Let Everyone Eat Cake!

June 26, 2015

Today, on the anniversary of two other successful same sex- and marriage-equality court rulings, we're celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in the United States—all 50 of them!

And what better way to celebrate—especially to celebrate marriage—than eat cake? Today, we're eating wedding cake (seriously—we've got a lot left over from our registry launch party), but we think that any kind of cake can be celebratory. Throw together a toast and make one of these 10 cake recipes:

Funfetti Cake by mollyyeh

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Spiced Dulce de Leche Banana Icebox Cake by savorthis

Dulce de leche cake


Pistachio Cake with Lemon, Cardamom, and Rosewater by Sarah Jampel

Pistachio cake


Hummingbird Cake by modest marce

Hummingbird cake


Maya's Chocolate Fudge Sheet Cake by Alice Medrich

Chocolate sheet cake


The Easiest Chocolate Meringue Ice Cream Cake by Ina-Janine

Ice cream cake


Banana Cake with Penuce Frosting by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Banana cake

More: If you want to make a wedding cake—tiers and all—we've got a how-to in three steps, from cake and fillings to assembly.


Almost Flourless Chocolate Cake with Meyer Lemon Whipped Cream by Kenzi Wilbur

Hearts and minds cake


Brooklyn Blackout Semifreddo Cake by sdebrango

Blackout semifreddo


Flourless Almond and Coconut Cake by Posie Harwood

Coconut almond cake

What do you make when you're celebrating? Share your cocktails, cake recipes, and otherwise in the comments.

See what other Food52 readers are saying.

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gardeningal July 1, 2015
Excuse me, (Kristen).
gardeningal July 1, 2015
Thanks for the update, Kristin.

Otherwise.....Food52, keep on keepin' on.
Desiree M. June 29, 2015
Mahalo To Kristin and FOOD52. Got my apron on and heading to my pantry. Love is in the air!
Kristen M. June 28, 2015
For those of you interested in the purple cake, we hear you! Sadly, that photo was for a fondant kit from a maker who has since gone out of business:

But there is a fondant-style icing in this Black & White Cookie recipe that you might be able to play with (or just stick with one of the festive cake recipes above).
Bill M. June 29, 2015
That was a beautiful cake, and Food52 is a beautiful company. Sorry we won't be able to make it. Maybe someone will come up with something just as beautiful.
Donna M. June 29, 2015
The cake is beautiful and has inpired me. I'm making an Earl Grey cake with lavender buttercream for dessert for this 4th of July. The celebrating continues. Thank you Kristen.
Dave G. June 28, 2015
Thanks for posting this. Everyone should be able to eat cake. I'm just going to gloss over the haters here. When I see an overly religious-themed cake, I don't go on a hateful tirade about how inappropriate it is, I just go to the next recipe. Like marriage, you can choose what cake you want to make and eat, nobody is forcing you. Again, thanks! <3
gardeningal June 28, 2015
Caroline, could you please. find. the. purple. iced. cake recipe??
Looks yummy.
Yeah, and pretty too!
Thank you.
Love and peace.....
Jonetta B. June 29, 2015
Amen Christiana T. very well put!! This is the last email I will read from Food 52, and now ashamed I recommended on Facebook.
Donna M. June 29, 2015
Because there is support here for what is now the law of the land, you refuse to bake another cake, or explore new recipes with a community that loves to cook? You'd have to retreat into a very small world if you refuse to socialize with people, shop from businesses, or visit websites that don't have all your political, philisophical, religious or moral beliefs. I hope you stay, but if you hate us all so much for supporting the ruling for equality then we wish you well.
Christina T. June 28, 2015
Your hearts may be full Food52, but for many of us who do not condone same-sex "marriage", our hearts are empty. Supporting the, at last count, 4%-8% of the population who considers themselves LBGT, and trampling on the rights of the voters of those states who had voted against same-sex "marriage" in their state is appalling. I couldn't agree more with Justice Scalia's dissent, “Today’s decree says that my Ruler, and the Ruler of 320 million Americans coast-to-coast, is a majority of the nine lawyers on the Supreme Court,” he writes. "This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied (as it is today) by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves.” Bring it on those of you who complain this is a food site, not a political one - Food52 opened the door for this discussion like it or not.
tamater S. June 28, 2015
If you're against same sex marriages, don't marry someone of your own sex. No one's trying to make YOU marry your own sex, so stop trying to tell other people what they can and can not do. Sinclair spoke of people like you: "When facism comes to America, it will be carrying a cross and draped in a flag." He was speaking about you.
Bill M. June 29, 2015
Honey you heart was empty way before SCOTUS!
Bill M. June 29, 2015
I can guarantee you this sh*t ain't happening of follower of the word of God. I don't see any legislation on the desks of Congress to make this law.

