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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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Walnut Blitz Torte

Walnut Blitz Torte

Walnut Blitz Torte

This pretty torte is very popular at family gatherings. Everyone always asks for the recipe.—Suzan Stacey, Parsonsfield, Maine

Mocha Cream Torte

Mocha Cream Torte

Mocha Cream Torte

My guests never guess that this impressive chocolate dessert relies on a packaged cake mix. Mocha flavor and cream cheese frosting make it special. —Mary Lonse, Chatfield, Minnesota

Kittens N Mittens Cake

Kittens N Mittens Cake

Kittens N Mittens Cake

Furry friends from Julie Todd's party set inspired our home economists to bake a "purrfect" complementary cake. Wait and see—guests are sure to be drawn to this dessert...quicker than a cat to a mouse. Using a standard cake mix to keep their creation on the quick-and-easy side, our kitchen staff simply shaped felines and mittens using Julie's fun patters Then food coloring brightened up old-fashioned frosting to form spots, hearts whiskers and other details. For a final flavorful twist, li
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Mother's Walnut Cake

Mother's Walnut Cake

Mother's Walnut Cake

Even though Mother baked this tall, beautiful cake often when I was growing up, it was a real treat every time. I like the walnuts in the cake and the frosting. Mother frequently used black walnuts from our trees.—Helen Vail, Glenside, Pennsylvania

Birthday Blocks

Birthday Blocks

Birthday Blocks

Cream cheese is the secret ingredient in this simple pound cake recipe. It makes the cake firm for cutting—and easy to frost, too. This cake can be baked ahead and frozen, then thawed before the party and decorated, leaving you with plenty of time for other preparations. — Ethel Ledbetter, Canton, North Carolina

Walnut Raspberry Torte

Walnut Raspberry Torte

Walnut Raspberry Torte

This lovely three-layered cake is moist, tender and light. It rivals any cake from the finest bakery. I use black walnuts to add a more distinctive flavor.

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

Upside-Down Pear Pancake

There’s a pear tree in my yard that inspires me to bake with its fragrant fruit. My upside-down pancake works best with a firm pear, not fully ripe. —Helen Nelander, Boulder Creek, California

Flower Box Cake

Flower Box Cake

Flower Box Cake

Store-bought goodies, including a pound cake and cookies, create the planter for these edible hyacinths and tulips.

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

Coconut Fruitcake

A neighbor gave me this recipe when we first moved to this small town, saying it dated back to the 1800s and everybody in the area made it. I soon discovered why when I took a taste...and I'm not a fruitcake fan! —Lorraine Groh, Ferryville, Wisconsin

Yum-Yum Cake

Yum-Yum Cake

Yum-Yum Cake

This cake has been a family favorite ever since my mom received the recipe from a neighbor. My husband's co-workers ask him to bring this cake for his birthday treat every year! —Teresa Marchese, New Berlin, Wisconsin



Orange Almond Cake

Orange Almond Cake

Orange Almond Cake

"This flourless cake has become a favorite at our house," Maryalice Wood writes from Langley, British Columbia. "Now, those with wheat allergies don't have to pass on dessert. The orange and clove flavor is wonderful."

Honey Spice Snack Cake

Honey Spice Snack Cake

Honey Spice Snack Cake

Our Test Kitchen staff relied on ground cloves, applesauce and honey to give this scrumptious spice cake its down-home goodness. The light airy treat is sprinkled with a little confectioners' sugar.

Grandma's Blackberry Cake

Grandma's Blackberry Cake

Grandma's Blackberry Cake

I REMEMBER going blackberry picking with Mom and Grandma. Even at 70 years old, Grandma could pick 3 gallons of berries before I had my pail half full. Grandma made up this recipe with her mom, and it's been passed down for five generations now. -Diana Martin, Moundsville, West Virginia

Chocolate Cookie Torte

Chocolate Cookie Torte

Chocolate Cookie Torte

This recipe has been used many times in our family for get-togethers. It's easy to make and beautiful when served.
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