Birthday Recipes

Grab your party hat! Everything you need to plan the best party is right here, from photo-worthy birthday cake recipes (or the best cakes from stores, if that’s your thing) to extra-special birthday dinner ideas.

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    Vanilla Frosting

    Don't know how to make icing for cake but don't want to settle for store-bought frosting? This four-ingredient easy vanilla...


    Pumpkin Brownies

    Chocolate and pumpkin pair up to make a family-favorite fall dessert. These pumpkin brownies are fantastic for parties and picnics....


    Margarita Gelatin Shots

    Everyone's favorite cocktail becomes a celebratory shot! Serve this margarita gelatin shot recipe in shot glasses garnished to look like...


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    Best Ever Vanilla Ice Cream

    This ice cream is technically a custard since it contains eggs. After lots of testing (and tasting), I've found that...

    How to Plan a Superhero Birthday Party

    Crash! Boom! Pow! The call to save the day has been received—and it's time to celebrate with a superhero birthday...


    Andes Mint Cookies

    Transform your favorite candy into a baked treat! These Andes mint cookies are better than any after-dinner mint. —Taste of...

    Homemade Confetti Cake

    This is a moist and fluffy vanilla cake with lots of sprinkles and a whipped vanilla buttercream. It's almost impossible...


    Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes

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    My granddaughter Sydney has acquired a love of baking. While I was visiting her in Tampa, we made these light,...


    California Chicken Club Pizza

    Inspired by the California Club pizza from California Pizza Kitchen, I decided to whip up my own version. It's loaded...


    Meringue-Topped Pecan Custard Pie

    I only use this recipe on special occasions. It's an amazing variation on the pecan pie everyone knows—the filling is...

    Crunchy White Baked Macaroni & Cheese

    This creamy, bubbly, indulgent classic is down-home comfort food at its finest. The topping is made with panko bread crumbs...


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    Berry Brownie Pizza

    How could you not love pizza for dessert? A fudgy brownie base is layered with a whipped topping sauce, then...


    The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Everyone has a favorite type of chocolate chip cookie—a little crispy, a little chewy—but they all have to begin with...


    Unicorn Cake

    This magical unicorn cake tastes as good as it looks. Baking in smaller pans creates impressive height, and a few...


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    Grilled Lobster Tails

    I had never tried grilling lobster tails at home until I tried this convenient and deliciously different recipe. It turned...

    Strawberry Jam Cake

    Every year I make this special strawberry jam cake for the Relay for Life cake raffle. It has raised lots...


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    Hummingbird Cake

    This impressive hummingbird cake is my dad’s favorite, so I always make it for his birthday. It makes a memorable...


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    Banana Split Icebox Cake

    One day a friend showed me how to make a traditional icebox cake with just cream and graham crackers. I...


    Contest-Winning Chocolate Potato Cake

    I won grand champion honors in a potato festival baking contest with this moist chocolate cake. The icing recipe can...


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    Vanilla Bean Cupcakes

    My son loves these vanilla bean cupcakes! Flecks of vanilla bean in the moist, tender cupcakes give them special-occasion status....


    Skillet Mac & Cheese

    This creamy mac and cheese is so simple it’s almost too easy! Kids always go for the rich cheese flavor,...


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    Special-Occasion Chocolate Cake

    This cake won grand champion at the 2000 Alaska State Fair, and you will see why once you taste it....


    Chocolate Truffle Cake

    Love chocolate? Then this tender, luxurious layer cake is for you. With a ganache glaze and a fabulous bittersweet filling,...


    Three-Layer Chocolate Ganache Cake

    This decadent triple-layer beauty is pure chocolate indulgence. The cake layers can be frozen prior to final assembly; in fact,...

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    Spaghetti with Bacon

    As children, we always requested this dish for our birthday dinners. Our mother got the recipe from her grandmother. Now...


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    Pink Velvet Cupcakes

    My daughter loves all things pink, so this recipe was just right for her birthday. Even my teenage son (not...


    Lazy Lasagna

    Using uncooked noodles makes the traditional time-consuming task of preparing lasagna a little easier. A few seasonings boost the flavor...


    Easy Black Forest Torte

    This dessert couldn't be simpler—all you need is a boxed cake mix. pie filling, miniature marshmallows and whipped topping. This...


    Pretzel-Coated Chicken Nuggets

    Chicken nuggets with a crushed pretzel crust have a guaranteed wow factor. Have them as a quick weeknight supper or...