Banana Pudding Cake Is Everything You Love About the Iconic Southern Dessert
Recipes From The Kitchn
It's the best of both worlds.
Aug 5, 2022
How To Make Classic French PalmiersRecipes
It feels so fancy to put them on a cookie tray for a spot of afternoon tea.
Aug 2, 2022
74 of the Very Best Lessons We’ve Ever Learned from Ina Garten (in Honor of Her 74th Birthday)
Tips from The Kitchn
Including what counts as "good mayo," how to make the best peanut butter and jelly, and the secret to cucumber salad.
Feb 2, 2022
I Tried 6 Different Ice Cream Cakes (Available Nationwide) — And One Clear Winner Emerged
Taste Test
Our official winner has a high proportion of chocolate-to-vanilla ice cream, along with a solid layer of chocolate crunch. Plus a glossy coating of chocolate fudge that somehow doesn't freeze, but rather oozes all over.
Aug 6, 2021
Strawberry Oreo Icebox Cake Is Even Better than It Sounds
Most Wanted
It's easy, it's impressive, and every single bite is packed with cookies-and-cream whipped cream.
Jul 12, 2021
Strawberry Cassata Cake Is a Wedding-Worthy Dessert
Pride Bakeshop
It's an effortlessly airy vanilla cake layered with velvety custard and perfectly ripe strawberries.
Jun 1, 2021
Angel Food Dream Cake Is the Vintage Dessert That Deserves a Comeback Recipes
We're particularly obsessed with this double chocolate version.
Feb 12, 2021
This Light & Fluffy White Cake Is Perfect for Winter Holidays Recipes
It's a classic for a reason.
Dec 15, 2020
50+ of Our Best Cake RecipesRecipes
Because we think you don't always need an occasion to bake one.
Oct 8, 2020
This 4-Ingredient Ice Cream Cake Is Impossibly Easy to MakeRecipes
Three words: ice cream sandwiches.
Jul 5, 2020
This Extra-Moist Caramel Banana Cake Is Practically Perfect in Every Way Recipes
Homemade caramel sauce is swirled into every bite.
Jun 20, 2020
How to Make an Intensely Chocolatey Black Forest Cake at HomeRecipes
The classic cake is the perfect combination of tart cherries, light whipped cream, and decadent dark chocolate.
May 27, 2020
A Sweet Strawberry Cake (Made with Fresh Strawberries!) for Mother's DayRecipes
This pretty pink cake is always a hit.
May 9, 2020
How to Make a Baked Alaska, the Retro Dessert That Deserves a ComebackRecipes
This impressive dessert is surprisingly simple to make (you don't even need a torch!)
Feb 13, 2020
The Super-Sweet Birthday Idea I’m Stealing from Instagram
Tips from The Kitchn
It'll only cost you $5!
Jan 11, 2020
Delight Your Inner Child with This Oversized DIY Swiss RollRecipes
This will bring back memories of Little Debbie's desserts.
Dec 13, 2019
This Vintage Silver Cake Is Perfectly Tender and LightRecipes
If this doesn’t make for the best birthday cake ever, we're not sure what does.
Dec 12, 2019
The 10 Best Gifts for All Your Loved Ones Celebrating December Birthdays
Don't lump these birthdays in with the holidays!
Nov 30, 2019
The 10 Best Gifts for Anyone Celebrating a November Birthday
Consult this list before you start your holiday shopping.
Nov 3, 2019
The Best Birthday Cake Is One You Bake Yourself
Kitchn Love Letters
I love this buttery yellow cake with chocolate frosting so much I bake it for my own birthday every year.
Oct 15, 2019
The 10 Best Gifts to Buy for Your Friends and Family Members Celebrating an October Birthday
We turned to a ninth-generation astrologer to guide us!
Sep 30, 2019
The Top 10 Gifts for Your Friends and Loved Ones Who Were Born in September
Let astrology take all the guesswork out of shopping for a birthday present!
Sep 2, 2019
Our Top 10 Gifts for August Birthdays
Got a Leo or a Virgo to shop for? Start here.
Aug 5, 2019
The Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Cancers and Leos
Let the stars decide what you should buy!
Jul 1, 2019
The Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Your Friends with April BirthdaysPlan & Prep
Happy birthday to all those April babies!
