Let it be a birthday party, a wedding reception, baby shower or pretty much any other social event that has one unavoidable dish on the menu. A cake for dessert. 

To all those with a sweet tooth, Nov. 26, is a special day. It’s National Cake Day.

No one really knows how this holiday came about, but no one really complains because we all love to eat cake.

The term “cake” is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse word “kaka.”

Early cakes were mainly bread. The main differences between a “cake” and “bread” were the cooking method and the round or flat shape of the cakes.

Cakes are turned over once while cooking, while bread remained upright throughout the baking process.

Nowadays, after a cake is baked and cooled, it is usually topped with frosting, fruits, nuts, or other garnishes.

Here are five easy recipes to celebrate this sweet day.

1. Simple White Cake

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As the name suggests, this is one of the most simple recipes for a cake. This tasty dessert can be baked with ingredients that are readily available in most homes.

2. Black Forest Cake

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Next on the list is the classic Black Forest Cake. This delicious dessert combines rich chocolate cake layers with fresh cherries and a homemade cream frosting.

3. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

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If you are a lover of the tropical flavor of pineapple, then this is the cake for you. When combined with sweet caramelized edges, upside down is the only way to go here!

4. Strawberry Shortcake

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When tender and fluffy vanilla cake is filled with fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream, and covered in a strawberry buttercream, it becomes the perfect shortcake for the season!

5. Coffee Tres Leches Cake 

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This coffee-flavored variation of the Latin classic tres leches cake starts with a fluffy sponge cake which is soaked with a coffee-flavored milk syrup then frosted with a coffee whipped cream.

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