A light and bouncy separated sponge chocolate cake rolled around sweet and refreshing cherry chocolate chip ice cream. Is there a better summer dessert? All you need is a drizzle of chocolaty glaze to round out this buttercream-less roll cake.
People will go nuts for this cake! Not only does this recipe make a three-layer chocolate cake, each layer is drizzled with creamy dulce de leche and studded with crunchy pecans and creamy coconut flakes. You can buy dulce de leche, or easily make your own for a tasty go-to buttercream alternative.
This cake is baked in an easy-to-transport pie plate and gets topped with fluffy chocolate mousse. Add a sprinkle of your favorite fresh berries or chocolate shavings make this a delightful birthday cake recipe.
If you’re looking for the ultimate show-stopping chocolate cake (no buttercream, of course), look no further. This cake might be made in a bundt pan, but it packs all the decadence of a multi-layer cake. There’s a reason it made the cover of Betty Crocker’s Best All-Time Recipes.
This German Chocolate Cake has only 5 ingredients, so there’s no reason not to spend an extra 15 minutes mixing up a nutty coconut almond frosting. Add a delicate drizzle of chocolate, and everyone will think you spent all day making dessert!
A sweet and savory cake is always a fun surprise. And I love how this cornmeal cake from Cookin Canuck takes a causal approach to icing. A simple, but tangy and fruit-sweetened strawberry rhubarb sauce is the perfect topping to bring pep and summery flavors to this tea cake.
We couldn’t list all the alternatives to buttercream icing without mentioning cream cheese frosting! This recipe gets a tropical twist from coconut and tangy sour cream. It’s always a popular summertime dessert.
If the picture doesn’t convince you to top your next cake with the dreamiest alternative to buttercream (Marshmallow), let me convince you. This Marshmallow Dream Cake certainly earned its name. Dense dark chocolate layer cake enveloped in a cloud of meringue––need I say more?
The key to getting this easy cake full of flavor and moist is to prick holes with a toothpick before drizzling the cake with zesty lime glaze. A quick sprinkle of lime and coconut over the top adds crunch and brightness.