There is nothing better on a cold winter day than a delicious cake to warm you up. Here are some recipes for winter cakes that will chase away the cold and leave you feeling satisfied.

Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting

This recipe is perfect for a winter dessert. The apple cake is moist and flavorful, while the caramel frosting is sweet and decadent.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 cups of grated apples (about 6-7 medium apples)

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping 
  • 5 cups of powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9×13 pan. In a large bowl, mix the butter and 1 cup of sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes.

Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla extract. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture alternating with milk. Stir in apples Pour half the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 5-8 minutes or until cooked through but not browned all over.

Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool slightly while making frosting (leave the oven on). For the frosting, mix butter, vanilla extract, and caramel ice cream topping. Gradually add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Spread over warm cake and serve.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This pumpkin cake is perfect for winter. It is moist, fluffy, and has a delicious pumpkin flavor. The cream cheese frosting makes it extra creamy and decadent.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of allspice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 15 ounces of pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup of milk

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of butter, softened
  • 3 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 9-inch round cake pans. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Mix in pumpkin puree and milk. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients mixing until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until desired consistency is reached. Stir in vanilla extract. Frost cake layers and serve.

Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache Frosting

This chocolate cake is perfect for winter. The rich chocolate flavor is sure to warm you up on a cold day. The chocolate ganache frosting makes it extra decadent.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup of water

For the frosting:

  • 8 ounces of semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 3 9-inch round cake pans. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

In a large bowl, cream butter and oil until light and fluffy. Add sugar and eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Mix in water. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients mixing until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

For frosting, place chocolate in a medium bowl. Heat cream and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat until just boiling. Pour over chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. Stir until smooth. Let cool completely before frosting the cake.

Frost cake layers and serve.

Muffin Pan Chocolate Chip Cookie

These chocolate chip muffins are super easy to make. They taste just like a soft batch of chocolate chip cookies except they’re in the form of a muffin!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • pinch of salt, optional and to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 12-15 wells in a standard-size muffin pan (or line with paper liners) and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together flour and brown sugar until combined.

Add in egg and vanilla extract; using a fork, stir the ingredients together until combined and a dough has formed. The dough will be very soft and sticky and perhaps difficult to stir – do your best, don’t worry if it’s messy! Stir in chocolate chips.

Using a 1/4-cup measure or large spoon, scoop the dough into the prepared muffin pan, pressing down each mound of cookie dough so that it is slightly flattened (don’t worry too much about smoothing out the cookies).

Bake for 10-12 minutes (mine took exactly 11 minutes) or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack set aside.

Repeat with remaining cookie dough (I had 2 leftover tablespoons which I baked separately). Serve warm or at room temperature.

Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake

This rich and fudgy cake is heavenly with a cup of coffee. It only has 5 ingredients and uses no flour!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder (I used Rodelle )
  • 5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Ghirardelli )*
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided**
  • pinch of salt, optional and to taste***

Directions:

Position the oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Have ready an ungreased 8×8-inch square baking pan. In a large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture; stir until well mixed. Add the flour and salt; stir until mixed in well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs adhering to it.

Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares to serve. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

Chocolate Brownies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup (6 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt

Directions:

Position the oven rack in the center of the oven; preheat to 350 degrees F. Have ready an ungreased 8×8-inch square baking pan. In a large bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.

Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla to the chocolate mixture; stir until well mixed. Add the flour and salt; stir until mixed in well. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs adhering to it.

Let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before cutting into squares to serve. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.

There you have it! Now you have no excuse not to enjoy some delicious treats today, tomorrow, or whenever! Thanks for reading this article and I hope you get to bake soon.