These Spring Cakes Are More Beautiful Than a Bouquet of Flowers

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35 Spring Cake Ideas for a Sweet Sunny DayCaitlin Bensel

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When the sun is shining and flowers are blooming, it could only mean one thing: spring is here! And what better way to celebrate the season than with a big ol' beautiful slice of cake? It doesn't matter if you're celebrating Easter, hosting a graduation party, or simply going for a picnic in the park; these spring cake ideas are perfect for any sunny weather occasion. Of course, we've included plenty of crowd-pleasing sheet cakes, fruity-flavored cakes, and Mother's Day cakes that are just as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers. But don't worry, we still keep things easy with this collection of spring desserts for every level of baker.

Here, you'll find all the fresh flavors of springtime: lemon desserts and strawberry desserts, as well as tons of sweet coconut and chocolate recipes. If you're looking for a dessert that you can bring to your next potluck, try a simple cake that's easy to transport, like the lemon pound cake or a no-bake icebox cake. On the other hand, if you want to test your baking skills, try something a little more impressive like the chocolate strawberry Nutella cake or the coffee toffee crunch cake—both of which could double as a show-stopping Easter dessert.

For more special celebration inspiration, try these creative cake decorating ideas to impress your guests or try something as simple as fresh edible flowers to sprinkle on the tops and sides. Anyway you slice it, these cakes will be like biting into pure sunshine!

Lemon Blueberry Cake

This cake is bursting with blueberries and lots of bright lemony flavor. Plus, it's topped with a lemon-infused cream cheese frosting that's sure to become a new favorite.

Get the Lemon Blueberry Cake recipe.


lemon blueberry cake
Caitlin Bensel

Hummingbird Cake

If you've never had this old-fashioned cake before, you're in for a treat! It's packed with sweet tropical flavor from the crushed pineapple and just the right amount of texture from nutty pecans. And, it looks impressive, too!

Get the Hummingbird Cake recipe.

hummingbird cake
Will Dickey

Strawberry Cake

Sometimes, simple is best! Which is exactly why this beautiful sugar-crusted cake is always a hit. The juicy berries and dusting of powdered sugar are all you need to impress your guests.

Get the Strawberry Cake recipe.

strawberry cake
Will Dickey

Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake

Any lemon-poppy seed dessert will remind you of springtime, but making it into a bundt cake with a lemony glaze is the perfect reminder of the sunny season. Enjoy a slice at your next picnic or on your back porch!

Get the Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake recipe.

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Will Dickey

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

We're giving this retro dessert a new spin by baking it in a 13 x 9-inch cake pan so it's fit for a crowd! You'll definitely want to bring this tropical-sweet cake to your next potluck.

Get the Pineapple Upside-Down Cake recipe.


pineapple upside down cake
Caitlin Bensel

Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil might seem like an unusual ingredient to add to a cake, but it helps keep this cake extra-moist and it has a surprising flavor that'll fall in love with. We especially like when it's paired with bright orange juice and zest.

Get the Olive Oil Cake recipe.

olive oil cake
Danielle Daly

Strawberry Swirled Pound Cake

Pound cakes are pure nostalgia for Ree. She puts a brand new spring spin on this one with strawberries swirled throughout. A sweet strawberry glaze makes it extra special!

Get Ree's Strawberry Swirled Pound Cake recipe.

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Ryan Liebe

Lemon Cake

Pucker up, because there's no shortage of citrus in this cake. Lemon juice and lemon zest flavor both the moist buttermilk cake and sweet buttercream frosting, making for the perfect spring slice.

Get the Lemon Cake recipe.

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Will Dickey

Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake

One of the most stunning sights (and flavors!) of spring is rhubarb. This naturally pink-hued beauty of a cake can be served warm, at room temperature, or cold with a dollop of whipped cream or scoop of ice cream.

Get the Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake recipe.

spring rhubarb upside down cake recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Carrot Cake Cheesecake

Why choose between carrot cake and cheesecake when you can have both? Combine the two classics in a springform pan, with the moist carrot cake on bottom and creamy cheesecake on top.

Get the Carrot Cake Cheesecake recipe.


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Caitlin Bensel

Eclair Cake

Attending a spring cookout? Make this crowd-pleaser! It's a no-bake recipe and only requires six simple ingredients. The result is anything but simple-tasting! Make it the night before the event, and everyone will be thrilled to dig in on the big day.

Get the Eclair Cake recipe.

spring eclair cake recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Another great no-bake recipe featuring graham crackers is this spring delight. Fresh strawberries and whipped cream make for a fresh, flavorful bite. Add almonds for a lovely crunch!

Get the Strawberry Icebox Cake recipe.

spring strawberry icebox cake recipe
Caitlin Bensel

German Chocolate Cake

Let's be honest: German chocolate cake is good any day of the year. That includes the spring season, so we're adding it to this list! Layers of chocolate cake are topped with an ooey-gooey coconut filling that is pure decadence.

Get the German Chocolate Cake recipe.

spring german chocolate cake recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Strawberries and Rosé Sheet Cake

Make this simple and sweet cake for Mother's Day and it's sure to impress her. For bonus points: Serve it up with your mom's favorite glass of rosé wine.

Get the Strawberries and Rosé Sheet Cake recipe.

