The Year in Cake

The Year in Cake

Your 9 favorite cakes of 2016.

Cake is one of the ultimate unifiers. And it’s appropriate to serve in almost any situation—for breakfast, afternoon coffee, or as a dessert.

So we’ve rounded up the most popular cake recipes of the year for you to ensure that 2017 is filled with it—because a year that begins with cake is bound to be a good one.

Chocolate chip-espresso icebox cake

Chocolate chip-espresso icebox cake

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Layers of chocolate chips cookies sandwiched with espresso-mascarpone whipped cream—it’s not hard to guess why you loved this cake at first sight.

Strawberry swiss roll

Strawberry swiss roll

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We love the look of this cake almost as much as its taste. Light and fruit-filled, it’s perfect for any occasion.

Lemon-lavender yogurt loaf

Lemon-lavender yogurt loaf

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A wonderful combination of lavender and lemon, plus the lightness of yogurt, make for a perfect snacking cake.

Smarties cake

Smarties cake

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The ultimate birthday cake for kids—and the young at heart.

Chocolate Rum Dessert

Chocolate Rum Dessert

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Elegant and unexpected—everything you want in a dessert when entertaining.

Nectarine-ginger mille crêpe cake

Nectarine-ginger mille crêpe cake

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This cake takes a bit of time and effort, but the result is worth it for layer upon layer of delicate crêpes and pastry cream.

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

Plum-thyme upside-down cake

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You’ll look forward to plum season all year long just to make this cake.

Rhubarb meringue cake

Rhubarb meringue cake

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A classic, done right. An ideal cake to serve for company in the spring and early summer months.

Tarte tatin

Tarte tatin

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Okay, so not technically a cake—but this apple tarte is so delicious and stunning that it deserves a spot on the list.