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So you want to make a cake? Try one of these recipes for favorite sweet treats like chocolate cake, Bundt cake, red velvet cake, pound cake, tortes and more classic cake recipes.

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This tender pound cake is the first one I mastered. You'll want to eat the browned butter icing by the spoonful. It tastes like pralines. —Shawn Barto, Winter Garden, Florida
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Mocha Hazelnut Torte

Mocha Hazelnut Torte

Mocha Hazelnut Torte

I make this cake on birthdays and other special occasions because it looks and tastes so amazing. The combination of mild hazelnut and coffee flavors is impossible to resist. —Christina Pope, Speedway, Indiana

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Fancy Fuss-Free Torte

Thanks to frozen pound cake and a can of pie filling, this torte's easy to make. If layers slide, keep them in place with toothpicks around the edges as you build. Just remove before serving. —Joan Causey, Greenwood, Arkansas

Apple Snack Cake

Apple Snack Cake

Apple Snack Cake

"This good-for-you dessert is packed with ingredients that remind me of fall!" writes field editor Lisa Varner from Charleston, South Carolina. Chopped apples and walnuts add fun flavor to this moist snack cake that is sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar topping.
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Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

Mayonnaise Chocolate Cake

This old-fashioned dessert often ends the meal at my home. My aunt has made this moist, rich sheet cake for as long as I can remember. Not only is it a cake I can quickly make from scratch, but it calls for ingredients I usually have in the pantry. —Kristine Marra, Clifton Park, New York

Citrus Mini Cakes

Citrus Mini Cakes

Citrus Mini Cakes

These moist, bite-size muffins from Linda Terrell of Palatka, Florida are melt-in-your-mouth good. "With their appealing look, they really dress up a party table," she notes. The recipe makes a big batch, so there's plenty to please a crowd.

Fruity Bundt Cake

Fruity Bundt Cake

Fruity Bundt Cake

"I like this white fruit cake for its color and texture," notes field editor Blanche Whytsell of Arnoldsburg, West Virginia.

Black Walnut Cake

Black Walnut Cake

Black Walnut Cake

My mother's family members all were excellent cooks and known for their great hospitality. A longtime family favorite, this old-fashioned cake was always expected at holiday dinners, special occasions and potlucks.

Mocha-Hazelnut Glazed Angel Food Cake

Mocha-Hazelnut Glazed Angel Food Cake

Mocha-Hazelnut Glazed Angel Food Cake

I love this recipe because it combines three of my favorite flavors: coffee, hazelnuts and cherries. —Joan Pecsek, Chesapeake, Virginia

Special Strawberry Torte

Special Strawberry Torte

Special Strawberry Torte

Meet the Cook: The reason this is such a favorite is it's a little different yet quick and easy. At one time, my husband was a mess sergeant in the National Guard. When it came to cooking, there was always a little discussion over doing it my way or the Army way! We have four grown children and five grandchildren. -Alyce Kafka, Wagner, South Dakota

Chocolate Spice Cake

Chocolate Spice Cake

Chocolate Spice Cake

My husband really enjoys this delightful cake. Eye-catching enough for a special occasion, this is so good you’ll want it any day of the week. —Karen Sue Garback-Pristera, Albany, New York

Chunky Apple Snack Cake

Chunky Apple Snack Cake

Chunky Apple Snack Cake

We enjoy this cake as a snack, packed in lunches or as a scrumptious dessert when warmed and topped with a scoop of low-fat ice cream. If the batter seems really thick, don't worry: Once you stir in the apples it loosens up. —Cindy Beberman, Orland Park, Illinois

Chocolate Chiffon Valentine Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Valentine Cake

Chocolate Chiffon Valentine Cake

"I first made this lovely lightly textured cake for my husband for Valentine's day more than 25 years ago," recalls Pat Eastman of Provo, Utah. "It's perfect for any special occasion. As an alternative, I've decorated the top with chocolate kisses."

Cherry Chocolate Layer Cake

Cherry Chocolate Layer Cake

Cherry Chocolate Layer Cake

Heads will turn when you bring this unforgettable cake to the table. And the attention will only increase when you start cutting—revealing the creamy, luscious cherry filling. —Victoria Faulling, Methuen, Massachusetts

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

Old-Fashioned Rhubarb Cake

My great-aunt gave me this recipe. It's especially delicious when rhubarb is in season, and tastes even better with the old-fashioned milk topping. But you'll love it even with frozen rhubarb and "modern-day" whipped topping!
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