From special occasions like birthdays and weddings to everyday after-dinner treats, cake has been a favorite dessert for centuries.
The sweet cakes we know today became popular around the early 18th century. Earlier recipes were simple, flat discs made from grains — similar to rice cakes.
In the U.S., some of the earliest cake recipes took advantage of indigenous nuts like black walnuts and hickory nuts, setting American cakes apart from classic European cakes.
Over time, a large variety of cake flavors developed. Coca-Cola cake, berry-filled jam cakes, and cakes soaked with rum or bourbon were just a few of the flavors to emerge.
Home-based and professional bakers continue creating new and exciting cake flavors.
Whether you’ve invented a brand new combination or are putting your own spin on a classic recipe, we have the list of names for cakes below.
Scroll past the list for our cake name generator and some tips to help you create your own personalized cake name.
lemon-infused sheet cake with cream cheese frosting and lemon zest topping
Watch Me Whip
cake with whipped frosting layers
two layers of cake with an ice cream layer in the middle
angel food cake with whipped cream and lemon glaze
cake topped with powdered sugar
multi-layer chocolate cake with chocolate ganache, chocolate frosting, and chocolate shavings
coffee cake with coffee-flavored buttercream
chocolate devil’s food layer cake with dark chocolate frosting
cake with orange marmalade
a play on “lemonade”; lemon beer cake
Hot Hot Chocolate
chocolate and chili cake
chocolate cake topped with marshmallow cream and graham cracker crumbs
Butter On Butter
butter cake with browned butter frosting
chocolate layer cake with chocolate ganache
red and green cake made with berries
strawberry champagne cake
Coffee & Cream
coffee-flavored layer cake with buttercream frosting
Cake for Breakfast
cake made with Earl Grey tea
Caramel Kiss Cake
chocolate cake with caramel-filled Hershey Kisses inside
Taste of the Tropics
coconut cake with guava or passionfruit
a play on “happy tears”; brightly-decorated, tiered cake for a celebration
chocolate cake with chopped peanut butter cups, chocolate bars, and other chocolate candies inside
cake made with maple syrup and caramel
citrus cake with lemon curd and elderflowers
Carnival Caramel Apple
made with apples, caramel, and chopped nuts
“cuatro leches” cake made with evaporated milk, condensed milk, heavy cream, and dulce de leche
a layer of chocolate cake topped with a layer of flan and melted caramel
white cake with buttercream frosting, garnished with blueberries and strawberries to match the colors of the U.S. flag
Taste the Rainbow
multi-layer cake with rainbow-colored layers
a play on “perfect match”; cake made with matcha powder
cake baked into a waffle cone
She Sells Seashells
Cake Name Generator
How to Create Your Own Names for Cakes
Every baker is different, and there are hundreds of types of cake you might be making.
If none of the options above are perfect for your particular cake, you might want to create something tailor-made to your recipe.
Keep the following tips in mind to create your own unique options:
- Consider your flavors and techniques. The cake’s taste and your baking process can help you come up with an easy name. For example, think of Pineapple Upside-Down Cake — named for its pineapple flavor and the fact that it’s baked upside down, then flipped over to serve. Names like this are simple but classic.
- Use your name or the name of the person who inspired the cake. A name like “Ella’s Torte” or “Nan’s Buttercream Layer Cake” sounds personal and homemade. Plus, if you were taught to bake by a family member or are using someone else’s original recipe, your cake name is an excellent opportunity to pay tribute.
- Get inspiration from your location or the origin of your ingredients. A Kentucky baker might use a name like “Bluegrass Buttercream Cake,” or someone using Caribbean rum might name their cake after the place where that particular brand of rum is made.
- Use your sense of humor. Cake is fun to eat, so the name of your cake should be fun, too! Choose something punny, get inspiration from a meme, or create something completely nonsensical that no one would associate with cake. You have the creative freedom to choose anything you want!