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Will Dickey

Sigrid's Carrot Cake

This carrot cake recipe is so versatile—you can turn it into a sheet cake, bundt cake, or a show-stopping layer cake. Either way, don't skip the cream cheese frosting!

Get Ree's Carrot Cake recipe.


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Lemon Pound Cake

This pound cake is full of bright lemony flavor. But the best part is that you can eat it all day long for breakfast, dessert, or an afternoon snack!

Get Ree's Lemon Pound Cake recipe.

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Strawberry Cheesecake

Top this light and fluffy cheesecake with seasonal strawberries, but not just any strawberries—saucy, sugary strawberries that are perfectly sweet.

Get the Strawberry Cheesecake recipe.

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Will Dickey

Strawberry Nutella Cake

You don't have to worry about smoothing out the frosting or making the perfect decorations with this rustic cake. Just pile all the layers on and dig in!

Get Ree's Strawberry Nutella Cake recipe.

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Danielle Daly

No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake

As the temperatures get warmer, turning your oven on might be the last thing you want to do. Luckily, this lemon cheesecake doesn't require any baking—and it's so easy to make!

Get the No-Bake Lemon Cheesecake recipe.

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Will Dickey

Key Lime Cakes in a Jar

Take these cakes on the go! They're served in individual jars so they're easily portable for all your potlucks or spring picnics.

Get Ree's Key Lime Cakes in a Jar recipe.


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Coconut Layer Cake

This gorgeous cake has coconut in every bite—from coconut extract in the cake layers to shredded coconut in the frosting. Plus, it would look so pretty on your Easter table.

Get Ree's Coconut Layer Cake recipe.

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Ralph Smith

Chocolate Wacky Cake

It doesn't get easier than this wacky cake—everything is mixed in the same pan that it's baked in. Less cleanup means more time spent outdoors!

Get the Chocolate Wacky Cake recipe.

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Hector Manuel Sanchez

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

Use any fresh berries or seasonal fruits to make this simple trifle. It's the perfect way to show off your spring bounty.

Get the Red, White, and Blue Trifle recipe.

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Nicole Dubois

Tres Leches Cake

This classic cake gets its name from being soaked in three types of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream. And, all that soaking makes it extra moist!

Get Ree's Tres Leches Cake recipe.

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Ralph Smith

Ice Cream Cake

Ice cream cake is one of those desserts that can work for just about any season. Switch up the ice cream flavors based on the time of year—strawberry ice cream would be perfect for spring!

Get the Ice Cream Cake recipe.


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Hector Manuel Sanchez

Coffee Toffee Crunch Cake

The sweet, rich flavor of instant coffee is the star ingredient in this beautiful cake. It's perfect Mother's Day (if your mom is a coffee lover) or even Easter brunch.

Get Ree's Coffee Toffee Crunch Cake recipe.

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Ralph Smith

Angel Food Cake

Come spring, we start to crave foods that are lighter and less dense—like this angel food cake! It gets its fluffy texture from whipped egg whites in the batter.

Get the Angel Food Cake recipe.

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Blackberry Ice Box Cake

This no-bake cake has layers of frozen pound cake, whipped cream, berries, and jam. It's the easiest make-ahead spring dessert.

Get Ree's Blackberry Ice Box Cake recipe.

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The Pioneer Woman

Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake

This pretty layer cake combines two springtime favorites: carrot cake and strawberries! It's a fun twist on a classic dessert.

Get the Strawberry Coconut Carrot Cake recipe at Half Baked Harvest.

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Half Baked Harvest

Blueberry Lemon Cake

The combination of lemons and blueberries is perfect for spring! It's bright, citrusy, and totally refreshing.

Get the Blueberry Lemon Cake recipe at Grandbaby Cakes.


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Grandbaby Cakes

Easy Vanilla Snack Cake

This simple vanilla cake can easily be made for an after-school snack, church potluck, or even a kids' birthday party. It doesn't require a mixer or any special tools or ingredients—except for sprinkles, of course!

Get the Easy Vanilla Snack Cake recipe at Inquiring Chef.

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Inquiring Chef

Strawberry Crumb Cake

Just because this cake looks simple doesn't mean it's lacking in flavor. It's loaded with warm spices like cinnamon and cardamom, fresh strawberries, and a thick streusel topping.

Get the Strawberry Crumb Cake recipe at Butter Be Ready.

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Butter Be Ready

Citrus Olive Oil Cake

This olive oil loaf cake is tender in texture and complex in flavor. Plus, it has the prettiest citrus glaze we ever did see.

Get the Citrus Olive Oil Cake recipe at Cookie and Kate.

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Cookie + Kate

One-Layer Strawberry Shortcake

If you want to impress without too much effort, this cake is for you! It's a simple, one-layer cake topped with vanilla whipped cream and a pile of strawberries.

Get the One-Layer Strawberry Shortcake Cake recipe at Sally's Baking Addiction.

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Sally's Baking Addiction

Lemon Chamomile Honey Bundt Cake

This cake recipe combines the floral notes of chamomile with bright citrusy lemon and a touch of sweetness from honey. If you can't find loose chamomile, swap in chamomile tea bags.

Get the Lemon Chamomile Honey Bundt Cake recipe at Baking the Goods.


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Baking the Goods

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