Apr 1, 2019
The Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Anyone You Know with a March BirthdayPlan & Prep
Got a loved one who was born in March? Instead of wandering around Target aimlessly (dangerous!) or spending hours on the internet searching for the right gift (impossible!), let the cosmos be your guide. Karen Christino, author of Your Wedding Astrologer: How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Based on Your Zodiac Sign, came to the rescue yet again with some great gift recommendations based on the stars. Here’s what made her list for all those Pisces and Aries out there.
Mar 4, 2019
The Top 10 Birthday Gifts for Folks with February BirthdaysPlan & Prep
Stumped on what to buy your loved ones with February birthdays? After all, your best friend probably just finished exchanging all of her holiday gifts for things she actually wants. What else could she need this time of year? We turned to astrologer Karen Christino, author of Your Wedding Astrologer: How to Plan the Perfect Wedding Based on Your Zodiac Sign, and asked her to bring her cosmic wisdom to the table and provide some spot-on sign recommendations for Aquarius and Pisces.
Feb 4, 2019
The Best Birthday Gifts for a Capricorn or an AquariusPlan & Prep
Capricorns are super Type A. And Aquarius folks tend to march to the beat of their own drums. So it’s a challenge to find something that January babies will like and/or feel is cool and unique enough. That’s where this guide comes in. Get ready for the top 10 gifts to buy the Capricorns and Aquarians in your life, as advised by the stars. And because we know you’re reading too, Cap and Aquarius, feel free to share this link with anyone who might be stumped on what to get you.
Jan 1, 2019
I Made Pioneer Woman’s Famous Chocolate Sheet Cake (and Here’s What I Thought)People
As I was gearing up to make one of Pioneer Woman’s most popular dessert recipes, the first thing I noticed wasn’t the shockingly high cake-to-icing ratio or just how massive this cake is (it serves 24!) — it was that she had titled it “The Best Chocolate Sheet Cake. Ever.” See that extra period? That’s some serious punctuation to emphasize its deliciousness.
Dec 3, 2018
The $4 Grocery Store Gift That My Italian Family Swears ByPeople
Have you ever described a close friend or family member as “really tough to buy for?” Well, here is the story of the time that I fit that bill (which paid off in the form of the best birthday gift ever: Italian pickled vegetables). Allow me to explain. I grew up in an Italian family in New Jersey, which means that in the duration of my time on this earth, I’ve eaten more sodium-laden, cured, marinated, and pickled things than any human probably ever should.
Oct 19, 2018
Reddit Users Planning a 5-Year-Old’s Birthday Will Warm Your HeartPlan & Prep
Pinterest is full of aspirational kids’ parties with themes like rainbows and Mickey Mouse, and those are darling. But to my mind, nothing is quite as cool or charming as a child’s birthday party with an utterly off-the-wall theme that the kid obviously came up with on their own. I will never forget the kid whose birthday party theme was a local personal-injury lawyer. One boy even had a Geico Insurance-themed 4th birthday party.
May 17, 2018
Trader Joe’s Is Selling Massive $7 Birthday Cakes Right NowPlan & Prep
Last week I saw Victoria Beckham cut into a big watermelon with a candle on it and eat it like a birthday cake, and I’ve had an intense craving for cake ever since. I’m not talking about any sophisticated flourless chocolate cakes or elegant salted caramel tarts, either. I’m dreaming about a proper birthday cake right out of a 7-year-old’s party, with white frosting and loads of sprinkles for the ultimate nostalgia factor.
Apr 24, 2018
Victoria Beckham’s Birthday “Cake” Is Just a Big Watermelon in DisguisePeople
Victoria Beckham can always get people talking. Try as we might, we will never know what “really wanna zig-a-zig-ah” means, and this week she celebrated turning 44 by posting a photo of her birthday cake to Instagram, prompting the entire world to say, “Wait, that’s not a cake!” Posh Spice’s “cake” is certainly pretty, but it is definitely not a cake.
Apr 23, 2018
Recipe: Frosted Sugar Cookie BarsRecipes
My favorite kind of sugar cookies are the ones that bake up tall and pillowy, with that dense, gooey, and almost slightly under-baked center. This recipe channels everything there is to love about those cookies, and brings them to you in the form of a bar cookie. Top it with a thick swipe of lightly scented strawberry frosting and a shower of colorful sprinkles, and you’ve got a sweet Valentine’s Day treat to feed the classroom, your coworkers, or your book club buddies.
