Celebrating a birthday? Hosting the holidays? Craving a little something sweet because, quite frankly, it’s been a tough Tuesday and you deserve it? Point being, never are we without reason to indulge in cake. The baked confection is the pick-me-up of all pick-me-ups that promises to deliver comfort to our taste buds no matter the occasion. In honour of National Cake Day, we’ve rounded up 12 much-loved seasonal recipes that you can bake every single month this year. So pull out your stand mixer – it’s time to treat yourself.
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Read on to sink your teeth into each one of these beloved recipes, and learn how to bake them from scratch.
January: Rich Beet Chocolate Cake
The first month of the year, when our cravings feel contradictory: start the New Year on a healthy note, or indulge in all things comforting to ward off the cold? This velvety rich chocolate cake, featuring cooked beets, is an ode to both of those impulses. Because balance is key, friends.
February: Pineapple Upside Down Cake
When you’re over winter but the snow keeps falling, bring the tropics to your kitchen with this classic pineapple upside-down cake. It’s super moist and flavourful, and only requires a few basic steps before popping the batter into the oven.
March: Spiced Blueberry Coffee Cake with Cornflake Crumbs
Come March, we begin to emerge from hibernation, ready to spice up our routine. This creative coffee cake is the baked version of that mindset. Still comforting thanks to classic spices like cinnamon and ginger, but with a fun cornflake topping that keeps things interesting.
April: Carrot and Pineapple Cake
Whether you celebrate Easter or not, carrot cake and April showers go hand in hand. For a classic recipe that will never let your taste buds down, try Ina Garten’s perfectly moist version studded with raisins, walnuts and pineapple, topped with a decadent cream cheese icing. See here for more crave-worthy carrot cake recipes!
May: Strawberry Poke Cake
As the weather turns warm, we can practically taste the sweetness of summer. This light and fluffy buttermilk cake, infused with strawberry and topped with the fresh, seasonal berries and whipped cream, is the perfect way to welcome sunnier days ahead. Good news: we have 50 more strawberry desserts you’ll love.
June: Black Forest Torte
Celebrate summer’s bounty with Anna Olson’s iconic black forest cake, which features delicate layers of seasonal cherries. Combined with a chocolate chiffon base, whipped ganache glaze and whipped cream frosting, it’s the cake of the summer that guests won’t soon forget.
July: Lemon and Raspberry Pound Cake
Raspberries, little summer gems, paired with the tangy taste of lemon, star in this ultra-moist pound cake by Ree Drummond. Pair with vanilla ice cream, and voila! – your new favourite al fresco dessert is served.
August: Plum Cake Tatin
Stone fruits, like plums, apricots and peaches, are late-summer delicacies that deserve to be celebrated in all their tastiest forms. Start with Ina Garten’s show-stopping pastry, where plums are caramelized in water and sugar before topping the tart and being baked to perfection. Drool.
October: Chocolate Pumpkin Piecaken
One look at this decadent, pie-within-a-cake creation and all we want to do is grab a fork and dive right in. To make from scratch, start with pre-made pumpkin pie, and cover it in homemade chocolatey cake batter. Alas, it’s way easier than it looks to bake, and just as rich and delicious. Want more? These 40+ pumpkin desserts are here to satisfy.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Pumpkin Piecaken