How many verses in the Bible are against Divorce yet NO ONE has that before the vote of the people.

So be off with thyself and love thyself with a great big piece of CAKE!

Deuteronomy 22:13-21New International Version (NIV)

Marriage Violations
13 If a man takes a wife and, after sleeping with her, dislikes her 14 and slanders her and gives her a bad name, saying, “I married this woman, but when I approached her, I did not find proof of her virginity,” 15 then the young woman’s father and mother shall bring to the town elders at the gate proof that she was a virgin. 16 Her father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her. 17 Now he has slandered her and said, ‘I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town, 18 and the elders shall take the man and punish him. 19 They shall fine him a hundred shekels[a] of silver and give them to the young woman’s father, because this man has given an Israelite virgin a bad name. She shall continue to be his wife; he must not divorce her as long as he lives.

20 If, however, the charge is true and no proof of the young woman’s virginity can be found, 21 she shall be brought to the door of her father’s house and there the men of her town shall stone her to death. She has done an outrageous thing in Israel by being promiscuous while still in her father’s house. You must purge the evil from among you.
Mike V. June 29, 2015
And many of us don't care what you think.
Calm down. If you're so worried about marriage, get to work trying to get no fault divorce and adultery outlawed.
Also, this is a LEGAL issue, not a religious one. The state hands out marriage licenses.
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
This has been falsely attributed to Sinclair Lewis.
From Wikiquote:
Misattributed To Sinclair Lewis:
When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross. Many variants of this exist, but the earliest known incident of such a comment appears to be a partial quote from James Waterman Wise, Jr., reported in a 1936 issue of The Christian Century that in a recent address here before the liberal John Reed club said that Hearst and Coughlin are the two chief exponents of fascism in America. If fascism comes, he added, it will not be identified with any "shirt" movement, nor with an "insignia," but it will probably be "wrapped up in the American flag and heralded as a plea for liberty and preservation of the constitution."
Another early quote is that of Halford E. Luccock, in Keeping Life Out of Confusion (1938): When and if fascism comes to America it will not be labeled "made in Germany"; it will not be marked with a swastika; it will not even be called fascism; it will be called, of course, "Americanism." Harrison Evans Salisbury in 1971 remarked about Lewis: "Sinclair Lewis aptly predicted in It Can't Happen Here that if fascism came to America it would come wrapped in the flag and whistling 'The Star Spangled Banner.'"

1.Jump up ↑ The Christian Century, Volume 53, Feb 5, 1936, p. 245
2.Jump up ↑ p. 29, The Many Americas Shall Be One, Harrison Evans Salisbury. Published by W. W. Norton, 1971.
Now that you know, I do hope you will stop attributing this false quote to Sinclair Lewis, eh?
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
Once again you are using Old Testament verses made for Old Testament Jews. New Testament Believers, that is, those who adhere to the New Covenant, are not, in any way, obligated to follow those laws.
tamater S. July 2, 2015
maybe ;-)
rockribbedrushy July 2, 2015
Really? Show me where dude.
Bill M. July 2, 2015
Your anti gay rhetoric is in the OLD TESTAMENT. You are cherry picking what you will and will not follow. The New Testament says noting about homosexuality. UGH!
rockribbedrushy July 2, 2015
New Testament Believers are under no obligation to follow Old Testament dietary or other laws.
Christ did indeed talk about adultery, sexual immorality and fornication in Matthew 15 and 19. These described any relationships that were outside the marriage as ordained by God.
Christ then defines in Matthew 19:4-6 what is permitted in God's marriage:
"Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate "
By defining marriage as between a man and a woman, He effectively condemned all other arrangements.
He clearly showed what God intended for marriage. There was no need to list all sexual immoralities because someone would say that Christ did not name mine and therefore it is alright for me to go on sinning.
Jesus already came to earth to preach Eternal Salvation. When he comes back a second time it will be to gather His Believers. None can come to the Father except through His Son Jesus Christ. It is also said in Acts 2-38:
"And Peter said to them, Repent and be baptized, each one of you on the name of Jesus Christ to remission of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." Will You?
Bill M. July 2, 2015
Then why are there no laws denying divorce? I don't see anyone worrying about the wrath of God every time someone divorced. No flood no tornados. LOL Stop! Cherry Pickin' is awesome! And every preacher out there condemns me from the Old Testament. Again - Cherry Pickin'. And the Cherries you pick don't make the best pies. LOL In short the Bible was written by a bunch of guys who didn't even know where the sun went at night, let alone how to accurate cook pork or shrimp. Let's not even begin to talk about science, which didn't exists then, let alone subatomic particles. Despite scientific proof, you still believe the earth is 10K years old and Dinosaurs walked around with humans. LOL The New Testament was written 100+ years after the alleged events - and it's hearsay. There is no scientific evidence that Jesus ever existed. None whatsoever. So you can call this one of the darkest days in history and say that God is going to punish this country over gay marriage, yet he seemed to have sat on his hands over the 100 plus years where blacks were kept basically as pets. Nothing happened then. No wrath of God came down and did much of anything. So by all means - believe in what you want to believe. I'll stick with String Theories and Quantum Mechanics and when my boyfriend asks me to marry him I'm going to say yes. And we are going to eat cake.
rockribbedrushy July 2, 2015
"And we are going to eat cake. "