Feb 8, 2018
10 of the Most Beautiful Cakes We Made in 2017Recipes
Beautiful cakes can make you stop everything you’re doing just to catch a long stare. They can warrant applause at birthdays and make just about any celebration even more special. We baked a whole lot of pretty cakes this year, fit for all of life’s festive moments. Here are 10 favorites. While the fresh flowers that top this cake surely make it beautiful, it’s the buttercream that’s enhanced with tangy Greek yogurt that will have you coming back for a second slice.
Dec 30, 2017
5 Ways to Celebrate Your Kid’s Birthday at School — Without FoodPlan & Prep
With all the regulations surrounding what’s allowed in school classrooms these days, it can be hard to think up ways to celebrate your child’s weekday birthday. At many schools, treats — like cupcakes and ice cream — have been banned due to allergies and a number of other reasons. Without food as a celebratory go-to, parents are left trying to figure out how to make their child feel special within the constraints of the classroom.
Sep 1, 2017
The Argument for (or Against!) Banning Cupcakes in SchoolsPlan & Prep
I’ll never forget the day in second grade when my mom showed up with two giant sheet pans of homemade cinnamon rolls. It was my birthday, and this was her surprise to me — a special treat to share with the whole class. I was genuinely surprised. And also a smidge disappointed that she hadn’t shown up with trays of store-bought cupcakes sporting thick swirls of frosting and plastic toppers that said, “YOU’RE RAD!
Aug 8, 2017
How I Make My Kids’ School Day Birthdays Feel Extra SpecialPlan & Prep
Celebrating kid birthdays is a pure joy because kids have very few expectations. Once I asked my daughter what she wanted for her birthday party and she said, “balloons, cake, and my friends” — how simple is that? When your kiddo’s birthday falls on a school day, though, celebrating them on the actual day can get tricky.
Aug 2, 2017
Recipe: Easy Rainbow Icebox CakeRecipes
This might be the smartest way to make a rainbow cake, ever.
Jun 25, 2017
How To Make Strawberry RosesRecipes
Learn to turn fresh strawberries into decorative roses with just a paring knife.
Jun 22, 2017
7 Cool Treats That Are Better than Birthday CakesPlan & Prep
It’s hard to beat a traditional birthday cake. Unless it’s an ice cream cake. Or really anything with ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt — especially when you’re celebrating a birthday in the summer. If someone you love happens to be turning another year older in the next couple of months, consider making them one of these cool treats.
Jun 22, 2017
Recipe: Very Berry 4th of July CupcakesRecipes
This is definitely the sweetest way to celebrate.
Jun 21, 2017
How To Use KitchenAid Ice Cream MakersRecipes
Learn how to actually put the ice cream attachment on your KitchenAid mixer to use with this helpful tutorial.
Jun 15, 2017
Recipe: Pink Champagne Poke CakeRecipes
Be prepared to fall hard for this cake. If not for its soft-pink hues, then for the moist, tender crumb lightly spiked with Champagne and wells of strawberry syrup. Or maybe it will be the rosé buttercream that really does it for you. What I’m trying to say is that this cake is the whole package — a dessert primed for celebration and yet surprising easy to pull together.
May 31, 2017
5 Rules for Making an Ugly Birthday Cake (and Celebrating with Your Friends)People
There is no dessert more special than a birthday cake.
May 22, 2017
Recipe: Easy Lemon Cake with Whipped Raspberry FrostingRecipes
Fancy enough for celebration; easy enough for a weeknight.
May 18, 2017
Recipe: One Bowl Vanilla Cake: Ice Cream CakeRecipes
My family loves ice cream cake, so when dreaming up ways to use our one-bowl vanilla cake, an ice cream dream cake was a must. This one combines soft vanilla cake with tart raspberry sorbet and is topped with lightly sweetened whipped cream. This ice cream cake is the perfect end to a backyard barbecue or a spring or summer brunch. This cake requires just one of the two cake layers that a our one-bowl vanilla cake bakes up.
