Our Most Beloved Cake Recipes of 2017

Kathrine

Editorial Assistant

With cake competitions becoming increasingly popular, both on and off screen, baking has seen a huge coomback in recent years. Store-bought, pre-packaged cakes have been replaced with easy go-to recipes, and the bakeries are getting a run for their money with amateur bakers getting a handle on creating impressive layered cakes. 

And is there anything more satisfying than transferring a cake-base to the oven and watching the magic happen, as the kitchen fills with a sweet, comforting aroma? And then the grand finale—the first cut and sweet taste of success! 

Here are your 6 favorite cake recipes of 2017, which go to prove that baking does not have to be difficult or require hours of work in order to impress in flavor and aesthetics. It’s a piece of…you know what—so let’s get baking shall we! 

Caramel-Nutella lava cake

Caramel-Nutella lava cake

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This recipe walks a thin line between cake and soufflé with each cake having a firm outer layer and a liquid chocolate-Nutella-caramel center—it never fails to impress! With only 15 min. preparation time, it’s an ideal go-to for an afternoon snack for the family, or a quick dinner party dessert served with a berry sauce and a scoop of ice cream.

Strawberry crumb cake

Strawberry crumb cake

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The luscious taste of strawberries combined with a perfect crunchy crumb on top, what’s not to like? This cake is perfect for strawberry season, enjoyed slightly chilled and with a cold lemonade in the sweltering summer heat.

Chocolate-strawberry naked cake

Chocolate-strawberry naked cake

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A recipe that requires some concentration and time invested in the kitchen without being too advanced, making it the perfect place to start when wanting to test the waters of amateur baking. With a little effort, you’ll have a stunning cake that is guaranteed to amaze! 

Quick apple cake

Quick apple cake

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Who doesn't love a good old apple cake? Well, how about one that’s ready in less than an hour? This recipe is effortless yet flavorful, and the perfect crowd pleaser. Also, it’s a perfect way to use those apples that are at the end of their peak. And if you can’t eat it straight away, cut it into serving sizes, and store in the freezer for up to a month—this way, you’ll always have an afternoon treat at hand to enjoy with a good cup of coffee.

Chocolate and apple cake

Chocolate and apple cake

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One of the wonderful recipes that a community member shared with us made the top of the list! We love the philosophy behind this hybrid recipe: why choose between chocolate or apple cake when they make a sublime fusion? The sweet taste of apples compliments the deep chocolate flavor perfectly! Plus, using heavy cream makes the texture wonderfully spongy.

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Classic German cheesecake

Classic German cheesecake

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You can never go wrong with a classic cheesecake, and this German version is no exception! A cake with a crunchy crust, a smooth cream cheese filling, and a little splash of lemon juice to balance out the creaminess. The perfect comfort for those rainy days!