Yes, go and eat cake while homosexuals are being executed and thrown from buildings in muslim countries. Yes, go and eat cake while women are stoned to death and girls ate genitally mutilated and Christian pastors are imprisoned in muslim countries.
Enjoy the fact that you can bully and force Christians to bake your wedding, birthday and cupcakes for you while you could not be seen in public in any muslim country.
All Christians do here is follow the Words of Christ and tell you about sin and Eternal Salvation.
Any punishment is up to God:
Romans 12:19
"not avenging yourselves, beloved, but giving place to wrath, for it has been written, “Vengeance is Mine,” “I will repay,” says the Lord."

I don't pick and choose, dear boy, I just tell you what God has said.

So, yes, enjoy your cake.

PS God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, He will do so again.
Bill M. July 2, 2015
I have no say on what is happening in the Middle East so stop with that. Just like they have no say on our laws.

Remember when Christians burned women for being witches. Thousands of women were burned at the stake. Oh no, let's not talk bout how Christian intentionally gave Native American blankets infected with Small Pox. Pilgrims were awesome. We won't talk about the genocide committed on this land as Christians following God's Word raped and murdered anyone who got in their way as they took more and more land and called it the United States.

We were the illegal immigrants. But when children flee their country or be killed - SHUT DOWN THE BORDERS. THEY DON'T BELONE HERE!!!!!

God's love abounds in your history and in your benevolent oppression of anyone who isn't straight, white and Christian.

Why didn't God destroy the South for hunting down black people in their native country, capturing them like animals and bringing them to America and forcing them to be slaves. Beating them and murdering them if they didn't comply.

So God will burn us for gay Marriage but he's all good with slavery, torture and war.



I will enjoy my cake.

Religion has caused most of the wars and violence in history.

You had your chance to run the world, it was called the Dark Ages.

We won't let you do it again.

And I'm man enough to show my face. You are a coward to hide behind your blank profile.

rockribbedrushy July 2, 2015
So much anger and so much falsehood.

There were no women burned at the stake in this country by anyone. Prove it.

Anyone that was burned at the stake in Europe or elsewhere were Christian martyrs burned by the Catholics, Anglicans and Lutherans.
Religion is not Christianity. Religion is about rules and regulations.
Christianity is about God and a relationship with His Son Jesus Christ. You would know that if you ever read Scripture.
And please stop quoting Leviticus or Deuteronomy, those laws are not relevant to New Testament Believers.
By the way, blacks and muslims in Africa sold slaves to the Europeans before there ever was a South.
And God did not allow the South to win, so there is your punishment.

Christ accepts all those who repent of their sins and accept Him as their Lord and Saviour.

And as far as you being persecuted, it seems to me that you are a 'happy' man.
Please go here and see who is persecuted and by whom:

PPS If I thought you would be reasonable, I would happily show my picture, but it is not me that you are angry with, but God Himself.

I had nothing to do with slavery, the inquisition or any of the atheists that committed murders or mayhem in history.
Bill M. July 2, 2015

Ok they were hung for being witches.