May 10, 2017
Recipe: One-Bowl Vanilla Cake: Funfetti CupcakesRecipes
Funfetti is fun, but you know what is even more fun? One-bowl confetti cupcakes, one of the many recipes that show off the versatility of our one-bowl vanilla cake recipe. Need a quick cupcake for your school bake sale or a cute dessert to take to book club? These funfetti cupcakes fit the bill and don’t require any special ingredients, skills, or cleanup. Funfetti recipes are ubiquitous on the web these days, but it was first introduced as a cake mix craze in the 1980s from Pillsbury.
May 9, 2017
Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Icebox CakeRecipes
Look, I have zero restraint when it comes to chocolate and peanut butter and showed none in creating this over-the-top chocolate peanut butter icebox cake. Not even trying to humble-brag here — this is the best chocolate peanut butter no-bake dessert that ever existed. Built on the back of the classic buckeye candy, this icebox cake is a decadent Reese’s-lover’s dream.
May 2, 2017
3 Key Steps for Throwing the Best Surprise Party EverPlan & Prep
There’s more to throwing a surprise party than hiding behind a couch and throwing confetti at someone. (Although, those are fun aspects of it!) Not to freak you out or anything, but if you’re the one throwing the bash, the birthday girl’s happiness rests entirely in your hands. It’s a lot a pressure, we know! Don’t panic just yet. There are just three small things you need to do in order to throw the best surprise party ever.
Apr 28, 2017
Recipe: Marzipan Layer CakeRecipes
Almond-lovers, this playful marzipan cake is for you. It’s made with almond flour and marzipan — a rich, sweetened paste of ground almonds — leaving you with a dense, moist cake steeped with the flavor of this nut. The cake is wrapped in a coating of buttercream frosting and decorated with colored marzipan cut-outs you can create and shape yourself.
Apr 28, 2017
7 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Planning a Surprise PartyPlan & Prep
So you wanna throw a surprise party? You’re a good friend! You’ll be an even better friend if you ask yourself these key questions before you get in over your head. While you obviously have the best intentions in mind, not everyone loves a surprise. An introvert, for example, might need time to mentally prepare for a big social setting, and throwing her into one — with zero warning — might be more stressful than enjoyable.
Apr 26, 2017
6 Signs Your Friends Are Throwing You a Surprise PartyPlan & Prep
Your friends are not nearly as sneaky as they think they are. If you know what to look for, there are plenty of telltale signs that they’re throwing you a surprise party. Here are some obvious giveaways. P.S.: Happy birthday! You’re used to having total access to your boyfriend’s cell phone, but all of a sudden, he’s being cagey about it. He’s texting people more than normal and you’re pretty sure you saw him looking at bunting banners online.
Apr 19, 2017
9 Ways to Make Sure Your Surprise Party Is Actually a SurprisePlan & Prep
Keeping a surprise party an actual surprise is no easy task. But with some clever planning, it can be done. Here’s how. Even if you’re roommates, it’s going to be hard to plan a surprise, literally, right under her nose. Instead, consider throwing the bash at a nearby friend’s house, a bar, or a restaurant. If, all of a sudden, you’re trying to take your friend to a neighborhood that you guys never go to, she might start catching on to you.
Apr 18, 2017
How To Make the Ultimate Rainbow Surprise CakeRecipes
If you can dream it, then you can do it.
Apr 3, 2017
Recipe: One-Bowl Vanilla Sheet Cake with SprinklesRecipes
This vanilla stunner only requires one bowl for mixing and one pan for making, making it extra easy.
Mar 28, 2017
The Right Amount of Pizza to Order for a PartyPlan & Prep
Is there any more perfect party food than pizza? Completely customizable, perfectly portionable, and, well, just about irresistible, it can feed everyone from toddlers to octogenarians with ease. And the fact that this magical treat doesn’t need to be made by you and can arrive at your house without you having to do much more than press a button is, like we said, perfect. The only question when it comes to pizza — besides “Can I have it now?
Mar 15, 2017
Need an Easy, Fun Birthday Party Idea? The Monster Pizza Party Is ItPlan & Prep
When my husband and I added to our family, we had no idea how much we’d lean on friends, families, and even coworkers during the first year. We wanted to include as many folks as possible when we celebrated our second-born’s first birthday, but we also had a budget and tight schedule to work around — and that’s how a Monster Pizza Party became the theme for one of the most fun and successful kids’ parties we’ve celebrated to date.
