To avoid shredding carrots when making carrot cake, I put pieces of cut raw carrot into my blender, along with the eggs and oil called for in the recipe, then blend until they're finely chopped. —June Dearman, Canton, Ohio
I never liked carrot cake until I tried this one. The rich, moist cake with orange-flavored frosting is now a family tradition for special occasions. Sometimes I add cranberries with the raisins. —Anna Morgan, Eatonville, Washington
This moist cake smothered with rich cream cheese frosting makes any dinner festive. Every autumn, I go to a cranberry festival in Wisconsin and load up on fresh cranberries to freeze for year-round cooking. —Nellie Runne, Rockford, Illinois
This moist cake combines shredded zucchini, carrots and beets with chocolate chips for a deliciously different dessert. It's a sweet reward for the time you spent weeding and watering your garden.
-Kimberly Speta, Kennedy, New York