Not much of a baker? Let the professionals handle it.
If you’re not much of a baker (or it’s just too hot to turn on the oven), these are the best birthday cakes you can buy online.
You say it’s your birthday? Then we say it’s time for some cake. And no worries if you’re not the type to whip up a homemade seven-layer cake from scratch for a group of 20. (Who are those people anyway? We bow down to them.)
From confetti-flecked confections to jars filled with layers of the good stuff, there are tons of other ways to light the candles and start the singing. Each of these confectionery delights is the absolute best way to party, even if you’re one of those people who “doesn’t celebrate their birthday.” And thankfully, some of the best bakeries in the country will ship their famous cakes all over the country, which makes celebrating your special day a total slice of, well, you know. Just don’t forget the ice cream.
You’ve probably heard about this cult-favorite naked cake from superstar pastry chef Christina Tosi, who created Milk Bar in New York City. Her signature confection is a riff on confetti cake (ya know, the sprinkle-filled kind from a box) and is layered with vanilla frosting and topped with addictive cake crumbs. The 6-inch cake feeds 8 to 12 people, but you might want to keep the guest list tight so you can have even more to yourself. Buy Now
This cupcake bakery in New York City was made famous thanks to “Sex and the City,” but its full-sized birthday cakes are stars, too, and they deliver all across the country. What arrives at your door exactly? Finger-licking pink and green buttercream covering three layers of confetti cake emblazoned with a celebratory message. A 6-inch cake serves 8 to 10 people, and each slice is absolute heaven. Buy Now
Is there anything more joyous than a cake reveal? From the outside, this six-layer dessert from Carlo’s Bakery (make famous on TLC’s “Cake Boss”) looks like a regular cake covered in vanilla icing and rainbow sprinkles. But cutting one slice reveals that the rainbow theme carries on inside too, with six layers each with its own different delectable color. It’s like opening a birthday present—one that you can eat! Buy Now
This seven-layer treat is famous in the south (even Oprah is a fan), and just one bite of its caramel-y goodness proves why: moist yellow cake is wedged between gooey caramel icing that’ll make you forget about this whole aging thing entirely. The best part? You can savor it for up to six months by freezing and refreezing it, so the party never has to stop. Buy Now
This organic Los Angeles-based bakery uses grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free ingredients to make the most insanely good cakes, which are popular among celebrities such as Mandy Moore, who had a Sweet Laurel Bakery cake at her wedding. Their chocolate raspberry confection is paleo too, and features layers of moist chocolate cake topped with a raspberry-infused ganache and jam; it’ll feed 8 to 12 of your besties. Not feeling fruity? Check out their paleo chocolate caramel layer cake, or their vegan keto chocolate cake. Buy Now
We all know that tasting the cake batter is the best part of baking, and Jars by Dani has found the perfect way to bottle that flavor—without the threat of salmonella. Each of these adorable glass jars contains chewy sugar cookie crust, cake batter filling, whipped cream, and sprinkles in one adorable, easy-to-see serving. They’re almost too pretty to eat. Almost. Buy Now
Chocoholics, this one is for you. This two-layer chocolate confection by Harry & David combines a rich dark chocolate cake with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Are you drooling yet? It’s topped off with confetti sprinkles—the most indulgent and festive way to spend your most indulgent and festive day. Buy Now
There’s something about rainbow nonpareils (those tiny round balls used in cake decorating) that just says “party.” And this candy-covered cake definitely deserves an invite to your birthday soiree: it has two layers of chocolate cake covered in pastel buttercream. If you prefer vanilla, though, their “Happy” cake (pictured above) is just as festive, with colored frosting inside and rainbow sprinkles galore. Happy birthday to you, indeed. Buy Now
Can’t decide on just one cake flavor for your b-day? These super-sized cupcakes come in four flavors: chocolate cupcake with chocolate filling; vanilla cupcake with vanilla cream filling; strawberry-jam filled cupcake; and red velvet cupcake with cream cheese filling. Cut them up and share them with your party people, or decide on one and enjoy it all to yourself. Buy Now