And I will vote my will until all religion is put back where it belongs - in the freedom of your home and your church. You may voice it where you want and I will voice my atheism and sarcasm where I want. But I will not allow your religion to run this country anymore.

I've watch God Loves Uganda - I know enough about the evils of religion.
rockribbedrushy July 2, 2015
Again, you are confusing Christianity with 'religion'. They are not the same. You would know that if you read Scripture, such as John or Acts, but you are too stubborn or pigheaded to do so.
Christ told us in Matthew to go out into the world and spread His Word.
Christ did not teach 'religion', but Eternal Salvation.
I will leave you with several verses: Acts 9:1-5.
I'll pray for you.
Bill M. July 2, 2015
Please pray for the persecuted Christians in the Middle East who your God is allowing to be burned and beheaded. I mean really - they devote their lives to worshipping him and he allows this?

Here's the definition of religion.
Sorry - it kind of fits Christianity.

I'm gonna hang out with the sinners. We're gonna eat cake. :)
Juliebell June 27, 2015
Food 52 is an apolitical food site/blog that choose to make a positive congratulatory statement on a historic event. Those of you that disagree with the congratulations need to take your argument to appropriate venues and simply leave the site to express your disagreement. If I come across a right wing or a fundamental blog I don't feel compelled to add my 2 cents as if it would matter. I respect the rights of those making statements I disagree with and have no desire to offend. This forum is not the place to state controversial opinions and create offense. The majority of the public supported the ruling. Argue your ongoing case elsewhere and leave us to celebrate our historic victory.
Elissa F. June 27, 2015
Unfortunately the Friday Roberts decision described the majority opinion as an affront to the rule of law & Constitutional self-government. The Thursday Roberts changed language to give SCOTUS & the government powers it does not have. SCOTUS should run for congress if they would rather write the law rather than interpret it.
Donna M. June 27, 2015
It's DONE! OVER! We are celebrating with cake. Your grumbling here, to the wrong crowd, serves no purpose other than showing us your poor form.
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
Celebrate with cake? While homosexuals are being executed in muslim countries and Obama is cozying up to those countries?
Yes, please enjoy your cake while you can or until sharia law comes to the US.
Mike V. July 2, 2015
Sharia law! LOL!
You guys are hilarious.
Elissa F. June 27, 2015
What happened to keeping government out of my bedroom & marriage? Roberts gave the gov't. the key. There are 320 million Americans and only 1.8% are gay men. 9 unelected lawyers do not have the power to amend or change the Constitution. Everyone gets equal (not special) treatment under the law. The government must not order other religions how to conduct themselves. Wonder how well Food 52 will do when agenda driven people like Michelle Obama shut this site down for all your artery clogging, meat centric recipes? Food 52 should recognize we live in a republic founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Those principles have a manuscript given to us by God-called the Bible. Food 52 has always provided foods from many cultures without an agenda. While you celebrate the SCOTUS ruling yesterday ISIS is rampaging throughout the Middle-East, and Europe murdering& crucifying Christians and throwing Gay men off tall buildings. Yesterday ISIS went to a resort in Tunisia and slaughtered people on the beach. President Obama has done nothing to protect us and the world from Islamic-Jihad with his,"Let them eat cake attitude."
Chocolate B. June 27, 2015
FYI: Roberts wrote the dissenting opinion.