Mar 7, 2017
This Pizza Party Cookie Cake Is Your Childhood Fantasy Come to LifeRecipes
The party problem: You’re throwing a pizza party birthday party and you want to make an extra-special dessert. But even a from-scratch cake doesn’t seem special enough — after all, you’re feeling a little guilty that you didn’t really cook for the party. The party trick: Make a giant sugar cookie cake that surprisingly looks like a pizza. You thought this sweet treat was a pizza, didn’t you? Don’t feel too bad: Everyone always falls for this trick!
Mar 3, 2017
7 Reasons You Should Throw a Pizza Party for Any BirthdayPlan & Prep
The key to not stressing out about a birthday party is simple: Just serve pizza. There are so many reasons you should serve pizza at your next party — and basically no reasons not to. Yes, we realize it’s risky to make a blanket statement like this. But there are so many different options, there’s surely something for everyone — adults and children alike.
Mar 2, 2017
The One Thing You Should Ask for When Throwing a Kids’ Pizza PartyPlan & Prep
For my daughter’s first birthday party a few years ago, I went all out and made an entire multi-dish lunch and cake from scratch. It was super stressful and just not necessary. For her next two parties, I decided we would just get pizzas delivered and I would focus my attention on the cake instead, which was much more manageable and fun.
Feb 27, 2017
7 Ways to Add Gold to Any Birthday PartyPlan & Prep
Maybe we’ve been watching too many red-carpet specials (to be fair, it is awards show season), but we can’t get enough sparkly, shiny gold stuff. Gold salad servers? Sure! A gold crock to hold those salad servers? Duh! Gold lettuce? Why isn’t there gold lettuce? Gold is always fun — and it’s especially fun for birthday festivities. You could show a little restraint with a touch of gold here and touch of gold there. Or you could add all the gold.
Feb 25, 2017
The Oscars Are Your Ticket to a Better Birthday PartyPlan & Prep
We love a theme party here at Kitchn and this weekend offers an excuse to throw a super-fancy one: the Oscars! If you also happen to know someone celebrating a birthday this week, consider throwing one party that does double duty. Here are eight ways to turn an awards party into a birthday party — without making the guest of honor feel like a B-list add-on. If the birthday girl has zero interest in awards shows, this will not be a good idea and you should stop reading now.
Feb 24, 2017
Everything I Know About Birthday Parties I Learned from My MotherPeople
My mom was the Queen of Birthday Parties. I’m not sure it was ever her intention to secure that title but, as an innately creative and exceptionally loving person, her natural inclination is to honor each of life’s occasions with the flair and fanfare it deserves — sometimes even more than it deserves.
Feb 23, 2017
10 Tips for Throwing an Award-Worthy Birthday PartyPlan & Prep
It’s awards season! While Hollywood stars are thinking about getting ready for the Oscars, the A-listers in your life could be preparing to celebrate a February birthday. Whether or not your party is pegged to the Academy Awards (or even this month!), there are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to throwing an award-worthy soirée. Variety is the spice of life and a party too.
Feb 3, 2017
This Is the Best Time of Day to Host a First BirthdayPlan & Prep
Planning a first birthday party is so fun — you get to pick cute decorations and make cake or cupcakes for a baby to smash in fits of delight! I often get asked what time of day is best for hosting birthday parties, as I’ve tried everything from morning to late evening parties for my two children, and I’ve come to a slightly surprising conclusion that works well for both babies turning 1 and most kids under 8 too.
Jan 25, 2017
The Supermarket Secret for Semi-Homemade CakesPlan & Prep
Baking cakes for birthdays and celebrations is one of my most favorite pastimes. Geeky, I know, but the ritual of baking and decorating a cake fills me with joy, and I love lighting up the faces of the people I love with a humble, handmade cake. But, as I’ve got a busy work and family life, there are occasions when I do not have to time bake a cake — even from a boxed mix.
Jan 25, 2017
No Time to Bake? Here Are 7 Birthday-Worthy Desserts You Can Serve InsteadPlan & Prep
Freshly baked cake coated with thick buttercream frosting is the dessert that comes to mind when most of us think about birthdays. It’s far from the only party-worthy dessert, though. When baking isn’t in the cards, these are the sweet treats that will make your celebration special. Despite having a winter birthday, this has always been my cake of choice. Ice cream cake is a crowd-pleaser no matter what time of year it’s served.
Jan 24, 2017