The 3 Best Birthday Cake Recipes You Need to Have

When you think of birthdays, what comes to your mind? If you ask us, it’s a delicious birthday cake.

Birthday cakes hold the power to make your birthday feel special, and there is a reason for that. When you’re sitting in front of a mouth-watering cake, surrounded by your friends, ready to blow out the candles, that is when you feel the most special. 

While there are a lot of delivery options in terms of birthday cakes Northampton can offer, if you are planning on baking one yourself, let us help you with the best birthday cake recipes of all time. 

We have included a gluten free option on our list as well!

Top 3 Birthday Cake Recipes 

Rainbow Confetti Cake 


  • 300g golden caster sugar
  • 450g butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste
  • 8 eggs, beaten
  • 450g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 tbsp whole milk
  • 200g rainbow sprinkles, plus extra to decorate

For the icing

  • 150g softened butter
  • 450g icing sugar, sifted
  • 180g tub full-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp vanilla paste


  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease and line 4 cake tins. 
  2. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla paste together until they start looking fluffy. Then add eggs in small quantities and keep beating between each addition until everything is mixed.
  3. Add flour and baking powder along with a tsp of salt into the cake batter. To loosen the mixture, add some milk and beat it again. Pour the sprinkles inside the cake batter before adding it to the cake tins. 
  4. Bake for 25-30 mins. It should have a golden appearance (to ensure that the batter cooks evenly, you can swap the tins after 15 minutes). Make sure to cool completely before icing.
  5. Meanwhile, to make the icing, start beating the butter with half quantity of your icing sugar till it becomes fluffy. Put in some cream cheese and then add what remains of the icing sugar. Beat until fully mixed. Add some vanilla paste and beat the mixture again. Once done, attach a round nozzle into a piping bag and fill in the icing.
  6. If your cakes have cooled, start icing the cakes in a circle. Make sure to  cover the whole base, then top with the next sponge. Do this with all the layers, add some extra sprinkles on the topmost layer. Your cake is ready to serve. 

Marshmallow Banoffee Cake


  • 165g butter 
  • 325g self-raising flour
  • 165g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 450g jar dulce de leche
  • 300ml pot double cream
  • 50g chopped marshmallow 


  1. Heat oven to 190C and grease and line your cake tin. Beat butter and sugar together until smooth. Sift flour, baking powder and cinnamon separately. Beat the eggs into the butter and sugar mixture and add a tbsp of the dry mixture. Add milk and the rest of the dry ingredients until it is all mixed in.
  2. Now mash 2 bananas, leaving no lumps, and add them to the mixture. Lay out the mixture on the tin and use a spoon to smooth over the surface. Bake for 45 minutes. Check with a skewer if it’s ready then remove and leave to cool.
  3. With a serrated knife, cut the cake into 3 equal horizontal layers. Start whipping the cream and add 1 chopped banana and marshmallows. Cover the first layer with the dulche de leche and half of the cream mixture. Top it with the second layer and repeat. On the topmost layer, apply a thick spread of dulche de leche as well as some extra marshmallows for appearance. The cake is ready to serve. 

Lemon Drizzle Cake (Gluten Free)


  • 200g butter
  • 200g golden caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 175g almond, ground 
  • 250g mashed potato
  • Lemon zest (3 lemons)
  • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder

For the drizzle

  • 4 tbsp granulated sugar
  • juice 1 lemon


  1. Heat oven to 180C, butter and line a round cake tin. Beat sugar and butter until they appear fluffy, then add egg gradually as you continue beating the mixture. 
  2. Add the almonds, cold mashed potato, lemon zest and baking powder. Pour mixture into the tin, bake for 45 mins. Let it cool for 10 mins before putting it out on a wire rack for cooling. 
  3. For the drizzle, mix granulated sugar and lemon juice together and slowly add to the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. 

In conclusion

The secret to having the best birthday is to have an amazing and delicious birthday cake, and with our guide, you now have everything you need to get started. Baking a cake yourself makes it taste twice as good anyway, so have fun while you’re at it and enjoy a yummy reward for your efforts at the end.