14 Cake Recipes For all Skill Levels

Summer bakers, this one’s for you. Whether you’re new to dabbling in the kitchen, can confidently tell when your egg whites have reached the perfect “medium peak,” or somewhere in the middle, we’ve got a whole crew of Milk Bar recipes that’ll help you say YES to cake.

These cake recipes are perfect for whatever you’re cooking up this summer––whether that’s lounging poolside, cooling off inside, or preparing for a big get-together. Whip up our Gooey Chocolate Mug Cake or Compost Pancakes whenever your day needs a little à la mode moment. Craving a crumbly breakfast cake to pair with your morning cold brew? Meet our Cake-Mix Coffee Cake. Or maybe you’re ready to go full tropical vibes with our take on the summer cook-off staple, Pineapple Upside Down Layer Cake. Make sure you get your tiki glasses out for that one.

No matter what your taste buds are craving this summer, these recipes will help you push boundaries in your kitchen. Plus, they go really well with creamy, cool Milk Bar ice cream on top ;)

Beginner Cakes

A no-fuss cake is often just as tasty (if not more) than those fancy-schmancy concoctions behind the glass at a bakery. They’re perfect when you have little time and especially great for the little bakers in your life.

Goes well with Compost Cookies!

Intermediate Cakes

If you’re ready to flex in the kitchen, oh do we have some cakes for you.These recipes call for a few more steps and a smidge of technique, but they’re still do-able desserts that’ll garner plenty of oh wows! from the crowd. Perfect for your summer cook-off, warm night BBQ, or end of school pool party.

Expert Cakes

Are you ready to get your master apron on and conquer a Milk Bar Layer Cake recipe? We believe in you. These recipes are certified cake projects—elaborate, but the payoff is a beautiful, showstopping cake that will make you wonder if you’re some kind of cake genius. Turns out you definitely are.