10 Gorgeous Cakes for People Who Know They Have Instagram-Level Baking Skills (And Kinda Wanna Show it Off)

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I feel like having the skill to make a gorgeous cake has kind of become the millennial female’s adult initiation process.Do you have the Pinterest-level artistic abilities to make a multi-layered cake for your niece’s birthday next Saturday?

Good, you’ve finally become a woman.

It’s kind of like showing others, “Hey, I know what I’m doing.” That you have the skills necessary to make people want to take photos of a cake they didn’t even make. That you’re an adult that has it all together because you obviously know how to cook and make it look pretty.

Yeah, that’s the kind of difficulty level these cakes are. The I-have-it-all-together-look-at-me-and-what-I-can-make kind of difficulty level.

And if that’s you, then these gorgeous cake recipes are going to probably make everyone at your next get-together a little jealous. 

Side Note: What’s your favorite cake to make? Let me know in the comments down below, I wanna hear. 🙂

Related: 13 Strawberry Desserts for When You Need a Bit of Estrogen in Your Life

Brown Butter Hazelnut Layer Cake

Even the name just sounds fancy. I mean, can’t you just imagine walking into your mother-in-law’s birthday party, someone asks you what kind of cake you made (they’re probably thinking it’s vanilla), and you announce, “Oh this? It’s just a brown butter hazelnut cake.” You instantly look like a genius.👌 

Brown Butter Hazelnut Layer Cake Recipe

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe From Scratch

I love carrot cake so this one was obviously going to make the list. Also, why just have a regular carrot cake when you can make it look like you reached into one of those pretty Instagram baking pages and stole it right out of the photo? Because that’s kind of what this looks like.

The Best Carrot Cake Recipe From Scratch Recipe

Tiramisu Cake with Mascarpone Frosting

It’s an ombre style tiramisu cake. It’s beautiful, Italian-inspired, and ready for a summer or fall get-together with friends.

Also, it looks like the kind of cake where your others are thinking, “Oh, she just got that at a fancy bakery.” And then when they find out that you made it, they’re probably asking you if you’re a food blogger.

Tiramisu Cake with Mascarpone Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Drip Cake

Chocolate is a classic; lots of people like it, I like it, you probably like it. So why not have an instant win amongst you and your friends while also kind of stealing the show with how gorgeous this cake is?

Chocolate Drip Cake Recipe

Apple-Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Maple Butter Frosting

Apple-Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Maple Butter Frosting Recipe

Obviously, a super delicious-sounding autumnal cake. And if you’re scared about having it turn out like one of those Pinterest fail cakes (the ones we saw years ago and laughed at), then it’s probably a good idea to practice your frosting skills before the day of.

Honey Chamomile Tea Cake Decorated with Fresh Chamomile Flowers

It’s flowers on a cake. It’s honestly such a fun (and gorgeous) way to decorate, but it’s also super easy (especially when you don’t have a ton of time).

And it’s the kind of cake you make because you weren’t given the feminine tea parties you wanted as a teenager that spiked your estrogen levels.

If that’s you, then it’s time to live those dreams.

Gluten-Free Orange Cake

Orange cake sounds SO good. And on top of that, it’s beautiful and looks like you wanted to do some painting, but used a cake instead of a canvas. 

It’s the kind of cake you make with the excuse that it’s for a party, but in reality, you just really wanted a giant slice of cake that tasted like it came out of a fancy bakery.

Gluten-Free Orange Cake

Honey Cake with Blackberry Jam Icing

I feel like honey cake is the type of dessert you’d read about the main character, in a 19th-century novel, eating.

And on top of that, adding blackberry jam icing kind of seals the deal with that interpretation. It’s going on my list. ❤️ 

Honey Cake with Blackberry Jam Icing Recipe

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake

This is the kind of dessert you make for that vegan sister or daughter that you love the heck out of who might be too shy to ask if you could make a vegan dessert, so they bring their own.

It’s gorgeous, looks delicious, and I’m thinking everyone will enjoy it. 🙂

Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake Recipe

Simple Layered Chocolate Orange Cake

I think that chocolate + orange is the perfect Christmas dessert flavor combo, and you can’t change my mind.

Something about it tastes so festive and I feel like this cake is the perfect ending to a huge Christmas feast that puts you in a coma.

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Silas & Grace

Chasing Foxes was started in 2016 as a way for Grace and her husband, Silas, to start traveling. However, they started to realize that they had a passion for improving themselves, and wanted to help others level up their lives as well. So whether it's with cooking, travel, or staying healthy, they want to help you better your life bit by bit, as they do the same.

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