Can we return to cake now, leave religion out of it? Except maybe cake worship….
Scott B. June 27, 2015
First - take a Xanax. Second as Chocolate Be stated it was Roberts who dissented. Third, nothing they did amended the Constitution. The majority cited the Constitution in their decision.
MegK July 1, 2015
The court has not told any religion what to do. It still preserves the right of ANY religion or religious establishment to refuse to perform a ceremony. Just as a Catholic church is protected if they refused to perform a Jewish wedding. It is a legal matter, cut-and-dry. It mandates that municipalities/states issue marriage licenses, it has zero impact on any religion. You are right to lament that there are other regions of the world where human rights are not observed and unjustified hatred for other humans is rampant. But as many Americans and Food52 celebrated taking a huge civilized step forward to protect the rights of all Americans, you simply bolster the unrooted hatred that these regions demonstrate. Don't eat the cake if you don't think it looks good, but who wouldn't want cake?
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
You are simply being foolish if you think that 'marriage equality' proponents are going to stop with this ruling. Making churches participate against their faith is next. Someone tweeted that religious freedom, First Amendment, is next to be eliminated.
Lauren W. June 27, 2015
Here's the thing: this is a legal issue. We live in a democracy, and in this democracy, religious belief is irrelevant when it comes to our laws. Separation of church and state. If you are unhappy with the laws and policies your government enacts and follows, by all means, engage in the political process as many of us do, by voting and supporting candidates that best represent us, working on campaigns, and writing our legislators. Use the power of your wallet and don't patronize businesses that you don't like, for whatever reason. Don't feel compelled by this law to have a relationship with someone of the same gender, if you believe that's wrong. If you believe strongly in your all-powerful deity of choice, I assume you also believe with all of your heart that there is some terrible judgement your god will dole out. It would seem this should be more than enough — eternal suffering. Sounds perfectly awful. I'll never understand why religious people shouldn't feel adequately relieved by that and can therefore busy themselves following the rest of what I've heard about religion, which includes the "love thy neighbor/judge not" stuff. No need to bother warning us about our fate. We've heard all about it, and doing it here is the very definition of "trolling". Use that saved energy to make things better for those in need and promote love and justice. Really — consider doing only that. Or don't. Personally, it's incredibly heartwarming to see that the overwhelmingly vast majority of us came to this blog page purely to celebrate a landmark decision that forwards the cause of equal justice and to find the recipe for a ruffled purple cake.
Christina T. June 28, 2015
I'm always amazed that people dredge up the "separation of church and state" argument. Will you bet your next paycheck that the phrase "separation of church and state" appears in the Constitution?
Mike V. June 29, 2015
That's how the following is interpreted - "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion"
We're not a theocracy. Want to live in one? Go move to the middle east, they think just like some of the so-called "Christians" here in this great country.
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
"We live in a democracy, and in this democracy, "

We are not and never have been a democracy. We are a Constitutional Republic, just as the Founders envisioned. The difference is that in a Republic the Government is supposed to follow the Law, while in a democracy, the Government does whatever the majority wants it to do.
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
Sorry, but that is not what you think it means. The Government is not to establish an official state religion as in England, France or Germany did at the time of the Founders. No one ever proposed that God be eliminated from the Public Square.
KevCountry June 27, 2015
And let's just let God do the judging. She knows what she's doing...
Beverly L. June 27, 2015
I'm not judging just stating facts & HE is the only one who can judge but the Bible is HIS words not mine. You might want to read it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Beverly L. June 27, 2015
Not judging, I've just read God's Word & have never seen anything about same sex marriage being of God!!!
Mike V. June 29, 2015
Which God? Who says your God is the only one?
rockribbedrushy July 1, 2015
Read Scripture. He'll tell you that there were no gods before Him.
KevCountry June 27, 2015
Thank you for supporting same-sex marriage. I'm the son of a baptist preacher-man and I have a lot of those "haters in the name of Christ" in my family. I am a big foodie and will support you and your stand for equality and excellence. My husband John and I are grateful with the ruling. Now we can travel to all 50 states and have our rights as a married couple recognized! I never thought it would happen in my lifetime.
Eleanor S. June 27, 2015
Loved the article on making a wedding cake, but what about the recipes for the cakes? I can't find them. Help!
William D. June 27, 2015
Just click on the names of each cake.
Milton J. June 27, 2015
Celebrating gay marriage with a chocolate fudge cake- how appropriate
tamater S. June 28, 2015
How old are you, 10?
Laura A. June 27, 2015
When celebrating, I Love a light decedent carrot cake with buttercreame frosting topped with raw almonds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and grated carrots. A single cake stays in the freezer for company.
Jabarwok June 26, 2015
Thank God and Food52 for love, Equal Rights, and Cake!
Bethany June 26, 2015
Combat your political and religious agendas and or thoughts on an appropriate site/blog please. This one is for FOOD!
catalinalacruz June 26, 2015
Yay Food 52 for saluting the Supreme Court decision! Yay love that is inclusive, not exclusive! Yay cake!
Beverly L. June 27, 2015
Politics decisions are for votes not of God!!
Beverly L. June 27, 2015
Bill M. June 26, 2015
Purple Cake Please?! I'm tired of talking about the other stuff. It's over, done and it's getting boring. LOVE YOU FOOD52!
Beverly L. June 27, 2015