Lemon Swiss Buttercream Hatbox Cake
Ready for a pretty retro-themed cake design? You’ll fall in love with this easy and colourful hatbox cake which uses rich Swiss buttercream frosting as the gorgeous ribbon.
Chocolate Orange Crepe Torte
This show-stopping dessert consists of three layers; thin, fluffy crêpes, orange cremeux (white chocolate and orange-infused whip) and velvety chocolate ganache. Top with candied orange slices before serving and you’ve got the perfect centrepiece.
Eton Mess Torte
Based on the Sans Rival Torte of the Philippines, Anna Olson’s version layers light, airy meringue with cream and fruit in this elegant dessert.
French Apple Charlotte
Encrusted in egg bread slices and filled with tender, juicy caramelized apples, this French version of apple pie is an ideal dessert if you’re looking to switch things up at your next dinner party.