Alyssa Sparacino
September 21, 2012

We confess: We have a weakness for a little something sweet after a meal. But who doesn’t, right? With dessert on the brain, we took to Pinterest for inspiration (i.e. temptation).

What started as an anything-sweet-treat-goes scavenger hunt, quickly morphed into a course in all-things-cake. Whoever said it had to be someone’s birthday or anniversary to enjoy this celebratory dessert, was seriously mistaken.

The good news is you don’t have to wait for a special occasion to bake one of these delicious and healthier (minus one) cake recipes. With a few baking staples, some fresh ingredients, and an added surprise here and there, you’ll have a luscious cake you can share (or not) with friends and family even when there isn’t cause for celebration!

Lemon Blueberry Marble Cake
Hello, refreshing! If you’ve ever had this berry-lemon combo, you know how tasty it can be, and if you haven’t, well, this is the perfect recipe to introduce yourself. What are you waiting for—we want a slice!


Credit: yourhomebasedmom.com via Theresa T. on Pinterest
Sparkling Cider Pound Cake
‘Tis the season for everything apple, but instead of apple pie or apple crisp for dessert, try this sparkling-apple-cider-infused pound cake! You’ll get a unique flavor punch from the carbonation.


Credit: chef-in-training.com via Penny on Pinterest
Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake
You’re favorite summer sip gets a gooey makeover with this simple-to-make cake that can have as many layers as you’d like.


Credit: easybaked.net via Celia on Pinterest
To-Die-For Carrot Cake
We never personally tasted this blogger’s recipe, but we’ll take her word for it on the name alone. It calls for pineapple as well as carrot, which sounds like a tasty twist!


Credit: momontimeout.com via Lisa on Pinterest
Chocolate Stout Cake
Okay, okay—this last one is completely gratuitous, but how can you make a list like this without including a recipe for chocolate cake?!


Credit: mybakingaddiction.com via Sheila on Pinterest

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